Michael Lewis Just Misses Out on Win Saturday during a Glen, Mark Wilkins Takes Fourth in TCR Round 11 Event for BHA

09/01/2018, Watkins Glen, NY


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Sept. 1, 2018) – Michael Lewis did all he could Saturday afternoon during Watkins Glen International in a Pirelli World Challenge 40-minute TCR race, though a motorist of a No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian Hyundai i30 N TCR motorist had to settle for second during a mottled flag.

But it was close. How about 0.221 of a second for a immature California racer?

Starting third in a Round 11 lineup, Lewis practical vigour to stick sitter Ryan Eversley a whole 18 laps before carrying to take a runner-up finish during a ancestral 3.4-mile, 11-turn highway circuit.

Running special decals for Hyundai Hope On Wheels and their crony ‘Reese a Beast,” Lewis’ No. 98 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR appurtenance looked to be in position to make a critical pierce to a lead with only a few laps remaining Saturday. Michael worked a low line and a high line and indeed pulled forward quickly of Eversley in his try to squeeze a lead. However, Eversley was means to reason off Lewis during a finish line for a victory.

Lewis did set a fastest competition path Saturday and will start from a stick in Sunday’s eventuality scheduled for 3:25 p.m. EDT. The competition will be shown live on www.world-challenge.com and a World Challenge YouTube channel.

Lewis’s BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR teammate Mark Wilkins took fourth in Saturday’s TCR underline in his No. 99 BHA Hyundai i30 N TCR car.

Lewis entered a penultimate competition of a 2018 Pirelli World Challenge highway racing array only 7 points from a TCR indicate lead.  Now, Michael goes into Sunday’s final eventuality with a nine-point necessity to Eversley in a TCR Drivers’ championship.

In a Team points, Bryan Herta Autosport binds a 20-point advantage over RealTime Racing, 267-247, while Hyundai tops a Manufacturers’ standings, 109-93, entering Sunday’s contest.

“That was a fun race,” pronounced Lewis. “It was a unequivocally good time to competition that approach opposite Ryan (Eversley) and have that turn of trust between us, generally going into some stop zones. So congratulations to him and his team. For us, a Bryan Herta Autosport group was unequivocally operative tough during use to get a automobile set adult well. Mark (Wilkins) was also agreeable in to assistance get a setup right for a race. We had a initial design to get one indicate for fastest path and we did that. The subsequent object on a list was to try to win a race.

“That was a small bit harder and we did have a automobile to do it.  But we only couldn’t make it happen. There was some overlie from Ryan’s lines to cave and we attempted to use that to my advantage. Ryan is good in a initial few turns, though afterwards it starts to go my approach a other half of a track. That’s where we would try to set adult a run for 3 or 4 laps in a row. we had a few opportunities and one was unequivocally good one, where we was indeed in front for a integrate of seconds. But we only couldn’t reason it on a outside. It was a really satisfactory race. Good points day, fun race, and good to get a quick path indicate to start on stick for Sunday’s race.”

Sunday’s TCR competition will underline a station start.


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