2020 MOTUL 100% Synthetic Grand Prix

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The 2020 MOTUL 100% Synthetic Grand Prix was a sports car race sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). The race was held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL in Concord, North Carolina on October 10th, 2020. This race was the eighth round of the 2020 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the sixth round of the 2020 WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

The overall race was won by the #3 team of Jordan Taylor and Antonio García, the duo's fifth of the season. The Turner Motorsport team of Robby Foley and Bill Auberlen took victory in the GTD class, their second win of the season.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The race replaced the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park due to travel issues regarding the COVID-19 pandemic in Connecticut, meaning the race would be run as part of a triple-header weekend and a double-header Saturday evening with the NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series.[2] The race was the shortest of the 2020 season at just 100 minutes (1 hour, 40 minutes) in length, and was one of two events that included only entries from the GTLM and GTD classes.[3] The race also marked the first time since 2000 that an IMSA series raced at Charlotte Motor Speedway.[4] In late September, Motul was announced as the primary sponsor of the event.[5]

On October 2, 2020, IMSA released the latest technical bulletin regarding the Balance of Performance for the race. In the GTLM class, the Porsche 911 received a 15 kilogram weight reduction, while no other changes were made to other cars in the class. In GTD, the Ferrari 488 received a 6.7 horsepower increase, a 5 kilogram increase in minimum weight, and a one-liter increase in fuel capacity.[6]

EntriesEdit

A total of 18 cars took part in the event, the lowest number of entries that season, but because the two prototype classes were not scheduled to participate in this event, there were more cars between the two participating classes for this race than the previous round at Mid-Ohio. There were six cars in the GTLM class, two more than at Mid-Ohio, when the CORE Autosport-run Porsche GT Team skipped the previous round due to novel coronavirus concerns within the Porsche factory camp following the 24 Heures du Mans, and twelve cars in the GTD class, the same as the preceding event. Jeff Kingsley made his series debut in the Compass McLaren.[7] Despite the BoP break, Scuderia Corsa missed their second consecutive event, with driver Cooper MacNeil focusing on a championship in the Ferrari Challenge.[6] Frankie Montecalvo was replaced in the #12 AIM Vasser Sullivan entry by Michael De Quesada, as the former was getting married (originally, this race was to have been held at Lime Rock Park on July 17-18, and later rescheduled to October 30-31 before being moved to Charlotte where promoters moved the dates to be part of the NASCAR weekend after state authorities rejected the event over travel restrictions).[8]

QualifyingEdit

Both qualifying sessions demonstrated the drivers' lack of familiarity with the circuit. Laurens Vanthoor broke his Porsche's rear suspension in an accident at turn 7 that drew a red flag. As the session came to a close, Jesse Krohn knocked the mirror off his BMW in turn 1. GTD pole-winner Aaron Telitz suffered minor contact with the outside wall coming out of the final chicane, Kingsley and Rob Ferriol made contact coming into said chicane, and the GTD session's red flag came after Mikhail Goikhberg hit the wall at turn 7 and was unable to get his car going again.[9]

Qualifying resultsEdit

Pole positions in each class are indicated in bold and by  .

Pos. Class No. Team Driver Time Gap Grid
1 GTLM 3 Corvette Racing Jordan Taylor 1:14.278 _ 1 
2 GTLM 911 Porsche GT Team Frédéric Makowiecki 1:14.334 +0.056 2
3 GTLM 25 BMW Team RLL Bruno Spengler 1:14.730 +0.452 3
4 GTLM 24 BMW Team RLL Jesse Krohn 1:14.824 +0.546 4
5 GTLM 4 Corvette Racing Oliver Gavin 1:15.067 +0.789 5
6 GTD 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Aaron Telitz 1:17.954 +3.676 6 
7 GTD 96 Turner Motorsport Robby Foley 1:18.077 +3.799 7
8 GTD 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Matt McMurry 1:18.091 +3.813 8
9 GTD 76 Compass Racing Jeff Kingsley 1:18.147 +3.869 9
10 GTD 16 Wright Motorsports Ryan Hardwick 1:18.232 +3.954 10
11 GTD 74 Riley Motorsports Gar Robinson 1:18.540 +4.262 11
12 GTD 22 Gradient Racing Till Bechtolsheimer 1:18.725 +4.447 12
13 GTD 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Michael De Quesada 1:18.923 +4.645 13
14 GTD 23 Heart of Racing Team Ian James 1:19.299 +5.021 14
15 GTD 44 GRT Magnus Racing Team John Potter 1:20.102 +5.824 15
16 GTD 30 Team Hardpoint Rob Ferriol 1:21.235 +6.957 16
17 GTD 57 Heinricher Racing with MSR Curb-Agajanian Mikhail Goikhberg 1:22.908 +8.630 17
18 GTLM 912 Porsche GT Team Laurens Vanthoor 18
Source:[10]

ResultsEdit

Class winners are denoted in bold and  .

