Mercedes AMG GT3 teams podium momentum at Sonoma Raceway

Mercedes AMG GT3 teams podium momentum at Sonoma Raceway

15.09.2017: Mercedes-AMG GT3 Teams Bring Podium Momentum to Pirelli World Challenge Season-Ending Race Weekend at Sonoma Raceway

Mercedes-AMG GT3 Teams Bring Podium Momentum to Pirelli World Challenge Season-Ending Race Weekend at Sonoma Raceway
Three Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams will be looking to continue a recent run of top-three podium finishes in Pirelli World Challenge competition this weekend at Sonoma Raceway.

 CRP Racing, Black Swan Racing and Champ1 will be competing in Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the season-ending doubleheader event on the 2.22-mile, 11-turn road course in the Napa Valley.

Ryan Dalziel competes in the top-tier GT class in the No. 2 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 while Tim Pappas, in the No. 54 Black Swan Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3, and Pablo Perez Companc, in the No. 69 Champ1 Mercedes-AMG GT3, will be racing in the GTA class.

Each of the three Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams in action this weekend scored a podium finish in their most recent Pirelli World Challenge races, including a SprintX series victory by Dalziel and co-driver Daniel Morad in the No. 2 CRP entry two weeks ago at Circuit of The Americas (COTA).

The victory, and third-place and fifth-place finishes earlier in the weekend at COTA, jumped Dalziel and Morad to second and the CRP team to third in the final SprintX GT Pro series driver and team championship standings.

The No. 2 team is hoping to carry that momentum to Sonoma where a pair of good race results this weekend could give Mercedes-AMG and Dalziel top-five finishes in the overall Pirelli World Challenge GT championship.

Pappas and Black Swan are also riding a string of podium finishes into the Sonoma finale, where they are in contention for a top-three championship finish in the GTA class. Pappas and co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen earned three-consecutive SprintX GT Pro/Am second-place finishes at COTA, which helped the drivers and team seal third-place championship honors in their class.

Pappas is currently third in the GTA championship standings with 125 points, which is eight points behind the second-place driver and 10 points clear of the fourth-place competitor.

Champ1 last raced in Pirelli World Challenge competition in late July in the sprint series doubleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. There, Perez Companc finished third in Sunday’s final race of the weekend, earning his first and Champ1’s first podium result in Pirelli World Challenge competition.

A three-day weekend event, the Sonoma schedule gets underway today with 30-minute morning and afternoon practice sessions for the GT and GTA classes.
The schedule on Saturday, September 16, includes GT and GTA qualifying starting at 10 a.m. PDT before the weekend’s first 50-minute race for both classes that afternoon at 2:15 p.m. PDT.

The Sonoma weekend and 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season both conclude with the final 50-minute race for the GT and GTA divisions at 10:15 a.m. PDT on Sunday, September 17.

Saturday’s race from Sonoma can be seen through live streaming on and beginning at 5:10 p.m. EDT.

Sunday’s finale can be seen in same-day coverage on the CBS Sports Network at 3 p.m. EDT.

Ryan Dalziel, Driver – No. 2 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3:
“I feel great about Sonoma. I definitely feel like Daniel has been somewhat of our lucky charm this year, so I made sure CRP brought him to Sonoma to cheer us on. We have proved a number of times this year we are competitors for the overall win, but I think we have at times just had bad luck this year. Otherwise we would have had a double championship assault.

 Hopefully our Mercedes-AMG GT3 will perform as well as it did at COTA. I love Sonoma as a venue and a race track. My last time there in 2015 we had a double podium, so nothing would make me happier than to finish off this season for Mercedes-AMG, CRP Racing and DeVilbiss on the top step.”
Tim Pappas, Driver – No. 54 Black Swan Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3
: “Maintaining a top-three position in the GTA class would be a great way to finish the season, but we're not underestimating the task.

The Porsche currently fourth in the standings has been really strong all season, and is a continual threat for wins, so we're very conscious of his speed. If we can maintain another podium series of runs we should clinch our standing, so we're in the fortunate position to control our own destiny. It's always tough to say how we'll do until we show up.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 was much closer in Texas, but the layout of Sonoma is very different. There's very little in the way of straights, and the layout is constantly switching back and forth, so balance will be critical. The mechanical grip on the Mercedes-AMG GT3 is phenomenal, so we expect we'll run well.”

