Ryan Dalziel, EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
St. Petersburg, Florida, March 29, 2015. Ryan Dalziel (Winter Park, Florida), driving the EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, finished second and fourth in the two races of the Pirelli World Challenge GT run through the streets of St. Petersburg this weekend, moving into the lead for the 2015 GT driver's championship points battle after four rounds. Dalziel, Olivier Beretta's Ferrari, and Kevin Estre's McLaren are all within a few points of each other (unofficially) while Porsche continues to lead the manufacturer standings over McLaren and Ferrari.
Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California) won his third race in a row in the GTA class EFFORT Racing Porsche team car on Saturday, and then finished second in class on Sunday to further his points lead in GTA.
The GT Cup class for matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars had the leaders go out in an incident in Saturday's race, and then Saturday's winners were sidelined in Sunday's race - neither accident was initiated by the Porsche drivers.
Round No. 3 - Saturday, GT
Dalziel stayed close to Ryan Eversley's AWD Acura for the whole race, but just couldn't get by for the lead position during the scheduled 50-minute event, which began with a 25-minute yellow, and then ended under another yellow flag, which came out with 11 minutes to go.
Michael Lewis scored his third straight win in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. Several competitors challenged him early in the event, but Marcelo Hahn's Lamborghini, who spun out on lap two, and Bryan Heitkotter, whose Nissan was involved in the accident, both fell off the pace while in pursuit.
Saturday, GT Cup
Colin Thompson (Doylestown, Pennsylvania), Sloan Urry (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas), three of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup drivers favored to win the GT Cup class championship in this, its inaugural season, were heavily damaged during the standing start that went all wrong on the front straight. When the starting light went out and everyone hit the gas, the No. 30 Ferrari of Henrique Cisneros stalled, causing several cars to crash and Thompson, Urry and Udell had nowhere to go. Urry and Thompson were able to get their cars repaired for Sunday, but Udell missed the Sunday race.
The yellow flag came out right away, and, with many of the leaders now out of the GT Cup class, Phil Fogg, Jr. (Portland, Oregon) took the lead the GT Cup class in his TruSpeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, with Mitch Landry (Lake Charles, Louisiana) second, and Loren Trefethen (Napa, California) third. Trefethen, who crashed heavily in practice on Thursday, replaced 30 percent of the parts on his car in order to get ready for Saturday's race. Trefethen got by Landry late in the race to finish second, and Mitch Landry finished third.
Round No. 4 - Sunday, GT
With the competitors being gridded by fastest lap time from Saturday's event, EFFORT Racing's Ryan Dalziel started in seventh place for Sunday race, but quickly moved up to fifth with his great standing start. It looked like he had the pace to challenge the top four cars when another long yellow flag (30-minutes) flew on lap two.
Dalziel finished fourth in the No. 31 EFFORT Porsche 911 GT3 R, to keep him just ahead of the points battle with today's winner Olivier Beretta in the Ferrari, Nicky Catsburg in the Lamborghini, Kevin Estre in the McLaren and Andy Pilgrim in the Cadillac - all of whom finished in the top five today. Porsche still leads the manufacturer standings, with Ferrari and McLaren within a couple of points of each other.
Although EFFORT Racing's Michael Lewis did not win GTA in his Porsche 911 GT3 R, his second-place finish, which goes along with his three previous victories, pushes him further ahead in the class points as he finished in front of his four closest rivals.
Sunday, GT Cup
The GT Cup class was again plagued by an early-lap incident which led to that yellow flag, as yesterday's winner Phil Fogg, Jr. in the TruSpeed Autosport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Mitch Landry in the Landry Racing Porsche crashed into a Mercedes that had previously spun on the course. This left Sloan Urry in the other TruSpeed Porsche and two-time winner Colin Thompson in the team Kelly-Moss Porsche 1-2, with Thompson getting by Urry with three laps to go for his third win. Loren Trefethen, who was blocked by the lap two accident, was able to free himself from the melee to finish on the podium in GT Cup for the second consecutive day.
Ryan Dalziel, No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (GT): "We were pleased with performance the Porsche 911 GT3 R had this year at St. Petersburg, and although we missed the podium in race two, eight podiums in ten tries dating back to last year is still good. We came into town in second place in points, and are leaving town in the lead."
Michael Lewis, driver, No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R (GTA): "The car was solid all weekend. Saturday, it was a matter of survival early in the race as a lot of cars were going off the track, and both days, keeping the tire warm during the long yellows was important, but I got good coaching from the crew, and a first and a second puts us in a solid points position."
