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Veloster N TCR captures IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge titles in debut season
  • Veloster N TCR customers Bryan Herta Autosport finished 1-2 in both the teams’ and drivers’ championships in their debut season in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series
  • Michael Lewis and Mark Wilkins confirmed both titles for the Hyundai America supported squad with victory in the season-ending race at Road Atlanta
  • Teammates Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker completed the season finishing fourth in season finale to claim second and complete a superb season for the team.
 In its debut season of racing the Veloster N TCR helped Hyundai customers finish first and second in both the teams’ and drivers’ championship for the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in the USA.
The titles were taken by the Hyundai America supported Bryan Herta Autosport team, who have run a pair of cars throughout the 10-round 2019 season. The drivers’ honour was clinched in the final race of the season at Road Atlanta where drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis scored victory for the squad in the two-hour contest.
The result was their third win of the season, following successes at Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock Park earlier in the year. Having shared the #98, performance blue Veloster N TCR for the full campaign the pair also gave Bryan Herta Autosport the trophy in the teams’ championship.
The duo, who drove i30 N TCR with the squad in last year’s Pirelli World Challenge, started the season relatively slowly at the showpiece events of Daytona and Sebring as they got to grips with their new machine. However, they started the central part of the season with victory in a thrilling race at Mid-Ohio. They followed it up with a second place in another dramatic finish at Watkins Glen, before adding another win at Lime Rock Park as Veloster N TCR finished first and third.
The podium visit began a string of three top-three finishes for Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker in the sister entry. The ‘junior’ pairing in the team scooped a first win in the series at Road America and second at Virginia International Raceway – putting Hyundai teams first and second in the championship before the penultimate race at Laguna Seca. Fourth place in the season finale confirmed them in second in the standings, completing an amazing debut season in IMSA competition for Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai.
Developed with the primary aim of competing in the USA – where the i30 N is not sold as a road car – the Veloster N TCR shares around 85% of its parts with the i30 N TCR, and is built in Germany at the Hyundai Motorsport headquarters in Alzenau. The endurance races of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge also see the cars run with an ABS system and additional fittings to enable quick refueling in the pitlane.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Senior Sales Associate Andrew Johns said: “This season the Bryan Herta Autosport team has been superb, and their performance has rightly been rewarded with first and second in both the drivers’ and teams’ titles. Many of their races have been very close, and the endurance format of the series has meant that strategy has played a big part. Happily the work of the team and the pace of the car and drivers have combined to win the championship. Bringing a second TCR design to market for 2019 in the Veloster N TCR was very ambitious, but also hugely important. A key target of Hyundai Motorsport, the Customer Racing department and the TCR project is to promote the road going versions of the N models, and having the Veloster N TCR racing in the Michelin Pilot Challenge was one of the core aim of the project.”
2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR Class Drivers’ Standings
After round 10
1 M. Lewis/M. Wilkins 291
2 M. Filippi/H. Gottsacker 268
3 G. Ernstone/J. Morley 267
4 S. Blackstock/T. O’Gorman 265
5 B. Henderson/T. Lamb 252
6 N. Galante/J. Vance 249
7 C. Mullan 235
8 M. Johnson/S. Simpson 221
9 R. McDonough 220
10 R. Nash 218
2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR Class Teams’ Standings
After round 10
1 #98 Bryan Herta Autosport 291
2 #21 Bryan Herta Autosport 268
3 #61 Roadshagger Racing 267
4 #37 LA Honda World Racing 265
5 #85 Atlanta Speedwerks 252
6 #23 Fast MD Racing 249

Michael Lewis/Mark Wilkins - Veloster N TCR - Road Atlanta
Mason Filippi/Harry Gottsacker - Veloster N TCR - Road Atlanta
Michael Lewis/Mark Wilkins - Veloster N TCR - Road Atlanta
About Hyundai Motorsport GmbH
Established on 19 December 2012, Hyundai Motorsport GmbH is responsible for Hyundai’s global motorsport activities, including the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), Customer Racing and electric racing projects. In WRC, Hyundai Motorsport quickly established a strong reputation taking victory in its debut season in 2014. The team amassed ten wins up to the end of the 2018 season and finished as runners-up in the manufacturers’ championship on three consecutive occasions. Since the establishment of its Customer Racing activities in September 2015, Hyundai Motorsport has become a trusted partner for teams and drivers looking for success on the rally stages or on racetracks around the world. From its competitive i20 R5 rally car to the competitive i30 N TCR, Hyundai Motorsport-built cars have claimed victory in several championships, including national rally series in France and Spain, as well as the teams’ and drivers’ titles in the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) season. Designed and built at its Alzenau headquarters, the Veloster N ETCR was unveiled in September 2019 and heralds an exciting new era, in which electric racing is set to become one of the company’s pillars. Unified under Hyundai Motorsport, WRC, Customer Racing and electric racing are together playing instrumental roles in driving Hyundai’s global high-performance N brand, and are supporting an important perception shift for the Hyundai brand around the world.

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