Double US win for RealTime Racing with NSX GT3 Evo
RealTime Racing claimed a magnificent double pro-am victory with their NSX GT3 Evo at Watkins Glen to force themselves into the fight for the Blancpain GT World Challenge America title.
Dane Cameron and Mike Hedlund were victorious in both races with Racers’ Edge Motorsport duo Martin Barkey and Kyle Marcelli completing a magnificent one-two finish for the JAS Motorsport-assembled NSX GT3 Evo in Race Two.
Hedlund; victorious on his debut with the car at Sonoma last time out, started second in class in Race One, but grabbed the lead on the opening lap and allowed Cameron to complete the victory 90 minutes later.
Barkey and Marcelli finished third; losing time at the mandatory driver change, and ceding a position on track with 15 minutes left.
Cameron led Marcelli in Race Two, but a superb driver change meant Hedlund assumed the overall lead, which he held for almost 15 minutes before moving over to allow the quickest pro cars safe passage without risking an incident of his own.
He finished fifth overall and completed the class victory – RTR’s third in four races – with Barkey second. The RTR crew are now second in the pro-am points and only 21 behind the Racers’ Edge drivers with 100 available from the final two rounds.
Gradient Racing, who had arrived at Watkins Glen second in the pro-am points, qualified fourth for the opener, but finished only sixth after losing time in the pits to re-attach a diffuser that had worked itself loose.
Marc Miller qualified fifth for Race Two, but he and Till Bechtolsheimer made up one place to finish fourth and maintain their record of scoring points in every race this season.
Bechtolsheimer is fourth in the Drivers’ points, but only 26 away from the series lead.
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: Mike Hedlund/Dane Cameron, Realtime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Watkins Glen, USA (credit - Halston Pitman); Lower (in order): 1 Martin Barkey/Kyle Marcelli, Racers Edge Motorsport (L) with Mike Hedlund/Dane Cameron, Realtime Racing (C) Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Watkins Glen, USA (credit - Christopher Green); 2 Martin Barkey/Kyle Marcelli, Racers Edge Motorsport Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Watkins Glen, USA (credit - Christopher Green Photography); 3 Till Bechtolsheimer/Marc Miller, Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Watkins Glen, 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 20 major titles so far (eight with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.