5/22/22 - RS1 Maintains Winning Streak with Sweep of Pirelli GT4 America Podium at NOLA
5/21/22 - Stevan McAleer, Eric Filguerias Win Rain-Marred NOLA GT4 Race No. 1
5/21/22 - McAleer Leads in Silver, Skeer Takes Top of Pro-Am and Borcheller Grabs Lead in Am
5/20/22 - McAleer Charges Ahead in Silver, Pro-Am Sees Tight Times in Pirelli GT4 America at NOLA
5/13/22 - Strong Field Set for Pirelli GT4 America Debut at NOLA Motorsports Park
4/26/22- If the Shoe Fits: A Cinderella Story Is Developing in GTD
4/26/22 - Meet the small IMSA GTD team with a big target on its back
4/17/22 - RS1 and BSport Complete Sweeps in Sonoma Weekend GT4 Action
4/16/22 - RS1, Porsche Earn Race 1 Win with Filgueiras and McAleer
1/29/22 - McAleer Grabs MPC Daytona Win
1/29/22 - McAleer Gives Porsche the Win; IMSA Michelin Challenge Pilot Results From Daytona
1/12/22 - Gilbert Korthoff Motorsports & Stevan McAleer Pair Up for 2022 GTD Season
1/6/22 - JDC MotorSports to field Robillard Racing # 43 entry in IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship in 2022
RS1 Maintains Winning Streak with Sweep of Pirelli GT4 America Podium at NOLA
5/22/22 (via GT4-America.com)
Avondale, Louisiana - Professional road racing returned to the track at NOLA Motorsports Park this weekend and did not disappoint those who came to watch. The weekend included a doubleheader for the Pirelli GT4 America series at the beautiful 2.75-mile road course. After an out-of-the-ordinary race on Saturday afternoon, which was run mostly under a yellow flag caution, then delayed by inclement weather, race teams looked to get back to racing on a course that boasts 16 turns and a 5,800 ft. straightaway.
Porsche racers secured pole position in each class. The #18 RS1 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport (Eric Filgueiras/Stevan McAleer) led the field overall with the #120 Premier Racing Porsche (Adam Adelson/Elliott Skeer) in front of the Pro-Am class. The RS1 sister Porsche of (Nelson Calle/Juan Martinez) heading up the Am class.
From the drop of the green flag, Stevan McAleer led the pack to take the overall and Silver class lead. After the driver change, Eric Filgueras maintained the lead McAleer built in the first half of the race. The #120 Premier Racing Porsche gave chase throughout the entire race for overall position. For the first half of the race, the #34 Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4 with Michai Stephens at the wheel was also a strong challenger for the top three overall after starting from the third row.
Following a full-course yellow to remove a damaged car, Kenton Koch in the #15 BSport Aston Martin Vantage AMR, used the re-start to move to second in the Pro-Am class. Koch then used his momentum to move past Stephens into the P3 overall position. Unfortunately, after the mandatory 84-second driver change, Koch’s teammate Bryan Putt was spun on the track and was out of the race after contact with the #8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR driven by Elias Sabo.
After Saturday’s Race 1 which only saw two full laps of green flag racing, Race 2 was a relatively clean race with only one full-flag yellow just prior to the pit window opening for mandatory driver changes. Of note, the #80 Rooster Hall Racing, BMW M4 GT4 ran the weekend with only one driver Johan Schwartz for both races.
RS1 continued their dominance on the podium, driver McAleer secured the CrowdStrike Fastest Lap for Race 2 with a lap time of 1:44.321. In the Silver class, the #68 Smooge Racing Toyota GR Supra (Kevin Conway/John Geesbreght) finished in second place. Third place was the #112 Dexter Racing Toyota GR Supra of Ryan Dexter and Dominic Starkweather.
Filgueras credits the RS1 team’s success this season to good energy. “We have such a great camaraderie. These RS1 guys give us a great car every single weekend, and I have in my opinion the greatest teammate (McAleer) on the grid. He’s a phenomenal mentor, teammate, and friend,” he said.
In Pro-Am action the #120 Premier Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport (Adam Adelson/Elliott Skeer) completed their weekend sweep of the podium. Coming in second place representing the New Orleans home team was the #47 NOLASPORT Porsche of Scott Noble and Jason Hart. The #82 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT4 (James Walker Jr./Devin Jones), who started from the 12th position at the start of the race, moved through the field under the driving skills of Walker Jr.
