Heading into the Virginia International Raceway (VIR) weekend leading the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar championship, the pressure was on for TeamTGM ahead of Friday’s evening qualifying run. Owen Trinkler earned a fifth place starting spot in the No. 46 Jayne Koskinas Ted Giovanis (JKTG) Foundation / Camp Boggy Creek Mercedes-AMG GT4 while Ted Giovanis placed on the eleventh row in the No. 4 JKTG Foundation / Camp Boggy Creek Mercedes-AMG.
The duo of Trinkler and Hugh Plumb along with Giovanis and his co-driver in Saturday’s two-hour race Guy Cosmo were prepped for a quick weekend of racing action. Progress through Friday’s practice sessions saw the championship points leading No. 46 emerge as the fastest car on track before ultimately settling in second ahead of the evening qualifying session while the No. 4 placed eleventh.
A very busy and fan-friendly race weekend schedule is jam packed with on-track action. The Continental Tire squads were slotted in as the final Friday runners as the the 7:30pm ET qualifying run set the field for Saturday’s sprint. Trinkler was set for qualifying duties of the No. 46 while Giovanis took the controls of the No. 4 machine.
Trinkler quickly got up to pace and laid down a lap four flyer of 1:1:54.404-seconds which ultimately placed the No. 46 machine fifth in the order.
“The boys have worked really hard and it is really hot this weekend,” said Trinkler. “We worked on race runs during practice so I feel like we have a good race car. We just don’t have the raw speed but we do have good race pace, so that is what we have been working after. I’m just proud of the boys, they have been doing a great job and have tweaked on the car very little all weekend. I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
Giovanis’ fast lap came on lap seven which resulted in a starting spot on the eleventh row after he carded his fastest lap of the race weekend in his first-ever qualifying run at VIR with the Mercedes-AMG GT4.
“The guys called the set up really well on both cars,” said Giovanis. “The four car was fine. I was off the pace a little but I know I will make that back up in the race tomorrow. I’m usually better in the longer runs and our cars will be set up well for that.”
Source. Sunday Group