GT3 Cup Challenge USA Barber Motorsports Park Friday Notebook
Friday, April 21, 2017

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama scored their first official laps today in the series’ debut at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. As the official home of the Porsche Sport Driving School, the 2.38-mile, 17-turn picturesque circuit is a fitting backdrop to host the ultra-competitive series.

Wasting no time getting up to speed, the Platinum Cup class – comprised of new 2017 model Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars – was led by Will Hardeman in the No. 19 Moorespeed/Continental Automotive Group entry. His time of 1 minute, 27.326 seconds will set the benchmark for tomorrow’s qualifying round.

Both Hardeman and his team hail from Austin, Texas, home of Circuit of The Americas, the next stop on the GT3 Cup Challenge USA calendar.

In Gold Cup, Roman De Angelis posted a 1:29.137 lap in his Mark Motors Racing No. 78 to lead the field of 2014-2016 model GT3 Cup cars. He swept the first two rounds of series competition at Sebring International Raceway in March and his Toronto-based team will be looking for a repeat performance throughout qualifying and two rounds of racing this weekend. The team regularly competes in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series as well.

Platinum Masters driver Jeff Mosing set the quick time of the day for his class with a 1:28.930 lap in his No. 01 TOPP Racing/Mosing Motorcars GT3 Cup car. Experienced drivers 45 years of age compete for class and overall honors in the Masters category.

Mosing and his team also represent the great state of Texas – Mosing from Austin and TOPP Racing from Cresson, Texas.

Qualifying is set for tomorrow, Saturday, April 22 from 8:05 - 8:25 a.m. CDT, followed by two 45-minute races - the first at 1 p.m. tomorrow, and the second at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, April 23.

Sunday's IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama race will stream live at IMSA.tv at 8:35 a.m. CDT. Both races will be broadcast live online by IMSA Radio at IMSA.com.

Delayed television coverage of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA races will be provided on June 17, 2017 on major network affiliates in numerous U.S. markets by Sinclair Broadcast Group. The broadcast will also be available on YouTube 24 hours after it airs on television.

To determine the station in your market, use the zip code widget on the bottom right corner of the series website: porschegt3cupusa.imsa.com.

Follow IMSA on Facebook and @IMSA on Twitter with the hashtag #GT3USA for updates on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Live timing for every race is available at IMSA.com, with live streaming video of all races at IMSA.tv.

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