The finish of the Am class race was one of the most exciting of the day with the #19 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport of Alain Stad and Seth Thomas holding off a strong challenge from the #888 Zelus Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR (Matt Guiver/Sean Whelan) through the last lap right down to crossing the finish line. Moving through the field from a start from the back to finish third in class was the #66 The Racers Group Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport of Jason Alexandridis and Derek DeBoer.
“Between the weather and accidents, just staying alive and bringing it home, it’s a great feeling,” said Stad. His co-driver Thomas only found out on Thursday he would be racing this weekend. He credited his NOLASPORT teammates, and his previous experience driving a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport for his preparation for this weekend’s races.
Stevan McAleer, Eric Filguerias Win Rain-Marred NOLA GT4 Race No. 1
5/21/22 (via Frontstretch.com)
Rennsport One’s Eric Filguerias and Stevan McAleer claimed their first Pirelli GT4 America SprintX victory of the season Saturday (May 21) at NOLA Motorsports Park. However, there was approximately four minutes of racing under green due to crashes.
Filguerias won the overall pole in his Porsche Cayman GT4 RS CS and tried to sweep into the lead. However, there was a crash just after the start-finish line as BSport Racing’s Bryan Putt and BimmerWorld Racing’s James Walker collided and crashed. The BMW of AutoTechnic Racing’s Rob Walker was also involved, along with GMG Racing’s Elias Sabo. Both Walkers and Putt were out on the spot.
During the safety car period for this crash, dark clouds descended upon NOLA Motorsports Park. After a few laps behind the safety car, lightning was sighted nearby, resulting in a complete stop down. During the stopdown, the heavens opened, resulting in the circuit being hit by torrential rains. The circuit was full of standing water and track crews had to take care of it before cars could go back out.
96 minutes later, the race resumed with the rain having passed, but the track completely wet. Drivers seemed to be able to race fairly well on the wet circuit, but the Aston Martin of GMG Racing’s Jason Bell and Random Vandals Racing’s Paul Sparta spun off and went hard into the tire barriers just before turn 10. This brought out another yellow right before the pit window was going to open.
Normally, you cannot make mandatory pit stops under yellow. However, given the time crunch involved, SRO America officials decided to to allow it to happen under yellow. As a result, the whole field came in for driver changes. Filguerias exited his No. 18 Porsche and gave way to McAleer.
Given that the stops happened under yellow, McAleer was able to get the lead back once the round of stops. Unfortunately, that was it for the racing. The 96-minute red flag threw the schedule for the day out of whack. The checkered flag was thrown with 14 minutes to go on the clock due to a substantial barrier repair after Bell and Sparta’s crashes.
Filguerias and McAleer’s overall victory is also a win in the Silver class. Smooge Racing’s Kevin Conway and John Geesbreght were second in their Toyota GR Supra GT4. AutoTechnic Racing’s Austen Smith and Zac Anderson were third, then Dexter Racing’s Ryan Dexter and Dominic Starkweather. Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsports’ Gavin Sanders and Michai Stephens ended up fifth because they pitted a lap after the leaders.
In Pro-Am, Premier Racing’s Adam Adelson qualified his Porsche on pole and was able to keep it on the road without too much of an issue. He was second overall to Filguerias when the red flag came out, then switched to Elliott Skeer. They took the class win when the race was stopped. AutoTechnic Racing’s John Capestro-Dubets and Tom Capizzi were second, then the Aston Martin of The Heart of Racing’s Ian James and Gray Newell. NOLAsport’s Jason Hart and Scott Noble were fourth, while Fast Track Racing’s Raphael Matos and Tim Horrell.
The Am class had BimmerWorld Racing’s Charlie Postins and James Clay take the class win in eighth overall. Rennsport One’s Nelson Calle and Juan Martinez were second, then NOLAsport’s Alain Stad and Seth Thomas.
McAleer Leads in Silver, Skeer Takes Top of Pro-Am and Borcheller Grabs Lead in Am
5/21/22 (via GT4-America.com)
The final practice session on Friday was much of the same as the morning with clear track, fast laps, and sweltering NOLA weather. In the Silver category, Stevan McAleer (#18 RS1 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) set the quickest time of the session with a 1:43.685, followed by Michai Stevens (#34 Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4) with a 1:44.202, and Ryan Dexter (#112 Dexter Racing Toyota GR Supra GT4) laying down a 1:44.954
In Pro-Am, Elliot Skeer (#120 Premier Racing Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) set the fastest lap of the session with a 1:43.581, faster than McAleer in Silver. Right behind him was Kenton Koch (#15 BSport Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4) with a 1:43.914, followed by the third-quickest time of 1:44.055 was claimed by Andy Lee (#8 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4).
