Sports Car 101: IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) / Daytona Qualifying Results
Photo: Teammates Ricardo Flores (10) and Timmy Rivers (57) during qualifying at Daytona.
Qualifying is in the books for the season-opening CTSC BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway. Lira Motorsports driver Timmy Rivers was in car No. 57 for qualifying, while teammate Ricardo Flores qualified the No. 10 car.
For stock car fans not familiar with CTSC racing, here’s some background information straight from the IMSA Race Day Viewing Guide:
“The CTSC features sports cars from manufacturers worldwide, straight form the showroom floor, racing side-by-side with only minor modifications. The two classes competing simultaneously on track in the CTSC are Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST).”
Lira Motorsports drivers Timmy Rivers, Ricardo Flores and Michael Lira are competing in the event in Racers Edge Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R’s. Each car has two drivers. Rivers and Lira will share driving duties in the No. 57, while Flores is paired with Racers Edge driver Nick Galante in the No. 10.
The No. 57 and No. 10 cars compete in the GS class. GS class cars start out as stock, production model cars that race with only minor modifications. The GS class is the top performing class in the CTSC. The ST class cars are also production based models, but they are limited to four or six cylinder engines or rotary engines.
After the 15 minute qualifying session was complete, Timmy Rivers had recorded the 8th fastest lap time at 1:57.637 on the 3.56 mile Daytona road course. Ricardo Flores fast lap was 1:58.085, which was good for 12th starting position.
A total of 22 GS class cars qualified for the race. They will be sharing the track with over 25 ST class cars.
According to IMSA rules, the driver who qualifies the car is the driver who will be in the car at the start of the race.
The green flag will drop for the race tomorrow, Friday, January 23rd at 1:45pm. CTSC races are timed events, with this event being a 2.5 hour race.
The race can be viewed live online at http://www.imsa.com