Acura Automobiles: Acura’s Kox and Wilkins Prevail for NSX GT3 Victory in Utah

  • Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins measure initial Pirelli World Challenge feat for Acura
  • Ryan Eversley, Tom Dyer pierce their NSX GT3 home fifth
  • Third win of 2017 for a Acura NSX GT3 in initial year of competition
  • Second World Challenge SprintX turn to follow on Sunday

TOOELE, Utah – Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins total to measure a initial win for a new Acura NSX GT3 in Pirelli World Challenge Competition in a hard-fought SprintX opening turn of a doubleheader foe weekend during Utah Motorsports Campus.

Starting from a pole, Kox led a opening shred of a hour-long contest, though a #93 RealTime Racing Acura slipped to second behind a Ferrari of Daniel Mancinelli and Niccolo Schiro during a mid-race turn of array stops.  But a discerning half-spin by Schiro saw Wilkins pierce a Acura behind into a lead as a foe strike a 40-minute mark.

Wilkins and Schiro continued to conflict by a shutting laps, though a Ferrari was never means to finish a pass, and Wilkins took his Acura to a checkers by 0.228-seconds. 

“This feels wonderful. It was utterly [close] during a end, though a Acura achieved unequivocally well,” Kox pronounced during a finish. “I had a good start, and we usually clever on my possess foe and attempted to preserve a automobile as good as we could for Mark [Wilkins], so he had a good automobile to finish it off. We mislaid some time in a array stop, though luckily it fell behind into a hands, Mark withstood a vigour and we have a illusory result.”

Wilkins recounted a shutting laps. “I usually suspicion “one dilemma during a time and get a many out of a car”. We did that today. Peter did a good pursuit in subordinate and he put us in a position to get this win and did a good pursuit in his expostulate and handed over a purify automobile during a front. we was looking brazen to a white dwindle [indicating a start of a final lap]. we knew we could usually retard divided and not make any mistakes. we consider we capitalized on that. I was a bit nervous, to be honest. we usually wanted to stay out of difficulty and do a best pursuit we could. It’s good to get a initial feat in World Challenge for a NSX GT3. It feels fantastic. Thanks to Peter [Cunningham, group owner] and RealTime for a opportunity.”

The win is a initial for a new NSX GT3 in a Pirelli World Challenge, and a third for Acura in a initial year of general GT3 competition. In further to today’s victory, Michael Shank Racing has scored dual endurance-race wins in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with drivers Andy Lally and Katherine Legge.

In a second #43 RealTime Racing NSX GT3, Ryan Eversley started fourth and shortly began a prolonged conflict with a Porsche of Pat Long, eventually gaining third place.  However, a check during a motorist change during a singular array stop resulted in co-driver Tom Dyer resuming in fifth.  While he was means to recover most of a belligerent mislaid during a prolonged array stop, Dyer was incompetent to urge his position in a shutting laps and finished fifth.

“One of a belts got trapped behind me in a seat. It was unfortunate,” Dyer pronounced of a prolonged array stop. “We were fighting a small bit of understeer, and it kept growing. we was endangered about a left front tire, too. It was feeling a small odd, though all done it to a finish.”

“The RealTime guys brought dual unequivocally good foe cars. We were quick in each event and we knew we’d be strong,” Eversley said. “The biggest thing about currently is a Acura NSX GT3 has now won in a IMSA array and in World Challenge.  Hopefully, people will wish to buy these cars and foe them subsequent year. We’re all unequivocally happy during RealTime to get a win, and we’ll try it again tomorrow.”

“After a initial central on lane event [here] one year ago, it came full turn today.  The NSX GT3 has now shown it can foe for a win in both continuation and scurry racing,” pronounced NSX GT3 Project Leader Lee Niffenegger of Honda Performance Development.  “Huge congratulations to everybody during RealTime Racing and a Acura Motorsports engineers for all a tough work to get to this point.  Peter had a good path in subordinate to secure a initial World Challenge stick for a NSX GT3, and reason P1 via his stint.  Mark afterwards delivered a cold and ease opening to reason off a charging Ferrari to take a initial World Challenge win.  The initial one is always a hardest, and now we can try for some-more as a deteriorate continues.”

The RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 group will have usually a brief time to season today’s victory, as a second turn of a weekend doubleheader takes place tomorrow during Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah.

The Acura NSX GT3 racecar utilizes a prolongation NSX’s lightweight multi-material physique with aluminum-intensive space frame, and is powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin-turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine. The engine uses a same pattern specifications as a prolongation 2017 Acura NSX, including a block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. The engine is interconnected with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering energy to a back wheels. The Acura NSX is constructed during a Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Acura Pirelli World Challenge racing activities during a Utah Motorsports Campus are being posted on a “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel.  Produced by a Carolinas Production Group, a video packages can be found in a 2017 HPD Trackside Video Playlist at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

 

Pirelli World Challenge
Circuit:      Utah Motorsports Campus (3.02-mile highway course), Lexington, Ohio
Weather:  Partly cloudy, hot, 91 degrees F Saturday

Round 8 Results Saturday:
Pos     Drivers                                      Team                       Car                              Status                       

  • Peter Kox/Mark Wilkins                RealTime Racing     Acura NSX GT3           32 laps
  • Daniel Mancinelli/Niccolo Schiro TR3 Racing                       Ferrari 488 GT3           +0.228 seconds
  • Patrick Long/Jorg Bergmeister    Wright Motorsports    Porsche 911 GT3R     
  • Johnny O’Connell/Ricky Taylor               Cadillac Racing       Cadillac ATS V-R
  • Ryan Eversley/Tom Dyer           RealTime Racing       Acura NSX GT3
  • Alvo Parente/Ben Barnicoat       K-PAX Racing          McLaren 650S GT3    

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