Duo take fourth Sprint-X Am victory of the season while Segal and Lu claim podium on Sunday in Pro/Am
Ft. Lauderdale, Miami – Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella kept their perfect Pirelli World Challenge championship season intact as they captured both of their class wins this past weekend at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
Starting 12th overall and first in the GT SprintX Am class for Saturday’s race, Bacarella kept the no. 07 Squadra Corse / Garage Italia Ferrari 488 GT3 at the head of the class before turning it over the car over to Fuentes. Fuentes crossed the line at the end of the race in hour-long race in first position. On the strength of Fuentes’ fast lap in Saturday’s race, he lined up for the start of Sunday’s race in fourth position. Staying well clear of the competition, Fuentes and Bacarella brought the Ferrari to the line for another victory in the GT SprintX Am class.
It was an up-and-down weekend for Jeff Segal in the No. 31 Ferrari of Vancouver / TR3 Racing Ferrari 488 GT3. Saturday’s race brought a fifth-place finish after contact with another car caused damage and an off-course excursion for Lu, but on Sunday, Segal and Lu finished in third place in the GT SprintX Pro/Am class.
Bacarella and Fuentes handily lead the GT SprintX Am class, and Fuentes sits in third place in the overall SprintX championship.
“We had an amazing weekend in Virginia,” said Fuentes. “Two first places in two races, and the Ferrari was amazing. It felt great to finally get good results in Virginia because the previous times I had een there, I was never able to get on the podium. My co-driver Caesar did a great job on Saturday giving me the car in first place and I just had to bring it home. In the second race, being able to qualify the Ferrari first in my class and fourth overall was amazing because I just had to keep it out of trouble and maintain the lead. Caesar then did a great stint and brought it home. I’m glad we were able to close out a very good weekend in VIR for Squadra Corse / Garage Italia, TR3 Racing and Ferrari.”
After four SprintX races of the season, Segal and Lu now sit third in the GT SprintX Pro/Am class championship.
“VIR was a bit of a challenging weekend for us,” said Segal. “It’s a track that I like, but Wei hadn’t been there before and it is a big task to go there in a GT3 car, with the level of commitment that VIR requires, and be on the pace immediately. But the car was really good from the first practice, and Wei got up to speed quickly. But we missed a little bit in qualifying and then our issues seemed to compound when Wei had contact with another car, and we finished in fifth place.
“The second race was a different story. The Ferrari took a little while to get heat in the tires with the colder temperatures, which you could see by all three Ferraris running together. But once we got temperature the Ferrari was really good and I think Wei got his confidence back by forcing the car in front of him into a mistake that got us onto the podium. All things considered, we are very happy to leave VIR with a clean car, points in the bank and a trophy.”
The television broadcast of the World Challenge Sprint-X races from VIR will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, May 6 at 6:00 PM ET.
The next round of World Challenge will be May 18-20 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
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