Pablo Perez Companc, Driver – No. 69 Champ1 Mercedes-AMG GT3:
“This circuit is like a big go-kart track. It’s super-tight, there’s actually not that many straights. It will be super challenging for us, especially for me, it’s the last race of the year and I want to do well. I want to finish both races and hopefully get another podium.

The important thing on our Mercedes-AMG GT3 will be the setup, especially how well we can put the power down around the track in the corners. We tested here just last Monday, but I didn’t have a lot of laps free of traffic and clean air to do my thing, so we will see. I just want to finish the season strong and with all four wheels on it.”
Jochen Übler , Saal Good, photos Mercedes.


15.09.2017 / MaP

Weitere Beiträge

Second place finishes for Alex Tagliani in the NASCAR Pinty's
...and CTCC races at Canadian Tire Motorsport ParkAlex Tagliani finished second on Sunday in Round 11 of 13 of the NASCAR Pinty's Series held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park's quick 3.958-km road course (CTMP), located 90 kms east of Toronto more >>
Alex Kirby Takes First Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Victory at Circuit of the Americas
Preston Calvert (Diamond Masters), Ray Shahi (Platinum), Jeff Kearl (Silver) and Carl Tofflemire also score wins in AustinIt was another big day of Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA racing at Circuit of the Americas on Sunday when two drivers clai more >>
Max Root Takes Top Honors in Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Race 11 at Circuit of the Americas
Preston Calvert (Diamond Masters), Larry Schnur (Platinum), Jeff Kearl (Silver), Steve Goldman (Silver Masters) also victorious at COTAThe Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA staged Race 11 at Circu more >>
Patrick Gallagher on Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Pole at Watkins Glen
Five Rookies in top ten as Ortiz, Oxner, Kicera, Stout, Cresci all crack top ten Working to make his $200,000 dream championship a reality, Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by more >>
Alexander Rossi Renews With NAPA AUTO PARTS & Andretti Autosport
A partnership renewal between five-time Indianapolis 500 champions Andretti Autosport and NAPA AUTO PARTS will see Alexander Rossi return to the cockpit of an Andretti Autosport machine as part of a multi-year agreement starting in 2018. “It’s great more >>
Spectra Premium launches new motorsports initiative
Spectra Premium Industries Inc. is proud to announce a new motorsports initiative, pursuing its efforts on driver development, sponsorships and high performance products for racecars. Spectra more >>
Red Bull Racing F1's Adrian Newey Reunites with March 83G Prototype
.... in Return to Daytona International Speedway for HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA Debut - Accomplished Designer and Engineer Joins Greg Thornton and Brad Hoyt in Executone 1983 March 83G GTP Newey Designed and Ran at Daytona more >>
Championship Showdown as Global Mazda MX-5 Cup Heads to Watkins Glen
Rookie battle heating up with $50,000 on the line  It is not even September yet, but Christmas could come extra early for Patrick Gallagher if he is able to lock down the 2017 Battery Tender Global Mazda more >>
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Returns to Circuit of the Americas
The Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA enters its final stretch of races this weekend with the first of the final three events that will mark the end of the 2017 season. This weekend featur more >>
Alex Tagliani to drive for Young's Motorsports at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Officials from Young's Motorsports announced today that road course sensation Alex Tagliani will drive the team's No. 02 Spectra Premium Chevrolet in Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 from Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). more >>
Ed Jones seals 'Rookie of the Year' spoils at Gateway Motorsports Park
•    Dubai-born Brit secures coveted IndyCar rookie accolade•    Dale Coyne Racing star fights hard for 13th place in Illinois•    WH Sports Group protégé back out on-track this weekend more >>
Solid Finish for Alexander Rossi at Gateway
On Saturday night, Alexander Rossi finished a strong sixth at Gateway Motorsports Park, and also moved up to seventh in the Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. In a weekend where the Team Penske Chevrolet’s were fastest on the short oval, Rossi and his Andretti Autosport Honda were able to run up front with the leaders throughout the evening. more >>
Ed Jones produces pacey Pocono performance before misfortune intervenes
•    Dale Coyne Racing star denied top ten finish by late error at Pocono•    Verizon IndyCar Series rookie tames Pennsylvania’s ‘Tricky Triangle’•    Dubai-born Brit continues to prove pace with 217mph qualifying run more >>
