FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 29, 2018
This past weekend at Circuit of the America’s marked the first event of the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Sprint X championship. The Sarasota-based Precision Driving team will be doing both the Sprint and Sprint X championships this season in their new BMW M4 GT4 for the GTS category in addition to their tried and true Ferrari 458 in GT Cup.
Team Owner and driver Marko Radisic is sharing driving duties with former Radical Cup driver David Roberts in both cars this season in the duo’s efforts to bring home double championships in the Am-Am division of each category. Radisic is looking to follow up on a strong showing in the 2017 Sprint X championship, while Roberts made his series debut.
The weekend started out in normal fashion, dialing in both cars on scrubbed tires to focus on the overall race-ability of each car. The Ferrari encountered a rare alternator issue, and with no replacement to be sourced, the team focused their efforts on the BMW.
Radisic would qualify the car for Saturday’s race in the 14th starting position. With multiple yellow flags to start the race and some swift reactions to stay out of the fray, Marko only had a handful of green flag laps to pick up positions before turning the car over to David. David settled in during his first PWC event and took the checkered flag in 13th position. The pairing showed enough pace during the race to be 6th place on the starting grid in race two on Sunday.
This time Roberts would make the start; losing nine positions early as he was forced wide into the grass during the second green flag lap to miss getting caught up in an incident. Upon gathering up his GTS machine, he started reclaiming those lost positions, and by the time he turned the car over to Radisic, was back into 7th position. Marko picked up where David left off and the duo would finish race two under caution in 5th position in Am-Am and 16th overall for a strong points day for the pair. Team had pace on position cars just ahead for a podium had the yellow flag not ended the race.
“After so much carnage that took place on the race weekend, I’m just thankful David and I were able to bring it back in one piece” Radisic states. Of his debut, Roberts reflects, “This was my World Challenge debut, but I’ve also never raced at COTA, which was a very different circuit for me. I really enjoy working with the Precision Driving team and building that chemistry. The M4 GT4 is a great car with a lot of mechanical grip, and really look forward to what the season can bring there. For the Ferrari, who doesn’t want to drive a Ferrari?!”
In addition to his driving duties, David Roberts is also a professional MMA fighter with his next bout in the CXF 12: Burbank Beatdown on April 21st at 7:00 pm PT. Fans can watch live at www.mmatixx.com.
Broadcast of the Grand Prix of Texas will be on CBS Sports Network on April 5th, 2018 at 8:00 pm ET.
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