As the sun began to set at Willow Springs International Raceway on the last day in the leap year of February, 25 cars took to the grid for the season opener of the Western Endurance Racing Championship series.
There were some familiar cars, but the new hardware on grid was impressive, along the lines of what you might find at an IMSA race.
Team PMG Awareness was prepping a factory-built 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup car. Team GRS Autosport/Team Premat was putting the final touches on a factory-built Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4. Team Lang Racing Development brought a Norma M20 FC, and Team Chill by Strom Motorsports had a one-race-old factory-built Porsche Cayman GT4 MR.
The Lang Racing Development Norma was on pole, followed by Team Prototype Development Group’s Factory Five Racing GTM and the Team GRS Autosport/Team Premat Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4 in third.
When the green flag flew, Lang Racing Development leapt out to an