Acura Automobiles: Legge, Parente Run Fourth during Lime Rock

  • Katherine Legge, Alvaro Parente maximize plan to finish fourth in GT-only run
  • Legge, Acura sojourn second in parsimonious GTD drivers’, manufacturers’ championship battles
  • Lawson Aschenbach, Justin Marks victims of early-race contact

A fourth-place finish Saturday during Lime Rock Park for Alvaro Parente and Katherine Legge in their #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 keeps both Legge and Acura in a thick of a tighten GTD championship battles after 7 of 11 rounds in a 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3
As during Canadian Tire Motorsports Park dual weeks earlier, new Balance of Performance adjustments by a array have left a MSR Acura NSX GT3s with an ascending conflict to quarrel in a parsimonious GTD field.

Starting seventh, Legge survived an early run adult an shun highway and gained 3 positions by a prolonged early army before handing a automobile over to co-driver Parente.  Varying array strategies from other teams found Parente using seventh during a mid-point of a two-hour, 40-minute contest.  But a prolonged shutting army for a #86 NSX GT3 saw Parente pierce adult to fourth as a competition entered a shutting stages.

Parente gained one some-more place, to third, as a heading Porsche of Patrick Long began to fast blur due to tire wear.  However, battling tire wear himself, Parente forsaken to fourth with reduction than 5 mins remaining.  The fourth-place finish, however, keeps both Acura and Legge second in a GTD Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships, respectively.

Meanwhile, opening-lap hit from a Turner Motorsports BMW of Bill Auberlen left a #93 MSR Acura with left-front cessation repairs that resulted in drivers Lawson Aschenbach and Justin Marks timid from a race.

Acura Team Penske Next Event
IMSA’s Prototype difficulty was not a partial of a IMSA weekend during Lime Rock, though a Acura Team Penske ARX-05s will lapse to a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for a subsequent competition on a schedule, a Aug 3-5 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase during Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. 

Alvaro Parente (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) finished fourth: “We suffered a small bit too most during a finish of a competition [with tire wear], though we never unequivocally had that final small bit of gait during any time: when a tires were fresh, or in a middle, or during a end.  It’s a contrition we couldn’t reason off a Ferrari for third, though we’re fighting for points and currently we didn’t have a automobile for a lectern [finish].  Maybe subsequent time will be different.”

Katherine Legge (driver, #86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) finished fourth: “Our competition didn’t go wholly as we’d hoped.  However, a group did a unusual job, and so did Alvaro [Parente], during removing us lane position.  Fourth place during a finish redeemed a weekend that wasn’t looking ideal for us.  This is how we win championships, by removing plain points when we don’t have a fastest automobile on a track.”

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Circuit:       Lime Rock Park (1.474-mile highway course) Lakeville, CT
Weather:     Partly sunny, mild, 78 degrees F

Top-6 GTD Race Results:
  Ps.       Class                  Drivers                                                         Team                                Chassis                              Laps/Notes              
   1.        GTD                    Bryan Sellers / Madison Snow                   Paul Miller Racing           Lamborghini Huracan        172 laps
   2.        GTD                    Andy Lally / John Potter                             Magnus Racing                Audi R8 LMS                  +18.614 seconds
   3.        GTD                    Gunnar Jeannette / Cooper MacNeil          Scuderia Corsa                Ferrari 488 GT3                 172 laps
   4.        GTD                    Katherine Legge / Alvaro Parente          Meyer Shank Racing     Acura NSX GT3                172 laps
   5.        GTD                    Jack Hawksworth / Mario Farnbacher      3 GT Racing                     Lexus RC F GT3               172 laps
   6.        GTD                    Jeroen Bleekemolen/ Ben Keating              Riley Motorsports            Mercedes AMG GT3         171 laps
   9.        GTD                    Lawson Aschenbach / Justin Marks     Meyer Shank Racing     Acura NSX GT3                DNF – contact


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