Mercedes-AMG GT4s strong at CTMP with Eric Foss, Murillo Racing fastest in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice07/06/2019
It was Eric Foss in Murillo Racing’s No. 56 Mosing Motorcars Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the morning, posting what would be the fastest lap of the day at one minute, 23.506 seconds (106.009 mph).
The star of the show in the pair of IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice sessions at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was Mercedes-AMG.
It was Eric Foss in Murillo Racing’s No. 56 Mosing Motorcars Mercedes-AMG GT4 in the morning, posting what would be the fastest lap of the day at one minute, 23.506 seconds (106.009 mph). Foss and longtime co-driver Jeff Mosing will be challenging for their second Pilot Challenge win at CTMP after winning the ST class in 2017.
“We unloaded with a car that really felt pretty good,” said Foss. “We were able to do a two-hour test yesterday and we learned a lot about this newer, harder compound Michelin S9 Tire. It’s a little bit edgier tire, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You just have to be more precise and smooth as a driver, so that’s something that Jeff and I have been working really hard on.
“This place has always been close to our hearts and really good for us, so we’re hoping to carry some of that momentum into qualifying and into the race.”
Carrying Mercedes-AMG’s dominance into Practice 2 was Owen Trinkler in the No. 46 Mercedes-AMG GT4 for Team TGM, who posted that session’s fastest lap of 1:23.926 (105.478 mph). Team TGM’s sister car, the No. 4 Mercedes-AMG GT4, also ranked third in Practice 1 at the hands of Guy Cosmo.
In the TCR class, the fastest lap of the day went to Michael Lewis in the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N with a time of 1:24.484 (104.781 mph). Lewis will be seeking his second consecutive Motul Pole Award this weekend and the team’s second win of the season after he and co-driver Mark Wilkins took home the victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in May.
Saturday will be a packed day for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, with qualifying beginning at 9:40 a.m. ET and the two-hour Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120 going green at 1:55 p.m. ET. The race will be streamed live, flag-to-flag on IMSA.tv with IMSA Radio commentary.
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