Nine IMSA series Vantage GT4s back in action from Mid-Ohio this weekend

Wednesday, June 05, 2024


It’s just the smaller GT’s and LMP3’s only at this weekend’s IMSA visit to Mid-Ohio as both the Michelin Pilot Challenge and VP Racing Sportscar Challenge converge upon the Lexington circuit, just to the south of Detroit from where the Weathertech Sportscar Challenge had their last round last weekend.

This time, the headlining GTD and GTP based cars get a weekend off as the GS (GT4) and TCR car of the Michelin Pilot Challenge have their fourth round of the 2024 season whilst the GT4 and LMP3 cars of the VP Racing Sportscar Challenge enjoy their fourth round of the Season alongside that of the MX-5 Cup and the new for 2024 Mustang Challenge.

Four weeks since their last round from Laguna Seca sees another forty strong grid make their way to Mid-Ohio with an improved seven Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 powered crews amongst the twenty-four GS cars entered – albeit with a few additions and/or omissions from their usual line up.

The #16 Skip Barber Racing School entry sticks with their Ken Fukuda/Will Lambros line up as do the #46 Team TGM entry for Matt Plumb/Paul Holton #88 Archangel entry for Ted Coleman and Aaron Telitz. The #71 Rebel Rock entry also sees an additional driver added as Andrew Davis joins team regulars Frank DePew and Robin Liddell aboard the sill sole new Vantage GT4.

The #64 Team TGM car of Hugh Plumb and Ted Giovanis sees Kris Wilson added again to the crew list for this weekend’s extended four-hour race whilst the #19 Van Der Steur car will be driven by both Rory Van Der Steur and Danny Formal in lieu of the absent Valentin Hasse-Clot. The #45 Ruckus Racing entry for Scott Blind sees JP Southern added for another impromptu venture into the Michelin Pilot Challenge.

After the results from Laguna Seca, Matt Plumb leads the Championship from the chasing pack by just thirty points with Van Der Steur, Liddell and DePew just a further fourth points behind that with still seven rounds to go.

The VP Racing Sportscar Challenge Series meanwhile will see a twenty-two strong grid being listed – nine LMP3 cars alongside thirteen GTX (GT4) cars within two Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT4 powered drivers within that.

Scott Blind returns with his #45 Ruckus Racing effort whilst Frank DePew goes again within another of his new variant Vantage GT4’s for their two, forty-five-minute races.

Track action for everyone begins on Friday.

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