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Moorespeed Returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with Three Car IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Effort

Moorespeed Returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with Three Car IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Effort

18.09.2019: Rob Ferriol and Riley Dickinson Joined by Chris Bellomo at Moorespeed One Week After Team’s IMSA GT4 Success at the Same Track

Rob Ferriol and Riley Dickinson Joined by Chris Bellomo at Moorespeed One Week After Team’s IMSA GT4 Success at the Same Track



 
Moorespeed returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca less than one week after a successful finish in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge GS competition with a three-car IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama effort. Drivers Riley Dickinson and Rob Ferriol will be joined at Moorespeed for the first time by Chris Bellomo for the September 20-22 event.



The doubleheader weekend features a pair of 45-minute races streamed live on IMSA.tv. Saturday’s race begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT, with Sunday’s race at 7:20 p.m. EDT.



Moorespeed is back at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca after Ferriol and co-driver Spencer Pumpelly just missed the podium with a fourth-place finish at the same venue a week ago in the team’s second start in the Michelin Pilot Challenge.




Ferriol has won a Gold Cup race in each of the last two Porsche GT3 Cup weekends, while Dickinson drove through the field and improved 10 positions from the start of the race to finish third the last time out at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Platinum Cup. Bellomo joins the team for the first time at a track near his Bay-area home in Portola Valley, California.






 “We learned a lot this past week, so we’re hoping we can continue the strong momentum we’ve picked up coming off of VIR and Laguna Seca and can give Rob, Riley and Chris competitive cars,” Moorespeed President David Moore said. “But we also know that this is a challenging paddock and no one is just going to let us go. We have to put our noses to the grindstone and continue the hard work this weekend. We’re really happy to have Chris join us and work with Riley and Rob, and we’re ready to put three fast cars on track.”


Dickinson’s resilience paid off at VIR, where he started the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup 13th overall for Sunday’s race and carved through the field to finish third. The 17-year-old driver, the youngest in the field, earned his fourth podium finish of the season and sits fourth in the Platinum Cup standings.


 
“I’m really looking forward to heading west to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and carrying the momentum from VIR through to this weekend. Rob and the Moorespeed guys will have some information to share with me after their great run last weekend, and I’m looking forward to having Chris join us and working with him, too. I can’t wait to get back out on track Thursday morning and get right to work!”



 Ferriol sits second in the Gold Cup standings with four races remaining in the season. Another successful weekend in the No. 5 Moorespeed/GridRival Porsche 911 GT3 Cup would help close the gap.



"Last weekend was great for me and the team in the Moorespeed GS car,” Ferriol said. “I got to know the track, and that was the goal coming into the weekend. The finish was just a bonus! The name of the game for me this week is to take what I learned, make the adjustments to the Porsche GT3 Cup car including the speed and the brakes, and get after it."



Bellomo is in just his third season of racing and has spent the 2019 season in the SRO GT4 America Sprint X West series in a Porsche, and won the 2018 Porsche Rennsport Reunion race in 2018 at Laguna Seca. This weekend’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA race will be Bellomo’s series debut.



“I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to run my first Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race with Moorespeed,” Bellomo said. “David has been supportive and welcoming and I’ll have the chance to learn from Riley and Rob, who are both enjoying excellent seasons as well as coming off of strong performances at VIR. This is a big step up for me and my driver coach Robert Orcutt, but I am hopeful that my experience at WeatherTech Laguna Seca and Moorespeed’s support will lead to a positive race weekend.”



 The weekend begins for Moorespeed during Thursday’s promoter test day, but the first official practice of the weekend is Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. PDT (11:00 a.m. EDT). A 1:10 p.m. PDT afternoon practice session is the last 35-minute session prior to Saturday’s 8:10 a.m. PDT qualifying session. Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. PDT (3:30 p.m. EDT) race and Sunday’s 4:20 p.m. PDT (7:20 p.m. EDT) race are rounds 13 and 14 of the 16-race season.







 
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