RACERS EDGE MOTORSPORTS TAKES DOUBLE VICTORY IN OPENING GT WORLD CHALLENGE AMERICA WEEKEND
Racers Edge Motorsports swept the GT World Challenge America powered by AWS opening weekend at Circuit of the Americas, beginning its title defense with a dominating weekend from drivers Trent Hindman and Shelby Blackstock in their No 93 Acura Accelerated Services Acura NSX GT3 Evo. The No 80 MBRP Acura NSX GT3 Evo, driven by team veterans Martin Barkey and Kyle Marcelli, finished in the top-five in both races.
Qualifying on Saturday presented a challenge with mixed weather conditions, with rain starting during the first qualifying session and forcing teams to switch to tire setup for their second qualifying drivers. Shelby Blackstock and Martin Barkey put our Acura NSX GT3 Evos in P2 and P6, respectively, on the grid for race 1, in a challenging 15-minutes on track.
Trent Hindman qualified the No 93 Acura Accelerated Services Acura NSX GT3 Evo on pole for race 2, on wets, while Kyle Marcelli threw down his own set of monster laps to start the No 80 MBRP Acura NSX GT3 Evo P4 overall.
With the weather once again dry for race 1, Blackstock battled with James Sofronas early in the race, finally taking P1 and a commanding lead going into the pit stops. Hindman showed his experience in the Acura NSX GT3 Evo, taking the checkered for his first win in GT World Challenge America, and earning Blackstock his first victory in the machine. The duo led the field by more than 21-seconds in the season-opening race.
Barkey had his own fight in mid-pack, and brought his Acura NSX GT3 Evo into the pit stop in P5. Kyle Marcelli took over behind the wheel, pushing hard to eliminate an 18-second gap in his closing stint, to finish a heartbreaking one-second from a podium in P4.
In Race 2 on Sunday, Trent Hindman took the car from pole to lead the field throughout his stint, handing the car off to Shelby Blackstock after a near flawless run, who put in his own impressive drive to the checkered flag. The drivers also recorded the fastest laps in each of the weekend's races.
Kyle Marcelli started in P4 behind the wheel of the No 80 MBRP Acura NSX GT3 Evo, then quickly shot up to P2 behind his teammate with a masterful move in Turn 1 in the starting seconds of the race. He came into the pits in second position, handing the Acura machine over to Martin Barkey after a super quick pit stop by the crew. Barkey held that position during his stint, showing great race pace, but two full-course cautions and multiple incidents resulting in contact from competitors forced Barkey to pit for a tire change. Marcelli and Barkey ultimately scored two top-five class finishes for the weekend overall.