Birmingham, AL – Preston Calvert logged his third podium in six 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup starts thus far in 2016, driving the Calvert Dynamics and Phoenix Performance-prepared No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entry at Barber Motorsports Park. Teammate Andrew Davis put in a rebound performance with two solid points-paying finishes in the GT class in the team’s No. 76 Porsche 911 GT3-R entry.
With a three-day attendance total reported north of 80,000 spectators, it was a picture-perfect weekend for Pirelli World Challenge in support of IndyCar at Barber Motorsports Park, a flowing natural terrain road course and quite a different setting than the last two Pirelli World Challenge events which both took place on city streets.
Calvert anchored the team’s results with clean races on both Saturday and Sunday, culminating in this third podium of the season, finishing fourth on Saturday and improving to third on Sunday morning. He continues to sit third in the GT Cup point standings.
“The weekend was a little bit more challenging for me due to fighting off the flu, like many others in the paddock,” said Calvert. “We changed setups around in the practice and qualifying, looking for some time, but that was a little frustrating. In Race 1, I drove mostly free of mistakes, but ended up fourth. In Race 2, on Sunday, I was happy to be quicker than I had been all weekend, and was able to finish third due to some contact between cars in front of me. The highlight was improving my own performance on this technical track, and seeing a tangible reward for driving relatively free of mistakes.”
Entering his second season in professional competition, Calvert is moving his pace forward.
“I felt more confident in the GT3 Cup car this year, naturally, having had more seat time since then,” he said. “That allows me to drive the car nearer to its limits more of the time, as needed to drive it competitively.”
Coming off Long Beach, where he qualified well but was ultimately forced to retire, Andrew Davis rebounded with two solid finishes, ninth and 11th, at Barber in a competitive GT field.
“It was a hard fought weekend at Barber Motorsports Park as we were once again reminded just how tough the competition is in the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Davis. “Capitalizing on the momentum gained at the previous event, we hit the track ready to run in our Calvert Dynamics Porsche GT3-R. Making progress each session we were feeling confident, and finishing off the practice sessions well up the time sheets. Unfortunately, some of our competitors
found a little more speed during the morning qualifying session, so we found ourselves positioned just outside the top ten. Both races were intense with close battles and lots of excitement; however it is very difficult to pass on a track that is so technical and tight. We ended up racing hard and clean the entire weekend and feel that we learned more valuable information to continue improving our program.”
For Davis, with his home base just a short drive away, the driver hosted his parents, wife and son at the race.
Next, Calvert Dynamics heads north of the border, and to Bowmanville, Ontario and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport), May 20-22
About Calvert Dynamics
Calvert Dynamics, LLC is focused on human factors and medical issues in motorsports. This emphasis especially includes visual attention and visual processing that determine driver performance. In addition, Calvert Dynamics promotes awareness of the importance of minor traumatic brain injury in motorsports performance and driver well-being.
About Phoenix Performance
Phoenix Performance is a performance tuner, providing maintenance, tuning and diagnostic services for foreign and domestic cars and trucks, as well as performance upgrades and tuning for street and track cars. The PWC race team occupies part of the 32,000 square-foot race shop, which is located 30 miles west of downtown Philadelphia. Since 1999, Phoenix Performance has prepared over 35 SCCA Runoff winning national championship cars for customers.
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