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 www.motortrendondemand.com and www.world-challenge.com 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.

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