Udell Continues GMG Podium Streak in Mid-Ohio Race Two
LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 4, 2015)- Following a breakthrough victory less than 24 hours earlier, Global Motorsports Group’s (GMG) Alec Udell would continue his podium streak through Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge Race Two at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the 15th and 13th rounds of the GT and GT Cup categories, respectively. James Sofronas, the team’s lone entrant in the GT category, would fail to finish due to electrical issues.
“It was a great end to the weekend, I’m very happy with our results,” stated Udell. “Saturday’s race speaks for itself, but we were in the hunt for the win all race long on Sunday, and even if we didn’t finish first we proved we consistently had the pace. This was a fantastic weekend for me and the whole team, I can’t thank everyone at GMG enough for helping to make this happen and, of course, the massive outpouring of support from everyone towards me and my family.”
Driving the No. 17 Porsche 911 GT Cup 991, the 19-year-old would start from the front row for the second time in succession coming off a stellar victory during Saturday’s Race One. With championship leader Colin Thompson making a good start, Alec would tuck behind in strong pursuit with the two young drivers immediately building a gap over the field to the rear of them.
With the two setting similar lap times throughout the 50-minute race, Alec would chase Thompson down all race long, however, with the two at a matched pace, opportunities for the Woodlands, Texas, native to pass were slim. The two would enjoy a spirited run with Alec finishing second.
The podium finish would continue an impressive 2015 streak for Udell in which he’s finished on the podium in all but one race that he’s started.
Carrying the banner for the GT category, James Sofronas would also take part in the No. 14 Mobil 1 / The Thermal Club / Spyder Audi R8 LMS ultra. Making a fantastic start in which he gained three positions in just a matter of a few turns, the Villa Park, California resident would suffer electrical issues halfway through his race, being forced to retire for the first time this year.
“It’s disappointing to have a DNF, but considering how bulletproof the Audi has been, it’s nothing we’re too concerned with,” stated Sofronas. “I really enjoyed the start of the race. Going wheel-to-wheel with an old friend like Bret Curtis was a lot of fun, and at a place like Mid-Ohio you can be satisfied any time you can make a pass. Most importantly, I’m happy to see the continued progress of Alec, he was really pushing Colin all race long! We only have a couple of events left, but we’re going to make the most of it, I’m excited for the rest of the year.”
While GMG will have to miss the next event at Miller Motorsports Park, the team will be back to Pirelli World Challenge action in just four weeks’ time competing at the Sonoma Grand Prix in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County, the penultimate round of the Pirelli World Challenge.