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Maiden Win For Fong & Absolute Racing At Road America

Long settles for second

Adderly Fong in the #88 Absolute Racing Bentley Continental GT3 took his maiden win, and the first win for the Chinese team, at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Road America after leading from Pole Position.

Less than a second behind at the chequered flag, after pushing hard throughout the 50-minute race, was Patrick Long in the #58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R..

In third position in the Pro category was Michael Cooper in the #8 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V.R who started from sixth on the grid after damaging the suspension on the #8 car halfway through the morning’s Qualifying session.

Starting from Pole for the second time in his career, Fong was challenged for the lead during the first lap when Johnny O’Connell in the #3 Cadillac ATS-V.R made a move on the outside of Turn 5. Contact was made between Fong and O’Connell which resulted in O’Connell spinning and re-joining the field in 21st position. O’Connell fought back to finish the race in eighth.

Jon Fogarty, in the #99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, started from third on the grid but ran off the circuit during the opening lap, allowing Patrick Long in the #58 Porsche to move into second, a position which he held to the end.

Long’s second place means that he closes the gap to Michael Cooper, leader in the overall GT Driver’s Championship by two points. It also means that Long overtakes Alvaro Parente at the top of Sprint GT Classes Drivers Championship Standings.

Adderly Fong in the #88 Bentley Continental GT3 also put in the fastest lap of the race with 2:06.457 meaning that he will start from Pole for the second race of the weekend for the GT, GTA and GT Cup classes.

James Sofronas in the #14 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, took the win the Am category, ahead of John Potter in the #Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS. Third in class was Tim Pappas in the #54 Black Swan Racing Mercedes AMG GT3.

The Californian driver was delighted at the result.

“Yes, it feels good,” said Sofronas. “The guys put an awesome effort in. It shows that GMG Racing can run a massive programme and make it happen. I was in the top ten and then the Pro guys around me were getting a little dicey so I decided to back off. There was no need to hold them up or fight them as we had a nice cushion.”

“The Pirelli tyres were awesome and the Porsche GT3 R didn’t skip a beat,” continued Sofronas. “It was a good points race for us and we’re looking forward to tomorrow and hope we can do another one.”

Two entrants contested the GT Cup category with the win going to Yuki Harata in the #55 Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo.

The lights go out for second Pirelli World Challenge race of the weekend for the GT, GTA and GT Cup classes at 09:55 local time on Sunday June 25.