Fifth, Sixth and Seventh for Honda Civic Type R TCR Machines at Mid-Ohio

  • Montreal Motorsport Group locks out front row in Michelin Pilot Challenge qualifying at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Team finishes fifth and seventh with Honda Civic Type R TCR pair
  • HART scores sixth place finish, Racers Edge Motorsports finishes 11th

A quartet of Honda Civic Type R TCR machines tackled Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge O'Reilly Auto Parts Four Hours of Mid-Ohio, leaving the weekend with a front-row lockout and a fifth, sixth and seventh place result.

The Montreal Motorsport Group #93 started on pole position with Karl Wittmer setting a new track record en-route to MMG's second-consecutive pole. Wittmer and co-driver Dai Yoshihara would go on to lead the first 41 laps of the four-hour race, before being served a drive-through penalty for making contact with the #99. The duo would come home fifth at the line.

The sister #6 Honda Civic Type R TCR from MMG qualified third, but would move up to start alongside the #93 on the front row, making it an all-Honda force at the front. Co-drivers LP Montour and Bryan Ortiz would combine to lead 35 laps en route to a seventh-place finish. 

Splitting the two MMG cars at the line was the HART machine, piloted by Chad Gilsinger, Steve Eich and Tyler Chambers, who fought their way forward after a pair of incidents in the race. A drive-through penalty for contact was followed by more contact from a GS-class car resulted in an unscheduled pit stop to remove grass blocking the radiation screen. But the trio recovered to finish sixth.

The fourth, and final Honda Civic Type R TCR machine from Racers Edge Motorsports, driven by Daniel Wu and Tazio Ottis qualified 16th and finished 11th in the race. 

O'Reilly Auto Parts Four Hours of Mid-Ohio Honda Race Results

  • 4th TCR - #93 Karl Wittmer, Dai Yoshihara, Montreal Motorsports Group Honda Civic Type R TCR
  • 6th TCR - #89Steve Eich, Chad Gilsinger and Tyler Chambers, Honda of America Racing Team Honda Civic Type R TCR
  • 7th TCR - #6 LP Montour, Bryan Ortiz, Montreal Motorsports Group Honda Civic Type R TCR
  • 11th TCR - #73 Tazio Ottis, Daniel Wu, RacersEdge Motorsports Honda Civic Type R TCR

Karl Wittmer (#93 Montreal Motorsports Group Honda Civic Type R TCR) Finished 5th: "A strong effort and great execution by the whole crew helped us stay in the championship hunt. [We had] some ups and downs during the 4-hour race, but still a positive weekend to say the least in terms of progressing towards our goals. Hats off to my co-driver, Dai Yoshihara, for his mega stint today."

The 2024 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge next heads north to historic Watkins Glen International Raceway in upstate New York for the June 22 The Esses 120 at Watkins Glen.

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