ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – March 29, 2015 – A rain storm in qualifying, a stalled standing start, and even a last minute penalty couldn’t stop NGT Motorsport from claiming another podium in the Pirelli World Challenge at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Henrique Cisneros piloted the #30 MOMO/NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia around the 1.8-mile street course as though it was his home track – despite it actually being his first time driving the narrow course.
Qualifying presented a change in the otherwise beautiful Florida weather, with rainfall throughout the day. The light drizzle became a heavy rain as the green flag flew on the qualifying session. No stranger to driving in the rain, Cisneros qualified the #30 MOMO/NGT Motorsport Ferrari in sixth position in the GTA class.
Round 3 saw the return of blue skies and warm breezes to the track. Cisneros took his starting position in Row 10, but when the starting lights extinguished, the Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia stalled, leaving Cisneros stranded as competitors flew past him. The stall may have saved Cisneros in the end, as a few rows up, several of the GT Cup Presented by MOMO competitors collided, causing a large wreck on the front straight that Cisneros was able to safely weave through without damage. After another long yellow brought the race to an end, Cisneros found himself taking the checkered flag in fifth position, and with a fast race lap of 1:14.608, qualifying second in the GTA class for Round 4.
Due to the stall at the start of Round 3 Cisneros received a penalty requiring him to start from pit lane for Round 4. Once again, coming from behind proved advantageous as Cisneros was able to avoid two spun GTA competitors, moving through the field and advancing his position. Cisneros kept the pressure on, passing both GTA and GT class entries, eventually battling on the last lap for the final podium position. Cisneros passed the #08 Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3 of Eric Lux to take third place in the GTA class and bring home another podium finish for the #30 MOMO/NGT Motorsport entry.
“Henrique did an exceptional job” said owner Ramez Wahab. “Just watching him going through the field, making up 23 positions in only 25 minutes of green flag racing and ending up 3rd was very impressive.”
Combined coverage of Rounds 3 and 4 will air on CBS Sports Network Sunday, April 5, at 5:00PM (EDT).
NGT Motorsport continues their season April 10 – 12, 2015, at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA, for Rounds 3 and 4 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. NGT Motorsport is a professional race team based in Miami, Florida, and is dedicated to providing the most professional and competitive racing programs to customers and professional racers alike. Through their years of experience, the team has achieved great success in both single-make and multi-class racing, including three championship wins in the Porsche GT3 Cup Drivers Championship, the Porsche GT3 Cup Team Championship, and multiple victories in the GTC Class of the American Le Mans Series.
Keep up to date with the team at www.ngtmotorsport.com, follow them on Twitter @NGTnotes.