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Lexus closes out debut season with RC F GT3 at Road Atlanta

The 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3s both finished in the top-10 and led laps in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-finale race at Road Atlanta to close out the debut season for the Lexus RC F GT3 competing in the GTD class.

The No.15 Lexus with drivers Austin Cindric, Jack Hawksworth and Scott Pruett recorded an eighth-place result in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans endurance event. The No.15 ran strong much of the race, however a penalty within the closing hours of the event for an improper pass around and then damage to the RC F GT3 on-track shortly after resulted in the team finishing eighth.

“We were hopeful to finish on the podium." said Pruett "We ran strong – both the 14 and 15. We had our issues and we had our problems – first, I’m so glad Robert (Alon) is okay after that crash. And, unfortunately it wasn’t meant to be. It was just one of those seasons that you’ve just got to realize it’s a building season, we learned a lot from 2017 and we have a lot of momentum going into 2018.”

3GT Racing drivers Robert Alon, Sage Karam and Ian James finished 10th behind the wheel of the No.14 RC F GT3 in the season-finale. The No. 14 was also competitive during the race, but an accident with just under two hours remaining ended the day early.

“In my first stint the car was a bit loose and on the first pit stop while I was in the car we made a wing change that really settled down the car, and after that I felt like we had great pace." Alon said "We were catching the guys up front. Everything seemed to be going really well and we were running really strong. Sage (Karam) was running upfront and then the thing that hurt us was when I got in the second time I got a puncture. I’m not really sure where it came from – maybe debris on the track – but pretty much I got a punctured tire and then I think something broke and went into the wall in the last corner, but I’m okay.”

Both RC F GT3s led the GTD field around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile road course, with Karam out front in the No.14 Lexus for 18 laps and Pruett led the class field for five laps.

3GT Racing finishes the debut season competing in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship in the Lexus RC F GT3 with a total of two top-five results and 13 top-10 finishes and a pole position for the two-car effort in 12 races this season. The No.15 also ran the quickest laps in two races this season with Hawksworth behind the wheel of the 3GT Racing Lexus, and Karam set a new track record at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park when he earned the first pole position for the RC F GT3 in qualifying.

The 2018 season will open at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018.

10/10/17

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