A win and a second for Sofronas in World Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge August 9, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- It was a double-podium World Challenge weekend for GMG owner James Sofronas in Mid-Ohio, as he finished second in...
A win and a second for Sofronas in World Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge
August 9, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- It was a double-podium World Challenge weekend for GMG owner James Sofronas in Mid-Ohio, as he finished second in Saturday's round 8 of the World Challenge championship before winning Sunday's round 9 after a hard-fought battle.
After qualifying on pole for both World Challenge races, run as part of the weekend's Mid-Ohio Sportscar Challenge, Sofronas led the Saturday contest before losing the lead to Mike Skeen's Corvette as a result of lapped traffic. Using all of the stopping power made available to him by the Stoptech brakes on his No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 GT3-WC, he was able to close the gap that the Corvette would create with its horsepower down Mid-Ohio's long backstraightaway. Although he could stay close, he couldn't find a way by, and Sofronas crossed the line in second place.
Teammate Dino Crescentini, in the No. 4 GMG / Stoptech Porsche 911 GT3-WC, had a strong run on Saturday to finish fifth, while William Ziegler, in the No. 05 GMG / Swisher Porsche 911 GT3-WC, finished 12th.
The Sunday race was an action-packed one for Sofronas, despite the fact that he led every lap of the race. He led the field away from the standing start, while teammate Crescentini was forced to retire after making contact with the barriers in turn 11 on the opening lap, damaging the radiator of his Porsche.
After an early-race caution, Sofronas built a gap over Skeen and the Volvo of Andy Pilgrim. However, a second full course yellow later in the race meant his lead was erased and he would have Pilgrim right behind for a five-lap dash to the checkered flag. With Pilgrim right on his bumper entering Mid-Ohio's Carousel for the final time, Sofronas was slowed by a TC-class car, allowing Pilgrim to get a run on his to the checkered -- but Sofronas held him off for a scant 0.151 margin of victory.
Behind him, Ziegler had his best finish of the season, driving his Porsche to 10th at the checkered flag.
Sofronas has now been on the podium in the last three World Challenge races, with four total podiums on the season. He also competed in the weekend's American Le Mans Series race, where he teamed with Bret Curtis to finish second in GT-C in a GMG-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Following Sunday's World Challenge race, he dedicated the race win to his ailing father, George.
"This was such a great weekend for GMG Racing," said Sofronas. "The guys always give me a great car and it is such a good feeling to have a win and a podium not just for them, but for my dad. This win is dedicated to him and because of that it means a lot to me. In addition, we moved closer to Volvo in the Manufacturers Championship for Porsche, as that is our main goal for this year."
The result also moved Sofronas to third in the GT drivers championship at 784 points, despite missing round four at Mosport. Crescentini is right behind in fourth at 723 points and Ziegler in 13th with 469 points.
Three races remain in the World Challenge season -- a doubleheader at VIRginia International Raceway September 10-12, and the season finale at Miller Motorsports Park October 1-3.
-source: gmg racing