Wittmer tops Fast Track Squad in Touring Car Qualifying for Saturday Race
Portland, Ore. – It was a strong day for Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW GTS racing team Friday at Portland International Raceway in the practice rounds in the Pirelli World Challenge weekend for Rounds 7 and 8 SprintX events as Stevan McAleer and Toby Grahovec went 1-2 with their respective BMW M4 GT4 sports cars.
McAleer, driving with Justin Raphael in the No. 17 Raphael & Associates/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4, led the impressive 34-car field with a best lap of one minute, 17.762 seconds in the Friday afternoon practice session for an average speed of 91.20 miles per hour over the 1.97-mile, 12-hour road course north of Portland.
McAleer and Raphael finished second at COTA in the Pro/Am division earlier this year and seek one step higher on the victory podium Saturday when Round 7 of the GTS SprintX category takes place at 4:40 p.m. PDT. Sunday’s GTS SprintX race (Round 8) is set for 11:55 a.m. PDT.
Grahovec, teaming with Chris Ohmacht in the No. 92 EFT Global/CAO/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4, placed second overall and the top Am class racer Friday with a 1:17.925 at 91.01 m.p.h. as they enter Saturday morning’s qualifying and Saturday afternoon’s 60-minute, two-driver main event. Rounding out the three-car Fast Track Racing GTS effort this weekend is the Daren Jorgensen and Brett Storm team in the No. 113 JET Environmental/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4 who recorded the tenth overall performance at 1:18.311 and 90.56 m.p.h.
“We are very pleased with the Friday runs for the Fast Track Racing operation,” said Grahovec, the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW team manager. “We felt confident coming into the weekend after a successful testing run a couple of weeks ago. Stevan and Justin were strong from the start, and Chris and myself feel good about our M4 GT4 car for Saturday. We still have a few adjustments to make for Saturday, but, overall, it was great day for the team.”
Grahovec and Ohmacht won the PWC GTS SprintX Am class at VIRginia International Raceway in April and the Toby/Chris combination currently rank third in the season Am point standings.
In the Touring Car class, current TC point leader Karl Wittmer in the No. 91 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR qualified for Saturday’s 40-minute sprint race in the third position Friday with a time of 1.22.982 and 85.46 m.p.h. Matt Travis drove the No. 26 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR to sixth in the starting grid with a 1:23.590 at 84.84 m.p.h., while Jayson Clunie piloted the No. 27 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR to a 1:23.806 at 84.62 m.p.h. for seventh in the TC field.
The Touring Car Round 7 sprint race is scheduled for 9:35 a.m. PDT Saturday at Portland with Sunday’s Round 8 beginning at 3:40 p.m. PDT.
All of the Pirelli World Challenge races at Portland International Raceway can be viewed live on www.world-challenge.com.
Classic BMW heads up the BMW customer racing program in North America, with customer-built cars and has captured the 2016 PWC Touring Car title with Gravohec and the BMW M235iR race car. The BMW M235iR racing sedan also won the PWC Touring Car manufacturer’s championship in 2017.