Two more titles for NSX GT3 Evo teams in North America
The NSX GT3 Evo claimed two more major titles as a superb season in the Blancpain GT World Challenge America concluded at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last weekend.
Racers’ Edge Motorsports pair Martin Barkey and Kyle Marcelli became pro-am Drivers’ champions while RealTime Racing wrapped up the Teams’ title.
Having been shoved back to seventh in the category during the early stages of Race One, Mike Hedlund pulled the RealTime car back up to fourth by half-distance and slick pitwork meant Dane Cameron moved into third at the mandatory mid-race driver changes.
He was then in prime position to inherit the class win – the team’s fifth in a row – when the leading NSX GT3 Evo of Marc Miller – whose co-driver Till Bechtolsheimer had put Gradient Racing on pole – was run off the track by a rival, who was later penalised for the contact.
Victory for Cameron/Hedlund and second place for Miller/Bechtolsheimer completed a one-two finish for the NSX GT3 Evo with Barkey/Marcelli finishing fifth after they too were penalised for contact with another car.
Second place in the finale allowed Cameron/Hedlund to seal the Teams’ title for RealTime while Barkey/Marcelli wrapped up the Drivers’ prize in fourth; one place ahead of Miller/Bechtolsheimer, who had arrived in Las Vegas as championship contenders.
In total, NSX GT3 Evos claimed 11 pro-am wins and 22 podiums in 2019 – more than any other car – while Cameron and Hedlund’s highlight was an outright win at Road America.
Hedlund finished fourth in the pro-am Drivers’ points, one place ahead of Bechtolsheimer.
The Evo version of the NSX GT3 has now won six major titles in 2019; the double weekend success adding to three crowns in IMSA and one in the Blancpain GT Sports Club.
A further title is available in Japan’s Super GT GT300 class, which is currently led by the ARTA team’s example.
All three 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: Martin Barkey/Kyle Marcelli, Racers' Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Las Vegas, USA (credit - Chris Green); Lower (in order): 1 Martin Barkey/Kyle Marcelli, Racers' Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Las Vegas, USA (credit - Chris Green); 2 Mike Hedlund/Dane Cameron, RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Las Vegas, USA (credit - Halston Pitman); 3 Till Bechtolsheimer/Marc Miller, Gradient Racig Acura NSX GT3 Evo, Blancpain GT World Challenge America, Las Vegas, 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 21 major titles so far (eight with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car, which has already claimed two major titles in its first season of competition.