Cisneros Closes in on Drivers’ Championship in Pirelli World Challenge GTA

LEEDS, Ala. – April 26, 2015 – After a collision-filled race on the streets of Long Beach, competitors of the Pirelli World Challenge picked up the pieces of their cars and headed to Alabama for the MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche and Rounds 6 and 7 of the Pirelli World Challenge.

Saturday brought a drizzly early morning qualifying session where the #30 MOMO-NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, piloted by Henrique Cisneros, qualified second in the GTA class. After a two-event hiatus, brother Eduardo Cisneros returned to qualify his #29 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup Car in sixth position in the GT Cup Challenge presented by MOMO. 

As the green flag flew on Round 6, the #30 showed great performance as Cisneros passed multiple cars on the rolling start. After a full course caution packed up the field, Cisneros prepared for the restart, but a hiccup on his dash allowed multiple cars to pass the #30, moving it further back into the field. Not to be denied a podium, Cisneros fought back and made a daring pass on the final lap, securing a second place finish.

Despite being hit on the restart by an ailing GT class car, Eduardo Cisneros showed all the determination of his brother, driving his #29 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup car to seventh position.

Using the fast laps of Round 6, the #30 qualified for Round 7 in third position in the GTA Class, while the #29 lined up in eighth position in the GT Cup presented by MOMO.

With a car stalled on the standing start, a full course caution waved early in Round 7, forcing the GT Cup class presented by MOMO to abandon their start and file in behind the GT class competitors. When the green flag flew again, the #30 barreled through the competition, but a stranded car forced Henrique Cisneros to make an evasive maneuver, allowing his GTA competition to pass. The #30 rejoined the race and took the checkered flag in fifth position, adding to his GTA Driver Championship points, while the #29 of Eduardo Cisneros finished Round 7 in ninth place.

“Barber was a great race for us.” said Henrique. “It was the first road course since COTA so it was a chance to see our competitiveness with the new Ferrari in a full downforce road course. We are very pleased with the progress we have made. At certain points we were leading in race 1 and third in race 2.

It shows we have the speed to win races and we simply need to keep pushing for the rest of the season.

“Again, Henrique showed very competitive pace.” said Ramez Wahab. “Top 3 in all Practice Sessions and qualified P2 in the rain. Henrique had some hiccups in both races and yet managed to finish P2 & P5.

We collected very valuable points and are now 9 points behind the leader in the GTA Championship,”

“Eduardo had an eventful weekend too and yet managed to finish both races respectfully in P7 & P9 in the very competitive GT Cup Series. It was Eduardo’s first time at Barber too.“

A combined broadcast for Rounds 6 and 7 will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, May 3 at 2:00pm (EDT). Check your local listings.

NGT Motorsport will continue its focus on the Drivers Championship as they head to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Rounds 8 and 9 of the Pirelli World Challenge and the GT Cup presented by MOMO. The Canadian Grand Prix presented by Audi, part of the Speedfest Victoria Day weekend, is May 15 – 17. Visit www.world-challenge.com for more details.

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