CJ Wilson Racing adds second GS Porsche Cayman GT4

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CJ Wilson Racing, which premiered “Darth Cayman” at the season opening Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Daytona in January, will have its second Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport make its race debut at Sebring this week.

Danny Burkett and Marc Miller, who drive the ONE Capital/Motor Oil Matters No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, will have team veteran Tyler McQuarrie return alongside with series debutant, Till Bechtolsheimer, a veteran of historic racing.

Here’s the team’s release, below:

CJ Wilson Racing today added a second Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport to its Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge program for 2016. The Sebring 150 on Friday, March 18th will see the debut of the #35 Porsche driven by CJ Wilson Racing regular Tyler McQuarrie and series debutant, Till Bechtolsheimer. The pairing is scheduled to contest six of the remaining nine rounds of the series.

For McQuarrie, the program of Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races completes an arduous schedule which will see him compete full time in Formula Drift, while also tackling all of the US rounds of the spectacular Stadium Super Truck series and a number of off-road events. For the British-raised Bechtolscheimer, this will be his first foray into racing in North America after spending a number of years competing in a wide variety of high profile historic events throughout Europe.

“I’m so excited to be back with CJ Wilson Racing and proud to be part of this new era and direction the team has taken running the new Porsche Cayman GT4,” explained McQuarrie. The Danville, CA resident went on to underline his enthusiasm for his move to the GS class. “CJWR has been the class of the field over the years and for that I have very high expectations for myself and my new co driver.”

For the New York based Bechtolscheimer the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge is a significant career move. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from a team like CJ Wilson Racing. For me, the 2016 season will be all about making the transition from historic to modern racing and finding my footing in a professional series.”

“The team feels like it’s at full strength now with two cars under the CJWR tent at Sebring,” declared Team Manager, Andris Laivins. He went on to explain how “having Till and Tyler on board for the majority of the season means we are going to accelerate our learning with the Caymans and having a strong lineup alongside Danny and Marc in the 33 gives us a little more muscle on race day.”

The latest team partner is a familiar one to Laivins. “We are very happy to welcome Safecraft Safety Equipment to the 35 car; their fire suppression systems are literally the only ones I’ve used in over a decade building race cars. It’s a critical part of keeping the driver safe, so dealing with a responsive US-based company definitely adds a layer of comfort when you’re making those choices.”

Round two of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Sebring 150, takes place on Friday, March 18th at 1:05pm EST at the legendary Sebring International Raceway in central Florida.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 3 p.m. to USA Network.



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