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Terça, 24 Janeiro 2023 11:28 | Actualizado em Segunda, 06 Fevereiro 2023 18:28

JAS-built cars to the fore at 'The Roar' 

JAS Motorsport-built cars were among the star turns as the first official event of the IMSA season, the Roar before the 24, took place at Daytona International Speedway last weekend.
Customer teams fielding both the Honda Civic Type R TCR and the Acura NSX GT3 Evo 22 – both of which are assembled at JAS headquarters in Arluno, Italy – showed that they will be among the contenders for victories this season.
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
The Civic Type R TCR was the car to beat at Daytona as customer teams topped four of the five official sessions held at the Florida track.
VGRT duo Victor Gonzalez Jr and Karl Wittmer – twice race-winners last year – topped three sessions with Gonzalez setting the fastest time overall.
Ryan Eversley was quickest in the wet session on Saturday evening in the LA Honda World Racing Civic he shares with Mat Pombo while the sister car of Mike Lamarra and Will Tally was second in Sunday’s last hour of running.
HART, who are contesting a limited programme this year, were in the top five in each of the first three sessions with two-time IMSA champion Mario Farnbacher joining for Daytona alongside regulars Steve Eich and Chad Gilsinger.
IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship
The event also staged three days of testing for NSX GT3 Evo 22 teams Gradient Racing and Racers Edge Motorsport with WTR Andretti and culminated in official qualifying for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona.
Two NSXs qualified in the GTD class top six for the first time at Daytona with Kyle Marcelli, who shares the Racers Edge car with Ashton Harrison, Daniel Formal and Ryan Briscoe, a superb fourth fastest.
Right behind him was two-time IMSA GTD Champion Mario Farnbacher, who last year partnered Harrison to the GT World Challenge America Pro-Am title.
The German, this time partnering Sheena Monk, Katherine Legge and Marc Miller, put the Gradient car – in which he won GTD at Petit Le Mans last year - fifth on the grid.

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 Victor Gonzalez Jr/Karl Wittmer, VGRT, Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMPC, Daytona, USA (credit: Halston Pitman/ VGRT);  Lower 1 Ryan Eversley/Mat Pombo, LA Honda World Racing, Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMPC, Daytona, USA (credit: Halston Pitman/LA Honda World Racing); 2(L) Will Tally/Mike Lamarra, LA Honda World Racing, Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMPC, Daytona, USA (credit: Halston Pitman/LA Honda World Racing); (R) Steve Eich/Chad Gilsiger/Mario Farnbacher, HART, Honda Civic Type R TCR, IMPC, Daytona, USA (credit: HART); Kyle Marcelli/Ashton Harrison/Daniel Formal/Ryan Briscoe, Racers Edge Motorsports with WRT Andretti, Acura NSX GT3 Evo 22, IMSA, Daytona, USA (credit: Chris Green/Racers Edge Motorsports); Sheena Monk/Katherine Legge/Marc Miller/Mario Farnbacher, Gradient Racing, Acura NSX GT3 Evo 22, IMSA, Daytona, USA (credit: Halston Pitman/Gradient Racing).

About JAS Motorsport

Founded in 1995, JAS Motorsport is one of the world's leading touring car teams and constructors. Initially fielding Alfa Romeos in the ITC, JAS became a technical partner of Honda in 1998 and has been at the forefront of its activities with touring cars and rallying ever since. In 2012, JAS was chosen to develop, in partnership with Honda R&D, the Civic WTCC, with which it claimed the Manufacturers' world title a year later. JAS designed and built the Civic Type R TCR, which has claimed 74 major titles (59 with the current model) and 400 race wins so far, and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 race car and its evolutions; itself a 24-time title winner.

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