3GT Racing earns sixth place finish at Detroit’s Belle Isle
(DETROIT, MI) June 2, 2018 – The Lexus RC F GT3 No. 14 registered a sixth-place finish in the GTD class in the second sprint race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Detroit’s Belle Isle.
The No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 had an early finish in the 100-minute race after driver David Heinemeier Hansson had an encounter with the wall on turn 5, during his first stint. Hansson had qualified the car the day before and started P5.
Dominik Baumann started the race P4. After a 35-minute stint, Baumann turned the car over to co-driver Kyle Marcelli.
“It was a short ride,” Baumann said. “I gained one position at the start, but then I lost it back on the second lap. Our car was good, and I could follow the guys in front. I kept the gap how it was, but it’s so hard to overtake here in Detroit. The car is still in one piece and I’m happy with 6th.”
The pit stop that put Marcelli in after Baumann took a few seconds longer than they had planned and Marcelli lost a couple positions as he moved onto the track.
“When we were coming into this race, most of the guys thought that this is not a track to pass on,” Marcellli said. “The strategy was to qualify the fastest guy and start up front and, if you’re up front, it’s your race to win because it’s difficult to overtake. It proved to be correct. I think we could have been on the podium; the speed is there. It came down to track position. Our strategy was good, but our pit stop was slow. Then it was just a procession.”
John Gentilozzi, 3GT Racing Technical Director, said it was certainly a tough day. He said Marcelli fought as much as he could to catch up, it just didn’t happen.
“It’s not how we thought either car was going to finish. Not how we wanted either car to finish,” Gentilozzi said. “A shame for the 15 car, David pushed hard, but on a street circuit like this, there’s no room for error. On the 14 car, we made the right decision, the execution just didn’t work out for us. We got on the back foot and in Detroit, it’s really hard to pass. I’m proud of the efforts the guys put in this weekend getting the car back up front. Unfortunately, we weren’t as successful as we were at Mid-Ohio, but we move on to Watkins Glen. We had a good car there last year and we’re looking forward to that race. That’s definitely more our kind of track.”
Next race is the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International. The race will be televised live on FS1 beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sunday, July 1.
About 3GT Racing
3GT Racing was formed to race the Lexus RC F GT3. Owned and operated by five-time Trans-Am Series Champion, Paul Gentilozzi and his longtime partners, Tony and John Gentilozzi, the East Lansing, Michigan-based team principals have been involved in motorsports for more than 48 years and have claimed more than 75 victories and 15 manufacturer and driver championships.