Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy have claimed a sweep of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge doubleheader weekend at Mid-Ohio, taking their second victory in as many days in their KohR Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4.
The duo extended their GS championship lead by becoming the first repeat winners of the season following Sunday’s incident-filled two-hour race.
Stacy took the No. 60 Aston Martin to a 6.473-second win over the No. 35 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 of Dylan Murry, who was turned around by Alec Udell while battling for the lead in the final 30 minutes.
Udell, in the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes GT4, was forced to serve a drive-through penalty for incident responsibility, dashing hopes of a win for he and co-driver Bryce Ward.
It dropped the pairing to a sixth place finish.
A drive-time miscue for the KohR Aston, which put pole-sitter Stacy 1 minute short of the 40-minute minimum drive time, resulted in Stacy getting back in the Aston for the final stint.
Jeff Westphal passed Jan Heylen to put the No. 39 CarBahn by Peregrine Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 third in class in the closing stages prior to Heylen needing to pit his No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for fuel.
It promoted Chad McCumbee and James Pesek to fourth in the No. 40 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4, with the sister CarBahn Audi completing the top-five.
Morley Fuel Gamble Pays Off in TCR
Road Shagger Racing claimed its second TCR class win of the season in a fuel mileage race for Jon Morley, who held on in the No. 61 Audi RS 3 LMS TCR.
Morley finished 1.556 seconds ahead of a hard-charging No. 33 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N TCR of Gabby Chaves after stretching the fuel for more than 1 hour stint.
The Road Shagger Audi, started by Gavin Ernstone, took over the class lead in the final 30 minutes after engine-related issues for the No. 77 LA Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type-R TCR of Ryan Eversley and No. 5 KMW Motorsports with TMR Engineering Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR of Tim Lewis Jr.
Both Eversley and Lewis Jr. had been leading at the time of their mechanical issues.
It marked Audi’s third class win of the season and sweep of the weekend for the German manufacturer in TCR.
RESULTS: Race 2