Roman De Angelis has been dominating the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama competition and this weekend at Road America was no exception. Competing in both the U.S. and Canadian versions of the GT3 Cup, De Angelis has been nearly unbeatable – winning nine of the ten races to date in each series this season.
“I looked forward to actually racing,” said De Angelis, who kept the field at bay throughout Saturday’s race that was slowed by full-course caution three times and finished under yellow. “Not a lot of green laps, so it was kind of difficult, but I guess I got some good practice on restarts. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. Hopefully, it’s the same result but a bit more of a hectic and fun race for us.”
Saturday’s win extended his lead in the Platinum Cup USA standings to 59 points over Jeff Kingsley, who finished second.
Alan Metni crossed the line fourth overall on Saturday, but finished third for his first overall Platinum Cup USA podium result. The defending Platinum Cup Masters champion also picked up the class victory in both the USA and Canada. It was his fourth Platinum Masters USA victory of the season and was his second Platinum Masters Canada victory.
“Today was a lot of fun, and I’m really overwhelmed by how lucky I am to get to do this,” Metni said. “To drive these wonderful machines close to the limit of their performance. I want to thank my lovely wife and four daughters for putting up with how much time I’m traveling in order to do this and also my team for giving me a great and safe car and being the hardest training team in the paddock.”
Teams and drivers were looking forward to an exciting Race 2 on Sunday to wrap up the weekend’s doubleheader in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, but a full-course caution on Lap 1 was followed by several more, including a yellow with less than four minutes remaining that ended the race.
De Angelis didn’t let the caution-filled race stop him and he paced the field for the duration of the race, leading flag-to-flag for another weekend sweep of 2019. While De Angelis was excited about his victory, he was extremely happy about teammate Alan Metni.
“I really just can’t congratulate Alan Metni enough,” said De Angelis. “Second overall and after the struggles and ups-and-downs over the last three years is pretty impressive. Not only to do it, but to do it and give me a run for my money – which I’m pushing pretty hard out there – so that’s pretty cool.”
“Like I said yesterday, I’m the luckiest guy I know,” said Metni, who on Saturday finished a then-career best finish of fourth. “I can’t believe I get to do this. I can’t believe all the wonderful people who are so focused on doing this and doing it better each and every time they come out that make this all work. I’m just really proud of my team and happy to be here. I always used to say, ‘The race is won in the practice,” and our little team is the hardest-training, hardest-practicing team out there. My guys gave me a great car today. Not just today, but every day that we train so I’ve got to thank them.”
The GT3 Cup Challenge races from Road America will air on NBCSN on Thursday, August 15 at 2 p.m. ET. Up next for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama is a doubleheader at VIRginia International Speedway on August 23-25