Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Road Atlanta Wednesday Notebook
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

IMSA’s Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competitors navigated Road Atlanta’s 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course this afternoon during their first official practice session for the Motul Petit Le Mans weekend in support of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Though only practice, the results may have been an interesting look ahead to the final two races of the season.

McKay Snow has put his No. 63 Wright Motorsports/Snow Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Platinum Cup car on the podium twice this season and swept both poles at VIRginia International Raceway, so it’s no surprise that he posted the fast time of one minute, 23.671 seconds. But less than two-tenths of a second back was teammate Andrew Longe in the No. 47 Trianon Hotels entry. Longe has one podium to his credit this season and is clearly gunning for another this weekend. He is also aiming for points in the Platinum Cup championship where he is currently eighth, but only 13 points out from fifth place.

With no real pressure this weekend, series Platinum Cup Champion Jake Eidson cruised to a fifth-fastest lap time in the No. 24 Kelly-Moss Road and Race GT3 Cup car.

Current Platinum Masters points leader David Baker posted the fastest lap in his class in the No. 56 TOPP Racing/Apex Capital Corporation car, which was also good enough for eighth fastest overall. With a 20-point lead over fellow classman Mark Kvamme of JDX Racing, Baker has a pretty firm grasp on the class championship, but will have to successfully start both races this weekend to clinch. But given his speed in practice, don’t expect him to coast.

Mixing things up in the Gold Cup class is series veteran David Ducote in the No. 6 for Kelly-Moss Road and Race. Returning for only his second weekend of competition this season, the Texan was immediately quick posting a second-fastest lap in class. Ducote might be another fly in the ointment for Fred Kaimer from the NGT Motorsport/Race Deck team and Roman De Angelis of Mark Motors Racing. Kaimer has a slim 6-point lead over De Angelis in the Gold Cup championship and found himself sixth fastest in class, while De Angelis took the top spot and ninth overall. So, keep your eyes on the Gold Cup cars this weekend as they battle for the championship. It will be interesting as De Angelis chases his second title this season – he is the 2017 Gold Cup Champion in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visit www.imsa.com, and follow hashtags #GT3USA and @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook. Live streaming from both races will air on IMSA.tv.

Schedule (All Times ET):

Practice:  8:55-9:35 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 5

Qualifying: 1:05-1:25 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5

Race 1: 5:45-6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 5

Race 2: 10:35-11:20 a.m., Friday, Oct. 6

Race Coverage:

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

Live streaming: All on-track sessions will be broadcast on IMSA.TV

TV: Delayed television coverage will be provided on major network affiliates in numerous U.S. markets by Sinclair Broadcast Group Oct. 28, 2017, and the broadcast will be available on YouTube 24 hours after it airs on television.

Twitter: Live text commentary from all sessions at @IMSALive