Ohmacht & Grahovec Win Utah Round 10 GTS SprintX Am, Wittmer, Travis & Clunie Take Top 5 in TC Round 10 in Utah
Great come-from-behind victory for No. 92 ETF Global/CAO/CLASSIC BMW M4
GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Despite starting well back in the 33-car field Sunday, the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW team of Chris Ohmacht and Toby Grahovec made a sensational come-from-behind performance Sunday to capture the Amateur division in the GTS SprintX 60-minute Round 10 race in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah at Utah Motorsports Campus outside of Salt Lake City.
Coming from the 20th starting position, Ohmacht drove the No. 92 ETF Global/CAO/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4 near the top ten in the first portion of the 24-lap main event at the 3.048-mile, 14-turn road circuit.
At the driver exchange in the mid-race pit stop, the Fast Track Racing crew made a superb stop with Grahovec able to pick up valuable positions on his “out lap” and jumped into the top ten overall and running second in the Amateur class. The 2016 Touring Car series champion continued his climb to the front of the field.
On a late race caution period, Grahovec moved into the top-five overall and the lead in the Amateur category. At the checkered, Toby scored the team’s second Amateur win of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge campaign. Ohmacht and Grahovec also finished third in the final GTS SprintX Am point standings.
“We had some challenges with the practice because of some tire issues and older carryover sets,” said Ohmacht. “Getting in the car this morning was the first time I was on fresh tires in the GT4, so it felt great. It was a good, clean stint and we had a lot of luck go our way. We didn’t seem to have any heat-related issues and the drive felt better for me on the new tires. It was a great car and exciting finish.”
“Chris did a great job in the beginning and gave me a great car,” said Grahovec. “He saved the tires, so the car was awesome at the end. The pit stop was perfect. I think we just barely made it on time in the pits, so I think we passed five or six cars in the pits which was pretty awesome. I just battled my way past as many cars as possible. Then there was an accident in turn three where everyone went right, and I went left. It all worked out for us in the end. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t.”
In addition to the Fast Track Racing Am class win in the GTS SprintX, the duo of Brett Strom and Daren Jorgensen drove their No. 113 JET Environmental/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4 to fifth in Sunday’s Round 10 race. In the Pro-Am category, Justin Raphael and Stevan McAleer finished a disappointing 12th after running in the top-three early in the race. However, Raphael’s No. 17 Raphael & Associates/CLASSIC BMW M4 was knocked out of contention by another driver while racing in the top-ten.
In the Touring Car Round 10 race Sunday, the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW team scored impressive runs with Karl Wittmer taking second in the No. 91 CLASSIC BMW M235iR, Matt Travis placing fourth in the in the No. 26 CLASSIC BMW M235iR and Jayson Clunie finishing fifth in the No. 27 CLASSIC BMW M235iR.
“The guys at Classic BMW and BMW Motorsport gave me an awesome car again,” said Wittmer. “I just had to put my head down and manage the car. Johan (Schwartz) and Matt really kept the pressure on me with an exciting race. I knew they were there the whole time and needed to hit my marks and not make any mistakes. The track was greasier Saturday than today, but we did have sand blowing onto the track surface a little bit this morning. That can pose problem sometimes. Overall, we’ll take two second place finishes and move to Watkins Glen.”
The Utah Motorsports Campus events will be shown on the CBS Sports Network Wednesday, August 22, at 9 p.m. EDT with the GTS SprintX class and Sunday, August 26, at 3 p.m. EDT with the Touring Car division.
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.