Populating the top of Am was Terry Borcheller (#21 Carrus Callas Raceteam Toyota GR Supra GT4) who led the pack with a 1:44.998, followed by Charlie Postins (#36 BimmerWorld BMW M4 GT4) setting a 1:45.212, and Nelson Calle (#83 RSI Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) clocking in a 1:45.327.
Qualifying begins at 10:25 AM Central on Saturday.
McAleer Charges Ahead in Silver, Pro-Am Sees Tight Times in Pirelli GT4 America at NOLA
5/20/22 (via GT4-America.com)
A smooth first practice session of the day led to strong, consistent lap times. In the Silver category, Stevan McAleer (#18 RS1 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) set the quickest time of the session with a 1:43.844, followed by Auten Smith (#51 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4) with a 1:44.652, and Gavin Sanders (#34 Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT4) laying down a 1:45.215.
In Pro-Am, Andrew Davis (#2 GMG Racing Aston Martin AMG Vantage) laid down the quickest lap time with a 1:44.425, just a hair away from McAleer. Right off of his tail was Jason Hart (#47 Nolasport Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) with a 1:44.443. The third-quickest time of 1:44.460 was claimed by John Capestro-Dubets (#52 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4). Expect Practice Session No. 2, Qualifying, and weekend’s races to have some awfully tight action at the front.
Finally, in Am, Juan Martinez (#83 RS1 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport) led the pack with a 1:45.067, followed by James Clay (#86 BimmerWorld BMW M4) setting a 1:45.144, and Al Carter (#98 Random Vandals BMW M4) clocking in a 1:45.356.
Strong Field Set for Pirelli GT4 America Debut at NOLA Motorsports Park
5/13/22 (via GT4-America.com)
The Pirelli GT4 America series continues its 2022 season at a new track for SRO Motorsports America. Teams are heading to the NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana on May 20-22. The 2.75-mile road course features 16 turns and a 5,800 ft. straightaway.
The Louisiana-based NOLASPORT Porsche team claims home track advantage for the weekend with three cars, including the Pro-Am entry of Scott Noble and co-driver Jason Hart in the #47 car. Driving in the Am class are drivers Sean Gibbons and Sean Owen in the #7, and Alan Staid and Thomas Merrill in the #19 car. The NOLASPORT team hopes to continue their success in Sonoma where Noble and Hart placed in second and third place in the Pro-Am Class in Races 1 and 2 respectively, while Staid and Merrill placed second in Am for Race 1.
Teams Look to Follow Up on Sonoma Success
Meanwhile, the #18 RS1 Porsche team of Eric Filguerias and Stevan McAleer will look to continue their podium dominance from Sonoma where they swept both weekend races winning both overall and in the Silver class. McAleer recorded the CrowdStrike Fastest Lap for both Races 1 and 2 with times of 1:46.124 and 1:47.022 respectively.
Also looking to return to the top of the podium after sweeping both races at Sonoma in the Pro-Am class, is the #15 BSport Racing Team with drivers Kenton Koch and Bryan Putt behind the wheel of the Aston Martin Vantage AMR. Koch said, "NOLA is actually the first place I ever worked with my teammate Bryan Putt. We haven't been back in the last five years, so we're excited to go back to enjoy the track and some good food!"
The team of James Clay and Charlie Postins in the #38 Bimmerworld BMW M4 hope to repeat their first place finish in Race 1 at Sonoma in the Am class. Also vying for a return to the top of the podium are Race 2 winners, the Dexter Racing Team of Matt Rivard and Ben Anderson in the #60 Ginetta G56.
Three Races Within GT4
Three categories race within the Pirelli GT4 America series. Silver, Pro-Am, and Am. They are differentiated by the drivers and their FIA Driver categories and pairings. Drivers are rated as Bronze - A racer in the early stages of their career, Silver - An accomplished club racer, Gold - a professional racer, and Platinum - The highest level of a professional racer, typically a factory driver. The pairings for the GT4 driver categories are as follows.
