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2020 Grand Prix of Charlotte

The 2020 MOTUL 100% Synthetic Grand Prix was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The race was held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in Concord, North Carolina on October 10th, 2020. This race was the eighth round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the sixth round of the 2020 WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

The overall race was won by the #3 team of Jordan Taylor and Antonio García, the duo's fifth of the season. The Turner Motorsport team of Robby Foley and Bill Auberlen took victory in the GTD class, their second win of the season.[1]

Background

The race replaced the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park due to travel issues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Connecticut, meaning the race would be run as part of a triple-header weekend and a double-header Saturday evening with the NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series.[2] The race was the shortest of the 2020 season at just 100 minutes (1 hour, 40 minutes) in length, and was one of two events that included only entries from the GTLM and GTD classes.[3] The race also marked the first time since 2000 that an IMSA series raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[4] In late September, Motul was announced as the primary sponsor of the event.[5]

On October 2, 2020, IMSA released the latest technical bulletin regarding the Balance of Performance for the race. In the GTLM class, the Porsche 911 received a 15 kilogram weight reduction, while no other changes were made to other cars in the class. In GTD, the Ferrari 488 received a 6.7 horsepower increase, a 5 kilogram increase in minimum weight, and a one-liter increase in fuel capacity.[6]

Entries

A total of 18 cars took part in the event, the lowest number of entries that season, but because the two prototype classes were not scheduled to participate in this event, there were more cars between the two participating classes for this race than the previous round at Mid-Ohio. There were six cars in the GTLM class, two more than at Mid-Ohio, when the CORE Autosport-run Porsche GT Team skipped the previous round due to novel coronavirus concerns within the Porsche factory camp following the 24 Heures du Mans, and twelve cars in the GTD class, the same as the preceding event. Jeff Kingsley made his series debut in the Compass McLaren.[7] Despite the BoP break, Scuderia Corsa missed their second consecutive event, with driver Cooper MacNeil focusing on a championship in the Ferrari Challenge.[6]Frankie Montecalvo was replaced in the #12 AIM Vasser Sullivan entry by Michael De Quesada, as the former was getting married (originally, this race was to have been held at Lime Rock Park on July 17-18, and later rescheduled to October 30-31 before being moved to Charlotte where promoters moved the dates to be part of the NASCAR weekend after state authorities rejected the event over travel restrictions).[8]

Qualifying

Both qualifying sessions demonstrated the drivers' lack of familiarity with the circuit. Laurens Vanthoor broke his Porsche's rear suspension in an accident at turn 7 that drew a red flag. As the session came to a close, Jesse Krohn knocked the mirror off his BMW in turn 1. GTD pole-winner Aaron Telitz suffered minor contact with the outside wall coming out of the final chicane, Kingsley and Rob Ferriol made contact coming into said chicane, and the GTD session's red flag came after Mikhail Goikhberg hit the wall at turn 7 and was unable to get his car going again.[9]

Qualifying results

Pole positions in each class are indicated in bold and by double-dagger.

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Jordan Taylor 1:14.278 _ 1double-dagger
2 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Frédéric Makowiecki 1:14.334 +0.056 2
3 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Bruno Spengler 1:14.730 +0.452 3
4 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL Jesse Krohn 1:14.824 +0.546 4
5 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin 1:15.067 +0.789 5
6 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Aaron Telitz 1:17.954 +3.676 6double-dagger
7 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 1:18.077 +3.799 7
8 GTD 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Matt McMurry 1:18.091 +3.813 8
9 GTD 76 Compass Racing Jeff Kingsley 1:18.147 +3.869 9
10 GTD 16 Wright Motorsports Ryan Hardwick 1:18.232 +3.954 10
11 GTD 74 Riley Motorsports Gar Robinson 1:18.540 +4.262 11
12 GTD 22 Gradient Racing Till Bechtolsheimer 1:18.725 +4.447 12
13 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Michael De Quesada 1:18.923 +4.645 13
14 GTD 23 Heart of Racing Team Ian James 1:19.299 +5.021 14
15 GTD 44 GRT Magnus Racing Team John Potter 1:20.102 +5.824 15
16 GTD 30 Team Hardpoint Rob Ferriol 1:21.235 +6.957 16
17 GTD 57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Curb-Agajanian Mikhail Goikhberg 1:22.908 +8.630 17
18 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 18
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Results

Class winners are denoted in bold and double-dagger.

