After just missing the victory in Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Race 1, the TR3 Racing Ferrari of Daniel Mancinelli and Niccolo Schiro led from the drop of the green flag and took the checkered flag ahead of Ryan Eversley and Tom Dyer’s Acura.
- RESULTS: 2017 Utah SprintX Race 2
The green flag flew late at the Utah Motorsports Campus with the initial start waved off by officials due to a poor formation. On the second double-file attempt, Schiro shot to the lead in the No. 31 Ferrari 488 GT3 pursued by the two Acura NSX GT3s of RealTime Racing piloted by Mark Wilkins and Tom Dyer.
Shortly after the start, the Race 1-winning No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 of Wilkins and Peter Kox pitted early for a tire issue, dropping it out of contention after running in the second position.
A late-race caution set up a 15-minute run to the checkered flag. Eversley, taking over the No. 43 Acura from Dyer, cleared lapped cars on the restart and began to chase the leading Ferrari of Mancinelli.
Rather than execute a successful pass, another caution came out for contact between the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R and the No. 63 DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 that left Mancinelli safely in the lead.
The final restart came with just over three minutes remaining, Mancinelli struggling for grip and Eversley once again looking to pounce on the leader. The Ferrari was able to hold off the Acura and the two remained in the first and second positions through to the checkers with Mancinelli one second ahead of Eversley.
Plenty of action over the final three minutes set up different-looking top five with Patrick Long dropping back in the No. 48 Porsche 911 GT3 R, allowing Michael Cooper and Ricky Taylor to move up in the pair of Cadillac ATS-V.Rs.
On the final lap, Alvaro Parente made it around Taylor to put the No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S in the fourth position behind Cooper, dropping Taylor to fifth.
Pro-Pro driver combinations completed the top 10 with Patrick Long coming home in the sixth position followed by Bryan Sellers, Ryan Dalziel, Spencer Pumpelly and Wolf Henzler in McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Audi and Porsche machinery, respectively.
Michael Schein topped the Pro-Am driver combinations in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche he shares with Jan Heylen.
Henrique Cisneros and Jonathon Ziegelman won the Am-Am subclass in the No. 30 NGT Motorsports Ferrari 458 GT3.
Yuki Harata was first in GT Cup action in the No. 55 Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.
Jason Hart and Matt Travis led the way in GTS competition behind the wheel of the No. 47 NOLAsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.
SprintX will be back in action at the Circuit of The Americas for the fourth, ninth and 10th rounds of the 2017 championship on the weekend of Sept. 1–3.