GT3 Cup Challenge USA Barber Motorsports Park Saturday Notebook
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Polesitter Jake Eidson led the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series to their first-ever competition Green Flag at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. today. It was the first of two 45-minute races this weekend for the series at the scenic and park-like 2.38-mile circuit.

Eidson followed up his second- and first-place Platinum Cup finishes at Sebring International Raceway with an equally impressive run today. The IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship winner quickly built a gap on the field that grew to over 11 seconds before a caution period on Lap 20 tightened the field back up. He was never challenged and went on to a flag-to-flag win today in Round 3 of competition.

Third-place starter Will Hardeman made a pass on the initial lap in his No. 19 Moorespeed/Continental Automotive Group entry. That early pass secured his second-place finish overall, which was his first podium of the season. Trenton Estep worked his way up to third from his sixth-position starting spot with some late maneuvering in his No. 3 JDX Racing/Hertz GT3 Cup car. It was Estep’s third podium in three races this season as he continues to chase points-leader Eidson in the standings.

Platinum Masters polesitter Jeff Mosing encountered some trouble on Lap 5 in his No. 01 TOPP Racing/Mosing Motorcars GT3 Cup car. This left the door wide open for his classmates to battle for top honors. His TOPP Racing teammate, David Baker, seized the opportunity and the class victory in his No. 56 Apex Capital Corporation entry. Mark Kvamme in the No. 43 of JDX Racing and Alejandro Chahwan in the Powersport Racing No. 22 followed Baker to the class podium celebration in second and third, respectively.

The Gold Cup class is reserved for the previous generation Porsche GT3 Cup cars, but that doesn’t mean they’re slow. Proving the point today was Roman De Angelis in his Mark Motors Racing No. 78. The youngster, who recently turned 16, took the win in Gold Cup and a ninth-place finish overall against the new-for-2017 GT3 Cup cars. De Angelis continues to impress with his third class win in a row this season.

Also demonstrating Gold Cup pace, Victory Gomez IV grabbed a top 10 spot overall and second in Gold Cup in his No. 25 NGT Motorsport/Mapfre entry. Kurt Fazekas placed third in Gold in the Kelly-Moss Road and Race No. 52 car. Fazekas improved from 17th to 11th overall today.

The Yokohama Hard Charger Award went to Platinum driver Trenton Estep and his JDX Racing team. The award recognizes the Platinum Cup contender advancing the most positions during the race. 

Yokohama has served as the marketing and technical partner for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama since 2009.

Of note, Eidson was joined on the podium today by children representing the Racing for Children’s fundraising initiative. The No. 24 is carrying a special paint scheme covered in hand prints by patients of Children’s of Alabama to help raise awareness for the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s, which treats more than 90 percent of Alabama children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders.

Qualifying Results

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series was first on track at Barber Motorsports Park today for a 20-minute qualification round. The early morning session determined the provisional starting grid for the first of two 45-minute races at the 2.38-mile circuit in Birmingham, Ala.

Improving his Platinum Cup class time from yesterday’s practice sessions by over a full second, Jake Eidson jumped to the top of the time sheets to grab the overall pole position. His scored a quickest lap of 1 minute, 26.590 seconds in his No. 24 Kelly-Moss Road and Race GT3 Cup car. It was his second pole for the season in only his second weekend of competition in the series.

The fastest time in Gold Cup of 1:27.482 was posted by Roman De Angelis in his Mark Motors Racing No. 78 car. That lap earned him the pole position in class for the field of 2014-2016 model GT3 Cup cars. De Angelis was also quickest in yesterday’s practice sessions and swept the first two rounds of series competition at Sebring International Raceway in March.

Continuing with speed from yesterday’s practice, Platinum Masters driver Jeff Mosing set the quick time of the day for his class with a 1:27.792 trip around the circuit in his No. 01 TOPP Racing/Mosing Motorcars GT3 Cup car. 

Event Details

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series takes the track again for the second race of the weekend at 8:45 a.m. tomorrow, 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. and 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.

Schedule:

Round 2 (45 minutes): 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 23 

Race Coverage:

Live timing: All on-track sessions at scoring.imsa.com and on the official IMSA App for iOS, Android and Windows

Twitter: Live text commentary from all sessions at @IMSALive

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