3GT Racing Will Start in Lead Row in Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at CTMP
BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO (July 7, 2018) – The 3GT Racing team locked in the lead positions for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix on Sunday, July 8 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Jack Hawksworth claimed the pole in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 during today’s qualifying session. Dominik Baumann in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, will start P2.
This is the third pole in the last four races for Hawksworth, who wasted no time getting up to speed during the 15-minute GTD qualifying session. Taking the pole with his fastest lap of 1:15:581 in the third lap.
Dominik Baumann also racked up his fastest lap early, with a time of 1:16:020 in his fifth lap.
Both times beat the track’s fastest lap in qualifying, 1:16:536, that was set last year in the 3GT Racing’s Lexus RC F GT3 by Sage Karam.
“That’s what we seek to do, that’s our job,” said 3GT Racing’s Managing Partner, Paul Gentilozzi. “Putting the Lexus RC F GT3 cars at the front row. Fans expect performance out of Lexus and we’re simply trying to provide it,” he said. “Everybody has done just such a great job on our team, Lexus, TRD, we’re all working incredibly hard and hopefully that will result in another victory.”
Hawksworth said the team knew that the CTMP (still referred to by many as ‘Mosport’) would suit the Lexus RC F GT3.
“We came in here with a lot of positive vibes and the car worked really well from the minute we rolled off the truck,” Hawksworth said.
“The team, 3GT Racing, did a fantastic job and I just really enjoyed driving out there. To be honest, it was a lot of fun and the car was working great. “It helps having a year with the car now. The team has become more efficient, we understand the car a lot more and then you add that this is the kind of track that suits the Lexus well just because of the nature of the high-speed corner and, we knew coming in here this was going to be a golden opportunity. Hopefully, tomorrow we can start collecting some trophies.”
This is the second P1, P2 qualifying session that 3GT Racing had this season. The first, at Mid-Ohio in May, resulted in a win for the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3.
Baumann, said he’s happy with the P2, but he definitely struggled a bit yesterday during practice in the No. 14.
“We had a really good car. The crew worked hard on it,” the Austrian driver said. “I had some trouble yesterday, I think I just couldn’t get my lap together. But I found some performance in me last night, and I’m really happy with it now. Starting at the front is good.”
The Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a two-hour and 40-minute race, will be televised on FS1, on a delayed basis, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. It will be carried live by IMSA Radio on IMSA.com, and SiriusXM Radio.
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.