Victories in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and GT3 Cup Challenge, double-podium in GTLM
Austin, Texas (7 May 2017) - The paddock seems to be noticing that it is a good idea to put AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology to your advantage. It is likely that even more will be coming to that conclusion given the big weekend of results that teams using AERO delivered at the Circuit of the Americas.
In a breakthrough result for the McLaren GT4 machine, Friday saw a 1-2 finish for the C360 Racing squad as Paul Holton and Matt Plumb combined for a huge victory in the 2-hour enduro with the No. 76 McLaren GT4.
Plumb crossed the line just over three seconds ahead of his C360R stablemate Nico Rondet, who shares the No. 77 AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology / Misahara Jewelry McLaren GT4 with Matthew Keegan. Adding to the celebrations for the Canadian team was the podium for the ST class No. 75 Audi S3 of Roy Block and Pierre Kleinubing, which also carries a compelling look thanks to AERO.
On Saturday, it was another big result for a longtime AERO partner, as young Corey Fergus scored his first-ever IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge career victory after a flag to flag run out front to score a win and move into a stronger championship position with six races in the 2017 season in the books. Fergus, who is following in his father's racing footsteps, works as a Porsche salesman as his day job and was pleased to add the victory to his burgeoning resume.
“I can’t say enough about Jim (McGuire) and the AERO guys; obviously, the car is just stunning on track, it is the best looking car out there,” said Fergus from atop the COTA podium. “It is a really awesome material, it is aerodynamic, it is lighter as well and we are thrilled to run it on our car. I have a great relationship with those guys (AERO), and couldn't be happier to get the win and to get the AERO car to the top of the podium.”
After two big breakthrough wins, the stage was set for another potentially major result as the No. 24 BMW North America driven by American John Edwards scored pole for the IMSA WeatherTech race with the AERO-equipped GTLM BMW M6. The BWM Team RLL squad was hoping to convert their strong pace into a significant win.
Unfortunately, a pair of pit penalties kept the team from making the most of the weekend, but the No. 25 GTLM BMW M6 of Bill Auberlin and Alexander Sims finished second in the GLTM class, with Edwards and his co-driver Martin Tomczyk coming home third in the No. 24 GTLM BMW M6 entry.
Scuderia Corsa continued to show a competitive race pace in GTD class competition, as No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 of Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen finished second to continue their strong run of results in the AERO-equipped Ferrari. This marks the third-straight podium finish for the team after finishing second at the 12 Hours of Sebring and third at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. After four races in the season, Balzan and Nielsen are second in the GT Daytona championship standings.
“With Ferrari and Scuderia Corsa, we try to align ourselves brands like AERO who have a high standard, high demands, who want to move forward and be the best at what they do,” said Nielsen. “This team is very much about quality over quantity.”