Phil Fogg, Jr., No 18 TruSpeed Autosport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GT Cup - Friday's win): "It feels awesome. It couldn't feel any better. It's just unfortunate the way that it had to happen for my teammates in the melee at the start. By the way, I just want to thank Zoro for their sponsorship - we wouldn't be here without them!" (crash on Sunday) "I had a great start there and was leading when we got caught up in that incident, so it's really disappointing, especially after our win yesterday. Turn 3 is a bit of a blind corner there and when I came around, there was just nowhere to go. Congrats to my teammates Colin (Thompson) and Sloan (Urry) on their 1-2 finish today. I think we could have made it a 1-2-3, but these things sometimes happen in racing and now we'll just look ahead to Long Beach."
Colin Thompson, No. 11 Porsche of Bucks County 911 GT3 Cup (GT Cup): "It was definitely difficult starting on pit lane after our crash yesterday. So to come back, rebound and get a first place is just unbelievable. Big thanks to the Kelly- Moss boys who worked all night long to get the car back together. And I have to hand it to Porsche of Bucks County, No. 11 we did great, it was awesome!"
Loren Trefethen, No.13 ANSA Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (GT3 Cup - only class competitor with two podiums over the weekend): " After our crash on Thursday, I would have had two DNS' if it wasn't for the ANSA Motorsports guys, who replaced 30 percent of all the parts on the car to get us into Saturday's race. The ups and downs of the weekend have left me almost without words, but we drove two good races, escaped both GT Cup class crashes, passed lots of people, and a second and third leaves us in the top five in points. On to Long Beach."
Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA Results - Race #1 (Saturday)
1.Ryan Eversley, Atlanta, Georgia, Acura TLX-GT, 26 laps
2. Ryan Dalziel, Winter Park, Florida, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 26 laps
3. Mike Skeen, Charlotte, North Carolina, Audi R8 LMS Ultra, 26 laps
4. Johnny O'Connell, Flowery Branch, Georgia, Cadillac ATS-VR GT3, 26 laps
5. Kevin Estre, Locmau, Austria, McLaren 650S GT3, 26 laps
6. J.D. Davison, St. Petersburg, Florida, Nissan GT-R GT3, 26 laps
12. Michael Lewis, Laguna Beach, California, Porsche 911 GT3 R (winner, GTA class), 26 laps
Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA Results - Race #2 (Sunday)
1. Olivier Beretta, Monte Carlo, Monaco, Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, 27
2. Nick Catsburg, Voorthuizen,The Netherlands, Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, 27 laps
3. Kevin Estre, Locmau, Austria, McLaren 650S GT3, 27 laps
4. Ryan Dalziel, Winter Park, Florida, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 27 laps
5. Johnny OConnell, Flowery Branch, Ga., Cadillac ATS-VR GT3, 27 laps
6. Andy Pilgrim, Boca Raton, Fla., Cadillac ATS-VR GT3, 27 laps
11. Frank Montecalvo(A), Highlands, N.J., Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3, 27 laps (GTA winner)
13. Michael Lewis, Laguna Beach, California, Porsche 911 GT3 R, 27 laps (2nd, GTA class)
Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup by MOMO Results - Race #1 (Saturday) - all Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
1. Phil Fogg, Jr, Portland, Oregon, 26 laps
2. Lorenzo Trefethen, Napa, California., 26 laps
3. Mitch Landry, Lake Charles, Louisiana., 26 laps
4. Victor Gomez, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 25 laps
5. Preston Calvert, Potomac, Maryland., 25 laps .
DNF Colin Thompson, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 0 laps (start accident)
DNF Sloan Urry, Park City, Utah, 0 laps (start accident)
DNF Alec Udell, The Woodlands, Texas, 0 laps (start accident)
Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup by MOMO Results - Race #2 (Sunday) - all Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
1. Colin Thompson, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, 26 laps
2. Sloan Urry, Park City, Utah, 26 laps
3. Lorenzo Trefethen, Napa, California., 26 laps
4. Preston Calvert, Potomac, Maryland., 26 laps
5. Victor Gomez, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 25 laps
6. Phil Fogg, Jr, Portland, Oregon, 1 lap (accident lap #2)
7. Mitch Landry, Lake Charles, Louisiana., 1 lap (accident lap #2)
DNS. Alec Udell, The Woodlands, Texas (accident Saturday)
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