After impressive GTS SprintX performances the last two years, it was only a matter of time before 18-year-old Harry Gottsacker would be standing on the top of the podium, and the teenager fulfilled his dream with a stellar drive to victory Sunday in the 58th Rose Cup Races featuring the Pirelli World Challenge at Portland International Raceway.
Fighting off a strong GTS field and heat near the triple digits Sunday, Gottsacker drove his No. 69 Racers’ Edge Motorsports SIN CAR 1 GT to an 8.775-second GTS SprintX Round 8 win over Saturday’s race winners Ian James and Matt Keegan in the No. 50 Team Panoz Avezanno GT4 at the 1.97-mile, 12-turn PIR road circuit north of downtown Portland.
Gottsacker pitted early in the 60-minute contest Sunday and then drove away from a driver line-up including the James/Keegan combo, Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford in the No. 55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4, Michael Cooper and Tony Gaples in the No. 11 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R and Lawson Aschenbach and Andy Pilgrim in the No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R.
“This track is a bit like a karting track which I grew up racing on,” said Gottsacker, a former world karting champion. “This win is a big lift off of my shoulders. We have so close before like yesterday (he finished second). I want to thank the Racers Edge Motorsports guys. They gave me a tremendous car all weekend. Their strategy to pit at the right time was great today. This win helped us in the GTS point standings too. It was a just a great day for the team and myself.”
In the GTSA category, Dr. Preston Calvert came from behind to win in a sensational last-lap finish with his No. 51 No. 50 Team Panoz Avezanno GT4 for Calvert’s first solo GTS race win. Previously, Calvert had won in the GT SprintX class twice (2016) as well as in the GT Cup twice (2017).
“It was great experience to win in the Panoz and in GTS in a solo drive,” said Calvert, a retired doctor now enjoying a new racing career at age 63. “I had a good pit stop and got in a good back and forth battle with No. 3 BMW (Clay/Mueller). I was able to drive the car hard into turn seven and get to the lead. It has been a great journey to come into the Pirelli World Challenge and win races at my age at 63. This was a special win to come from behind.”
Placing runner-up to Calvert was the Mueller/Clay duo followed by Staveley, Liefooghe/Schmitt and the pair of Toby Grahovec and Chris Ohmacht in the No. 92 EFT Global/CAO/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4.
Rounding out the top 10 overall in the 32-car field Sunday was the GTS SprintX point leader duo of James Sofronas and Alex Welch in the No. 14 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS, Calvert (solo), Saturday’s GTSA winners Randy Mueller and James Clay in the No. 3 EPIC Motorsports BMW M4 GT4, GTSA point leader Drew Staveley (solo) in the No. 12 Ian Lacy Racing Ginetts G55 GT4 and Greg Liefooghe and Henry Schmitt in the No. 88 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4.
The next GTS SprintX events (Round 9 and 10) are take place on August 10-12 at the Utah Motorsports Park when the PWC Grand Prix of Utah.
The GTS SprintX Rounds 7 and 8 will be shown on CBS Sports Network on July 25 at 8 p.m. ET.
1,1, Pro/Am,Harry Gottsacker,Racers Edge Motorsports,,,SIN R1,39,Running,1:00:55.449,
2,2, Pro/Am,James/Keegan,Team Panoz Racing,,,Panoz Avezzano GT4,39,Running,1:01:04.224,8.775
3,3, Pro/Am,Maxwell/Buford,PF Racing,,,Ford Mustang GT4,39,Running,1:01:08.095,12.646
4,4, Pro/Am,Cooper/Gaples,Blackdog Racing,,,Chevrolet Camaro GT4,39,Running,1:01:10.118,14.669
5,5, Pro/Am,Aschenbach/Pilgrim,Blackdog Racing,,,Chevrolet Camaro GT4,39,Running,1:01:10.603,15.154
6,6, Pro/Am,Soronas/Welch,GMG Racing,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,39,Running,1:01:13.372,17.923
7,1, Am,Preston Calvert,Team Panoz Racing,,,Panoz Avezzano GT4,39,Running,1:01:13.911,18.462
8,2, Am,Clay/Mueller, Epic Motorsports,,,BMW M4 GT4,39,Running,1:01:14.202,18.753
9,3, Am,Drew Staveley,Ian Lacy Racing,,,Ginetta G55,39,Running,1:01:14.805,19.356
10,4, Am,Leifooghe/Schmitt,Stephen Cameron Racing,,,BMW M4 GT4,39,Running,1:01:18.062,22.613
11,7, Pro/Am,Fassnacht/Szymczak,Murillo Racing,,,Mercedes-AMG GT4,39,Running,1:01:22.519,27.070
12,8, Pro/Am,Lewis/Robinson,Robinson Racing,,,Chevrolet Camaro,39,Running,1:01:22.900,27.451
13,5, Am,Grahovec/Ohmacht,Classic BMW,,,BMW M4 GT4,39,Running,1:01:23.288,27.839
14,6, Am,McAleenan/O’Keefe,Motorsport USA,,,Maserati Grand Turismo MC GT4,39,Running,1:01:27.400,31.951
15,9, Pro/Am,Gallagher/Pesek,PF Racing,,,Ford Mustang GT4,39,Running,1:01:30.806,35.357
16,10, Pro/Am,Kranz/Piana,Muehlner Motorsports America,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR,39,Running,1:01:32.560,37.111
17,7, Am,Jason Bell,GMG Racing,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,39,Running,1:01:36.443,40.994
18,8, Am,Frank Gannett,Ian Lacy Racing,,,Ginetta G55,39,Running,1:01:40.446,44.997
19,11, Pro/Am, Raphael/McAleer,Classic BMW,,,BMW M4 GT4,39,Running,1:01:48.124,52.675
20,9, Am,Nicolai Elghanayan,MarcoPolo Motorsports,,,KTM X-bow,39,Running,1:01:48.846,53.397
21,10, Am,DeBoer/Gibbons,TRG,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR,39,Running,1:01:51.498,56.049
22,12, Pro/Am,Tan/Wittmer,ST Racing,,,BMW M4 GT4,39,Running,1:01:54.083,58.634
23,11, Am,Jeff Burton,Rearden Racing,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,39,Running,1:01:59.964,1:04.515
24,12, Am,Mike Hedlund,Flying Lizard Motorsports,,,Audi R8 LMS GT4,39,Running,1:02:08.900,1:13.451
25,13, Am,Nakato/Peterson,Rearden Racing,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR,38,Running,1:01:26.425,1 LAP
26,13, Pro/Am,Pesek/Allegretta,PF Racing,,,Ford Mustang GT4,38,Running,1:01:47.296,1 LAP
27,14, Am,Straus/Miller,ST Racing,,,BMW M4 GT4,33,Not Running,58:22.643,6 LAPS
28,14, Pro/Am,Marcelli/Fidani,Pfaff Motorsports,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR,31,Not Running,50:42.371,8 LAPS
29,15, Am,Strom/Jorgensen,Classic BMW,,,BMW M4 GT4,23,Not Running,37:40.399,16 LAPS
30,15, Pro/Am, Carter/Holton,Compass Racing,,,McLaren 570S GT4,20,Not Running,32:12.153,19 LAPS
31,16, Am,Keith Jensen,Muehlner Motorsports America,,,Porsche Cayman GT4 CS-MR,5,Not Running,6:54.261,34 LAPS