ALTON, VA – In what can only be described as a remarkable weekend of racing, JCR Motorsports began its 2017 season in the Pirelli World Challenge Series with a stellar showing, first charging to the pole position, then scoring a pair of second-place finishes in the two GTS races at VIRginia International Raceway in the PWC Nissan Grand Prix of VIR, April 28-30.
With Jeff Courtney behind the wheel of the No. 99 Kenda/RecStuff.com/JCR Motorsports Maserati GT4, JCR Motorsports made an instant impact in the PWC series by taking the pole for the first race on Saturday and following that up with the two second-place positions.
In the second race on Sunday, Courtney made an all-out run for the win at the end, staying with Nico Jamin, who won both races, on a restart, then doggedly pursued him in the race’s final laps. But he could not quite catch him and Courtney finished 2.076 seconds behind the winner.
“I pushed as hard as I could those last three laps,” Courtney said. “I was just behind him (Jamin) on the restart and because he got a good jump and I was able to react quickly, the both of us were able to pull away from the rest of the field. I was pushing really hard to maybe get a run on the back straight. I felt like that was the only place that I would have a chance. At the end, I was starting to light the tires up under braking, so with three laps left, I was close enough that I thought I should at least take a shot at it.”
Courtney summed up the weekend by saying, “The crew did a great job this entire weekend. Incredible. I’m very happy. But I’m not satisfied. I felt like we had a car that could win.”
The weekend could not have started better as Courtney was on top of the field immediately with the fastest time in the first practice session. He followed that up by grabbing the pole position for the first race with a track record of 1:55.144 (102.23 mph) and wrapped up the highly successful weekend with the two second-place finishes.
“I’m really pleased with getting the pole; it was a big moment for us,” Courtney said. “It came on the very last lap. I had a good run a few laps earlier but got blocked. At the end, I caught a really good flyer on the last lap and it put us on the pole.”
The entire team overcame many challenges just to get ready for the race and in fact was not even sure it would make it to Virginia until just a few days before the green flag fell for the first practice session. These results clearly demonstrated that JCR Motorsports is going to be a major factor at other 2017 World Challenge races.
Courtney’s World Challenge effort is propelled by sponsor Kenda Tires along with RecStuff.com, the authority in trailer parts, an online retailer that specializes in trailer tires and wheels along with other components for trailers.
The team will next race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario, Canada, where it will debut a second car driven by Canadian Fred Roberts. The #89 car has support from RPM Canada and Enercare, one of Canada’s largest home and commercial services and energy solutions companies. That race takes place May 19-21.