CALIFORNIAN BOB FAIETA CLINCHES SECOND STRAIGHT IMSA CHALLENGE BY MICHELIN TITLE PLATINUM CUP TITLE; TONY RIVERA WINS GOLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP --Patrick Kelly and Ross Smith give Kelly-Moss Racing the wins in both classes for Sunday's one hour, ...
CALIFORNIAN BOB FAIETA CLINCHES SECOND STRAIGHT IMSA CHALLENGE BY MICHELIN TITLE PLATINUM CUP TITLE; TONY RIVERA WINS GOLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
--Patrick Kelly and Ross Smith give Kelly-Moss Racing the wins in both classes for Sunday's one hour, 15-minute enduro for matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars--
ATLANTA - October 19 - After Saturday's 30-minute IMSA Challenge by Michelin race at Mazda Laguna Seca yielded only four laps under the green flag, 33 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup competitors were itching to race today in the traditional year-end endurance round to decide the class championships.
Bob Faieta, from Tujunga, Calif., came into the weekend tied with Dino Steiner, from Wehingen, Germany, for the Platinum Cup championship, the class for the 2008 model Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars. In the yellow-flag-shortened race Saturday, Fieta finished one place ahead of Steiner to take a two-point lead, and then kept Steiner behind him on Sunday to clinch his second straight championship.
"Patrick Kelly ran a great race, and I couldn't catch him for the race victory, but all I had to do is worry about Dino, who was two places behind me for most of the event," said Faieta, who has now won the title two years in a row.
Kelly, from Minnetrista, Minn., scored his first win of the season, and nailed down third place in the final Platinum Cup points.
Tony Rivera, from Houston, Texas, had clinched the Gold Cup championship (for 2005 - 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars) two weeks ago at Road Atlanta, did not tu rn a single lap on Saturday due to a broken axle on the pace lap, and had to start Sunday's race at the back of the pack. He started in 32nd place overall, and made up 26 positions to finish sixth overall and second in the Gold Cup class. For the last several laps, he badgered Ross Smith, a fellow Texan from Dallas, but could not get by Smith, who won his first event of the season.
Melanie Snow, from Pleasant Grove, Utah, who finished third in the Gold Cup class on Sunday, finished second in the season standings, finishing off the podium only once in 14 events. Wesley Hoagland, from Tustin, Calif., finished third in the Gold cup standings, and won the season-long hard charger award for making up the most places total in the 14 races. Compete results are available at www.imsaracing.net.
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