Pos Class No. Team Drivers Chassis Laps Time/Retired
Engine
1 GTLM 3   Corvette Racing   Jordan Taylor
  Antonio García
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 62 1:40:08.170 
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
2 GTLM 24   BMW Team RLL   John Edwards
  Jesse Krohn
BMW M8 GTE 62 +1.474
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
3 GTLM 25   BMW Team RLL   Connor De Phillippi
  Bruno Spengler
BMW M8 GTE 62 +2.059
BMW S63 4.0L Turbo V8
4 GTD 96   Turner Motorsport   Robby Foley
  Bill Auberlen
BMW M6 GT3 61 +1 Lap 
BMW 4.4L Turbo V8
5 GTD 16   Wright Motorsports   Ryan Hardwick
  Patrick Long
Porsche 911 GT3 R 61 +1 Lap
Porsche 4.0L Flat-6
6 GTD 23   Heart of Racing Team   Ian James
  Roman De Angelis
Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 61 +1 Lap
Aston Martin 4.0L Turbo V8
7 GTD 12   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Michael De Quesada
  Townsend Bell
Lexus RC F GT3 61 +1 Lap
Lexus 5.0L V8
8 GTD 57   Heinricher Racing with MSR Curb-Agajanian   Álvaro Parente
  Mikhail Goikhberg
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 61 +1 Lap
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
9 GTD 30   Team Hardpoint   Rob Ferriol
  Spencer Pumpelly
Audi R8 LMS Evo 61 +1 Lap
Audi 5.2L V10
10 GTD 86   Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian   Mario Farnbacher
  Matt McMurry
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 61 +1 Lap
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
11 GTD 14   AIM Vasser Sullivan   Jack Hawksworth
  Aaron Telitz
Lexus RC F GT3 61 +1 Lap
Lexus 5.0L V8
12 GTD 76   Compass Racing   Jeff Kingsley
  Paul Holton
McLaren 720S GT3 60 +2 Laps
McLaren M840T 4.0L Turbo V8
13 GTD 74   Riley Motorsports   Lawson Aschenbach
  Gar Robinson
Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 60 +2 Laps
Mercedes-AMG M159 G.2L V8
14 GTLM 4   Corvette Racing   Oliver Gavin
  Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C8.R 54 DNF (Accident)
Chevrolet 5.5L V8
15 GTD 44   GRT Magnus Racing Team   John Potter
  Andy Lally
Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 25 DNF (Tire Failures)
Lamborghini 5.2L V10
16 GTD 22   Gradient Racing   Till Bechtolsheimer
  Marc Miller
Acura NSX GT3 Evo 22 DNF (Accident)
Acura 3.5L Turbo V6
17 GTLM 911   Porsche GT Team   Frédéric Makowiecki
  Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR-19 8 DNF (Accident)
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
18 GTLM 912   Porsche GT Team   Earl Bamber
  Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR-19 4 DNF (Accident)
Porsche 4.2L Flat-6
Box Score

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Corvette duo of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor win again at Charlotte Roval". motorsports.nbcsports.com. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 25 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Venue Modifications Shift Upcoming Events to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Charlotte ROVAL". imsa.com. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "IMSA will move races to Road Atlanta, Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval". motorsports.nbcsports.com. 1 August 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Blast from the Past". imsa.com. 5 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Motul Expands IMSA Presence with Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL Event Sponsorship". imsa.com. 29 September 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b "Porsche, Ferrari Get BoP Breaks". sportscar365.com. 6 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Entry List Notebook - MOTUL 100% Synthetic Grand Prix at Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL". imsa.com. 30 September 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "De Quesada Replaces Montecalvo For Charlotte IMSA Race". dailysportscar.com. 7 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Jordan Taylor Wins Motul 100% Synthetic Grand Prix Pole". frontstretch.com. 10 October 2020. Retrieved 25 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "03_Results_Qualifying" (PDF). Retrieved 25 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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