Austin, TX – Wild winter weather could not stop NGT Motorsport from finding success at the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas brought to you by Motul. Wet or dry, the team persevered amid strong competition to achieve a podium finish.
No stranger to success at COTA in Austin, TX, NGT Motorsport brought two entries for Rounds 1 and 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge. The #30 MOMO-NGT Ferrari 458 GT3, piloted by Henrique Cisneros, was entered into the GTA category, while the #29 MOMO-NGT Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, driven by Henrique’s brother, Eduardo, competed in the newly formed GT Cup Presented by MOMO class.
Qualifying saw dramatically cold temperatures, as drivers looked to set a fast lap while also trying to conserve their tires for the upcoming race. Both Cisneros brothers met the challenge head on, with the #30 qualifying third in the GTA class, and the #29 slotting into seventh position for the GT Cup class.
With only a few hours between qualifying and Round 1, the cars were prepped while the drivers prepared for the first race As the green flag waved, the field took off, Henrique had too much wheelspin and lost 5 positions, Eduardo had a good start. Henrique Cisneros drove the #30 Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia brilliantly, moving his way up to fourth in the GTA class. As the field took the white flag for the final lap, Henrique made a pass and moved up to 3rd, a couple of turns later another competitor made contact with the #30, moving Henrique back to fourth, just off the podium. Eduardo Cisneros also battled the strong competition in the GT Cup Presented by MOMO class, moving up a position and finishing sixth.
Round 2 brought a new challenge – rain. But the team and drivers took it all in stride, with the #30 starting fifth in the GTA class and the #29 starting seventh in the GT Cup Presented by MOMO class. With a double-file rolling start, Henrique Cisneros was able to keep his #30 machine within striking distance of the GTA leaders, setting consistently fast lap times and moving cleanly through traffic. Keeping the pressure on his competitors, Henrique’s patience paid off, and he swiftly moved up to finish second in the GTA class. Unfortunately, Round 2 was not so kind to the #29 Porsche. With the GT class leaders moving through Turn 1, another GT Cup Presented by MOMO class competitor broke late, and with nowhere to go, the #29 was collected in the mêlée and would not
finish the race.
“It’s hard to express how proud I am of my team,” said owner Ramez Wahab. “The weather kept changing and the conditions were difficult, but we persevered and it paid off. Both Henrique and Eduardo demonstrated their talent, we are currently 2nd in the GTA points. The competition is stout in Pirelli World Challenge, but I know we are up for the challenge.”
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