Kelly Moss Motorsports is getting the boys back together as it fields a complete seven-car entry for Rounds 7 and 8 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama June 26-28 at Watkins Glen International.
The seven entries, three in the Platinum Cup class and four in Gold Cup class, will give powerhouse Kelly Moss the firepower to get back to the top of the points standings after a rough outing May 24 at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.
“Our main objective is that we want to stretch out the points lead,” Kelly Moss Vice-President Jeff Stone said. ”We want to get back solidly in first and not have to look back the rest of the season.”
The Brey-Krause sponsored team is second in the Platinum class for team championship standings, only three points behind Formula Motorsports/AVID Motorsport. In the Gold class, the team is fourth, four points behind leader ANSA Motorsports.
“The key is always to stay clean,” Stone said. “Watkins Glen is notorious for getting people to take themselves out. We need everyone to keep themelves in it for the full 45-minute race.”
Young Kelly Moss driver Colin Thompson has driven to the top of the Platinum Cup leader board, tied for first with Angel Benitez Jr. with 76 points. Thompson seeks to to regain sole possession of first after being denied a chance for redemption in the second race at Lime Rock after finishing a disappointing fifth in Round 5 at his “home track.” Heavy rain forced the abandonment of the second race at Lime Rock.
Thompson joined Kelly Moss at Watkins Glen International for the Porsche Club of America Clash at the Glen event May 28-31. That gave Thompson, driver of the No. 14 Kelly Moss/Porsche of Bucks County Porsche, more time on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile track. Thompson ran the fastest laps in the field every day of the event.
Joining Thompson at the Clash of the Glen were teammates and Gold Cup drivers William “Wild Bill” Peluchiwski and Boston native Frank Selldorff, who made his season debut in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at Lime Rock.
Peluchiwski and Selldorff dealt with car issues at Lime Rock but were able to use the PCA race at The Glen to get back on track and devise a good strategy for the circuit and upcoming races.
“It was a great three-day test for us,” Stone said. “We have a strategy for qualifying, racing, tires, everything. We are 100 percent ready to go.”
Wayne Ducote will be back in the No. 68 Kelly Moss/Porsche of Bucks County Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for the first time since Rounds 1 and 2 in March at Sebring International Raceway. Ducote finished third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2 in the Gold Cup Masters championship at Sebring.
Making it a family affair, Ducote’s son David also will be back for Kelly Moss after missing Round 5 of the series at Lime Rock. Ducote is seventh overall in the Platinum Cup class points and third in the Platinum Cup Masters Championship, only five points behind second place Javier Quiros.
Rounding out the Kelly Moss team will be Dan Weyland in the Platinum class and Seth Davidow in the Gold class. Davidow will make his series debut after rushing home before the start of the race at Sebring to be with his wife, who delivered a healthy baby girl.
“It’s great to have everyone back,” Stone said. “That’s what we’re here to do.”The race weekend will start Thursday, June 26 with two 45-minute practices. Qualifying for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series will begin at 9:35 a.m. (ET) Friday, June 27. Two 45-minute races are scheduled, with Race 1 at 3:10 p.m. Friday and Race 2 at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, June 28.
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