Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pirelli World Challenge: Strong second for GMG Racing Audi in Austin race 1

By Tarek Ramchani

The Circuit of the Americas is hosting the third round of the Pirelli World Challenge this weekend. The series is supporting the V8 Supercars in Texas. A full field of Audi R8 race cars have entered the demanding GT class with positive performances.

The 50-minute sprint race saw a great battle for the win, which went right down to the checkered flag. James Sofronas, the series points leader with his #14 Audi R8 LMS, finished in a close second place. The GMG Racing team owner and driver crossed the finish line right behind the winner, Johnny O'Connel, in the factory Cadillac CTS-V. The Austin track produced a great race and battles with a good quality field in both the GT and GTS classes. The other Audi R8 cars finished in seventh place with Duncan Ende and ninth with Alex Welch, both driving for GMG Racing. The only Audi R8 GRAND-AM in the field was driven by Jeff Courtney and ended in tenth place. Unfortunately Bret Curtis and Mike Hedlund faced troubles during the race.

The second race is set for tomorrow. We wish the best of luck for all six Audi R8 drivers.

Photo credit : Pirelli World Challenge