Silver - Two Silver drivers
Pro-Am - One Bronze and one Silver or above class driver
Am - Two Bronze drivers
Here’s how the field of 32 will break down during the Pirelli GT4 America races at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Silver - Teams have already shown their talent with exciting wheel-to-wheel racing between the current overall and in class points leaders #18 RS1 of Eric Filguerias/Stevan McAleer and the #34 Conquest Racing/JMF Motorsports of Gavin Sanders/Michai Stephens for the majority of both Races 1 and 2 at the season opener in Sonoma sweeping the top two overall spots on the podium.
The #51 Auto Technic Racing Team of Austen Smith and Zac Anderson also had a strong showing with third place in category finishes in both weekend races. The Smooge Racing #68 (Kevin ConwayJohn Geesbreght) and Dexter Racing #122 (Dominic Starkweather/Ryan Dexter) teams hope to improve on their races at NOLA.
If the Shoe Fits: A Cinderella Story Is Developing in GTD
4/26/22 (via IMSA.com)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It may have taken a scramble to get the car ready for the Rolex 24 At Daytona to open the season, but the No. 32 Team Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 has emerged as a Cinderella story in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.
After competing in just four races in its debut season last year, Team Korthoff blasted from the 2022 starting gate with a third-place GT Daytona (GTD) finish at Daytona and followed with a second-place showing in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. Behind the steady hands of season-long co-drivers Mike Skeen and Stevan McAleer, the team heads into the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Presented by Motul later this week leading the GTD team and driver season standings.
“We are all committed and we are going for the overall GTD championship,” Team Korthoff crew chief Bradley Perry said. “The glass slipper is on Cinderella and we don’t intend on taking it off.”
Perry acknowledged this year’s GTD field is packed with high-quality teams and expects a dogfight through the schedule. But he has a season-long plan in place and isn’t keeping it a secret.
“You can look at the timesheets and you can see we aren’t necessarily the fastest car in GTD, but we have been able to maintain a fairly good pace,” Perry said. “Obviously, in endurance racing you can do that consistently. In the sprint rounds, that will be a little more challenging. The good news is we have a fairly substantial lead in both team and driver points (57 over the nearest full-season competitors). Our best chance is to stay in points management mode and acquire as many points as we can at each event.”
So far, so good. Perry’s formula – stick to the basics of racing – is working to date and the drivers get it.
“I think it’s just we have stayed away from making big mistakes,” Skeen said. “We’ve had a couple of little penalties but nothing that cost us too much and nothing late in the race that mattered too much when it counted. I don’t think we had the fastest car at either of the first two races, but we were able to execute and keep the car up towards the front.”
Perry said the goal is to make the No. 32 Mercedes as bulletproof as possible at every race. Meanwhile, the drivers are following the old racing adage of “to finish first, you must first finish.”
“We had strong strategy and kept the car out of trouble,” Skeen said of the team’s Daytona and Sebring runs. “At the end of both races, the car was more or less intact. We avoided most contact and just trying to stay out of trouble, which is a little different tactic than we will have to take in some of the sprint races where elbows get out a little bit more and you don’t have that much time to make back up or outlive the attrition rate.”
The elbows were definitely out in the most recent race, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, where Skeen and McAleer finished sixth in class on April 9 after being hit from behind on the tight street circuit. Points for Long Beach counted only toward the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup and not the overall season chase, keeping the No. 32 atop the season standings heading to WeatherTech Raceway, where the points earned will be applied to both championships.
“The endurance races that start the year are quite a bit different than this weekend,” Skeen said. “These shorter races, you really have to be on it from the start and not make any mistakes at all. That’s the biggest thing is making sure we continue to execute really well on the pit lane, and that Stevan and I don’t make any mistakes, obviously. It’s much harder to catch back up in the short races.”
Perry said going back to the basics has paid handsome dividends so far, but he knows there are big battles on the horizon.
“There are a lot of teams with massive budgets, with a lot of marketing and public relations, while we went with the basics of motorsports,” he said. “I’ll make sure the crew is sorted, the car is sorted, then let everything fall into place.”
Meet the small IMSA GTD team with a big target on its back
4/26/22 (via Racer.com)
Korthoff Motorsports has gone from its recent introduction into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class into a lot of changes, yet heads into this weekend’s Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca leading the driver points with regulars Mike Skeen and Stevan McAleer.
