With ninth victory, Fuentes now owns record for victories in a season
Tooele, Utah – Martin Fuentes survived a thrilling, race-long battle to narrowly win the Pirelli World Challenge’s GTA class on Sunday afternoon at the Utah Motorsports Campus.
With that win, Fuentes has set a new Pirelli World Challenge record for victories in a season across all of the non-spec classes. And by finishing second in Saturday’s race, Fuentes has further extended his championship lead in the GTA class with three races remaining in the season. Unofficially, Fuentes now has a 272-point lead in the championship.
Fuentes finished in second position in Saturday’s race, before winning Sunday’s race after a race-long battle that wasn’t settled until the checkered flag. The margin of victory was a scant 0.040-second, with second place being the second-placed car in the GTA championship.
“I’m very happy with this result and to now have this record,” said Fuentes. “It was a very challenging race. We were struggling a bit with grip at the end of the race, but we saw an opportunity and just took it. Scuderia Corsa did a great job to give me a great car all weekend – our results would not be possible without them. This puts us in an even better spot in the championship coming to the next race in Sonoma, and this win is one step closer to the main goal – which is the season championship. I have to thank each of the Scuderia Corsa guys for the great support they give me.”
Fuentes’ season tally is now nine victories and six additional podiums.
“Everyone at Scuderia Corsa congratulates Martin and our entire Pirelli World Challenge team on this tremendous accomplishment,” said Giacomo Mattioli, Scuderia Corsa team owner. “To set a new record for victories in a season is something that Martin should be extremely proud of. If you were watching the race on Sunday, you saw what a tremendous battle it was for Martin – his GTA competitors have not made it easy! Now, we are excited to prepare for the next race at Sonoma Raceway.”
The races from Utah Motorsports Campus will be shown on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, August 21 at 2:00 PM ET. The next round of the Pirelli World Challenge season will be September 16-18 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California.
About Scuderia Corsa:
2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and South Bay and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo.
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