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Chassis Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 GTLM 3 United States Corvette Racing United States Jordan Taylor
Spain Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 62 1:40:08.170double-dagger
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
2 GTLM 24 United States BMW Team RLL United States John Edwards
Finland Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 62 +1.474
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
3 GTLM 25 United States BMW Team RLL United States Connor De Phillippi
Canada Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 62 +2.059
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
4 GTD 96 United States Turner Motorsport United States Robby Foley
United States Bill Auberlen
BMW M6 GT3 61 +1 Lapdouble-dagger
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
5 GTD 16 United States Wright Motorsports United States Ryan Hardwick
United States Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 61 +1 Lap
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
6 GTD 23 United States Heart of Racing Team United Kingdom Ian James
Canada Roman De Angelis
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 61 +1 Lap
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
7 GTD 12 Canada AIM Vasser Sullivan United States Michael De Quesada
United States Townsend Bell
Lexus RC F GT3 61 +1 Lap
Lexus 5.0L V8
8 GTD 57 United States Heinricher Racing with MSR Curb-Agajanian Portugal Álvaro Parente
Canada Mikhail Goikhberg
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 61 +1 Lap
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
9 GTD 30 United States Team Hardpoint United States Rob Ferriol
United States Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 61 +1 Lap
Audi 5.2L V10
10 GTD 86 United States Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Germany Mario Farnbacher
United States Matt McMurry
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 61 +1 Lap
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
11 GTD 14 Canada AIM Vasser Sullivan United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth
United States Aaron Telitz
Lexus RC F GT3 61 +1 Lap
Lexus 5.0L V8
12 GTD 76 United States Compass Racing Canada Jeff Kingsley
United States Paul Holton
McLaren 720S GT3 60 +2 Laps
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
13 GTD 74 United States Riley Motorsports United States Lawson Aschenbach
United States Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 60 +2 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 G.2L V8
14 GTLM 4 United States Corvette Racing United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
United States Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 54 DNF (Accident)
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
15 GTD 44 United States GRT Magnus Racing Team United States John Potter
United States Andy Lally
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 25 DNF (Tire Failures)
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
16 GTD 22 United States Gradient Racing United Kingdom Till Bechtolsheimer
United States Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 22 DNF (Accident)
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
17 GTLM 911 United States Porsche GT Team France Frédéric Makowiecki
United Kingdom Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR-19 8 DNF (Accident)
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
18 GTLM 912 United States Porsche GT Team New Zealand Earl Bamber
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 4 DNF (Accident)
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
Box Score

References

  1. ^ "Corvette duo of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor win again at Charlotte Roval". motorsports.nbcsports.com. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Venue Modifications Shift Upcoming Events to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Charlotte ROVAL". imsa.com. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "IMSA will move races to Road Atlanta, Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval". motorsports.nbcsports.com. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Blast from the Past". imsa.com. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "Motul Expands IMSA Presence with Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Event Sponsorship". imsa.com. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Porsche, Ferrari Get BoP Breaks". sportscar365.com. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "Entry List Notebook - MOTUL 100% Synthetic Grand Prix at Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL". imsa.com. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "De Quesada Replaces Montecalvo For Charlotte IMSA Race". dailysportscar.com. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Jordan Taylor Wins Motul 100% Synthetic Grand Prix Pole". frontstretch.com. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "03_Results_Qualifying" (PDF). Retrieved 2020.

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