The Florida-based team formerly known as Gilbert/Korthoff Motorsports has been around a while, running LMP3 before making its debut in the GTD class last year at Watkins Glen with the No. 32 Mercedes-AMG. Skeen joined the team at VIR, and McAleer came on board for Petit Le Mans – his introduction to the GTD class, and a debut that went inauspiciously as he was involved in the big wreck on the back straight.
“We didn’t get off to a great start at Road Atlanta last year, you know… it was my first time in the car,” said McAleer. “And obviously, I was one of the cars in the big pileup at the end of the back straight. But even prior to that, we weren’t very fast. We were struggling with car setup. The team was new, we’re figuring the car out. So when I got the opportunity to drive at Daytona, the team was thrashing to get the car right and there’s obviously a lot of damage to be repaired. But in all honesty, I think that has helped the program. The guys that were maybe not so much familiar with a Mercedes had to take it down to the bare tub and start replacing it. So in all honesty, that’s a benefit for the team because of seeing the car apart.”
The team has had a great beginning to the season, finishing third in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and second in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, two of the toughest races on the schedule. Even Long Beach, where McAleer was racing for the first time, didn’t go too badly considering they got pushed into a tire wall in the late stages of the race. But Long Beach doesn’t count for the overall championship in GTD, only the Sprint Cup. So Long Beach was good practice for Seen and McAleer to work together without a third or fourth driver before heading to Laguna Seca.
“The mindset is a little bit different for the shorter races,” explains Skeen, who is fresh off a Trans-Am Series TA2 win at Laguna Seca a few days ago.
“As long as the guys execute well on the pitstops and Stevan and I can stay out of trouble… There are still a lot of elements of the endurance races where it’s just a matter of finishing and keeping the car up front. I think we have good speed and we’re going to continue to have good speed throughout the year.”
The team name was shortened before Long Beach, as team manger and stunt man Henry Gilbert stepped aside, leaving the team to Herb Korthoff. But Skeen said that nothing has really changed with the team and it remains the same operationally as it was at Daytona and Sebring.
On the driving side, Skeen and McAleer both have a lot of experience, even if they are not household names. But while Skeen has a fair amount of experience in GT3 cars, for McAleer it’s a fairly new challenge.
“It’s exciting for me because I’ve done all the other sports car series – MX-5 Cup, GT4 in both IMSA and SRO, LMP3 – even the LMP3 car at the Rolex 24 last year, I was on the podium. But GTD, I’ve never driven it. Not that I didn’t think I could do it, but there’s always a question mark there, that, ‘can I really run with this group of guys?’” said McAleer, who also co-owns on of the most successful teams in Idemitsu Global Mazda MX-5 Cup with Chad McCumbee.
Now Korthoff Motorsports finds itself leading the championship. It’s early, of course, but consecutive podiums in the points-paying races certainly portend good things for the season.
“It’s definitely been a an amazing start,” said McAleer. “The team is on a high right now, everybody’s excited. We’re the smallest team in the paddock and doing the biggest job right now. So we’re going to try and hang in there. There’ll be races where it’ll be tough, there’ll be races that probably won’t suit the Mercedes. And obviously, so many things can happen with the other cars out there. So we’ll run around and see where we are middle of the season and then start deciding what we want to do.”
RS1 and BSport Complete Sweeps in Sonoma Weekend GT4 Action
4/17/22 (via GT4-America.com)
Sonoma, California - The RS1 team of Eric Filguerias and Stevan McAleer (#18 RS1 Porsche) picked up Easter Sunday morning where they had left off the day before atop the Winner’s Podium as overall champions and class winners in Pirelli GT4 America racing action, completing the weekend sweep at Sonoma.
McAleer took the first driver’s stint for the session, recording the CrowdStrike Fastest Lap with a time of 1:47.022. Following a smooth pit stop, by the time Filguerias stepped into the driver’s seat, he transitioned the Porsche smoothly back into the lead to finish with a 13.466 second lead over second-place overall finishers Gavin Sanders and Michai Stephens (#34 Conquest Racing/JWF Motorsports Mercedes AMG).
“It’s all of the hard work the RS1 guys put in. He (Stevan) gave me a really great car and a great position. He worked his butt off that first stint to give me the opportunity to just drive it home,” said Filguerias after the win. When asked about the car’s advantage over the field, he said that the Sonoma track has high degradation, and credited the Porsche with being nimble and lighter as opposed to heavier cars running on the track that burns through the tires more quickly.
