Laguna Seca raceway is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit located in Monterey, California. It held Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge race. Cadillac Racing’s factory driver Andy Pilgrim was able to secure a 3rd place in his Katech-powered #8 Cadillac CTS-V.R coupe. Pilgrim was happy with his third-place run while carrying rewards weights, and had to hold off a charging Lawson Aschenbach at the finish. Pilgrim states, “Manufacturers points are all we care about. Of course, I was going to try and get to Alex Figge, because I wanted him to be a cushion between us and the Porsche. It just really kept me focused. Lawson raced me fair and really close.
Cadillac drivers sitone-two in the Championship point standings. O’Connell is on top with 573, followed by Pilgrim with 559. Pobst moved to third with 502, followed by Aschenbach, 427, and Sofronas, 409. Safronas retired with a mechanical problem on the front straight to bring out the race’s first caution on lap 15. Cadillac also maintained the Manufacturers Championship lead over Porsche 37 to 33. Volvo closes the gap with 25, followed by Chevrolet with eight.
Competition was very tough among the nine PC-classentrants. After a full day of racing around the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca’s 2.238-mile, 11-turn track, the top three cars were a mere 1.725 seconds apart. Core Autorsport #05 driven by Jon Bennett and Colin Braun took first place. Jon Bennett, founder and co-pilot of CORE Autosport #05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 stated “This is a dream come true, It’s been a long time getting here for me and I’m very honored and proud to be part of CORE Autosport. I drove the wheels off of this car during my stint. Colin put together a smokin’ move at the end of the race and here we are. “I’m so happy. It’s just an unbelievable result.
The 2012 ALMS season has been filled with wins and podiums in three rounds of competition for Rock Hill, SC-based CORE Autosport. The season-opening 12 Hours of Sebring was won by lead driver Popow in the #06 machine, as well as the second round on the streets of Long Beach with the #05 Bennett / Braun pairing taking third spot in both events. Thanks to consecutive wins and podium finishes in the three 2012 ALMS rounds, CORE Autosport holds a comfortable lead in the 2012 ALMS PC driver and team championships.
New Jersey Motorsports park is a 2.25-mile, 14-turn road circuit located about an hour south of Philadelphia. Robin Liddell and John Edwards powered the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R to a solid second place finish at the end of the 2.75-hour race. The No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R started on the pole, the team did an excellent job in the GT class getting a second place finish. The #88 Autohaus Motorsports team had a strong performance as well and finished fifth.
Runner-up in GT, Robin Liddell stated, “Well, it was a really hard race for us. John [Edwards] did an excellent job this weekend coming back from an injured and qualified the car on the pole. It looked really strong. We decided to try and save fuel and run the two-stop race; seemed to be playing into our hands with no cautions. And I think we all needed to save a bit near the end. But yeah, very, very hard. We were about five laps short on the tires so everybody around us was a wee bit better. But we were just hanging on. I know myself and the No. 42 and the No. 44 were absolutely all over the place just trying to hang on at the end there.”