Int. one-make series newsletter 29_2017
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Finland
September 23-24, 2017
Alastaro Circuit / Finland
Sunny season finale for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Finland
Summer decided to pay a visit to Finland and season finals were driven in nice sunny weather at Alastaro Circuit.
Junior program-driver Jussi Kuusiniemi #38 had a comfortable lead on points before the last two races so he didn?t have to drive win at any cost. However, both Tommi Haru #32 and Jim Rautiainen #37 still had their say and the race for silver was expected to be tight.
Qualifications were very close - six fastest cars within 0.75 seconds. Tommi Haru scored pole position followed by Jim Rautiainen and Roope Rinne-Laturi #31.
First race was exciting. Haru led the race with Rautiainen in striking distance until the second to last lap. Haru made a small mistake, spun and this allowed Rautiainen (Rookie 2017) to score his first victory.
As Haru fell down to 5th position Jim Rautiainen cruised to chequered flag.
?Tommi was fast today. Without his mistake it would have been very difficult to win the race, Rautiainen commented and continued with a grin - I never expect that I?d win a race during my rookie season.?
Oliver Tiirmaa #34 climbed from 6th position at the start to 2nd at the finish. Great and consistent race by the young Estonian. Jussi Kuusiniemi secured the Challenge-series with the 3rd position.
?Qualifications were challenging as we had some tire issues. Team did their magic and I had good speed in the race. Scoring points was important and I opted not to make any risky moves, Jussi clarified.?
Roope Rinne-Laturi was fighting for a podium position but technical issues forced him to retire.
Jussi Kuusiniemi drove the fastest time on Saturday?s race and that put him on the pole on Sunday. Young talent could not be surprised by others and he capitalized that slot and kept others at bay from start to finish.
?It was nice to close the season from the pole. I pushed first few laps and could get a good lead where after it was much easier to control the race?, said smiling Jussi Kuusiniemi.
New champion could not yet reveal his plans for 2018. ?Of course I?m interested in continuing with Porsche but let?s see?, Jussi pondered.
Rautiainen finished his great weekend with 2nd position ahead of Haru.
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Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA
September 22-24, 2017
Road America Circuit / USA
Double Win Weekend in Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA for Loren Beggs at Road America
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA championship leader Loren Beggs continued his winning ways this weekend, scoring two victories as the series raced at the fabled Road America circuit in Wisconsin. 911 Design?s Beggs charged up from a seventh-place starting position to take the overall victory in race one, and then scored pole for race two and converted that into a victory.
Race one saw Michael Zuieback take the Diamond Masters win, while Robert Gardner won the Platinum class. Jeff Kearl had a practice crash on Friday but used his backup car to excellent effect to win Silver as Steve Goldman scored another Silver Masters victory.
The second race of the weekend on the 4.0-mile circuit saw Dave Elsner emerge with the Diamond Masters victory, while Jim Slavik took top honors in Platinum. Laura Ely broke through for her first-ever Silver Masters victory for Competition Motorsports in just her fourth ever race, while Kearl added another in the win column in race two.
?It was awesome!? said Laura Ely. ?It was a switch from yesterday, when I was running behind him (Goldman). My goal was to get the lead going through Turn 3, and I figured if I could do that, we?d have a good run. We were really close for a long time, with Martin (Brauns) back there as well, until the leaders caught us and I could get away. Steve (Goldman) is such a good driver and I?ve learned a lot from chasing him down.?
Competent Motorsport President Greg Franz appreciated the chance to showcase the series at such a legendary road course.
?To come back to such an iconic track as Road America is such great opportunity for our teams and drivers, and for us as a series,? said Franz. ?We are going to be back in 2018! With the nice weather and the level of competition, it was a great weekend for everybody. We are all leaving this event a bit sad, though, as we only have one event left in 2017 but the momentum will carry forward to Laguna Seca. It will make for a fantastic final event of the season!?
The Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the two-race season finale on October 12 ? 14.
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