RS1, Porsche Earn Race 1 Win with Filgueiras and McAleer
4/16/22 (via GT4-America.com)
Sonoma, California - The Pirelli GT4 America series kicked off their 2022 season at Sonoma Raceway, 42 GT4 machines took the green flag that saw plenty of action on the track that included a red flag with 33 minutes left in the race. Once racing resumed, drivers worked to get their tires back to temperature to fight for position in the Silver, Pro-Am and Am classes.
Making his SRO debut, Eric Filgueiras and co-driver Stevan McAleer in the #18 RS1 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport, was the overall race winner and led the Silver class with a Crowdstrike fastest lap time of 1:46.124. Neither teammate had driven on the Sonoma course before, so they prepared by working through the car set up, what to do on track and most importantly, communication.
“Once we got a little lead I tried to manage the gap,” said McAleer. “We’re excited, RS1 has been fantastic, and it’s a first win for this new Porsche in SRO,” he added.
McAleer Grabs MPC Daytona Win
1/29/22 (via Racer.com)
Porsche achieved a dream North American debut for the new 718 GT4 RS Clubsport with a 1-2 finish Friday in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the BMW M Endurance Challenge, the opening round of the 2022 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season.
Stevan McAleer, in the No. 28 RS1 Porsche, stalked Owen Trinkler’s identical No. 64 Team TGM Porsche for several laps as the final 30 minutes of the four-hour race unfolded, finally edging past in the famous tri-oval section of Daytona International Speedway with just under 13 minutes remaining.
From there, McAleer eased the Porsche he shared with Cocoa, Florida, native Eric Filgueiras to a 4.631s margin of victory over the No. 64 car co-driven by Ted Giovanis.
It was the 10th Michelin Pilot Challenge victory for McAleer, a 37-year-old Scotsman, and the first for Filgueiras in his first IMSA race of any kind. It was also Porsche’s first win in any form of IMSA competition at Daytona since 2018, also delivered by RS1 in the Michelin Pilot Challenge.
“I grew up about an hour south from here, came to this race all my life, and always said I was going to be in it one day,” Filgueiras exclaimed. “This is my first IMSA race and my first IMSA win, and I’m just so glad to be here. I don’t know how to describe what this means to me.
“Stevan McAleer is an absolute hero, and that’s why we hired him,” Filgueiras added. “He took his time, he was persistent and he was patient. You could see that (executing the winning pass) took time. He kept asking how much time was left, and you could see he made a couple attempts that didn’t quite work as he tried to feel things out. This was an absolute team effort.”
McAleer said he encountered a gearbox glitch about 30 minutes into his stint that required him to recycle the Porsche’s electronics. After that, the car was flawless and fast – albeit, no longer in the lead.
“It was frustrating watching cars passing me left, right and center,” McAleer said of the moments when he slowed and had to reboot the car. “We had a little bit of work to do, but the car was utterly fantastic. It shows how good the new Cayman GT4 platform is because so many teams have moved forward with this car.”
The final restart came with McAleer running sixth, but he was confident in working his way to the front. He harbored a bit of worry about Trinkler in the leading Porsche.
“I wanted to play the game smart and certainly not take two Porsches out at the end of the race,” McAleer said. “Credit to him because we touched fenders a few times.”
Gary Ferrera and Kris Wilson, in the No. 11 Capstone Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, won the Bronze Cup awarded to the top-finishing entry with an all-Bronze rated driver lineup. The No. 11 finished 11th overall.
McAleer Gives Porsche the Win; IMSA Michelin Challenge Pilot Results From Daytona
1/29/22 (via Autoweek.com)
There was rain in the forecast and frigid weather on the way, but both held off long enough for Stevan McAleer to pass and hold off Owen Trinkler in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season opener, the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway on Friday.
McAleer, co-driving with Eric Filgueiras in the RS1 Porsche 714 GT4, and Trinkler, paired with Ted Giovanis in the Team TGM Porsche 718, had a back-and-forth GS-class battle in the waning moments, with Bill Auberlen, co-driving with Dillon Machavern in the Turner BMW M4 GT4, looking on with interest, thinking that if the battle up front became more physical, third might not be a bad place to be.
But the two Porsches raced clean and McAleer came home 4.6 seconds ahead of Trinkler in the race that featured a 47-car field.
“The car was fantastic,” said McAleer. “I had an absolute blast out there. We didn’t put a foot wrong today.”
