Lime Rock to Host First GT Showdown of Season

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

As the summer stretch continues for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, two of its four classes will take to the track next weekend at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

The GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes are set to be featured in the first of two GT-only showdowns of the year at next weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix on Sat., July 22.

The Northeast Grand Prix will be broadcast live flag-to-flag on FS2 starting at 3 p.m. ET, as well as on the FOX Sports GO app with FS2 authentication. Audio commentary also will be available on IMSA Radio via IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.

ENTRY LIST: Lime Rock

The 1.5-mile circuit will host the third race in four weeks for the GTLM and GTD classes. Both classes have seen dramatic shifts in championship battles with just five races remaining.

In GTLM, BMW Team RLL will look to continue its hot streak with Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims going for their third consecutive win in the No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM.

The team’s No. 24 entry of John Edwards and Martin Tomczyk finished second in the most recent race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park to make it a 1-2 sweep for BMW and are looking to break into the win column after podiums in two of the last three races.

Corvette Racing brings its two Corvette C7.Rs to Lime Rock Park with Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin returning as defending race winners in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen hold onto a narrow three-point lead entering the event weekend in the team’s No. 3 entry.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing enters the weekend with the No. 66 and No. 67 Ford GTs sitting third and fourth, respectively, in the series standings while the Porsche GT Team looks for its first win of the season with its pair of Porsche 911 RSRs.

In the GTD class, points leaders Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen will look to stand atop the podium for the first time this season in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 after recording six straight podium finishes this year without a victory.

They hold an eight-point lead, 203-195, over the No. 33 Riley Motorsports-Team AMG Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating.

Reappearing on the entry list for the fourth time this season and the first time outside of a Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup race is Alex Job Racing in the No. 23 Audi R8 LMS GT3 to be piloted by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell.

Jesse Krohn has been added to the lineup of Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3, along with Jens Klingmann, after last appearing at the Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in March.

Another addition to the entry list is that of James Davison and Brandon Davis in TRG’s No. 007 Aston Martin Vantage GT3. This is the first GTD race of the year for both drivers.

15 Comments

  1. Pierre

    July 12, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    What happened to risi?

    • welp

      July 12, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      They spent a lot of money this year, so they’re on hiatus for a bit to recover from all the crashes.

    • fourloko

      July 12, 2017 at 5:51 pm

      back at road america

      • Bert

        July 21, 2017 at 6:43 pm

        Risi will be back at VIR…

    • WBrowning

      July 13, 2017 at 9:28 am

      Their new car was crashed out a Le Mans by a LMP2 car and their budget took a big hit.

  2. Jason

    July 12, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    All gt! My favorite.

  3. Pikanjoe

    July 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I see this as two races in GTLM. Porrche & BMW at the front and Ford and Corvette following.

    • WBrowning

      July 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

      Yep, can’t believe they haven’t dialed back the BMW’a BoP advantage a bit after dominating the last two rounds. The Porsche looks close to breaking through though, if they can keep from braking/crashing/screwing up.

    • Andy Flinn

      July 13, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Pikanjoe, Team Corvette won Lime Rock (100th IMSA win) last year on their way to the 2016 GTLM championship.

      • Pikanjoe

        July 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm

        Andy, this was over one year ago. BOP has changes many times since, not at all the same now, different world..

        • Andy Flinn

          July 13, 2017 at 9:06 pm

          Pikanjoe, THIS year Team Corvette has also won Sebring (third year in a row), Long Beach (despite Antonio Garcia being blocked in a last lap traffic jam), and CoTA (after GTLM contact on lap one eliminated one team car). Team Corvette is also highly competitive in both the driver and manufacturer points championships.

          So Team Corvette’s winning ways in IMSA GTLM didn’t stop last year.

          This is IMSA GTLM 2017, not ALMS GT1 2008-2009.

          There will be competition.

          • Pikanjoe

            July 14, 2017 at 2:11 pm

            Latest BOB changes for Lime Rock proves my point.

  4. N8

    July 13, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Gonna miss attending this one for a family wedding. Not pleased.

    • jason

      July 13, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      I know what its like to have to miss a race due to family reasons. It stinks! You almost feel like you are letting the series and the track hosting the race down.

    • Jenner

      July 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm

      That sucks!

      IMSA comes to your town once a year and their wedding falls on your race wk end. Obviously they’re not race fans.

      I feel for you, I’m attending a wedding too on the same week, weekend as Monterey Car Week in Monterey, Laguna Seca. Such an awesome week of cars, food, races, parties. I guess a positive out of it is the wedding is in Kauai, so I’ll get to play golf, visit fam, go hiking, party.

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