Mid-Ohio: Sigalsport race report

ALHADEFF AND SIGAL'S PORSCHE GT3 FINISHES TWELFTH IN SATURDAY'S ROLEX SERIES RACE AT MID-OHIO Los Angeles, California (August 29, 2005): The Sigalsport Alhadeff Companies / Motul USA / The Speed Gallery / MrMota.com /GlycoMax Porsche GT3...

ALHADEFF AND SIGAL'S PORSCHE GT3 FINISHES TWELFTH IN SATURDAY'S ROLEX SERIES RACE AT MID-OHIO

Los Angeles, California (August 29, 2005): The Sigalsport Alhadeff Companies / Motul USA / The Speed Gallery / MrMota.com /GlycoMax Porsche GT3 co-driven by Matt Alhadeff and Gene Sigal was on its way to a top-seven finish in Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic Rolex Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but a racing incident on lap 35 forced Matt Alhadeff to spin on liquid spilled by another car and stay stuck in the gravel pit for eight laps that dropped it to twelfth place at the checkered flag.

For the first time in his young career started three months earlier at Laguna Seca, Matt Alhadeff, was given the honor of qualifying the car and starting the Mid-Ohio race, which was the tenth round of the 2005 Rolex Sports Car Series. Matt Alhadeff qualified the car twentieth and started nineteenth due the disqualification of one of the BMWs.

At the start Matt was rapidly able to maintain the fast paced rhythm with the other GT competitors and was very consistent aligning 1'32'' laps, continuously gaining positions.

On lap 35, Matt who just won a battle with one of the Corvettes for twelfth place, arrived very fast in one of the turns and spun on the liquid spilled by one of the Ferraris. Miraculously, Matt went through the gravel pit without damaging his car too much but it took eight laps for the safety crew to remove the car from its location to the pits.

Immediately upon the return of the car to the pits, Gene Sigal took the wheel on lap 42 of the race in seventeenth place and after evaluating the potential suspension damage, the Sigalsport team owner started to align quick times including his fastest lap of the weekend in 1' 31" 041, which at the time of the race was the fourth fastest time in GT. Gene was able to gain five positions in his stint finishing the event in twelfth place; a result that did not reflect the true potential of the car last weekend since the team was really hopping for a well deserved top-seven which would have eventually been secured without the gravel pit incident!

Only four races remain on the 14-race Rolex Series schedule for 2005 for Sigalsport to climb in the overall GT championship ranking. They are: Sept. 8-10 at Phoenix International Raceway; September 22-24 at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International; October 7-9 at Virginia International Raceway and November 4-5 at Mexico City, Mexico.

The Sigalsport crew, transporter and equipment are now back at their Los Angeles racing shop in Southern California for the first time since May.

It will only be a short break for the crew led by Eduardo Cademartori and James Nero who now have less than 10 days to get ready for the next round in Phoenix where Sigalsport will enter a second Porsche GT3 for drivers to be announced soon.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gene Sigal