GT3 Cup Challenge USA Barber Motorsports Park Sunday Notebook
Sunday, April 23, 2017

The second Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race of the weekend started in wet conditions today at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. – a stark constrast to the sunny weather during previous sessions. Challenging settings demanded the best from the competitors and their Yokohama tires alike.

Yesterday’s overall and Platinum Cup winner, Jake Eidson, headed up the starting grid in the No. 24 Kelly-Moss Road and Race 911 GT3 Cup car. Eidson has led the field to the start of every race thus far this year.

The 21-year-old Eidson quickly found the grip needed to pull away from the field early in the first lap. He built a commanding lead of over 26 seconds before a caution was declared during Lap 19. That caution period lasted until the end of the race allowing Eidson to seize his second victory of the weekend. It was his third flag-to-flag win in a row this season.

In a repeat of yesterday’s performance Trenton Estep advanced through the field in the JDX Racing/Hertz No. 3, turning his eighth-position start into a second-place finish. Estep has four podiums now in four races.

Rounding out the top three in Platinum Cup, Andrew Longe made his first visit to the podium with a third-place result in his No. 47 Wright Motorsports/Trianon Hotels car.

In Platinum Masters competition, Mark Kvamme grabbed his first win of the season in the JDX Racing No. 43. It is his third podium of the season. David Baker in the TOPP Racing/Apex Capital Corporation No. 56 and Alejandro Chahwan’s No. 22 from Powersport Racing followed in second and third, respectively. Only Baker has visited the podium after every race this season.

In Gold Cup, Victor Gomez IV captured his first win of the season and his second podium of the weekend in the No. 25 for NGT Motorsport/Mapfre. His spirited drive from 15th to seventh overall also earned him the Yokohama Hard Charger award for today’s event.

NGT Motorsport driver Fred Kaimer earned the team a second podium on the day and third for the weekend with a second-place finish in his No. 23 Race Deck Porsche GT3 Cup car. Yesterday’s class winner, Roman De Angelis, took third in the Mark Motors Racing No. 78. It is his fourth trip to the podium this season and only his first time without a win.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series travels southwest to Austin, Texas for the next rounds of competition as part of the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown May 4 through 6. Expect intense competition among the field of Texas-based drivers and teams, including Estep from San Antonio, Colleyville’s Baker, Frank Raso from Cleburne, Bill Smith of Dallas, and a contingent from Austin – Will Hardeman, Jeff Mosing, Kaimer, and Alan Metni. Teams Moorespeed (Austin), CJ Wilson Racing (Austin) and TOPP Racing (Cresson) also hail from the Lone Star State.

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.

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