ANSA Motorsports is heading 2,550 miles west of its Miami Gardens headquarters to compete Aug. 12-14 in rounds 14 and 15 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTS championship at Utah Motorsports Campus, located in Tooele, Utah.
ANSA Motorsports is taking three KTM X-Bow GT4s to Utah and team owners Alain Nadal and Patrick Otto Madsen are hoping their three Austrian GTS machines will deliver the results their drivers are looking for on the very tough and challenging 24-turn, 4.5-mile road course.
The GTS championship leader, Brett Sandberg, will drive the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM X-Bow in Utah. The driver from Allendale, New Jersey, scored another pole position and a third-place finish at the last race in Mid-Ohio and comes to Utah with a thin 22-point advantage over second-place Lawson Aschenbach. This is Sandberg’s second trip to Miller Motorsports Campus, and he is really ready to give it his all, as usual.
“Coming off another podium finish at Mid-Ohio, we were able to extend our championship lead over the No. 10, adding even more pressure, coming into this week at Utah Motorsports Campus,” Sandberg said. “I have only raced at this venue once before and am very much looking forward to getting back on this long and flowing racetrack!”
With only six races to go in the 2016 GTS championship, rounds 14 and 15 promise to showcase another Sandberg/Aschenbach on-track battle for the lead of the championship, but also a KTM/Chevrolet/Ford manufacturer battle. KTM currently leads the 2016 GTS manufacturer championship by 6 points.
ANSA will field two more cars in Utah. Young, promising, 19-year-old, American racer Dore Chaponick Jr. makes his return to ANSA Motorsports, where he contested the first eight rounds of the season. He will drive the No. 12 KTM X-Bow in Utah and for the rest of the season. “I am very excited to return to the Pirelli World Challenge GTS championship with ANSA Motorsports. I like the series and I am sure the team is going to give me a competitive KTM X-Bow racecar to perform during the last three events of the season.”
Bill Ziegler will drive the No. 9 Swisher Racing KTM X-Bow. Ziegler had a good race in Ohio and he knows Utah Motorsports Campus, which will help him in his preparation for qualifying and the races.
Practice for the Utah Supercar Grand Prix presented by Energy Solutions at Utah Motorsports Campus starts with a promoter test day on Thursday, Aug. 11. On Friday, Aug. 12, Pirelli World Challenge GTS competitors will have two sessions at 8:45 a.m. and 1:35 p.m. Qualifying is set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9:35 a.m. Utah Motorsports Campus GTS race 1 (round 14) is also scheduled on Friday at 5:15 p.m. Utah Motorsports Campus GTS race 2 (round 15) is set for Sunday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. (all Mountain times).
The Pirelli World Challenge GTS Championship rounds 14 and 15 at Utah Motorsports Campus will air on CBS Sports Network, Sunday, Aug. 21, at 4 p.m. EDT.
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