WeatherTech 240 at Daytona GTD report

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

No.12 Lexus RC F GT3


Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz were victorious in the GTD class at Daytona International Speedway. AIM VASSER SULLIVAN (AVS) teammates Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo followed the No.14 Lexus RC F GT3 to the finish line to earn a runner-up result and give Lexus and AVS their first one-two podium sweep.

The No.14 Lexus RC F GT3 led 81 laps (of 87) in class to score the first win of the season for AVS in just the second start for the series after the break due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Telitz, who joins the team as a full-time driver after serving as an endurance driver for five races in 2019-20, led the GTD field to the green flag after the pole sitter had a pre-race penalty. He went on to lead the first 26 laps before handing driving duties over to Hawksworth who led 55 laps en route to the victory. The win was the fourth career IMSA victory, third in GTD, for Hawksworth and marked the first IMSA win for Telitz in just his sixth series start.

“I’m wearing a mask, but I can tell you I’m smiling.” said Hawksworth “That was an awesome. To be honest, my job was quite easy because Aaron (Telitz) quite frankly put all of the hard work in the beginning with a good qualifying lap, started up front and then managed to get out front and get us a gap. Then, after that once I got in it was just about maintaining and making sure we kept everything under control. The fuel windows were very tight for this race for either a two stop or a three stop, so we had to monitor fuel a little bit. I didn’t see another GTD car all day so I’m not complaining. The Lexus RC F GT3s were absolutely on rails all day. I’m super stoked to have Aaron in the car for the rest of the season. A great job by all of the team at AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and can’t wait for the next one.”

Montecalvo started the race third in the No.12 RC F GT3 and moved into…

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