May 26, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- North of the border, the GMG Racing team headed to Mosport International Raceway for the Victoria Day Speedfest, which would feature rounds four and five of the 2010 World Challenge season. After three events,...
May 26, 2010 (Santa Ana, Calif.) -- North of the border, the GMG Racing team headed to Mosport International Raceway for the Victoria Day Speedfest, which would feature rounds four and five of the 2010 World Challenge season.
After three events, the GMG Racing Porsches of Dino Crescentini and James Sofronas featured prominently in the championship chase, with Crescentini entering the weekend as the points leader and Sofronas entering in third. Sofronas, however, would certainly drop back as he would miss Saturday's round four due to a prior commitment at the American Le Mans Series race in Monterey, California.
In his absence, Crescentini qualified the No.4 GMG / Stoptech Porsche 911 WC-GT3 in fifth place, while William Ziegler qualified the No.05 GMG / Swisher Porsche 911 WC-GT3 in fifteenth place. In Saturday's 30 lap race, Crescentini was able to move up two spots to finish in fifth place, while Ziegler finished in 12th.
For Sunday's round five, Crescentini bettered his starting position to fifth, while Ziegler again qualified 15th. Flying in from Southern California, Sofronas was unable to reach Mosport in time for qualifying, and would start the race from last position.
Despite having no track time at Mosport on this weekend, Sofronas made a good start and began to work forward from the back, but Crescentini was judged to have jumped the start by the officials and was brought in for a stop-and-go penalty, ending any chance he had for a good finish. Sofronas brought his No.14 GMG Prosche 911 WC-GT3 home in sixth place, an impressive run for the team owner. Ziegler and Crescentini would finish in 14th and 15th respectively.
"The first few laps were a big adjustment, as the World Challenge Porsche on Toyo Tires is very different than the ALMS car," said Sofronas. "But it came back to me pretty quickly and then it was just a matter of moving through traffic and staying out of trouble. We were hoping for a yellow to have a chance and closing the gap to the leaders, but the race went yellow free and I am pretty happy with a sixth after starting last."
With Crescentini's penalty on Sunday and Sofronas' no-start on Saturday, the two fell a few positions in the championship order to third and sixth. Ziegler is currently 14th in the championship standings.
"It was a challenging weekend for us in Mosport," said Fabryce Kutyba, VP of Global Motorsports Group. "Dino was definitely a contender for a podium on Sunday, and James' drive from the back was a highlight. If we had a yellow, it would have been great, but sometimes you get the yellow and sometimes you don't. Both are still in a good position in the championship and the next race is one that we finished first and third at last year."
-source: gmg racing