IMSA Michelin Challenge @ Mid-Ohio - Maiden victory for the Hyundai Elantra N

IMSA Michelin Challenge @ Mid-Ohio - Maiden victory for the Hyundai Elantra N

19.05.2021: At Mid-Ohio, Hyundai returned to the top of the chart in the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, snatching four of the top five positions – including class winners Parker Chase and Ryan Norman in the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Elantra N

At Mid-Ohio, Hyundai returned to the top of the chart in the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, snatching four of the top five positions – including class winners Parker Chase and Ryan Norman in the #98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Elantra N TCR. This was the first win in the series for the Elantra model.

Chase battled with the #19 van der Steur Racing Hyundai Veloster N for the first half of the race; the #98 passed the #19 just before a full-course caution at the midpoint. Norman took over on the pit stop in second place behind the #27 Copeland Motorsports Veloster and bided his time, saving his tyres before passing Tyler Maxson with a half hour left.

Norman held off teammate Michael Lewis in the #77 Veloster by one second at the end. Ryan Eversley brought the #94 Atlanta Speedwerks Honda Civic home third. Hyundai cars also grabbed fourth and fifth places by the #27 Veloster and the #33 BHA Elantra, respectively.

The second place helped the pair of Hagler/Lewis to stretch their leadership in the standings to forty points over Eversley.

The fourth round will be at Watkins Glen on June 26th.


1. P. Chase/R. Norman (BHA, Hyundai Elantra N), 75 laps
2. M. Lewis/T. Hagler (BHA, Hyundai Veloster N), 1.020
3. R. Eversley/S. Smithson (Atlanta Speedwerk, Honda Civic Type R), 1.392

Championship points

1. M. Lewis/T. Hagler 900 pts; 2. R. Eversley 860; 3. J. Morley/G. Ernstone 780

Fabio Ravaioli, photo IMSA/LAT Images


19.05.2021 / MaP

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