Strong execution and consistency- both on track and in pit lane- set Archangel Motorsports drivers, Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman up for a last lap third place podium at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. This result marks the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport’s second third place finish of the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season.
“I am really, really happy with our team’s performance”, said Archangel Motorsports Principal, Mike Johnson. “I can’t think of a race where we executed any better than that, really even since we’ve been with Alan. Our pitstops were outstanding, Alan and Trent drove great and we made no mistakes the entire day. It feels great to be back into the top four in points. We have five races left and I feel like we’re back in the championship hunt. I’m really happy with how this went and I don’t think we could’ve done it any better.”
With track temperatures peaking as high as 116 degrees, Hindman started the four-hour event from a season’s best second place position. He spent the first 40-minutes of the race battling with Jeff Westphal and Seb Priaulx, before he was called to the pits to pass the controls off to Brynjolfsson in third.
Once at the wheel, the reigning Porsche Cup winner took to some high pressure battles in a mix of both professionals and lapped traffic. He had just set his quickest time of the weekend at a 1:29.3 before passing the Porsche back over to Hindman on lap 57.
Hindman rejoined the field in tenth, just before the second yellow flag was deployed. After pitting for fuel only, the 24-year old restarted the race from seventh, where he engaged in a tight battle for position with Andrew Davis while holding off a charging Kyle Marcelli.
The final hour of the race was plagued with two more full course cautions and two more flawless pitstops; Both of which, complied with Hindman’s heads up driving, allowed the Porsche to advance to second with nine laps remaining. Despite drifting back to fourth position, strong fuel strategy played in the group’s favor when the second place car ran out of fuel on the last lap, advancing Hindman to the final podium slot.
The Archangel Motorsports team will return to action with a double-header IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge event at Mid-Ohio SportsCar Course, September 25-27
Alan Brynjolfsson “This podium really goes out to the team. We had perfect pitstops and strategy. Each time we were able to leapfrog several spots. Everything was executed so perfectly so I really just have to thank everyone at the Volt Racing and Archangel Motorsports team for giving us this one.”
Trent Hindman “Today’s podium really came down to the Archangel Motorsports team. Mike Johnson’s strategy and all of the guys going over the wall did perfectly. We maximized everything we had with a car that didn’t necessarily have the pace. Thanks to Alan, Mike and the whole team for the great effort to get us a great result.
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