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Davison 5th, Heitkotter 20th at Long Beach

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Last weekend at the Pirelli World Challenge‘s ‘Roar by the Shore’ at Long Beach, California, the two Always Evolving Racing drivers finished 5th and 20th in the 50 minute race.

The #05 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 of Bryan Heitkotter completed the race in P20, further down the field than expected due to some incidents during the race. On the other hand, James Davison‘s #33 GT-R finished with a very respectable 5th place.

Heitkotter’s weekend started strongly, by setting the 3rd fastest lap time in the GT-A class (a category for less experienced drivers), allowing the Californian driver to start the race from P13. Two places further back was teammate Davison, who struggled to find a clear lap during qualifying.

Davison made rapid progress during the race, thanks to a rolling start, caused by a stalled car on the standing start.  Immediately, he moved up to P11, before passing another 4 cars after “a calculated dive bomb on the inside of Turn One.”

The race was full of incidents, which benefitted the #33 at restarts, allowing him to finish the race in 5th position. However, this result may not be final as the stewards are investigating many incidents involving 25 of the drivers, including all four cars that finished ahead of Davison.

The race wasn’t as successful for Heitkotter, though, who dropped back from his starting position of 13th to 20th.

The next race in the Pirelli World Challenge for the Always Evolving Racing team will be this weekend (April 24-26) at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL.

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