3GT Racing Qualifies P2, P3 in Northeast Grand Prix
(LAKEVILLE, CT) Jul 21, 2018 – When the checkered flag came out at the end of the 15-minute qualifying session at Lime Rock Park, 3GT Racing’s No. 14 and No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 cars had claimed P2 and P3 respectively.
Dominik Baumann, who qualified the No. 14, completed seven laps before he returned to the pits. His fastest lap was 51:628, less than 2/10ths of a second behind the leader.
“I’m really happy with P2. I think it’s the first time this year during qualifying that the No. 14 Lexus is in front of the No. 15,” Baumann said. “This is a short track, but it’s not an easy track. We are all dealing with tire degradation and because there are just a few corners, and everyone is so quick, there’s no time to make a mistake. “
The No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 got a late start into the 15-minute qualifying session while the crew made some last-minute changes.
Hawksworth, who qualified the No. 15, got started in time to complete seven laps. His fastest lap 51:705 earned him the P3 position.
“The car has been giving us struggles this weekend,” Hawksworth said. “In the end I got P3 and I’m ok with that for now, but it’s been a struggle.”
John Gentilozzi, 3GT Racing Technical Director, said it’s been a bit of weird weekend.
“I thought the crew dealt really well with qualifying right after warmup – certainly making that last-minute change on Jack’s car. And it obviously made some difference for him,” he said. “I don’t know that either of our drivers was happy in qualifying, but I don’t think anyone in the field is happy with their car. We’ll go into the race with a little bit of improvement based on what we learned in qualifying and it’s going to be a pretty good battle out there for two-hours and 40 minutes. And then we’ll see where we end up in the end.
The race begins this afternoon at 3 p.m. ET and will be televised on a delayed basis, starting at 4 p.m. on FS1. The race will be carried live by IMSA Radio on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio (Sirius 138/XM 202/App972).
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.