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IMSA Michelin EGC Round 4 Race Recap

The 2022 IMSA Michelin Esports Global Championship came to a close in the beautiful virtual Daytona, Florida. Your lineup in the #99 Porsche 911 GT3R remained unchanged from Indianapolis, Christophe Herbigneaux suits up along side Sean Campbell. 

Sean Campbell would take over qualifying duties again and was able to put in a time (1:42.791) which was good enough for a 19th place on the starting grid 0.612 off pole position that was placed by Apex Racing Team's #98 Porsche. The team came in expecting a DTP (drive through penalty) for exceeding the usage of joker drivers (2). Alessandro De Tullio was announced at the beginning of the season along with Herbigneaux as the teams full time drivers but was hired to coach and drive in the biggest karting events of the year in Vegas (ROK Vegas and Supernats) which kept him out of the lineup for the remaining of the year. A joker driver Carl Modoff was used in the 2nd round and Sean Campbell stepped in after the fallout at RSR to finish the season out. 

Campbell served the penalty and would begin what was ahead going to be a pretty eventless race unless a caution came out to bunch the field back up but Sean was tasked with fuel saving and running down the pack ahead taking advantage of the clustered traffic as the GTD class would make its rounds through the TCR field and his ability to do so more swiftly as a lone GTD. Campbell would remain in the car until just about the max drive time then Herbigneaux would jump in with just a splash of fuel. The team opted to not take tires at all during the race in hopes the saved time would gain them track position. 

 The plan worked in the favor of the #99 the team moved into the top 20 and due to the off strategy calls Herbigneaux was able to pick up more spaces towards the end of the race to bring the car home in 16th place. The team would outscore the closest teams ahead in points which looked good for advancing in the championship but 2 teams from behind were able to outscore and move ahead leaving us where we were in 14th in the championship and in a payout spot for the series. Against a field of this skill and size we aimed for a top15 and feel very positive with the results. We feel there was room for better results but there's a lot to take away and learn from, from a series with this. We look forward for the opportunity to do it once again.

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