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Spent the last 5 days at the Glen. Great track, great food, beautiful setting, running with Trans AM and SVRA was a blast, there was something for everyone. Getting to look at cars from the 1930's to current is a treat for any car guy. Some of my favorites were a 1970 2.0 liter Chevron and a 1971 F5000 (Deathtrap) and a 1935 Alfa Romeo that Tazio Nouvilari drove.

So how was the racing ?

Cayman 3.4 -3
Cayman 3.8 -3
GT3.6 -5
GT3.8 -19
GT4.0 14
458 Challenge 4.5 - 2
Mclaren - 1

Lots of serious hardware, there was several million dollars on the grid. Walking out to my car on pregrid I had a feeling of accomplishment just to be on the grid. (That would soon change) At the drivers meeting they stressed that this is gentleman racing and we don't want to be banging fenders or wadding cars. I liked that approach. Ken who runs the series was a good dude and he talked about with everything that has gone on in the last year and that this was the Septemeber11th 20 year anniversary really put things in perspective We then said the pledge of allegiance and I was feeling quite good at this point.

The team was excited we had four cars:

x2 997.1 GT3 Cup
991.2 GT3 Cup
3.8 Cayman

Unfortunately The driver of the 991.2 crashed in the toe of the boot and was done for the weekend.

This is multi class racing, like the SCCA you race within your class. After having some test sessions we headed out for Qual #1. Thursday sessions were 4 laps - 10 laps 4 laps because many drivers had the 'red mist' and could not stop crashing. Keep in mind WGI is super fast and if you muck up it's going to hurt. Up through the esses flat out (in 5th) and I hit close to 160 on the back straight. Trans AM cars are doing 165 at the top of the esses and 185 on the back straight. It's mind numbing fast and if you actually think about what your doing you would ask yourself - "what the heck am I doing?" I almost rear ended a 458 Ferrari Challenge car in the bus stop. He STOOD on the brakes as I was coming in after turning in. Made quick work of him and hit the reset button.

Heading out to qual on a new set of sneakers, the driving was not that great as a whole but we finished.

Fastest car was a 991.1 4.0 liter (R) second fastest was my team mate in a GT3 Cup 3.6. P2 overall and P1 in class for Darius and I was P12 overall and P2 in class! We were excited and that's when the fun started.