Gilbert Korthoff Motorsports & Stevan McAleer Pair Up for 2022 GTD Season
MERCEDES-BENZ: ATLANTA, GA - January 12, 2022 - Six Mercedes-AMG GT3 entries will defend last year’s historic Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in the 60th running of North America’s premier 24-hour race, January 26 – 30, at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). The six Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams compete in next weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24 three-day test and qualifying event, January 21 – 23, before returning to DIS a week later for the season-opening IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, which begins Saturday, January 29, at 1:40 p.m. EST and ends 24 hours later on Sunday, January 30, at 1:40 p.m. EST.
The half dozen Mercedes-AMG competitors are part of a blockbuster race that will see IMSA make some history of its own this year at Daytona. In addition to marking the 60th running of the Rolex 24 with a full field of 60 cars, IMSA also introduces the new GTD Pro class at the Daytona opener.
While the traditional Pro-Am format of the original GTD division that debuted in 2014 continues, GTD Pro showcases top-ranked professional sports car drivers from around the world competing in machinery similar to the cars used in GTD.
Gilbert Korthoff Motorsports builds on an encouraging partial season debut with Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing in 2021 with the team’s first full-season GTD campaign in the No. 32 Gilbert Korthoff Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3.
The No. 32 team’s Rolex 24 debut will see full-season co-drivers Mike Skeen and Stevan McAleer co-drive with 2022 Endurance Cup teammate Guy Cosmo and Daytona addition Scott Andrews.
In addition to the strong entry of Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams for the Rolex 24, four Mercedes-AMG GT4 teams compete at Daytona in the traditional season-opening IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge four-hour race that sets the stage for the Rolex 24 on Friday. News on competing Mercedes-AMG GT4 teams entered in the top-tier Grand Sport (GS) class for the Daytona opener will be announced in the coming days.
Team preparations for the 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona officially begin at Daytona International Speedway, January 21 -23, with the traditional Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona for both WeatherTech Championship and Pilot Challenge teams. The three-day weekend test also includes a 100-minute qualifying race to set the Rolex 24 field that closes out the Roar on Sunday.
The 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona official schedule begins Wednesday, January 26, with a one-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge practice session. Four WeatherTech Championship practice sessions are scheduled over Thursday and Friday in addition to GS qualifying Thursday and the four-hour season-opening Pilot Challenge race Friday at 1:35 p.m. EST.
The 60th Rolex 24 At Daytona starts at 1:40 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 29, with live coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. EST on the flagship NBC network.
JDC MotorSports to field Robillard Racing # 43 entry in IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship in 2022
Savage, MN (January 6th, 2022) JDC MotorSports announced today that it will enter Robillard Racing's # 43 Duqueine D08 for Joe Robillard alongside long-time regular team mate Stevan McAleer in the 2022 Prototype Challenge Championship. The pair already raced together since 2018 in several IMSA championships.
"Ecstatic to be back with Joe Robillard again in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship. I feel we have some unfinished business in this series and I am looking forward to having another shot at the title with Joe and the JDC team. Certainly we made some big changes for 2022 and I am delighted to see Robillard Racing join JDC MotorSports for this 2022 season. Their mass of prototype experience, class wins and podiums in pretty much every IMSA Championship and Class they have and are competing in, including overall wins in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Series, this is a great fit for us to get that little extra speed that I feel we have been missing at times in the last couple of seasons. The opening event is in two weeks and can't wait to get going round the banks of Daytona International Speedway again". Said Stevan McAleer.
"Stevan and I are excited to join efforts with JDC MotorSports. Their experience and expertise will give us a great shot at success. Stevan brings his amazing driving and I bring enthusiasm. With JDC, we should have some good results in 2022". Commented Joe Robillard.
"We are looking forward to partner with Joe and Stevan for the 2022 IMSA Prototype Challenge Championship," said John Church managing partner of JDC MotorSports. "Steven is a proven race winner and he and Joe scored several podiums in the past, so for sure they will be candidate for podiums and race wins every weekend and hopefully will have a run at the championship in 2022. They know the car, tracks and have raced together for quite some time now so the consistency they bring to the program will be a big plus in 2022. "Church continued.
The 2022 Prototype Challenge Championship kicks off Jan 21 - Jan 23 at Daytona International Speedway as part of the "Roar Before the Rolex 24" with a three hours race.