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Autobahn: Porsche Motorsport race report

SCCA SPEED World Challenge - Autobahn Country Club - Joliet, IL JOLIET, Ill. - Although they did not crack the podium in the final results, James Sofronas, from Newport Beach, Calif., and Tony Rivera, from Missouri City, Tex., are still among...

SCCA SPEED World Challenge - Autobahn Country Club - Joliet, IL

JOLIET, Ill. - Although they did not crack the podium in the final results, James Sofronas, from Newport Beach, Calif., and Tony Rivera, from Missouri City, Tex., are still among the points leaders in the SCCA SPEED World Challenge series after this past weekend's race here.

Sofronas grabbed his first pole position of the season in the No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, with the No. 97 Tax Masters/Brass Monkey Racing Porsche

911 GT3 Cup of Tony Rivera third. The eventual race winner, the Volvo S60 of Randy Pobst, started second.

After being involved in a mid-race, chain-reaction accident, Rivera pitted his battered Porsche for minor repairs under caution, but then went from 13th to sixth on the lap-12 restart, finally working back up to fifth at the checkered flag. Sofronas, who spun early in the race, also sliced through the field in the final five laps, working back up from 14th to finish sixth.

Brandon Davis and his Mustang extended his World Challenge GT Drivers' Championship lead, with 598 to Sofronas' 555. Andy Pilgrim remains third, with 539, followed by Rivera (537) and now Pobst, with 483. Ford closed on Porsche in the Manufacturers' Championship Presented by RACER Magazine. Porsche now leads by seven (38-31). Volvo moved in to third, with 27, followed by Chevrolet (21) and Dodge (15).

Sunday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge GT Grand Prix at Autobahn Presented by Blackdog Speed Shop will air Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 2 p.m. (EDT) on SPEED TV. The series next travels to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Round Seven, Aug. 7-9.

-credit: porsche motorsport

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Series PWC
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Randy Pobst , Tony Rivera , James Sofronas , Brandon Davis
Teams Blackdog Speed Shop