For the first time since 2005, Pirelli World Challenge raced at Portland International Raceway and this was a triumph for Harry Gottsacker, Racers Edge Motorsports and SIN R1 GT4.
This weekend, marking the first top-level professional series to visit the circuit in nine years, Pirelli World Challenge took Sin R1 GT4 to the top in the second race and to the second podium position in the first one, preceded by two pole positions.
Two solid sessions, with the cars quick out of the box in hot and muggy temperatures marked the first day at Portland International Raceway. Both drivers earned top five positions in both practice sessions in their respective GTS Sprint X classes. Mark Pavan liked thirteen on this Friday the 13th, earning that position overall in practice, which also netted the No 54 FRAM Autolite Spark Plugs SIN R1 GT4 P4 in the Am category. Harry Gottsacker Racing drove the No 69 FRAM Autolite Spark Plugs Protein Water SIN R1 GT4 to P3 in Pro Am, finishing P5 & P6 in the GTS class overall.
Harry Gottsacker Racing laid down a blistering qualifying lap of 1:17.134 in the No 69 FRAM Autolite Spark Plugs Protein Water SIN R1 GT4, taking his second pole of the season and topping both the GTS Sprint X Pro-Am class and the overall GTS field.
Then Mark Pavan threw down a fast lap of 1:17.317 in the No 54 FRAM Autolite SIN R1 GT4 to join Gottsacker on the front row, taking P2 as well as leading the Am category.
In the first race Harry Gottsacker picked up his second pole of the season and led the field to green for Pirelli World Challenge GTS Race 1. The young Texan, who started on pole in Race 1 at his home event at Circuit of The Americas earlier in the season, turned in a lap of 1:17.134 in his No. 69 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1. Second place went to Mark Pavan who also took pole position in the Am category, completing a front-row sweep for Racers Edge and SIN.
Gottsacker drove a stellar race, leading the field from the green through the mandatory Sprint X pit stop period. He held off a hard charging Ian James in the no 50 Panoz Avezzano until the final two laps of the race, when James made a late pass to take the lead. Gottsacker’s performance brought the No 69 SIN R1 GT4 to the checkered flag in P2 overall, and P2 in the Pro-Am class. His fast lap of 1:17.796 will put the red SIN R1 GT4 on the pole tomorrow for the 2nd race from Portland.
Unfortunately, Mark Pavan’s race was marred with multiple incidents in which he was collected by competitors, but Pavan persevered throughout the 60-minute race. His P1 Am class qualifying stint better showed the capabilities of the No 54 SIN R1 GT4, from both the driver and race car.
Precision setup, strategy calls and performance by the entire crew gave Harry Gottsacker Racing a flawless No 69 FRAM Autolite Spark Plugs Protein Water SIN R1 GT4 to commandeer in our second race of the weekend. Gottsacker led the entire race from green flag, piloting through two full course caution periods and challenging competition to grab the checkered for his first career Pirelli World Challenge win and our first victory of the season in GTS Sprint X!
The only disappointment today stemmed from the damage sustained to Mark Pavan’s No 54 FRAM Autolite Protein Water SIN R1 GT4 in race 1 yesterday that kept car and driver from competing in Round 8 at the 58th Rose Cup this afternoon.
Harry Gottsacker secured his maiden Pirelli World Challenge and sports car racing win in Sunday’s GTS race at Portland International Raceway.
The Texan led from pole in the No. 69 Racers Edge Motorsports-run SIN R1 GT4 with the Bulgarian-built car taking its first win of the season after losing to Team Panoz Racing in Race 1.Gottsacker finished 8.7 seconds ahead of Matt Keegan in the No. 50 Panoz Avezzano GT4 that he shares with Ian James who took the lead and win off Gottsacker late in Saturday’s race.
For the drivers and teams, Portland presents a special challenge – and perhaps a more level playing field – because few have raced at the circuit that sits just across the Columbia River from Vancouver, Washington. Even fewer have raced on the current configuration that dates back to 2008, when the track was slightly modified with FIA curbing, a wider racing surface in Turns 4-7, and a tighter Turn 7.
Racers Edge Motorsports is rolling out of Portland with two pole positions, a hard fought P2, and a WIN, then will get back to work to prep for Utah 10-12th of August. “’