Casey Jr Scores TCR Pole on Series Debut; Wittmer Leads TCA
21-year-old Britt Casey Jr made an immediate impression during his first qualifying session in TC America TCR competition by setting the pole lap for race 1 at Virginia International Raceway presented by Henry Repeating Arms.
Casey Jr, who has prior experience in TCR machinery, shot to the top of the timing charts with six minutes of the 15-minute session remaining with a time of 1:56.407 behind the wheel of the #83 McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR.
Points leader Michael Hurczyn, who led in the formative stages with his #71 FCP Euro Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, pushed to reclaim the top spot but couldn’t quite prevent Casey Jr from taking a well-earned debut pole.
Teammates Hurczyn and Nate Vincent looked all set to qualify second and third for FCP Euro until TCR Cup competitor Michael McCann Jr split the two Liqui-Moly liveried cars late on with a 1:58.115 flyer.
McCann Jr’s effort aboard the #3 Audi RS3 LMS TCR with its DSG gearbox (as opposed to the sequential units found in the main TCR class runners) sealed his maiden class pole of the season.
In fifth overall was McCann Jr’s teammate Christian Cole, while fellow TCR Cup competitor Brrian Putt completed the top six in the eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing Audi.
Wittmer Claims Second Pole of 2019 in TCA
Championship leader Nick Wittmer laid down an impressive time of 2:09.483 to secure pole in the TCA category with his #91 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS.
Wittmer, who is aiming to collect seven poles this year as part of his quest for the Kavana Cup end-of-season special prize, finished seven tenths clear of Chris Haldeman’s #69 X-Factor Racing Honda Civic Si in a close session.
Mark Pombo, who twice finished second to Wittmer in a pair of thrilling races at Circuit of The Americas last month, qualified third in his red #59 JCW Mini.
Completing the second row of the grid for Saturday’s race was Tyler Maxson, driving the Copeland Motorsports-run #74 Mazda Global MX-5 Cup.
With two exciting qualifying sessions complete, the stacked 25-car combined TCR and TCA field is now set for its first race of the weekend at 3:55 p.m. EDT.
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Britt Casey Jr, TCR pole sitter (#83 McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR): “It felt great to get a pole here in my first race in SRO America. We have a lot of help coming from Autobahn Country Club and Audi Genuine Parts as well as Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The McCann guys got a double pole here – one in TCR overall and one in DSG [TCR] Cup, so it feels good. It’s testament to the mechanics. They made it really plug in and play with the setup. The car performed really well, as expected.”
Michael McCann Jr, TCR Cup pole sitter (#3 McCann Racing Audi RS3 LMS TCR): “The car felt really good. We had a pretty good setup for practice and the McCann Racing team hooked me up. We did pretty well, and we’re excited for the race later, so we’ll see how it goes.”
Nick Wittmer, TCA pole sitter (#91 TechSport Racing Subaru BRZ tS): “TechSport Racing and Subaru USA put me on pole today and you can’t say no to that. I’m very happy, I’m still in for the Kavana Cup, and I’m going to go for it today and tomorrow.”