Marc Miller joins Till Bechtolsheimer for Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Event
Gradient Racing’s challenge for the Pro-Am title in Blancpain World Challenge America is bolstered, this week, by the return of a familiar face to the driving line-up. Marc Miller will join regular Bronze driver, Till Bechtolsheimer for the third event of North America’s most prestigious GT3 Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
The Austin based team sit P2 in the Pro-Am standings after a strong start to the season at Circuit of the Americas and Virginia International Raceway. Two second place finishes from four starts does not fully reflect the quality of the effort put forward by Bechtolsheimer and his team mate, Ryan Eversley.
The Michigan based Miller rejoins the team as part of a planned lineup change. His Trans-Am commitments and Acura’s desire to support the program to the fullest meant that Gradient was able to field factory regular, Ryan Eversley, in the opening two rounds of the Series. The racer from Atlanta will rejoin the squad later in the season as Miller pursues a TA2 title in the Trans-Am Series.
“Words can't express how excited I am to get back behind the wheel of the Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 alongside my friend and teammate, Till Bechtolsheimer.” enthused Miller. “While this will be my first 'official' race with Gradient, the team itself, staff and car are all very familiar to me. I am pleased to have my first Pirelli World Challenge event be with them at a track I have a lot of experience at in Canadian Motorsports Park. There is a lot of pressure to hop in and perform well to keep Till in the championship hunt.”
Team Manager, Andris Laivins (above) is happy with the team’s performance and its current place in the Pro-Am standings. “It's still early in the season, but we are in a great spot so far. Ryan's experience has been a real asset at the first two rounds, and with he and Marc sharing the Pro driving duties the rest of the season with Till, I think we have a solid platform for the title.“
Laivins is also keenly aware of the challenges that lie ahead this weekend. “CTMP is a serious, fast track, and it always demands your attention as an engineer or driver. It's a challenge I enjoy because this track produces some great close racing, so when you do well it feels like you had to earn it.”
Practice starts on Thursday with a late afternoon session at 4:40pm. Qualifying for both races takes place on Friday, May 17th. Race 1 takes place at 2:10pm on Saturday, May 18th with Race 2 on Sunday at 10:10am. You can watch the races live on YouTube. For full event coverage please follow Gradient Racing on Twitter at @GradientRacing, on Instagram at @gradientracing and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GradientRacing/