Moorespeed and Rob Ferriol Earn IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Podium Back to Back at Road America

Moorespeed and Rob Ferriol Earn IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Podium Back to Back at Road America

05.08.2019: ....While Top Five Run for Dickinson Thwarted Late Ferriol Moves To Second in Championship While Dickinson was Relegated to Ninth in Class After Avoiding Late Contact

....While Top Five Run for Dickinson Thwarted Late



Ferriol Moves To Second in Championship While Dickinson was Relegated to Ninth in Class After Avoiding Late Contact



Moorespeed driver Rob Ferriol moved into second place in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Gold Cup standings after a runner-up finish on Sunday at Road America, securing back-to-back podium finishes this weekend. Teammate Riley Dickinson had a solid run hampered after running off track late in the race to avoid a spinning competitor and finished ninth.


The 45-minute race featured three separate extended caution periods for contact amongst competitors, with the pace car bringing the field to the checkered flag. The short green flag runs limited passing opportunities, shortening the available window for both Moorespeed drivers to increase their positions.



“I’m really proud of Rob,” Moorespeed President David Moore said. “He came in here and carried the torch well. We kept the streak alive yesterday with a win and thought he was going to get it again today. The traffic and the situation with the cautions really prevented him to even have a chance to challenge.



He was right there with the first-place car, but when you have those backmarker Platinum cars in between it makes it very difficult. We didn’t get to show our hand today, but getting the second place moves him up in the points. We still have an outside shot, which is really what we’re trying to accomplish.”



Ferriol’s podium was his second in as many days, following a Gold Cup win on Saturday in the No. 5 Moorespeed/GridRival Porsche 911 GT3. The strong weekend moves Ferriol to the runner-up position in the season-long point championship, trailing Sebastian Carazo 339 - 298. Ferriol has six rounds remaining to close the gap.


 “This was a great weekend for us,” Ferriol said. “We put together a winning formula this weekend. Between us and Moorespeed, getting the car right, getting me right, I think we’re in a great place going forward.”


Dickinson started ninth overall in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 and was running fifth in class on lap 12. Dickinson ran off track to avoid contact with a spinning competitor and rejoined the race ninth in the Platinum Cup USA field. The final full course yellow of the race ended any chance to regain positions.


“It was a tough weekend, to say the least,” Dickinson said. “But it was a good step forward, I think, even though the results may not show it. There’s a lot to improve on, for sure. There’s a lot to look at and look for as we head to VIR. I’m looking forward to it.”


The No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 and the No. 5 Moorespeed/GridRival Porsche 911 GT3, along with the entire IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama field, returns to action August 23 - 25 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The Road America races will be televised on NBC Sports Network on Thursday, August 15 at 2 p.m. EDT in a one-hour broadcast.



 
Reece White- photos Moorespeed


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