NSX GT3 Evo crew maintain IMSA points lead with podium
Jens Moller moved to within touching distance of the NSX GT3 Evo’s first championship title with a victory in the Blancpain GT Sports Club at Spa Francorchamps.
The Reno Racing driver took a double pole position and led Sunday’s opening race from start to finish; resisting extreme pressure late-on to claim his fourth win of the season.
He added second place in Race Two; his car affected by a broken splitter sustained in first-corner contact.
That result ensured he increase his series advantage to 38 points with just 50 available from the finale at Barcelona on September 28-29.
Fellow NSX GT3 Evo crew Meyer Shank Racing also hold a commanding 30-point lead in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship after coming within 0.010 seconds of another victory at Lime Rock Park.
Trent Hindman collected the #86 car’s third GTD pole position of the season and led throughout his opening hour-long stint; the American running long as the team back-timed the race to ensure a shorter final pitstop than their rivals.
Co-driver Mario Farnbacher chased down an 11-second deficit to the leaders after taking the wheel and hit the front at the second round of stops; he and Hindman leading 131 of the 178 laps at the Connecticut circuit.
Losing the lead in the closing minutes when a backmarker slowed directly in front of him at the fastest corner on the track, a photo finish was needed to separate him from the victory.
A fourth-straight top-two finish means MSR lead the Teams’ Championship while Acura head the Manufacturers’ standings.
Christina Nielsen qualified the sister car 11th and she and Katherine Legge had a tough race; twice suffering contact with other cars that led to off-track moments. They were classified 12th.
All three 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.
Main: Jens Moller, Reno Racing Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT Sports Club, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (credit - SRO); Lower (in order): 1 Jens Moller, Reno Racing Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT Sports Club, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (credit - SRO); 2 Mario Farnbacher/Trent Hindman, Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo, IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, Lime Rock, USA, (credit - Acura).
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.