MADISON, Wis. (Aug. 4, 2015) – It was a weekend with a double-digit theme for Kelly Moss Motorsports on July 31-Aug. 2, with Colin Thompson picking up his 10th win of the season in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship GT Cup presented by MOMO and the team collecting 11 top-10 finishes, including five podiums in the Pirelli GT3 Trophy Cup USA.
Thompson, Kelly Moss’ reigning Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama driver champion, entered the PWC weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with a substantial lead in the GT Cup standings. But he didn’t let up.
In customary form, Thompson led all practices and qualified at the top of the charts for both races, setting himself up to add to his season win totals. But misfortune struck in the first race when Thompson didn’t get the radio transmission for the green flag in the start. He dropped two positions but fought back to finish second behind Alec Udell.
In Round 13, Thompson returned to what he does best: winning. He led from flag to flag, capturing victory by .588 of a second over Udell for his 10th win of the season and extending his points lead to 1,672-1,139 over Sloan Urry with only five rounds left in the 2015 season.
“Colin has matured so much over the last year as a driver and as a person,” Kelly Moss Vice President Jeff Stone said. “He’s following the Kelly Moss plan: get points first and wins second. He could have made a risky move to try and get the win in the first race, but he thought about the points and did what he needed to do. As a result, we are pretty close to locking down the championship.”
Next up for Thompson and Kelly Moss in the PWC GT Cup is a stop Aug. 21-23 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, for Rounds 14 and 15 of the championship.
At the Pirelli GT3 Trophy Cup USA event at Road America, Kelly Moss put its name on five podium finishes, claiming three class wins.
Jesse Lazare used the first race of the weekend for extra seat time to prepare for the next two rounds of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama action but came back firing for the victory Sunday in the Diamond class. The Diamond class is for Porsche 991s.
“We really used that first race as a test,” Stone said. “We let him out there for a few laps and then brought him in to make some changes. We’ve been chasing some issues that we hope are resolved by next weekend. We let him go all out in the second race and he was able to get the win, so we feel pretty good about it.”
Chris Wally entered the weekend as the winner of both races last season at Road America. He followed up this year with a second- and third-place finish in the Platinum Masters class.
Also running for Kelly Moss were Jay Patel, Rene Robichaud and Kurt Fazekas. Robichaud finished sixth and fourth, respectively, and Patel and Fazekas each picked up a top-10 finish.
“All of those guys did a great job last weekend,” Stone said. “Kurt was clearly the most improved. He’s finding his place with the team, and we’re happy to welcome him to the Kelly Moss family. If he sticks to our program, he’s going to be a real threat to a lot of guys.”
Lazare, Patel and Fazekas along with David and Wayne Ducote, William Peluchiwski, Frank Selldorff and Dan Weyland will all race for Kelly Moss on Aug. 7-9 for Rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at Road America.
Patel’s car was heavily damaged in Race 1 and Fazekas’ in Race 2, with both needing a front tub section replaced, paint and graphics. The parts needed were on the truck in Mid-Ohio. Stone’s brother-in-law and nephew took the call to drive from Detroit to Ohio and then to Madison to get the parts and fixtures needed to get both cars ready for the upcoming weekend.
“There is no doubt without them delivering the parts and our master technicians; Brad, Norm, Jason, Michael, Nick and Pete, working through the night both Monday and Tuesday there is no way these guys would be racing this week,” Stone said.
But the team’s troubles didn’t end there. The team planned to keep its pit area intact all week at the track but was met by some resistance as Mother Nature ripped through Sunday afternoon. Extreme wind and rain whipped through, destroying the tents and damaging equipment and cars, making for extra preparation for the upcoming weekend.
“I have to give a heartfelt thanks to the entire Kelly Moss team,” Stone said. “Without them, and especially my wife and family, none of this could happen. Between the extensive repairs that needed to happen to these cars and the storm damage we suffered post race Sunday, it really tests everyone to their limits. I have to say now, more than ever, that there is no doubt Kelly Moss is an amazing family and an awesome team and there is not a single person involved that is anything less than spectacular – you are all amazing! Thank you all!”
The team is split between the shop in Madison, Wisconsin, and Road America, working on fixing and preparing all eight machines for this weekend’s races.
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