- Kyle Marcelli, Martin Barkey score second Blancpain GT World Challenge win of the season
- Dane Cameron, Bret Curtis take RealTime Acura to Victory Lane in Pro/Am Debut
- Ryan Eversley, Till Bechtolsheimer earn pair of top-five results
Acura powered a pair of NSX GT3 Evo’s to Victory Lane at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, as Racer’s Edge Motorsports and RealTime Racing each earned Pro/Am class wins in Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America.
The Racer’s Edge Acura NSX of Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey followed up on a successful opening weekend with a strong performance in Saturday’s opening event, storming to their second win of the year in the hotly-contest ProAm class.
In Sunday’s nightcap, Dane Cameron and Bret Curtis rolled to their first win of the 2019 season, taking the RealTime Racing NSX GT3 Evo to the checkers.
The Racer’s Edge squad recovered from early-race contact in Saturday’s race and fought through the Pro/Am field. Once in the lead, closing driver Marcelli held off the Gradient Racing Acura of Ryan Eversley on a late restart to earn the win.
Eversley and Till Bectholsheimer held on for second on Saturday, and followed that with a fourth-place run on Sunday.
Sunday showed the strength of the RealTime squad, led by SCCA-? Hall-of-Famer Peter Cunningham. The team was making its 2019 debut in the World Challenge series, and despite having nearly no track time with car before the weekend, RealTime stormed to a dominating win on Sunday.
Cameron made a strong move off the starting line to vault his Acura NSX GT3 Evo into third place overall and first in the Pro/Am class, and spent the duration of his stint building his lead. Bret Curtis took over and protected the lead well, finishing with a 20-second gap over second place.
The series will next compete in three weeks, going north of the border to run at venerable Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada May 17-19.
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Kyle Marcelli (driver, #80 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo) Pro/Am class winner on Saturday: “Things happen in GT3 Racing and when they do, you have to be able to recover and manage your race. It was just a matter of regrouping and getting back in the groove. Martin [Barkey, co-driver] did a great job, we had a great run at the end and got the win. It was a fantastic day.”
Dane Cameron (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) Sunday race Pro/Am class winner: “I had a good start. I knew it was going to be feisty out there, so I looked for my lane and was able to make a couple of passes. After that, I knew tire wear was going to be an issue, especially now that it has warmed up a little bit, so I wanted conserve them a little and give the car to Bret [Curtis, co-driver] in a comfortable spot. He took it and did a great job. Acura gave us a great car.”
Blancpain GT World Challenge America
Circuit: Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.
Weather: Breezy, warm, 78 degrees F
|1.||Pro/Am||Kyle Marcelli / Martin Barkey||Racer’s Edge Mtspts||Acura NSX GT3 Evo||46 laps|
|2.||Pro/Am||Ryan Eversley / Tiill Bechtolsheimer Gradient||Gradient Racing||Acura NSX GT3 Evo||+0.353 seconds|
|3.||Pro/Am||David Askew / Ryan Dalziel||DXDT Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
|4.||Pro/Am||Bret Curtis / Dane Cameron||RealTime Racing||Acura NSX GT3 Evo|
|5.||Pro/Am||George Kurtz / Colin Braun||DXDT Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3|
Sunday Race Top Five Pro/Am, Acura Results:
|1.||Pro/Am||Bret Curtis / Dane Cameron||RealTime Racing||Acura NSX GT3 Evo||51 laps|
|2.||Pro/Am||George Kurtz / Colin Braun||DXDT Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||+19.054 seconds|
|3.||Pro/Am||Anthony Imperato / Matt Campbell||Wright Motorsports||Porsche 911 GT3R|
|4.||Pro/Am||Ryan Eversley / Tiill Bechtolsheimer||Gradient Racing||Acura NSX GT3 Evo|
|5.||Pro/Am||Alfred Caiola / Matt Plumb||One11 Competition||Ferrari 488 GT3|
|7.||Pro/Am||Kyle Marcelli / Martin Barkey||Racer’s Edge Mtspts||Acura NSX GT3 Evo||50 laps, running|