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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13th Aug2016

Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah Qualifying Results

by Michael Chandler

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We’ve got qualifying results for GT, GTA, GTS and Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy!  On pole in GT is Alvaro Parente in the #9 K-Pax Racing McLaren 650S GT3.  As of press time we are not sure what the name of Alvaro’s car is, but we are looking into it!

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Frankie Montecalvo put the #66 DIME Racing Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 on the pole in GTS.  Here he is, running down Brent Holden in the #14 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

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In GTS, the Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4 driven by Scott Heckert will be starting on the pole.

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On the overall pole in Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA is Dino Crescentini in the Diamond Class.

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TruSpeed Autosport is showing some class leading speed yet again, as the #45 driven by Tom Haacker is on the Platinum class pole.

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Larry Schnur is starting up front in Platinum M.

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Jensen Keith took the Bob Evans line to the pole in Silver class.

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And in Silver M we have Steve Goldman out in front for the start.

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12th Aug2016

The Utah 6 Hour

by Michael Chandler

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It was the beginning of the best ten days on this year’s calendar.  Acting as the meat in a sandwich where the delicious bread is a Salt City Drift event and Pirelli World Challenge, and the condiments are a NASA Utah weekend, was the annual Utah 6 Hour.  Now a staple on the NASA Utah calendar, the Western Endurance Racing Championship stop provides a unique opportunity for the drivers and fans to drive into the night, and see nothing but lights piercing the dark Tooele night.  And if you were out around turn 5 around 10:30-11, you would’ve seen me with a string of LED lights strewn about my torso.  I was easily identifiable, for safety!  Anywell, let’s talk about who took home a trophy!

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Lyfe Motorsport was out with one of their own Spec Z’s (the Towne Storage Z) and supporting the #99 DLG Racing Z.  Showing that 350Z is life, the Lyfe backed teams finished 1-2 in E0!  The Towne Storage Z completed 147 laps in the 6 hours, with the DLG Z four laps behind them.

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In E1, completing 153 laps in the allotted time, was the #65 E46 BMW of Strom Motorsports.  It was the teams second win of the day, having taken the win in the GTS5 class during the Lightning sprint race earlier.

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The Fit is fucking go!  The #12 Honda Fit of Honda Performance Development completed 143 laps in 6:01:09.257, and probably had to stop for fuel once.

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It was a battle of the Miatas in E3: the mighty and legendary Paul Mitchell versus the bug-eyed RJ Racing Miata.  I mean bug-eyed in the nicest way.  Look at those lights!  Those lights lit the way for 147 laps, and lit their way to victory.

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The ENP had one entrant, the Valkyrie Autosport Elan NP01.  Despite the teams best efforst, the little prototype went behind the wall after 29 laps.

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This was a battle: the TruSpeed Autosport 997 Cup car versus the Makes & Models Huracan Super Trofeo.  A tried and true chassis versus a sprint race car.  WERC class leaders one win away from clinching their championship versus a team with multiple regional championships under their belt?  If you’ve been paying any attention to how these posts go, you know that by seeing the picture of the TruSpeed car that they won.  Not only did they win the Utah 6 Hour, they locked up the ES Class championship.  Congratulations to them!

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Now we arrive at the car I was most excited to see running.  Toby Crawford, driver of the Pink Ribbon Racing/Makes & Models Subaru BRZ, told me that there was a Ginetta G57 at UMC and that it was racing in the enduro.  It was the Ryno Racing team, sponsored by Design Masonry.  The G57 is based on Ginetta’s LMP3 design, and is probably a lot the same.*  The big difference is that the LMP3 spec Nissan engine, rated at 420bhp, has been replaced with a Chevrolet LS3, which makes 150 more horsepower than the LMP3 engine.  I was excited to see and hear the 900kg prototype tearing through the night, but unfortunately the car was retired after just 72 laps.

And there it is, another six hour race in the books!  I’m already looking forward to next year.  A tremendous shout out to all the race officials, corner workers, and safety crew for sticking it out until midnight.  A big thank you to the family, friends, and well wishers who came out and watched the race and cheered the teams on.  And all of the congratulations to all of the drivers and crew members for racing in the longest race on the NASA Utah calendar!  There were over thirty cars entered in the race, and they all took the green flag.  It was, as always, an amazing experience.

We can’t wait for next year.

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