IGT Qualifying 1
Results are not official
1##42 Tom Pank GT4.R
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
401:50.563White
2##15 Darius Trinka GT3.6
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
601:53.8553.2923.292Red/Black
3##77 Mark Mathys / Mike Skeen GT4.0
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
701:54.8464.2830.991White/Black/Orange
4##25 Todd Sloan GT4.0
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
601:56.2055.6421.359White/Blue/Gold
5##68 David Tuaty GT4.0
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
301:56.2565.6930.051Orange
6##9 Patrick Hogan / Kiel Hogan EXH
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapMcLaren 650S
601:56.3945.8310.138Black/Gold
7##3 Jody Miller / Pippa Mann GT3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
701:56.4275.8640.033White/Black/Green
8##52 Edward Baus / Scott Berkowitz GT3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
601:56.8636.3000.436Gray/Green/Black
9##116 Jeffrey Freeman GT3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
601:57.0026.4390.139White/Yellow
10##37 Charles Belluardo CAY3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
701:57.0806.5170.078Red/Black
11##40 Lukas Pank GT3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
401:58.1297.5661.049Green
12##13 Michael Saia / Darius Trinka GT3.6
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
801:58.2587.6950.129Green/Yellow/Black
13##103 Bryan Sircely GT3.6
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
501:58.5828.0190.324Green/Black
14##520 Thomas Kopczynski / Eric Filgueiras CAY3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
601:58.6758.1120.093Black/Green/White
15##27 Robert Wisen GT3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
701:58.7398.1760.064Orange/White/Black
16##113 Steve Katz GT3.6
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
701:58.9528.3890.213White/Black/Red
17##5 Mike Martin CAY3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
501:59.1348.5710.182Black/Yellow
18##57 Juan Pablo Martinez CAY3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
201:59.6799.1160.545White/Gray/Red
19##115 Tim Horrell CAY3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
501:59.8139.2500.134White
20##16 Roland Veit F458
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapFerrari 458 Challenge
501:59.9559.3920.142Red/White
21##76 Nicholas Karangelen GT3.6
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
802:00.65110.0880.696Blue
22##619 Roland Krainz CAY3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
602:01.92211.3591.271White
23##991 Rocco Cannata GT3.6
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
402:02.39211.8290.470White
24##56 Nicholas Groombridge / Grant Maiman GT3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
502:02.69512.1320.303White
25##1 John Alexander CAY4.0
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
602:02.85312.2900.158White
26##54 Brad Blum or Chris Ruppel / Ron or Eric Zitza CAY3.4
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
702:02.89912.3360.046Black/Red
27##636 Joseph Doria GT3.6
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
502:02.94012.3770.041White/Red/Gray
28##12 Joseph Rizzo CAY4.0
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
602:03.17012.6070.230Black/White/Red
29#24G
Best LapBest TimeDiffGap
602:03.88913.3260.719
30##017 William Wachs CAY3.4
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
802:04.40413.8410.515Green/Black/Gray
31##127 Nelson Calle CAY3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
502:04.87914.3160.475White/Yellow/Green
32##080 Douglas Oh / Victor Larin CAY3.4
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
402:05.66415.1010.785Black
33##47 Albert Lukazik / Patrick Gallagher GT3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
502:06.05515.4920.391Blue/Black
34##22A Jeronimo Guzman GT4.0
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
102:06.85816.2950.803Black/Gold
35##176 James Hamman GT3.8
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche GT3 Cup
102:07.47516.9120.617Green/White/Blue
36##288 Sebastian Coppola F458
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapFerrari 458 Challenge
702:11.87521.3124.400White
37##20 Scott Welliver CAY3.4
Best LapBest TimeDiffGapPorsche Cayman
502:12.54021.9770.665Blue/Orange
Results are not official

The driver of the #42 car Pank (He also is the #2 to the owner of the series and an ex IMSA driver) came over and was asking about the cars and if they were legit 3.6 liter cars. Not so much me but my team mate. He beat the entire field except for one car! Pank turned out to be a really good dude as we had to go to him to show video of the #520 cayman who was driving like a moron. He made a note and told us to talk to the series owner (Ken) which we did. This was done in the most diplomatic way possible and the driver was spoken to. He chopped me twice and my team mate x3. usually we would go talk to the driver and work it out but decided because we were new to the series and doing well lets use the chain of command.

Race 1 I started on the outside of row 6 picked up 2 spots, ran P2 in class P10 overall until the late stages of the race when the 3.8 liter cars passed me and I finished where I started, P2 in class and P12 overall.

Race 2 they gridded us by times and I started P16 and Trinka P6. This time I had x3 3.6 liter cup cars to fight with. Race was good for 4 laps (This series can't seem to do more than 4 laps without carnage) then red flagged due to a nasty roll over heading down into the heel of the boot. Sat on the track for 20 minutes and got going. Missed a shift going up into the esses and got passed by a 3.6 in class for a 3rd place finish. I was pissed at that, but overall pleased with my development in driving the car. Trinka finished P7 - P1 in class and I finished P13 overall and P3 in class.

Sunday morning Trinka and I were scheduled to race the 75 minute enduro with entries from SVRA. About 60 cars. Based on that we had completed test/qual/race 1&2 and the cars were unscathed we decided to sit the enduro out, this is very rare for us not to race but after the smash fest we had witnessed it was the right decision.

Would I race IGT again ? Probably not unless there was more track time and tire money along with fewer cowboys.

Some photo's from the official photographer.

Darius Trink SVRA WGI - Chris Green

Podium race 1 ceremony.

iCloud

Overall racing at WGI is a special event, I'm thankful thank I can do stuff like this.

IGT Race 1
 
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