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Wins and Podiums for Kelly-Moss Road and Race at Barber Motorsports Park
April 23, 2018

Wins and Podiums for Kelly-Moss Road and Race at Barber Motorsports Park

Birmingham, Ala. (23 April 2018) –Kelly-Moss Road and Race (KMR) was back in winning form this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park as the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series staged rounds 3 and 4 of the 2018 championship.

Birmingham, Ala.  (23 April 2018) –Kelly-Moss Road and Race (KMR) was back in winning form this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park as the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series staged rounds 3 and 4 of the 2018 championship.
M55_1154With a five car campaign for the visit to the Alabama circuit, KMR continues to deliver performance as it celebrates its 30th anniversary in professional motorsports. The Barber weekend featured two rounds of competition, with KMR emerging with wins in both races.
In addition to the on track competitive ambitions of the team, a lot was accomplished off of the track as well in support of partner Racing for Children’s (https://racingforchildrens.org), which staged a series of events to raise funds and awareness with the motorsports program as the perfect focal point.
Part of those celebrations also included champagne. Roman De Angelis made an impressive flag-to-flag run to victory in the No. 1 Racing for Children’s/MTP/Fortis Porsche to claim victory in the opening race of the weekend, his second of the season.
M55_9287“It feels pretty good to come back from a pretty terrible weekend in Sebring, so it’s awesome and to also pick up some valuable points too,” said De Angelis. “This is just a testament for what we have to show for the rest of the year so I am really really excited.”
Alan Metni came home second in the Platinum Masters class with the No. 99 VICCI Car Auctions AM Motorsports/Kelly-Moss Porsche, with Scott Welham seventh in Platinum Masters with the No. 61 entry.
Saturday’s race, which was held in picture-perfect weather conditions, also saw Kurt Fazekas score a podiumL50_7932 appearance with his runner-up finish in Gold (for cars from model years 2014-16), while Greg Palmer crossed the line fifth to open the weekend.
Sunday’s race was a new chapter and a new challenge as anticipated rainstorms arrived at the circuit, but not in force as the track was coated in water but saw the field still take to the track in slicks. The stakes were high and the challenge was constant for all the drivers, as the precipitation meant that every corner of every lap was different.
Holding the trophy highest on Sunday for KMR was Fazekas, who scored a big Gold class victory in the unforgettable No. 52 machine after 26 laps of racing.
M55_1115“I really enjoy driving here at Barber-it is a beautiful track, a challenging track but it is a fair track,” said a champagne-soaked Fazekas. “You really have to pick your spots to make passes. Racing in the gold class, we are mixed in with the platinum guys as well so that can make things difficult but I’m just happy to be here! I was trying different lines around the track to find as much grip as I could. I just had to make no mistakes and was fortunate to come out on top!” (video from IMSA posted here: https://youtu.be/aiCD49quXAo). 
Greg Palmer brought home a second consecutive fifth place finish on the weekend.
L50_7905“Barber is a tough track for me” said Palmer. “I got up to third yesterday and then lost concentration and fell back to fifth. Today as soon as it rained, my day changed. Today my focus was finding the rain line and where the available grip was and then to constantly be testing it on every corner to see what was there. It was a big learning process. This was the first time that I have driven in rainy conditions with slicks on and having the corners change from lap to lap. For me Barber is the one I struggle with, it’s just not my track but I learned a lot.”
Starting from the front row, De Angelis slotted into second at the start and held station as he fought off the advances from behind to come home with a second podium in as many races.
“It was really tough in those conditions but the team did an awesome job,” said De Angelis. “Second place is really good for the points so it was as really positive weekend – pole, race one win and a second. You can only get one better than that so I am looking forward to getting back in the car.”
Metni took fourth in Masters as Welham finished seventh as he continued to build his experience at the challenging track.
M55_1014“This is the first time that I have been to Barber and I love the facility,” said Welham. “It’s a phenomenal track, very short and I am used to much longer tracks. I am disappointed in the results that I achieved but we will chuck it up to learning and next time we will do better. We will put out heads down going into Mid-Ohio and learn from this weekend and go.”
“That was awesome, just flat out plain awesome!” enthused Jeff Stone about the race one performance of De Angelis. “To have everyone form Racing for Children’s and MPT here for this-it is just perfect. Roman just took control of it and ran away with it. And I’m thrilled for Kurt (Fazekas) on his win on Sunday. After Sebring, we just wanted to turn the page and I think from this weekend with Roman and Kurt both taking wins, I think we can say the page is turned. On to Mid-Ohio!”
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will stage the next round of IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama competition on May 4-6.


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