Colin Thompson would like to close his second-straight championship season the same way he did the first one: with a win. His Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup presented by MOMO season comes to an end this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.
After securing the GT Cup Championship in August at Miller Motorsports Park, Thompson racked up his 12th win at Sonoma Raceway two weeks ago. Now, he and Kelly Moss Motorsports head south to Mazda Raceway, an 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course. Following a series of two new tracks for Thompson, he now faces a more familiar venue.
“I’ve been going to Monterey for quite a few years,” Thompson said. “Ever since I was 16 and doing Skip Barber. I know well and I’ve had quite a few laps around there. I’ve had mixed results. It’s the kind of track where sometimes you need a little bit of luck. At a track like that it’s all about which way the wind is blowing when you’re driving through the turn, whether sand is blowing onto the track or not.”
Thompson likens the track to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. It’s not a comparison you’d frequently hear considering Lime Rock is a short 1.5-mile circuit in the lush New England forest.
“It’s easy to go quick, but it’s extremely difficult to go really quick,” explains Thompson. “A track like Mosport or Road America, there are some corners that require a lot of guts and if you get it, you’re a lot quicker. At Laguna Seca or Lime Rock though, it’s easy to get close to the edge, but getting that extra two- or three- tenths out of the track is extremely difficult to do.”
Unlike the standard World Challenge double-header, Thompson will only have one shot at finding that ragged edge, as the GT Cup Finale is only a single race. Considering he capped off his 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship with a win in the season finale, Thompson is feeling good about a repeat performance this weekend.
“It would be great to finish off the championship with a win,” Thompson said. “It’s what I did last year and it’d be cool to win the championship in the same light this year. I’m really excited for it. Monterey is one of my favorite places on Earth. I’m glad the finale is there.”
The GT Cup finale will go green at 4:35pm ET on Sunday, Sept. 13. The race will be carried live on www.world-challengetv.com.