BOB FAIETA AND BRIAN WONG SWEEP PETIT LEMANS WEEKEND AT ROAD ATLANTA BRASELTON, Ga. September 25- Bob Faieta, from Tujunga, Calif., sat on pole and led every lap in his Competition Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer at Road Atlanta for both...
BOB FAIETA AND BRIAN WONG SWEEP PETIT LEMANS WEEKEND AT ROAD ATLANTA
BRASELTON, Ga. September 25- Bob Faieta, from Tujunga, Calif., sat on pole and led every lap in his Competition Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer at Road Atlanta for both rounds of the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama, cementing his hold on the overall points lead and closing in on his third straight championship .
Following in Faieta's path was Gold Cup class racer Brian Wong, from Newport Beach, Calif., in his AASCO Motorsports Porsche, who won his seventh consecutive race, and is challenging for the class points lead even though he missed the first two rounds of the series..
Faieta came into Road Atlanta with a lead in the championship over Martin Snow. Snow, from Pleasant Valley, Utah, didn't let Faieta out of his sights the entire weekend, finishing second in both races.
"Bob was fast and I don't think I had a chance to catch him," Snow said. "We got close and stayed close. We'd go back and forth, but I didn't quite have it to beat him today."
Bill Sweedler, Deerfield Beach, Fla., finished third in Thursday's round 11, followed by Mitch Pagerey and Galen Bieker. Pagerey turned a faster lap time than Sweedler in that race, giving him the third starting position for Friday's round 12. Pagerey finished third in round 12.
Melanie Snow was the quickest qualifier in the Gold Cup, the class for 2005-2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. She led much of the first race before being passed by Bieker, a Platinum Cup car. That pass allowed Wong to close up on Snow.
"We were battling with the Platinum cars, and I could see Melanie up there. It was a long race, so I bided my time," Wong explained. "When she got ahead of me, I knew I'd probably get only one chance to pass her. I got close enough to her to pass, and I knew I had to take advantage of that."
Wong set the fast time of the race pursuing Snow, which gave him the pole position for round 12. Wong started first and never relinquished the lead although Snow did all she could to try to get by him, catching him and nosing ahead until the two cars touched.
"I had a huge launch and when I went around to go around him, he cut me all the way over until my front wheel hit the grass and once you're in that grass it's wet, I was along for the ride at that point. And I happened to do it right in front of Bill (Sweedler). He had no place to go and he got into the back of me," said Ms. Snow, who was unhappy with Wong's maneuver.
That battled allowed Ben McCrackin and Jay Policastro to sneak by finishing second and third in Gold Cup for Saturday's round 12.
Snow finished sixth in class, allowing Wong to close up on her in the championship battle that will end in two weeks at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a 75-minute race.