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Challenging conditions at the 3 Hours of Portland – GT3 Endurance

After winning the two openings rounds, we had to settle for second place last time around in the GT3 Endurance series. So the aim for round 4 was to get back to winning ways in what turned out to be a race in very tricky conditions.

Jernej Simončič were once again back behind the wheel and this time with Dawid Mroczek who were a part of our two wins in the series so far.
The Slovenian put in another of his signature qualifying laps to put the Burst coloured Callaway Corvette GT3 car on pole position. He started the race very well by still being in the lead going into turn one and was controlling the race from the front. Less than ten minutes into the race, raindrops started to fall and spray appeared behind all cars due to the track getting wet. Jernej thrived under these conditions and at the end of the first stint, he had over 25 seconds to the nearest competitor. He extended that gap further in his second stint before handing the car over to Dawid with an hour and fifteen minutes to go.

The polish driver was Mr. consistency himself in changeable conditions where the track was drying or getting wetter. With a sizeable gap, he brought the car home to take our third race win in four rounds in GT3 Endurance! Let’s hear from Dawid after another dominant drive:

“Yet another fabolous victory for our team in this series. Jernej secured us pole position after an amazing lap in the damp conditions. The race itself was one of the toughest I can remember. Weather conditions were changing really quick, basically every 15-20 minutes and from strategical point of view, it’s been a really tricky one.
After we decided to stay on the slicks for the first half of the race, Jernej did a stellar job keeping the car within the dry line. He handed the car over to me with nearly 30 seconds of advantage over our next competitors. The rain was really heavy at that point so we decided to pick wet tyres for my stint. As it turned out, the decision was right, and allowed me to safely and comfortably bring the car home in p1. This victory means that after only 4 races, our leadership in the standings is already very significant, and allows us to look at the second half of the season with plenty of optimism.”

That quote says it all, brilliant work from Dawid and Jernej! We are leading by 52 points after the halfway point of the series, so let’s hope the second half will turn out just as well. Round 5 take place on the 27th of February with the 3 hours of Indianapolis.

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