Hardpoint Motorsports will run two drivers in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at VIRginia International Raceway over the weekend with one driver also competing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
Rob Ferriol will continue piloting the No. 5 Moorespeed/GridRival Porsche GT3 while also taking on a new challenge in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge driving the No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT4 with teammate Spencer Pumpelly. Randal Bryant will be back with TPC Racing behind the wheel of the No. 15 St. Thomas Cycleboats Porsche GT3.
Ferriol and Bryant will kick off their weekend tomorrow morning in the Porsche GT3 Cup category with their first practice at 8:00 a.m. EDT. One more Porsche GT3 Cup practice will take place at 1:30 p.m. Ferriol will add to his track time with three practice sessions in the Michelin Pilot Challenge category and qualifying, which will run from 7:35-8:50 p.m. The 15-minute qualifying session for the Porsche GT3 Cup category will take place Saturday morning from 8:00-8:15 a.m.
The first race of the weekend for the Hardpoint drivers will be Porsche GT3 Cup Race 1, which will go green at 11:20 a.m. Saturday morning. Ferriol will jump into his No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT4 for his Michelin Pilot Challenge debut at 2:15 p.m. with the checkered flag scheduled to wave at 4:15 p.m. Racing for Ferriol and Bryant will conclude Sunday morning with Race 2 starting at 9:45 a.m. All races can be streamed live on IMSA.tv, and updates will be posted on IMSA social media.
“Coming back to VIR with IMSA is truly the highlight of the season for me, and not just because it’s where I first placed four tires on a real race track. It’s also where I attended my first IMSA event as a fan. Little did I know at the time, but a few short years later I’d be on the other side of the fence giving the show! It’s such an amazing facility and a fantastic circuit to drive. The icing on the cake is it’s so close to home for me, which means I can count on plenty of friends and family there to share the great racing that always goes on at VIR.
Splitting time in both cars is going to be tough, no doubt about it. Both physically and mentally. David and John [Horton] have done a fantastic job getting both teams prepped, and that includes streamlining and organizing the weekend as efficiently as possible to keep me dialed in to each car independently. Spencer will be a huge part of that as well – as someone who’s made a career out of weekends like this, and I’ll be able to learn a lot from him along the way. From there it’s going to really be about staying sharp in the infamous VIR summer heat. Hopefully all that time on the treadmill this year will pay off!”
“I am looking forward to racing at Virginia International Raceway. Especially since it’s my home course with many friends planning to attend. VIR has a tremendous history in motorsports. It is one of the best facilities in the country and extremely challenging with its iconic turns such as the Uphill Esses, Oak Tree, Roller Coaster, and Hog Pin. VIR holds so many good memories for me have, and I hope to make even more this weekend. The team has done a great job getting the car ready, and the set up was spot on for practice last week. If I can match the practice times from last week, I should have a good enough qualifying time to compete for a podium spot for the first time this year.”
Source. Speed Group