UDELL TAKES COMMANDING VICTORY SWEEP IN ALABAMA
Continuing his pursuit of the Pirelli World Challenge’s GT-Cup category championship, Global Motorsport Group’s (GMG) Alec Udell took a commanding victory sweep during both rounds of this past weekend’s events at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Taking pole, leading every lap, and crossing the finish line in first, the 20-year old took a demonstrable series of victories in the No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to narrow his championship hunt to just six points.
“This weekend was incredible,” stated the Clemson University engineering student. “We came in to the weekend knowing we had a fast car, but with this type of racing you never really know what to expect. From the first session we knew we had a real shot at turning things around, and we did just that. It was an amazing weekend, I don’t know what to say. I can’t thank everyone at GMG enough, it was an absolute team effort and I’m happy we were able to deliver for all the guys here. Obviously we couldn’t have been here without all of our partners at Euroworld Motorsports, M Performance, Panther Pipeline and Amsource Capital, and today’s victory was a real tribute to them.”
Qualifying on pole position for Saturday’s Race One, Udell’s strong pace throughout practice gave hint that his primary objective would be getting through the opening laps cleanly, with his speed being able to manage the race from there. Focusing on a mistake-free run, the Woodlands, Texas native did just that, taking the lead in to the first turn and simply never looking back. Managing his time, an extended yellow throughout the mid-portion of the race would allow the field to re-catch, however Alec’s pace was unrelenting and he was able to re-build a gap as the laps went on. As the 50-minute race came to an end, Udell’s form was unchallenged as he took the checkered flag in commanding form.
Setting the fastest lap in Race One, Udell would find himself on pole yet again for Sunday’s Race Two. Once again making a clean start to lead the opening lap, Alec would have the pace under his control, managing his tires in case of a late-race yellow that never came, eventually grabbing his second victory in succession.
With a four-week break until the next event at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Canada, the team will turn all attention toward keeping up the momentum of the No. 17 machine for the seventh and eighth rounds of the series. Official practice will begin on Friday, May 20, with the race’s double-header taking place that Saturday and Sunday.