Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW TC Trio Prepare for Watkins Glen Doubleheader in PWC Season Finales
Practice rounds on Friday show Classic BMW BMW M235 iR cars have speed
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – If Friday’s practice session is any indication, the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car races this weekend at prestigious Watkins Glen International are going to be fierce battles within the 21-car field. And Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW’s Karl Wittmer, Jayson Clunie and Matt Travis are ready for the fight.
The Fast Track Racing trio came to Friday’s two practice session at the famed 3.4-mile, 11-turn road circuit with a game plan as they contend for important points in the season finale 40-minute sprint races in the Touring Car division. Wittmer ranks second in the standings, with Travis fourth and Clunie seventh.
After the triple digit heat at Utah three weeks ago, the cooler conditions Friday at Watkins Glen were quite a contrast with overcast skies and a better racing surface.
In the opening TC practice rounds, Wittmer took his No. 91 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR sedan to third with a time of two minutes, 5.167 seconds for an average speed of 96.98 miles per hour on the high-speed course. Meanwhile, Clunie was sixth at 2:06.021 and 96.32 m.p.h. in his No. 27 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR and Travis ninth at 2:06.860 and 95.69 m.p.h. in the No. 26 CLASSIC BMW BMW M235iR.
“The conditions are so much different here at Watkins Glen than they were at Utah,” said Wittmer, a race winner earlier this year at Lime Rock Park. “The cars can hook up with the cooler racing surface and really record some quick times. The Classic BMW crew is one of the best in the Pirelli World Challenge paddock area. And they know how to adjust the car’s setup to get more speed for Matt, Jayson and myself. I’m anxious to get into the races on Saturday and Sunday. It will be flat-out as we are battling for the points championship.”
Wittmer improved his time in the Friday afternoon runs with a 2:04.958 clocking for an average speed of 97.14 m.p.h. Fellow BMW driver Johan Schwartz of Rooster Hall Racing was the fastest on Friday in the Touring Car class with a 98.52 m.p.h.
Clunie also improved his time in the afternoon Friday with an impressive 2:05.193 and 96.96 m.p.h., while Travis was a second and a half better than his morning time at 2:05.247 and 96.92 m.p.h. for seventh quickest in the 21-driver field.
Touring Car action at Watkins Glen International will get underway for qualifying at 9:05 a.m. with Race 1 set for 12 p.m, all Eastern time. Sunday’s 40-minute sprint race will begin at 10 a.m.
All Touring Car will be show on live streaming on www.world-challenge.com and the World Challenge YouTube Channel.
Classic BMW in Plano, Tex., heads up the BMW customer racing program in North America, with customer-built cars and has captured the 2016 PWC Touring Car title with Grahovec and the BMW M235iRacing. The BMW M235iR racing sedan also won the PWC Touring Car manufacturer’s championship in 2017.