The IMSA Support Races at Circuit Of The Americas

Running alongside IMSA this weekend was the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series. 

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Sharing the track with IMSA this weekend at Circuit Of The Americas were two other support series that run in conjunction with the main event. 

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge brings in 23 Porsche GT3 Cup cars piloted by semi-pro and aspiring-pro racers for a pair of races. The two classes represent the current year GT3 Cup car and those from previous years. 

The Lamborghini Super Trofeo series is a fly-in series where Lamborghini provides 22 identically set up Lamborghini Huracan LP620-2 models, complete with teams and support. Drivers in 4 classes compete in a pair of 50 minute races. 

Sebastian Landy climbs the hill into Turn 9 During a practice session.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Jeff Mosing had a solid weekend, finishing 5th and 7th overall in the races.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Kelly Moss Racing brought six entries. Here David Ducote rounds Turn 7 during a practice session.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Phil Bloom had a rough weekend, completing only 2 laps in Friday's race and failing to start Saturday's race. Kurt Fazekas gives chase.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Alan Metni, also representing Kelly-Moss Road and Race flies down the short straight leading to the Turn 11 hairpin.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Sebastian Landy, again, This time getting wide in Turn 11.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Tom Haacker gives a good look at the tail end of the GT3 Cup on the back straight.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Mark Kvamme of JDX Racing, also taking a wide path through 11.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Manufacturer series in spec cars lead to tight racing. © Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Will Hardeman of Austin's Moorespeed Racing after a nasty incident in Turn 12 a few laps into Race 1. The car, and Hardeman, would be done for the weekend.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
More close quarters racing in Turn 12. The Porsches tend to take a higher line through 12 which allows for more daring opportunities to pass on the inside.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Steering damage sustained early in Race 1 caused Bill Smith of Topp Racing to spin out of Turn 12 on two consecutive laps. He eventually got a feel for the steering and finished 8th in class. A respectable finish for the oldest car in the field. © Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
McKay snow also had a good weekend, finishing 3rd overall on Friday and 6th overall on Saturday.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Smith again, as the evening light falls over COTA late in Race 1.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Trenton Estep had a great weekend, finishing atop the podium on Friday and second overall on Saturday.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Former All-Star pitcher CJ Wilson competes in his team's Cup Challenge. The team also fielded an entry in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Kvamme, again, catching the late day sun at COTA. © Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Local boy Corey Fergus was the weekend's other big winner. He swapped place with Estep, taking second on Friday and First overall on Sunday. It was a bright spot for Moorespeed who damaged their other car beyond repair in Race 1.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Ashley Freiburg gets a wheel up in Turn 9 during the second Lamborghini super Trofeo race. © Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Jackie Heinricher glides toward 11 On Saturday morning. © Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Ryan Hardwick showing good speed as COTA's tower looks on.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved
Trent Hindman turned in the fastest race lap of the weekend at 2:08.066. Here he's showing the wider line taken by the Huracan's at COTA. The Porsches stay much closer to the apex and launch out of the turn while the Lamborghinis stay wide and glide into the back straight.© Rip Shaub - All Rights Reserved