Crescentini's charge through the field highlights GMG Racing's five-car World Challenge effort April 21, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- It was hard to look around at the start of Sunday's Toyo Tires World Challenge presented by Bondurant and not...
Crescentini's charge through the field highlights GMG Racing's five-car World Challenge effort
April 21, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- It was hard to look around at the start of Sunday's Toyo Tires World Challenge presented by Bondurant and not see a GMG prepared Porsche 911, as five lined up for the standing start on Shoreline Avenue in Long Beach.
It was also hard not to notice the charge put on by Dino Crescentini in the No.4 GMG/Stoptech Porsche 911 WC-GT3, as he stormed his way forward from his sixth-place starting position to finish in second. Using his Stoptech brakes to full effect, Crescentini picked off the Corvette of Ron Fellows before making a forceful pass on Boris Said's Mustang in turn eight after being blocked by Said for three laps -- a pass which earned him the MTM Special Ops Move of the Race Award, as well as a large cheer from the Long Beach crowd. Before long he was past the Mustang of defending champion Brandon Davis and crossed the finish line in a second place in GT, for his second podium position of the season.
Team owner James Sofronas drove the No.14 GMG Racing Porsche 911 WC-GT3 to a fifth-place finish in GT, while Bill Ziegler earned the Sunoco Hard Charger award for his own charge through the field, in which he started the No.05 GMG/Swisher Racing Porsche 911 WC-GT3 in 18th and finished 11th in GT.
Brent Holden finished 15th in GT in the No.24 GMG Porsche 911 WC-GT3, while Gary Tolar brought the No.86 GMG/GT Racing LLC Porsche 996 home fifth in GTS.
"We definitely had our work cut out for us after qualifying, but Dino drove like a man possessed today," said Sofronas. "He really carried the torch for GMG in Long Beach and put on a show for all of our family, friends, and customers that were there to cheer us on. Bill also put in a phenomenal drive, earning the Hard Charger award and having his best race this year."
With his result, Crescentini now leads the GT-class points standings, while Sofronas is now third -- only two points behind. A testament to the preparation done by GMG Racing was the fact that all five of the GMG Porsches finished the race -- as did their ALMS Porsche GT3, giving the team a perfect reliability record on the weekend.
"Dino and the rest of the GMG team put on a great show this weekend," said Fabryce Kutyba, VP of Global Motorsports Group. "When you also remember that the ALMS team finished second in their race yesterday, it was a great demonstration of the GMG World Challenge line of products -- and, in particular, the potential of the Stoptech Brakes."
The next World Challenge races will be a doubleheader on May 21-23, at Mosport International Raceway in Ontario, Canada.
The Toyo Tires World Challenge at Long Beach presented by Bondurant will be broadcast May 1, from 4:30pm-6:00pm on VERSUS.
-source: gmg racing