05th Jun2017

Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Race 6

by Michael Chandler

It was a brutally hot day out at Utah Motorsports Campus, but the Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy drivers and teams readied themselves and cars for the 45 minute race.  But before they could race, they had to qualify.  

Leading the GT4 pack to the green flag would be Sean McAlister, in the Silver class #00 Competition Motorsports Cayman.

Starting right next to Sean was Jeff Kearl in the #26 Rearden Racing entry.

Carter Yeung rounds out the top three Silver qualifiers, in the #7 GMG car.

The top of the Silver Master class was Steve Goldman, in the #1 Competition Motorsports car.

Qualifying behind him was Martin Brauns, the lone Flying Lizard entry in the entire GT4 field.

LA Car Guy Mike Sullivan qualified third in the third of Competition Motorsports’ entries in the class.  Qualifying fifth overall was Hutton McKenna in the #17 GMG Racing entry, but was assessed a 5 grid spot penalty for an infraction in race 5.

Qualifying on top of the Platinum class (997.2 GT3 Cup cars), was Ray Shahi in the #65 Truspeed Autosports car.

Qualifying second in class was David Lockwood in the lone Air Power Racing entry, the all white #42 car.

And the #32 Truspeed Autosports car of Larry Schnur rounded out Platinum’s top three.  And all three of them (Schnur, Lockwood, and Shahi) received 5 spot grid penalties for infractions in race 5.

Bryce Ward, in the #57 Winward Racing car, was the fastest Diamond Masters qualifier.

Michael Zuieback (#2 Competition Motorports) was right behind him, .249 seconds to be exact.  

Mike McAlister was close to Michael, but not close enough to climb into second.  He and the #18 Competition Motorsports car had to settle for third in Diamond Masters.

Topping GT3 qualifying, and the top Diamond class qualifier, was Loren Beggs, in the 08 911 Design car.

Russell Ward put the other Winward Racing car (#35) second overall and second in class.  The last Diamond entry, the 07 GT Technik car of Max Root failed to post a time in the qualifying session.  Now that we’ve got starting positions sorted, let’s see if that helped them during the race.

Steve Goldman, you #1 Silver Masters qualifier, went wire to wire and collected another win on the weekend.

In a dramatic shakeup, Mike Sullivan (yes, the LA Car Guy himself), grabbed second place in class!  Just like he did in race 5.

On the short step of the podium was Martin Brauns.

Jeff “Jefferson” Kearl snagged the top spot in Silver, holding off a hard charging…

Sean McAlister!  His battler with Jeff Kearl was a great one to watch.

Carter Yeung’s race result mirrored his qualifying result: a strong third.

Despite the top three qualifiers in the Platinum class receiving 5 grid spot penalties, they all managed to finish on the podium.  Atop the podium was the number one qualifier Ray Ray Ray Shahi.

Larry Schnur grabbed himself the middle spot on the podium.

And David Lockwood slipped, but only a little bit.  He came third in class.

Bryce Winward went wire to wire in Diamond Masters, and took home the win.

 

Mike Zuieback also went wire to wire, but he came second.

Coming in third was not Mike McAlister, who spun in the Attitudes during the first lap, but Dave Elsner in the second 911 Design entry.

The other 911 Design car, driven by number one qualifier Loren Beggs, took the top spot in Diamond AND the race.

Bryce Ward fought to keep the pressure on Loren Beggs, but ultimately fell short.  But second place is not a bad place to be in, especially considering the field.

He did set a time in qualifying, but Max Root managed to finish seventh overall and third in class.

And there you have it, a solid weekend of racing.  The series makes its next stop at the end of July, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  The month after that they retun to UMC, along with the Pirelli World Challenge.

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03rd Jun2017

Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy Race 5

by Michael Chandler

Not relegated to a support role, the Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA is atop of the billing this weekend.  This weekend bringing the Porsche Club of America, Intermountain Region, out to Utah Motorsports Campus.  So with a paddock already full of Porsche-files, the series dropped the green flag on the fifth race of their season.  

I feel a little information will make this write-up a little easier to understand.  The series is broken up into three classes: Diamond, Platinum, and Silver.  Diamond is all 991 generation GT3 Cup cars, and has a sub-category: Masters.  Masters is full of the more experienced drivers.  Silver has the same sub-category, but their chassis is the Cayman GT4 Clubsport.  Platinum is for the 997 GT3 Cup cars, and doesn’t have a sub-category.  ANYWAY, let’s get on to the results!

Overall race winner, top qualifier, snappy dresser, and winner of the Diamond class was Loren Beggs in the 991 Design car.

