NSX GT-3: Acura RealTime Racing comes to Long Beach April 8, 9
Growing up down the street from the Long Beach Grand Prix had its advantages as a young adult -- there was no problem gaining good race course view access from a friend's roof top on Ocean Boulevard. Times have changed. Today, getting down to the action is a bit more challenging, as race teams and fans from across the nation converge on the streets of Long Beach, the spectacle is memorable.
This Acura fan’s favorite race team, RealTime Racing, comes to Long Beach this weekend for round 3 of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup.
A big weekend for Honda Performance Development, Acura, and RealTime Racing
Sunday morning marks the 3rd GT round of what is arguably the most action packed production car based racing venue in North America, Pirelli World Challenge. Veteran RealTime Racing team driver Ran Eversley returns to Long Beach in NSX GT-3 car GT43, with renowned touring driver elite Peter Kox driving GT 93. Both very capable competitors, suported by the winningest team in P.W.C. history and the winningest engine manufacturers in racing today.
With the win coming down to fractions of a second, long Beach is a tough course
In 2016 Ryan Eversley made a strong run, placing 10th in the GT class behind the wheel of the now retired TLX GT. With an average track speed of 88.42 mph, Eversley was a mere 1.3 mph, and 1.178 seconds of the winning time of Alvaro Parente of Portugal, driving behind the wheel of the K PAX McLaren GT car. Fans look for the race modified NSX GT-3 car to do well on the streets on Long Beach.
What it’s like to drive Long Beach
Imagine taking your car to 200 mph on a straight away, and slamming it into a full-four-wheel lock up turn x 4 -- that’s long Beach. A combination of tight turns leading onto blinding fast straight away, running over sometimes cobble-rough asphalt and concrete road surfaces, the streets of Long Beach are less than ideal for high speed racing.
The roar of Indy and PWC cars can be heard for miles, as the most advanced hardware, and race hardened pilots, vie for the podium. Race fan or not, the spectacle that is the Long Beach Grand Prix, is as close as most Californians will get to a foreign Grand Prix road course without leaving the states. Here’s your PWC season racing schedule.
Photo Attributions: Acura, RealTime Racing 2017.