Race 2 Summary
Race 2 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competition on Friday afternoon saw warmer track conditions than the previous day – dry and sunny with a track temperature averaging in the middle to upper 60s.
Although the weather conditions remained consistent, the on-track action played out with a lot of different variables and only one full course caution period.
Hurley Haywood Scholarship winner Jake Eidson swept the Round 2 Platinum Cup win from his starting Pole Position in the No. 24 Kelly-Moss Road and Race entry.
Canadian competitor and Round 1 winner Scott Hargrove, in his Pfaff Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup entry, contested for the lead, but ultimately dropped off track and collected some event signage that blocked the radiator of the car, causing him to overheat and drop back through the field.
This moved JDX Racing’s Trenton Estep up into the second place position and newcomer Corey Fergus, in his No. 00 entry with Moorespeed, took the third place step on the podium. This marked his first podium in series competition and could potentially be a foreshadowing of what is to come.
Jeff Mosing once again proved his unique affinity for the 2017 GT3 Cup car and “drove himself happy” - his company motto - all the way to the top step of the podium in Platinum Masters. TOPP Racing teammate David Baker finished just behind Mosing in second position in his No. 56 entry.
Joining Estep as a newcomer to the series, JDX Racing teammate and off-road racer Mark Kvamme staged a comeback from his spin into the tire barriers in Round 1 to finish on the third step in the Platinum Masters category for Round 2.
Roman de Angelis proved that while he may be young, he drives with the consistency of a veteran, and once again put his No. 78 entry of Mark Motors into a top 10 finish overall and a Victory in Gold Cup competition.
Fred Kaimer, of NGT Motorsport, who was also involved in Kvamme’s spin in the previous round, kept his second race clean and smooth and took second place in class, pushing Kelly-Moss Road and Race’s Kurt Fazekas to the third step on the podium.
The Yokohama Hard Charger Award for Round 2 went to Gold contender Alan Metni, of Kelly-Moss Road and Race, for gaining two positions to finish in 26th overall, from his starting position of 28th on the grid.
Race 2 Driver Quotes
Jake Eidson – No. 24, Kelly-Moss Road and Race - Platinum Cup Winner
“It was anything but smooth sailing. It was pretty mellow midpoint and we had a pretty good gap and I was just trying to control the race. But when the yellow came out, I had my work cut out for me. But the Kelly-Moss team did a great job to set up the car. I also want to thank Hurley Haywood for getting me here. If it wasn’t for him and everyone with this scholarship, I wouldn’t even be here. Big thanks to them and hopefully there will be more to come.”
Jeff Mosing – No. 01, TOPP Racing - Platinum Masters Winner
“I’m not sure if with all the WeatherTech rubber going down that it made the track conditions all that different, but it was a little slippery out there. The Yokohamas did their job, I just worked them a little harder than I should have. Trying to keep pace with those guys, it’s tough being an old man, but I tried and gave it my all. Todd Opperman and those guys did a great job with the car. I stayed out of trouble this time around. A little contact with (McKay) Snow at one point but nothing major. They did a really good job with the car for me to come into seventh, I’m really happy for that.”
Roman De Angelis – No. 78, Mark Motors Racing - Gold Cup Winner
“I am mainly just learning the difference between the Platinum car and the Gold car and how to manage tires a lot better. Yesterday I think I just babied the tires a little too much. I could have pushed a lot more in the beginning and still had tires and the end. I definitely figured out a lot more today about how the car changes throughout the race. That was probably the biggest thing. I could hang with the competition but it was really different. I had to pick when I was going to push and when I was going to pass. It’s different in different places. We were a little better in some of the corners, but on the straightaways, we definitely pulled a ton.”