It has been a fast two months since the checkered flag fell at Sebring International Raceway, and TeamTGM is eager and prepared to get back into IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action this weekend as the series stages Round 3 of competition at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the two hour Mid-Ohio 120.
TeamTGM will return to racing with its two car Mercedes-AMG GT4 line up piloted by Ted Giovanis and Guy Cosmo in the No. 4 Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis (JKTG) Foundation / Camp Boggy Creek Mercedes-AMG GT4 and Hugh Plumb and Owen Trinkler in the No. 46 JKTG Foundation / Camp Boggy Creek Mercedes-AMG GT4 machine. The team moved to the AMG platform ahead of the season-opening race at Daytona and has worked to learn the nuances with the impressive machines in preparation for the 2018 campaign.
Continuing to learn the new platform has been the main focus for TeamTGM and with only two races down, the team is already seeing improvements and are currently leading the Mercedes-AMG contingent with the No. 46 JKTG / Camp Boggy Creek Mercedes-AMG GT4 sitting fourth in the IMSA championship standings.
After showing a competitive pace in the Sebring race, TeamTGM has utilized multiple test days leading up to the event at Mid-Ohio to prepare to put its best foot forward and once again show competitive pace on the natural terrain circuit set in rural Ohio.
TeamTGM and Giovanis have been attending events at Mid-Ohio since 2008 and Giovanis is hoping to score his best result to date with help from teammate Cosmo. With experience in both GT and Daytona Prototype machines, Cosmo has a wide range of experience to tap into heading into the 2-hour event.
“I think the car is developing well,” said Cosmo. “Every time out we learn something new about these Mercedes GT4s we are steadily making progress. Of course until you show up for the race you never quite know where you stand, but we’ll keep focused on the things we have control over and continue to push forward. Mid-Ohio is a low-grip track with some unique demands compared to other circuits we visit, so the setup is a bit unique. We are again focused on a solid result to collect points, but of course pushing to get further up the grid in this intensely competitive field.”
“Our main focus has been on developing the cars and for me personally getting track time,” said Giovanis. “Our expectations for Mid-Ohio are high and we think we will do well and improve upon some past successes there. Personally, I have been to Mid-Ohio before and we have tested there so I’m looking forward to going back.”
Besides having a growing confidence with the new car, the team also builds strength from the impressive driver roster for the No. 4 and No. 46 entries with all four drivers having earned their own records of success at the 2.4-mile road course.
As one of the most experienced racers in the field, champion driver, Trinkler has his share of laps turned around the iconic circuit and will be looking to utilize that knowledge to earn a podium result.
“I am glad it’s a track they put back on the schedule,” said Trinkler. “I have had some pretty good runs there in the past in the ST class. I am looking forward to getting back, I’ve never had a win and hopefully I can check that box off this weekend. We had a pretty good test and we learned some things to give us some information, so I feel pretty strong about our team heading into the event.”
Plumb will look to build on his experience at the track, having netted numerous top-five finishes in competition as he targets a run to the podium on Saturday.
“As a team TGM continues to embrace the Mercedes, we’ve put in some miles since Sebring and feel good about where we are and where we need to be with the new platform,” said Plumb. “As a driver I am very confident with my team and they continue to impress me.”
Source. Sunday Group