The Utah Supercar Grand Prix at Utah Motorsports Campus came to a thrilling conclusion on Saturday with the final four of nine races scheduled for the three-day event.
Heitkotter, Lewis/Calvert, Crescentini Repeat; Heckert Takes Maiden Career Win
In the combined GT/GTA/GT Cup race for the headlining Pirelli World Challenge Championships (PWC), Nissan’s Bryan Heitkotter took his second GT class win of the season and the weekend – as well as his career – in his No. 05 AE/Replay XD/Nissan GT Academy Nissan GTR GT3, taking the lead from polesitter Michael Lewis and leading all 28 laps around the 3.048-mile UMC Outer Course. As was the case on Saturday, Adderly Fong took second in the No. 88 Team Absolute Bentley Continental GT3, 1.375 seconds in arrears, followed by the No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R of Patrick Long. Today’s GTA class winner was Martin Fuentes in the No. 07 Scuderia Corsa/Hublot Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 in 13th overall. The hoped-for repeat victory for hometown favorite Sloan Urry in the GT Cup class failed to materialize as he was sidelined with a rare fuel pump failure mid-race while running second in his No. 20 Security National/Avasis Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. His championship nemesis, Alec Udell, took the win, while another local driver, McKay Snow of Lehi, took third in his second professional race.
The PWC GTS class’ second race of the weekend kicked off the day’s activities, and the winner was Scott Heckert in the No. 54 Racer’s Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4, taking his first series victory with a 1.014-second margin of victory over 16-year-old Nate Stacy in the No. 14 Roush Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302. Brett Sandberg, driving the No. 13 ANSA Motorsports KTM XBow GT4, backed up his second-place finish on Saturday with a third-place finish today.
In the weekend finale for the SprintX GT and GTS cars, Michael Lewis and Preston Calvert made it two for two, taking their No. 98 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R to a comfortable 5.215-second margin of victory over the No. 23 M1 GT Racing Audi R8 Ultra LMS of Walt Bowlin and Dion von Moltke. Saturday’s second-place finishers, Michael Mills and Kuno Wittmer in the No. 46 Mills Racing BMW Z4 GT3, finished third today. DXDT Racing, based at UMC, had another disappointing day as Tooele’s James Burke and Salt Lake City’s David Askew again failed to finish after a mechanical issue.
In the finale for the Pirelli GT3 Cup USA Trophy, Dino Crescentini also repeated his Saturday performance in his No. 34 Crescentini Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, taking his second checkered flag of the weekend with a 7.824-second victory over the similar No. 52 BR Racing Porsche of Robert Todd, with the No. 2 Discount Tire/Competition Motorsports Porsche of Michael Zuieback in third. Local favorite Desire Wilson, wife of UMC track designer and president Alan Wilson, finished fifth in her final professional race as she hangs up her helmet after an illustrious career as one of the world’s most renowned female racing drivers.
The next major event at UMC will be the return of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West over the weekend of September 10-11. This will be the series’ first event at UMC since 2014, and will be the first-ever double-header in their history, which dates back to the 1950s.
For information on the Pirelli World Challenge Championship, visit their website at www.World-Challenge.com. For more information on the Pirelli GT3 Cup USA Trophy, visit www.CompetentMotorsports.com. For information regarding the Utah Supercar Grand Prix or Utah Motorsports Campus, browse this website or call 435-277-8000.
Utah Motorsports Campus is managing the facility formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park on behalf of Tooele County while the procedures to sell the facility take place.
John Gardner, Public Relations Manager