Top 5 Finishes Highlight Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW Contingent in Sunday’s PWC Grand Prix of Virginia
Karl Wittmer Takes 3rd Sunday in Classic BMW BMW M235iR in Touring Car
ALTON, Va. – Three Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW entries recorded Top Five finishes Sunday at Virginia International Raceway in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Virginia sports car spectacular at the 3:27-mile, 17-turn road course.
In the Touring Car class, Karl Wittmer of Montreal, Que., Canada scored a second podium appearance this weekend with a close third place finish in the 40-minute TC Round 4 race in the No. 91 Classic BMW BMW M235iR Sunday at VIR. Wittmer, third in Saturday’s race as well, made an impressive charge to battle eventual winner Steve Streimer and runner-up Jeff Ricca at the checkered flag.
The third place for Wittmer marks his third podium finish in the first four Touring Car races in the 2018 12-event Pirelli World Challenge.
“Seems like every TC has some great racing and always some bumping and solving,” said Wittmer. “I need to thank Fast Track Racing and Classic BMW for giving me a great car again. I just needed to execute. Finding an opening at this track is difficult. I kept looking for a spot, but I couldn’t find it. So, I just looked at the big picture and got my points. Two podium finishes are a good showing for us here.”
Placing fourth in the Sunday’s Touring Car feature race was Matt Travis of The Woodlands, Tex., in the Classic BMW BMW M235iR. Travis placed fifth in Saturday’s TC contest too.
In his Pirelli World Challenge debut weekend, C.J. Lett of Wichita, Kan., made a solid weekend showing with an 11th place today in the No. 28 Classic BMW BMW M235iR.
Over in the highly-competitive GTS SprintX Pro-Am division, Jason Hart of Flower Mound, Tex., led the 38-car field in the middle portion of the race with the No. 27 Vess Energy Group BWM M4 GT4 sports car, while the No. 17 Raphael & Associates/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 of Steve McAleer ran in third place overall.
At the finish, McAleer and his teammate Justin Raphael placed 15th overall with Hart and Mike Vess taking home 24th at the checkered flag.
In the Am category, Saturday class winners Toby Grahovec and Chris Ohmacht drove the No. 92 ETF Global/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 to fourth place Sunday to collect valuable points in their quest for the Am point lead after four rounds in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge tour.
The Touring Car and GTS SprintX divisions now move to the Memorial Day weekend at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut on May 25-28 for Round 5 and 6.
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.