NSX GT3 Evo scores one-two finish in Texas
The NSX GT3 Evo took an incredible one-two finish on its first weekend of Blancpain GT World Challenge America competition at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
Racers Edge Motorsport scored victory in the Pro-Am category in Sunday’s race with drivers Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey followed home by the similar Gradient Racing car of Till Bechtolsheimer and Ryan Eversley.
Starting from an incredible outright pole position, Marcelli led the opening stages, but dropped to third overall – and second in Pro-Am – by the mid-race driver changes.
Once behind the wheel, Barkey remained in a podium position during his stint and produced a flawless performance as others fell by the wayside to claim the victory – in sixth place overall – on what was Racers Edge’s first weekend fielding a GT3 car.
Completing a sensational race for the NSX GT3 Evo – which is assembled at JAS Motorsport – was Bechtolsheimer.
He took over from Eversley at mid-distance sixth in class, but picked his way through a chaotic series of late laps to snatch second.
The pair had finished fifth the previous day in what was Gradient’s debut race, meaning they are third in the Pro-Am Drivers’ standings, just seven points behind leaders Marcelli and Barkey.
Both cars were competing as part of the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme; a global collaborative project with JAS Motorsport responsible for assembly of all cars.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) and M-TEC handle sales and technical support in North America and Japan respectively, with JAS responsible for these areas across the rest of the world.
Stefano Fini, JAS Motorsport NSX GT3 Project Leader, said: “This is an incredible result in what is only the NSX GT3 Evo’s second race weekend and shows that the upgrades made to the car for 2019 – with the primary objective of making it easier to drive – have been extremely positive. To score a one-two finish in Pro-Am and an overall pole position – ahead of the purely-pro cars – is beyond expectation, so we must congratulate Racers Edge Motorsports and Gradient Racing, both of whom were racing at this level for the first time. If this is a sign of what is possible, I cannot wait for the next event in St Petersburg.”
Main: Martin Barkey/Kyle Marcelli, Racers Edge Motorsport Acura NSX GT3 Evo, lead Ryan Eversley/Till Bechtolsheimer, Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Austin, USA (credit Christopher Green); Lower (L): Martin Barkey/Kyle Marcelli, Racers Edge Motorsport (centre) with Ryan Eversley/Till Bechtolsheimer (left), Blancpain GT World Challenge America podium, Austin, USA (credit - Christopher Green); (R): Ryan Eversley/Till Bechtolsheimer, Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Austin, USA (credit - Halston Pitman).
About JAS Motorsport
Founded in 1995, JAS Motorsport is one of the world's leading touring car teams and constructors. Initially fielding Alfa Romeos in the ITC, JAS became a technical partner of Honda in 1998 and has been at the forefront of its activities with touring cars and rallying ever since. In 2012, JAS was chosen to develop, in partnership with Honda R&D, the Civic WTCC, with which it claimed the Manufacturers' world title a year later. JAS designed and built the Civic Type R TCR, which has claimed 19 major titles so far (seven with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.