22.07.2020: After an enforced break of just over five months, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has resumed its season with races at the Daytona International Speedway (5th July) and Sebring International Raceway (18th July).
After an enforced break of just over five months, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has resumed its season with races at the Daytona International Speedway (5th July) and Sebring International Raceway (18th July).
The Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Team Riley Motorsports are on an upward curve: the number 74 Mercedes-AMG GT3 driven by Lawson Aschenbach and Gar Robinson (both USA) finished sixth in the GTD class in the 2hrs 40mins race at Daytona. Last weekend, Sebring hosted the third race of the year, and the duo took fourth place over the same race distance.
The prospects are much improved for Riley Motorsports: in January’s season opener, the Daytona 24-hour race, the team finished outside the points in eleventh place. The IMSA season continues on the weekend of 31st July – 2nd August at the Road America circuit.
The 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge has already brought one memorable triumph with a historic one-two-three win for the Mercedes-AMG GT4. In the 24 Hours of Daytona, the four-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge was won by the Riley Motorsports #35, the fourth victory for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 since it made its US debut in 2019, with the Mercedes-AMG GT4 #57 and #4 of Winward Racing completing the podium in second and third places.
In the subsequent fixture of the season at the Sebring International Raceway, the track conditions frustrated the attempt by the Customer Racing Teams with their Mercedes-AMG GT4s to match this perfect result. The two-hour race was interrupted by a thunderstorm, and the duo of Indy Dontje (NED) and Russell Ward (USA) in the number 4 car fielded by Winward Racing had to settle for fourth.
Sixth and ninth place…