Tough Weekend for Championship Leader in Sonoma28.08.2013
Tough Weekend for Championship Leader in Sonoma
It was a very tough weekend for Jack Baldwin and the #73 Foametix/StopTech/Motul Porsche Cayman S in Round 13 of 14 in the Pirelli World Challenge championships.
After breaking his previous track record at Sonoma Raceway by .06 seconds, Baldwin claimed his second Motul Pole Award with a lap time of 1:42.863.
At the start in Turn 2 a GT car hit the brakes in front of Baldwin causing the two cars to collide resulting in race ending damage to Baldwin's Cayman. As Jack was bringing his car to pit road he was hit by Johnny O'Connell's Cadillac as it was spinning off track from a collision with Peter Cunningham's Acura causing even more damage.
Baldwin as able to retire his Cayman to pit road ending his day with a season worst finish 23rd.
"The Foametix/StopTech/Motul Porsche Cayman S was on point to win here today," said Baldwin. "All the great work done this weekend was by my GTSport/Goldcrest team to give me a fast car in practice and qualifying - unfortunately the race didn't work out the way we had hoped. We have had a great year thanks to our awesome partners Foametix, StopTech and Motul. We are heading back to the shop with continued focus on the championship as we go on to the great state of Texas."
Buz McCall had a good start in the team's sister #72 Foametix/StopTech/Motul Cayman S and was able to avoid multiple mishaps resulting in a very respectable 15th place finish.
"I'm real proud of the team after a really disappointing day," said McCall. "Jack was super fast all weekend but we go on and will be ready for Houston. I had a great start and enjoyed my race but it was hard being out there with what should have been the winning car sitting on pit lane."
Despite the tough day, Baldwin retains the GTS class points lead heading into the season finale at the Houston Grand Prix.
The Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac Sonoma Grand Prix will air on NBC Sports Sept, 8 at 3:30EST. Archived races are available to watch online at world-challengetv.com.