LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 21, 2015) – Kelly Moss Motorsports and driver Colin Thompson picked up their fourth win of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship season Sunday, April 19 for the “Roar By The Shore” in Long Beach, California.
Thompson, from Doylestown, Pennsylvania, padded his championship lead to 154 points after picking up his fourth win in five starts this season in the GT Cup Presented by MOMO.
“Colin drove a good race,” Kelly Moss Motorsports Vice President Jeff Stone said. “Overall, the race lacked clear track time, but he was definitely on his A-game.”
Round 5, the conclusion to a racing weekend featuring the Verizon IndyCar Series, was plagued with yellow flags, including one at the start that prevented the standing start for the GT Cup competitors.
“Colin has proven time and time again that he is a good starter and good re-starter,” Stone said. “He showed that again and he deserves a lot of credit for that.”
Race Control decided to eliminate the GT Cup standing start after a GT car stalled. Thompson led the class around to catch the rest of the field. After the successful, rolling restart, Thompson got caught in an incident in the hairpin, dropping him to fourth. He wasted little time pushing to the front of the class. After multiple lead changes and yellow flags, Thompson held on to win his second race in a row and fourth overall.
“The Kelly Moss boys put on an incredible show in the garage,” Thompson said. “I hand it to them. We just tried to survive and play it cool until the end. You can’t win a championship at this race, but you can lose it. That was more yellows and greens than I’ve ever experienced. But I just tried to keep my head cool and make sure every time it went back to green to make the right moves.”
The team will have a short turnaround to prepare for Rounds 6 and 7 at the MOMO Grand Prix at Barber presented by Porsche, part of the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 24-26 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.
“The track suits our team very well,” Stone said. “It’s a very technical track, and we’re looking forward to it. We hope to see a sweep with our TruSpeed Autosport partners. Alec Udell will also be back. We missed him this week and are always glad to have the increased competition.”
After three races on street courses, Thompson will be back on a road course to take on the 16-turn, 2.38-mile circuit. The track is also home to the Porsche Sport Driving School.
“We’ve won races at Barber, but Colin also knows the track really well,” Stone said. “He ran the Porsche Young Drivers Academy and he likes the track, so it should be a good weekend.”
The race weekend will start with a 60-minute practice at 10:45 a.m. (CT) Friday, April 24. Qualifying starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, followed by Round 6 at 11:20 a.m. Round 7 starts at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, April 26.
The replay of Round 5 from Long Beach will air at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, April 26 on CBS Sports Network.
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