Jeff Courtney of Milwaukee, WI, took the grid in his No. 99 Kenda Tire/RecStuff.com Audi R8 Ultra for the final time in 2014 for Pirelli World Challenge Rounds 15 and 16 at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah on September 12-13, 2014.
Courtney threw down a qualifying fast lap time of 1:53.795 that placed him in the seventh position on the GT-A starting grid for Friday’s race. Courtney executed a great launch on the standing start and gained a position immediately. The race quickly went under a full course yellow flag when two GTS cars collided on the starting grid. Courtney had a clean restart and from there went on to run a clean race and finish in the fifth position, six seconds ahead of his closest pursuer.
“We were racing here with heavy hearts and without crew member Julius Tanzo as Julius’s Mom unfortunately passed away this week, the team did a great job setting up the car! The car was good in the turns and under braking we just did not have the straight line speed to compete for a podium” said Courtney.
Courtney was once again gridded in seventh position for the Saturday’s final round of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships. Again Courtney gained a position on the launch and then was locked in an intense battle with Ferrari 458 driver Henrik Hedman for the majority of the 50-minute green flag race. Courtney stuck a last-lap pass on Hedman and came out on top. Courtney finished Saturday’s final round in sixth position.
“Frustrating that’s all I can say! The guy’s did a great job making the car even better for Saturday’s race, but the lack of straight line speed kept us pinned behind Henrik’s Ferrari for most of the race while I could see the other car getting away, at first it was a fun battle as I was wiping the paint off his rear bumper lap after lap, but then it just became him blocking me until the next straight away where he would gap me by 10 – 20 car lengths” said Courtney
Courtney entered the final race weekend in seventh position overall in the GT-A standings, only 12 points out of sixth position and 43 points out of fifth. Courtney’s performance in the final rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge enabled him to leap up two positions in the overall point standings and ended the season in fifth-place in GT-A. Courtney’s successes also attributed to Audi’s second place finish in the Manufacturers championship.
JCR Motorsports enjoyed a successful season that included multiple top-five finishes, four trips to the podium that included a 3rd place at Long Beach, two 3rd place finishes at Road America and a 2nd place finish at Sonoma and even after having to sit out 4 races/2 events finished 5th overall in the GT-A Championship.
“Of course you always set your goals higher and always want to win races and championships, but I think as a budget limited independent single car team we held our own out there! And with the current level of competition in PWC there are no easy drives. With that said I need to take this time to thank all of our Sponsors and supporters, obviously without them we would not be here. “Kenda Tires” Kenda has been with us for at least ten years now and we really appreciate their support and friendship! Recstuff.com, toowell.com, Speed Seat factory, Replay camera’s. also thanks to Marcus and Brad and everyone at Audi Sport Customer Racing” Said Courtney
The JCR Motorsports Team has remained hard working and focused throughout the entirety of the 2014 season. Their determination, knowledge and skills have played an invaluable role in Courtney’s successes.
“Of course I want to thank all of our team and crew members, certain scheduling conflicts forced us to change crew members a few times throughout the season but these guys are all great at what they do and that made the transition from race to race pretty seamless! Also thank you to everyone that works behind the scenes and back at the office, they make everything come together before the car even gets unloaded” said Courtney
Rounds 15 and 16 at Miller Motorsports Park can be seen on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, September 18 at 2:30 PM EST and again on Thursday, October 2 at 10 PM EST.