BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada – Taking two entries across the border to the famed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the third and fourth rounds of Pirelli World Challenge GTS Sprint Championship competition, Global Motorsports Group (GMG) would enjoy a solid weekend with a consecutive pair of fourth-place finishes for team owner and driver James Sofronas, while George Kurtz would also close the weekend with a sixth in class.
“We’re pleased with another good run, but after our start to the year we of course always strive for more,” stated GMG team owner and driver James Sofronas. “The guys did a geat job of getting us ready for the weekend, and certainly I’m pleased we had a clean and competitive weekend, but we definitely want to be in the hunt for wins every weekend. The Audi R8 LMS GT4 was a contender as always, and we should be in strong form for Lime Rock. It was great to see George contending as well. The GTSA field is as stacked as it’s ever been, so it was great to see him walk away with such a good run today.”
Driving the No. 14 Mobil 1 / The Thermal Club / 5.11 Tactical Audi R8 LMS GT4, Sofronas would once again demonstrate the strength of the team, qualifying on the front row for Saturday’s Race One. With the long straights and large hillside of the circuit proving notorious, the strength of the machine, running in second throughout much of the race, would end up being challenged by some different marques who place an emphasis on power over handling. While James would do his best to manage his tires and keep his competitors at bay, contact from a competitor in the tricky “Moss Corner” would send the Audi wide with 10 minutes remaining, allowing several cars to get past before eventually settling in to fourth place.
For Sunday’s Race two, James would start in sixth, immediately working on the field in front of him. Driving a steady and patient race, James would advance himself to the top-five by time the race came to a conclusion, with a post-race infraction by a competitor eventually netting James fourth-place honors. While Sofronas would lose ground in the GTS season-long championship, the succession of fourth-place finishes would keep his losses to a minimum.
In the GTSA category, George Kurtz would enjoy another solid weekend of running as well. Driving the No. 04 CrowdStrike Audi R8 LMS GT4, a small hiccup would thwart George’s first race, forcing him to pit early and making up lost ground for the remainder of the race, finishing just outside of the top-10. Sunday’s Race Two would fair much better, taking sixth in class.
“CTMP is known as a challenging track for drivers, and this weekend was no exception,” said Kurtz. “I had the misfortune of dealing with a mechanical issue in the first race, which pulled me to the back of the grid, but I dealt with my competitors, one by one, to move up and was just outside of the top 10 by the time the race was over. Sunday’s race went a little smoother — I have to thank the crew at GMG for helping me get close to another top five finish!”
Hitting the busyness of the summer, GMG will return to action in less than seven days, headed to the notorious Lime Rock Park for the next round of SprintX competition. Unique to the Memorial Day weekend classic, the GTS class will actually race twice in the same day, with Race One taking place on Monday, May 28 at 9:55AM ET, and Race Two at 2:15PM ET.
Founded in 2001 by James Sofronas, GMG has quickly established itself as North America’s premier performance tuning and racing facility. What began as a small 1,200 sq. ft. shop, maintaining two race cars, has grown into a 30,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art performance tuning, racing and service facility located in (Orange County) Santa Ana, California. The staff’s experience, attention to detail, and passion are what make GMG the choice of professionals and enthusiasts world wide. Whether you want to maximize the performance of your street car, or race wheel-to-wheel on both amateur and professional racing series across North America, GMG’s reputation for service and quality is unmatched.
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About The Thermal Club
Established in 2012, The Thermal Club is a private motorsports country club surrounding one of the longest and most distinct racing circuits in North America. Located near Palm Springs CA, the exclusive club offers members access to three racetracks, kart track, autocross, skid pad, tuning shop, garage, detail shop, clubhouse restaurant and spa. One of the defining attributes of The Thermal Club are the luxury villa-homes that are built next to the track and overlook the facility. For more information visit www.TheThermalClub.com.
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About Mobil 1
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With an extensive client base of leading global brands, CrowdStrike will be utilizing the Pirelli World Challenge as a hub for experiential entertainment, B2B networking, and as a forum for meeting with a litany of customers, prospects and partners. Race weekends will include executive-level security industry roundtables, combined with VIP access to the most compelling aspects of each racing venue. With a premium on forging and solidifying relationships, the utilization of both the series and GMG offers a great opportunity for the company to extend their platform.
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About 5.11 Tactical
5.11 Tactical. 5.11 Tactical is an Irvine, California-based brand of clothing consisting of uniforms and tactical equipment for military, law enforcement and public safety personnel. The company also operates a chain of retail stores, with 13 locations as of January 2017.
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Spyder was founded by avid skier and outdoor athlete David Jacobs. He rose to world-class rankings as a competitive skier, and stayed connected to the sport he loves by coaching, designing related products, and building one of the most powerful brands in the industry. His dedication to the sport of skiing and the Spyder brand is as inspiring as it is intriguing. Spyder’s growth exploded over the turn of the century, and the company is now the largest ski-specialty brand in the world. David has recently discovered the adrenaline rush in racing classic Formula One cars, finding success – not surprisingly – in this new pastime. For a man who’s thrived on sports, technology, and professional advancement, the world is sure to see David go a few more times around the track.
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