Alex Tagliani Scores a Well-Deserved Sixth Place Finish
21.08.2017 Riverside Speedway in Nova ScotiaThings did not look good for racecar driver Alex Tagliani at the start of Round 10 of the NASCAR Pinty's Series originally scheduled for Saturday evening on the high-banked oval of Ri more >>
Podium finish for Alexandre Rossi in Pocono
Alexander Rossi led 44 laps and took home the third position at Pocono Raceway this Sunday. Starting from P6 in the ABC Supply 500, Rossi advanced quickly and was battling for the lead from the get go. The thrilling race featured 42 lead changes among 10 drivers - a Pocono race record. more >>
Acura Reveals Striking ARX-05 Prototype Race Car in Monterey
- Debut Set for Daytona •    Acura to take on top WeatherTech SportsCar Championship category with renowned Team Penske running pair of Acura ARX-05s in 2018•    ARX-05 will be displayed this week at T more >>
New Country Competizione holds on to Championship lead after Road America
New Country Competizione brought three Wide World Ferrari's to Road America and ended up with two podiums at the fourth round of the Ferrari Challenge North America Championship. Peter Ludwig’s consistent top five fi more >>
First Sprint-X podium finish for Marco Seefried in Utah
Marco Seefried secured third place in the Sprint-X-GT-Championship in Utah. Together with team mate John Potter, the 41-year-old drove a spectacular race and ended his series of setbacks with an podium finish. The stalwart was faced with a challenging weekend on the Utah M more >>
Wright Earns Double Podiums On Maiden Visit to Trois-Rivières
Kris Wright looked like a veteran even though he was making his first start on the unforgiving street circuit in Trois-Rivières, Quebec on Sunday, as the 23-year-old driver from Pittsburgh, Pa. posted double podium finishes in the Mazda Prototype Challenge (MPC) class in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series. more >>
Pirelli World Challenge: BMW M235i Racing dominates in Utah
The Pirelli World Challenge was at the “Utah Motorsports Campus” (USA) this weekend for races seven and eight of the season in the TC class. The starting grid featured over 20 BMW M235i Racings – and the car completed top-five and top-seven lock-outs at the 4.905-kilometre circuit in Tooele (USA). Victory in both more >>
Black Swan Racing podiums Sunday in Utah
Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Team Black Swan Racing Podiums Sunday in Utah Motorsports Campus Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Third-Place in Grand Prix of Utah Pirelli World Chal more >>
Snow Doubles Down With Encore Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Win at UMC
McKay Snow emerged f more >>
Alex Tagliani Wins the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières
He might have been ill with bronchitis, but Alex Tagliani was able to put his ailment on hold on Sunday long enough to score his first win of the season and his first-ever NASCAR Pinty's victory on the temporary street course of Circuit de Trois-Rivières.& more >>
Impressive Nascar Comeback For Anthony Kumpen At Mid-Ohio
Battles For A Top-10, Finishes 16th In Eventful NXS Road Course Debut Anthony Kumpen gained 18 spots at Mid-Ohio in an eventful Mid-Ohio Challenge to battle for a top-10 in the final laps of the race and finish 16th under the checkered flag at the whe more >>
McKay Snows the Field for Pirelli GT3 Cup Victory at UMC
Making his first ever Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA start, young McKay Snow made a big impression on Saturday as he took a flag to flag victory at Utah Motorsports Campus in the No. 66 TruSpeed Autosport/Porsche GT3 Cup machine. more >>
Amelia Island Concours Joins Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) as Official Partner
...of the HSR Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA- Relationship Unites one of the Premier Concours d'Elegance With Vintage Racing's Fastest Growing Event- VIP Packages, Sponsorships and Vendor Locations Now Available for the Classic 24 more >>
IMSA Drivers Go NASCAR Racing at Mid-Ohio
What do IMSA drivers do on their off weekends? They go racing of course!Fresh off of racing at Road America last weekend in IMSA competition, both Andy Lally and Matt Bell will be competing o more >>
Three Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing Teams to Compete in Pirelli World Challenge
....SprintX Races This Weekend at the Utah Motorsports Campus Mercedes-AMG GT3 Teams CRP Racing and Black Swan Joined By Debuting DXDT Racing at Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah more >>
Anthony Kumpen Returns To Xfinity Series At Mid-Ohio
Set To Make Road Course Debut, Aims At A Top-10 Result Two-time NASCAR Whelen Euro Series Champion Anthony Kumpen will return to the NASCAR Xfinity Series this weekend at Mid-Ohio and he will aim for a top-10 finish in what will be his his f more >>



© 2001-2017 full copyright