Thompson started Sunday’s Mid-Ohio race from the pole by setting the fastest lap in Saturday’s race while De Angelis started third. De Angelis applied pressure in the first half of the race and edged out both second place and Thompson finding his way onto the top step of the podium with a five second lead come race end.
“We pushed really, really hard,” De Angelis said. “It was really difficult because we started third. I had to get by a few cars. Parker didn’t make it really easy for me. We were driving pretty aggressive, so I had to push to get by him. Then, after that, what an amazing job. The No. 79 Racing for Children’s/Medical Properties Trust Kelly-Moss car was on rails once again.” Sunday’s win at Mid-Ohio allowed De Angelis to keep his lead in the Platinum Cup championship standings and now has 137 points heading into Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The Platinum Masters Class was not short on action as its 100th race kicked off Sunday. Alan Metni in the No. 99 iFly machine is the reigning class champion and came away with first place hardware. This brings Alan’s total to three visits to the top step out of four events this season. Metni, once again finds himself in the points lead with 135, 18 over the second place contender, which is impressive after an off-course-spin battling for first place the day earlier.
“I just love it at Mid-Ohio,” Menti said. “It’s where I had my first win (in 2018) and it was nice to go back and do well. The team gave me a great car. I also want to thank my wife and my kids for making it possible for me to be out here. There’s great racing in the Masters division. Charlie and Mark (Kvamme) and David and Bill, they did a phenomenal job and I’m delighted to be able to race with them.”
Mid-Ohio was good for Gold Cup pole sitter Kurt Fazekas in the No. 52 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche, too. Fazekas also had an amazing run, finishing third in Sunday’s race, securing a second-place in the points standing. With great results from all, Kelly-Moss Road and Race holds to overall team points lead for 2019 with high expectations to keep the lead in Canada at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Montreal is the first of two combined events with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama at the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve June 7-9. The circuit is 2.71 miles and will feature two 35-minute combined US and Candian GT3 Cup races.
The Kelly-Moss team has completed thorough inspections of all cars, made any necessary adjustments, replacements, and are ready for races five and six. With the weather forecast looking good in Canada, the team and drivers are excited to get back to dry track conditions after a damp and rainy Mid-Ohio weekend.