Curtis and Sofronas breakthrough to finish second at ALMS Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge August 10, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- On the second to last lap of Saturday's American Le Mans Mid Ohio Sportscar Challenge, James Sofronas executed a pass...
Curtis and Sofronas breakthrough to finish second at ALMS Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge
August 10, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- On the second to last lap of Saturday's American Le Mans Mid Ohio Sportscar Challenge, James Sofronas executed a pass heading into turn three on another GT-C class car to put the No. 32 GMG / Spectra Resources Corporation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup into second place in class. He held the position over the final lap and a half, and for the second time this season, he and teammate Bret Curtis stood on the podium with their second-place finish.
The weekend had a promising start as Sofronas qualified the car third in GT-C during Friday's qualifying session. Curtis had a clean start in Saturday's race and put in a solid stint before handing off the car to Sofronas during the team's first pitstop. The team was assessed a stop-and-go penalty after their first pitstop, but was able to stay on the lead lap of the GT-C field.
Sofronas began his stint in third place but was able to pass for second place with approximately 40 minutes remaining in the race, but the next lap, was pushed off track by the GT-class Jaguar XKRS, falling back to third and losing 30 seconds to the second place GT-C car. Undeterred, Sofronas began making up time. A late-race yellow bunched the field and set up a five-lap sprint to the finish, which enabled Sofronas to get close to the second-placed GT-C car and pull off the pass which put him and Curtis into second at the checkered.
"Bret did a great job as he had never raced at Mid-Ohio before," said Sofronas. "But he got up to speed quickly and put in a great stint at the beginning of the race. This was a team effort and the guys certainly had a 'never give up' attitude for this race! Now we are really pumped and looking to finish this season really strong."
The strong result promoted Curtis and Sofronas to sixth place in the GT-C class championship, fifteen points out of third with three races remaining in the 2010 season. The next race, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, is a circuit known well by both drivers.
b^0x001cIt was great to finally get a result that the team deserves," said Curtis. "We had some bad luck early in the race but James was able to capitalize on the late race yellow flag. The team did some incredible pitstops and the car was really strong. We are finally on track and I feel really good going to Road America where I have some laps and feel very comfortable and where James was on pole in World Challenge last year."
In addition to his ALMS podium, Sofronas also scored a win and a second in the World Challenge doubleheader that ran in conjunction with ALMS races at Mid-Ohio.
-source: gmg racing