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  • Last Lap Pass Earns Johnny O'Connell 1st at Sonoma!

     

    This past Saturday's Pirelli World Challenge came down to an astonishing last lap pass. Veteran sports car champ Johnny O'Connell chased and caught young gun Austin Cindric to win at Sonoma Raceway. Cindric, the driver of the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S, sat on the pole position from the start of the race while Johnny O'Connell, driver of the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V, started from third. 

     

    It was a game of chess on the track, as O'Connell stayed behind the McLaren throughout the entire race observing the faults in his opponent's vehicle waiting for the perfect chance to pounce. Austin meanwhile focused on running a perfect race, minimizing the chance of making mistakes. The 12 turn, 2.38-mile road course was a 50-minute event with a total of 31 laps ran during the race. For Cindric the event seemed to go on forever as O'Connell was lurking behind in second putting the pressure on the young 18-year-old for first. It all came down to the last lap on turn six. O'Connell found himself close enough to capitalize on the opportunity when Cindric lost rear traction in his McLaren 650S, this left the inside lane open for O'Connell to pass and beat him by 0.716 seconds for an exciting photo finish! 

     

    The race was Johnny O'Connell's 19th victory in the Pirelli World Challenge and coincidentally his 60th overall win as a driver for GM. For Austin Cindric, he continues to chase that elusive first win as this is his second runner-up finish in the year. 

     

    Round 20 and the final race for the GT and GTA classes will take place at the famed Laguna-Seca Raceway. 

    Stream it live on - www.motortrendondemand.com/watch-live/ or watch the race on October, 16th 2016 at 3:00 p.m. on the CBS Sports Network.

     

    Top image credited to - gmperformanceracingcenter.com

    Johnny O'Connell Win at Sonoma Raceway 9-19-16
    Austin, TX - Mar 04, 2016:  The g  takes to the track on Pirelli tires during the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas presented by VP Racing Fuels at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX for the first event in the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge.

     

     

  • Turner Motorsport Heads to VIR with Confidence

     

    BMW M6 GT3 Win @ Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

    Both aFe POWER equipped Turner Motorsport BMW’s head east to Virginia International Raceway for round 9 of the series. Turner Motorsport returns to VIR with their heads held up high as they have three wins and multiple top 13 results since 2005. Markus Palttala driver of the No. 97 Turner BMW M6 GT3 is no stranger to VIR, in 2014 he placed in 1st which later rewarded him to a 3-way tie for first in the championship standings that year. This year will be his second year driving alongside Michael Marsal, both finishing strong last year in 4th for Turner Motorsport in the BMW Z4 GT3. 

     

    When asked about their chances of winning at VIR, Markus Palttala had this to say –

     

    “I’m looking forward to returning to ViR, it is a very fun circuit and one of my favorites here in North America. The Z4 was very strong here the past two seasons with results to show it so now it’s time to prove the performance of our new M6 GT3.”

     

    With the Weathertech Sportscar Championship approaching the final stretch of the 2016 season, teams will be hustling to grab one final win before the series ends.Tune into Fox Sports 1 for LIVE coverage of the race on Sunday, August 28th from 1:35 PM to 4:15 PM EDT.

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