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PWC: Circuit of the Americas – Estre, McLaren take wet Round 2 win; Dalziel P2 again

Race officials moved Round 2 of Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup competition at Circuit of the Americas forward by 30 min due to expectations of worsening weather and decided on side-by-side rolling start as well. Nick Catsburg (#25 LG Racing Lamborghini Gallardo GT3) posted the fastest lap in yesterday’s Round 1 to earn pole today with Johnny O’Connell (#3 Cadillac Racing ATS-VR GT3) starting next to him. Catsburg led from the start in the first round until a driver through pe...

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PWC: Circuit of the Americas – Cooper, Blackdog Camaro take wet GTS Round 2 win

GTS Round 2 used a double-file rolling start due to wet conditions. Round 1 winner Kris Wilson (#07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT), subbing in for sick teammate Max Riddle started on the pole, with Andrew Aquilante (#32 Phoenix American Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302) next door. Kurt Rezzetano in the #37 Phoenix sister car and Dean Martin (#50 Rehagen Racing Mustang) made up Row 2. Aquilante fought Wilson hard for the lead through the first series of turns before briefly leaving the track ...

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PWC:  Circuit of the Americas – Beretta, Dalziel, O’Connell finish 1-2-3 in GT Round 1

Lambo, McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche: the front four for Round 1 of GT/GTA/GT Cup competition at Circuit of the Americas. Kevin Estre started very slowly in the #9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3. Nicky Catsburg (#25 LG Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo GT3) maintained the lead with Ryan Dalziel (#31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3-R) slotting into second and Olivier Beretta (#61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia) running third. Johnny O’Connell (#3 Cadillac Racing ATS-VR GT3) moved up in...

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PWC: Circuit of the Americas – Wilson takes GTS win in series debut

Kris Wilson (#07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT, filling in for the ill Max Riddle) started on pole with Dean Martin (#50 Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302) next door. Mark Wilkins (#38 Kinetic Motorsports Kia Optima) and Andrew Aquilante (#32 Phoenix American Motorsports Mustang) made up Row 2 in the timed 50-min. race Martin beat Wilson, who was making his first standing start in 20 years, off the line and up the hill to take the lead in Turn 1. Aquilante took third from Wilkins. Wilson ...

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PWC: Circuit of the Americas – Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari top GT qualifying

  Nick Catsburg drove the #25 LG Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo to pole for GT Round 1 of the Pirelli World Challenge at Circuit of the Americas. Kevin Estre (#9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3) will start next to him on Row 1, qualifying 0.107 sec back from Catsburg and just 0.010 sec ahead of Olivier Beretta (#61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 Italia). Beretta was fasted in yesterday’s Practice 2. The remainder of the first three rows was filled by: Ryan Dalziel (#31 ...

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PWC: Circuit of the Americas - Rookie Kris Wilson puts TRG-AMR Vantage on GTS pole

Rookie Kris Wilson drove his #07 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT to pole at Circuit of the Americas for Round 1 Pirelli World Challenge GTS competition, with a time of 2:15.943. Dean Martin (#50 Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302) will start next to him in Row 1 having posted a 2:16.495. The rest of the Top 6: Mark Wilkins (#38 Kinetic Motorsports Kia Optima), 2:17.003 Andrew Aquilante (#32 Phoenix American Motorsports Mustang), 2:17.058 – Aquilante posted the fastest practice time ye...

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PWC: Circuit of the Americas - Ferri, Risi Ferraris top Practice 2

Circuit of the Americas is hosting the 2015 season opener for the Pirelli World Challenge in its 26th year of competition. Olivier Beretta (#61 Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia), Ricardo Perez (#62 Risi Competizione Ferrari), and Colin Thompson (#11 Kelly-Moss Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3) were fastest in GT, GTA and GT Cup for the second practice session for the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas at Circuit of the Americas. Beretta posted a 2:05.323. Guy Cosmo (#23 M1 Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra) po...

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Michael Shank Racing, Krohn to drive Ligier JS P2 in 2015

Both Michael Shank Racing and Krohn Racing will run the Onroak Automotive Ligier JS P2 sports prototype in 2015. The car will conform with both IMSA and FIA WEC specifications through 2017.   The Ligier JS P2 debuted in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning pole position and taking second place in LMP2. It also made a successful American debut in September at the Lone Star Le Mans in Austin, taking LMP2 pole in the FIA WEC’s 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas and the overall top spot in t...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Audi 1-2, Toyota P3; Aston Martin takes GT classes

The first four drivers on the grid were Sebastian Buemi (#8 Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid), Romain Dumas (#14 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid), Mark Webber (#20 Porsche), and Andre Lotterer (#2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro). Olivier Pla and Roman Rusinov put the #26 Ligier LS P2-Nissan on the LMP2 pole, with Richard Bradley next in the #47 KCMG Oreca-Nissan. Ryan Dalziel was behind the wheel of the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX 03b-Honda, marking the team’s World Endurance Champi...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Fernando Rees interview

Rees has competed since 2010 with Larbre Competition in GTE Am, making the jump this year to the factory Aston Martin pro team. The 29-year old Brazilian ran well during practice but was a little off the pace in qualifying.   “The changeable weather created sort of a gambling situation at the start of the session. And we decided not to gamble in our car and to just follow our plan. Some people that gambled had a better result. But you never know. But fifth does not reflect out true ...

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