Second in Diamond, in the #35 Win Ward Racing car, was Russell Ward.  Less than a quarter of a second separated first and second in class!

Rounding out the Diamond podium was Alex Kirby, in the Aasco Motorsports car.  Side note: he was one of the many drivers in full “send it” mode during qualifying, launching his car over the curbs at the top of the Attitudes.

Michael Zuieback was the Diamond Master class winner, in the #2 Competition Motorsports car.  If you think it’s weird that I’m calling all the cars just “cars”, it’s because I felt weird calling them “Cup cars”.  Just seems oddly redundant.

In second was Bryce “Win” Ward, in the (wait for it) #57 Win Ward Racing entry.  

And rounding out the Diamond Masters podium was Mike McAlister, in one of three Competition Motorsports entries in the class.  For whatever reason I thought the car was sponsored by CCM, the hockey stick manufacturer.  Anyway, excellent work.

Taking top honors in Platinum was Ray Ray Ray Shahi, in the #65 Truspeed Autosports entry. He and his purple shoes (not kidding) managed to hold off the hard charger in second place.

That hard charger was UMC local David Lockwood, in his trusty Air Power Racing prepped car.  He was only .185 seconds behind Ray!

Closing out the podium was John Krieg, and that sweet Checker Cab theme on his Aasco Motorsports car.

Taking top honors in Silver was Rearden Racing driver Jeff Kearl.  FUN FACT: This was the first time I’ve ever seen Jeff.  Despite how well he does in the NASA events, I’ve never actually seen him outside of his car.

Carter Yeung drove himself a clean race, and took home second place for himself, and GMG Racing.

Sean McAlister finished a lap down, but still got himself on the podium.  He was one of the many Competition Motorsports backed drivers.

Steve Goldman is another Competition Motorsports driver.  He also was the winner of the Silver Masters class.

Mike Sullivan, another CM driver and also the LA Car Guy, was on the middle step of the podium in Silver Masters.

The last step of the podium was claimed by a lizard.  A Flying Lizard!  That Flying Lizard being Martin Brauns.

And there we have it!  One race down, one more to go on the weekend.  We’ll be bringing you coverage from all of Sunday’s racing, so stick around!

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03rd Jun2017

Pirelli GT3 Cup Qualifying Results

by Michael Chandler

And here’s your top starters, by class, for Race 5 of the 2017 Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA season!  Starting on the pole in Diamond, and top overall qualifier, is Loren Beggs.

In the #2 spot in Diamond is Russell Ward.

And rounding out the top three is Max Root.

Taking pole in Diamond Masters is Bryce Ward, your third overall qualifier.

Michael Zuieback is starting behind him in one of four Competition Motorsports entries in the Diamond class.

And rounding out your top three in Diamond Masters is Mike McAlister.

Local racer David Lockwood took the pole in Platinum, the class for 997 generation GT3 Cup cars.

Larry Schnur took the #2 spot in class.

Starting behind him is Ray Shahi, in one of three Truspeed Autosports class entries.

Sending it into the top spot in Silver, Cayman GT4 Clubsport class, is Sean McAlister.

Starting in second is Hutton McKenna.

In third, and representing local outfit Rearden Racing, is Jeff Kearl.

Steve Goldman is the top qualifier in Silver Masters.

Martin Brauns is the second quickest qualifier in class.

And rounding out the top three is Mike Sullivan, and his colorful Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

All results are from Race Hero

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03rd Jun2017

GT3 Cup Saturday Practice Gallery

by Michael Chandler

It’s another Porsche packed day of fun and adventure here at Utah Motorsports Campus.  The Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA finished up their morning practice session.  Here’s what it looked like:

Qualifying starts at 1:10 this afternoon, and the green flag drops at 3:45.  Tickets are still only $5, and the weather is beautiful out here.  Come and watch!

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02nd Jun2017

Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy North America Practice! [UPDATED]

by Michael Chandler

Steven Costello, long time friend of CAM, is now the series director for Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy North America!  And he invited me to come out and shoot the event, which I am.  Today is just a practice day, but the drivers are already hitting the curbs in the Attitudes like their lives depend on it.  Here’s a gallery of that, and some less intense stuff.

Tomorrow and Sunday are race days.  There will be a practice session, then qualifying, and then finally the race.  Racing gets underway at 3:45pm tomorrow, and 1:10pm on Sunday.  Saturday’s practice session starts at 9:50am, Sunday’s at 8:35am. Tickets are only $5, and kids 12 and under get in for free!  It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, so why not spend it watching some great racing at a beautiful facility?

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