(Milwaukee, WI: May, 2nd, 2018) - The Pirelli World Challenge series traveled to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2018 GTS SprintX season. After testing the previous week, JCR Motorsports came into the weekend well prepared with their two Maserati GT4s but knew the new-generation GT4 cars would be tough to beat.
Milwaukee’s Jeff Courtney qualified his #99 X-Analytics/Kenda/RecStuff.com machine 7th in class for the first of two 60 minute sprint races. Fred Roberts and the #89 Enercare/Amana and Wolseley Maserati would start 8th. When the green flag flew on Saturday’s race Courtney would move ahead three positions and finish an impressive 4th in class, 11th overall despite an obvious performance differential to the other GT4 brands.
“It was another tough weekend for us and our Maserati’s, we came confident, tested and well prepared but we just cannot currently match the pace of these new GT4 cars. PWC has been working with us to try and balance our performance to the new GT4’s but obviously, we are very frustrated last year we sat on the pole at 3 of the last 4 races and this year we are barely mid-pack with a better-developed car.” The #99 Maserati ran a race fastest lap of 1:55.684 good enough to start Sunday’s Race 2 in 5th in class. Roberts would go on to grab the 10th position in class, 24th overall in the 36-car grid.
Race 2 was another 60-minute event but saw a slight uptick in entries with 37 cars taking the start. Though an early-race full course caution, Courtney stayed calm and consistent and would go on to finish where he started, 5th in class, 16th overall.
JCR Motorsports now has three weeks off until the next Sprint event where they’ll head North to beautiful Canada at the famed Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, 90 minutes East of Toronto. Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2018 PWC GTS Sprint season takes place May 18 - 20th.