AUSTIN, Texas (Nov. 4, 2014) – Kelly Moss Motorsports faced off against some of the best single-make GT series drivers in the world for the final two rounds of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup races Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
“It was fantastic to be there,” Kelly Moss Vice President Jeff Stone said. “It was great to be a part of it. Everyone from teams to officials and staff were gracious hosts. It’s a fantastic environment.”
Kelly Moss earned two entries in the Supercup field from Porsche Motorsport North America in recognition of winning both the 2014 Platinum Team and Driver championships in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
The weekend consisted of two 14-lap races, supporting the United States Grand Prix, the only FIA Formula One World Championship race in America.
Ducote, a Texas-native, finished 21st and 19th, respectively, after qualifying 25th for both races. He had to adapt to standing starts and running on Michelin tires, in addition to increased competition.
“It was very challenging,” Ducote said. “It was my first time to doing standing starts. That was challenging. But I enjoyed the car. Kelly Moss really worked hard to give me a great setup. It was tough to compete with some of these guys. They’re very, very fast. But I closed the gap with each session, and I felt pretty good about things coming away from the weekend. So I’m happy how it all worked out.”
After qualifying 18th and 16th for the two races, Thompson crashed in a late braking maneuver during the first race, ending his weekend early.
The incident halted Thompson’s quick progress throughout the weekend. He had steadily improved his times, providing positives for Thompson, 20, to take from the weekend.
“I can only take away the positives and learn from the negatives,” Thompson said. “Unfortunately during the race I messed up and ended my weekend by getting in a little over my head with braking. Overall, it was a very positive weekend. I learned an unbelievable amount being in this different environment in a far higher caliber of drivers. I have to hand it to Kelly Moss Motorsports in getting my car here and prepping it properly. They gave me an absolutely fantastic car and setup, giving me all the tools I need to do well just as they’ve done all season.”
Kelly Moss driver Bill Peluchiwski was also at the event competing with Lechner Racing. He, like Thompson, had some unfortunate luck with an incident in qualifying that prevented him from starting either of the two races.
“Team wise it was a less than perfect weekend,” Stone said. “Colin didn’t get a great start and had his incident and Bill had a freak accident, but David Ducote did fantastic and was the salvation for us this weekend. We’ve participated in Supercup events many times before, but it’s been awhile since they’ve been in the U.S. We definitely will be back for events in North America and there’s always a possibility for a European race.”
Both Thompson and Ducote enjoyed the change of pace from their usual Porsche GT3 Cup races, leaving the possibility open for future appearances in the pinnacle of Porsche’s 19 global single-make series.
“Porsche puts on an unbelievable showing on a Supercup weekend,” Thompson said. “It’s incredible. It’s just great to be part of an international event. Whether I do one-offs or whether I can make the whole season, over the next few years, I definitely will be part of it.”
Added Ducote: “I would love to come back and would love to do another Supercup race. Maybe even do one overseas. That would be fantastic.”
Kelly Moss is already looking forward to next season and working to defend their championships. The team will test at various tracks in the next few weeks.
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