Dino Crescentini Wins the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Race at WGI.
Seth Thomas Beats Touring Car Class on His Way to Victory Lane
By: WGI Staff on 7/4/2009
Dino Crescentini drives his #4 Stoptech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3 on his way to winning the GT race.
Dino Crescentini (#4 Stoptech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3) won today’s SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT race at The Glen. The Manhattan Beach, California driver finished 0.255sec. ahead of Eric Curran (#30 Whelen Engineering/Chevrolet Corvette) and 1.991sec ahead of James Sofronas (#14 Global Motorsports Group/Porsche 911 GT3).
Pole sitter Jason Daskalos (#5 Daskalos Developments/Dodge Viper) was beaten off the line during the standing start, dropping to third on the opening lap. Sofronas jumped into the lead from the second row, with Crescentini slotting in behind him. The decisive move of the race came on lap 5 when Crescentini slipped around Sofronas to grab the lead.
Eric Curran was able to move around Sofronas to take second place at the end. Randy Pobst (#1) and Andy Pilgrim (#8), both driving K Pax Racing/Volvo S60’s, made last lap moves to pass pole sitter Jason Daskalos and lock down 4th and 5th place.
Jason Daskalos started from the pole position based on a coin flip. Brandon Davis (#10 Applied Computer Solutions/Sun Micro/Ford Mustang Cobra) had set the fastest time in qualifying (1:55.463, 106.008 mph). Davis would have a tough race, finishing in 8th place, 31.536sec behind the winner.
SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car
Seth Thomas backed up his performance in qualifying by leading all 22 laps of the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Presented by Lala Motorsports race at Watkins Glen International. Thomas’s #38 BimmerWorld/Gear Wrench/BMW 328i finished 1.118 seconds ahead of Charles Espenlaub (#73 MazdaSpeed/Stoptech/ProParts/MAZDA6).
Espenlaub was hounded over the final laps, finishing a scant 0.283 seconds ahead of a charging Andrew Aquilante. The Subaru driver was on the move after starting 5th.
Further down the field, the Acura drivers Peter Cunningham and Pierre Kleinubing battled door handle to door handle over 5th place. Seventh was another position that saw some heated action, as Kuno Wittmer (# 44 Acura/RealTime/Red Line Oil/Acura TSX), Jason Saini (#74 MazdaSpeed/Stoptech/ProParts/MAZDA6) and James Clay (#36 BimmerWorld/GearWrench/BMW 328i) put on a show for the fans with their dicing.