UDELL, GMG CONTINUE WINNING STREAK IN CANADA
Continuing a faultless 2016 Pirelli World Challenge season in which he’s scored a podium in every race, Global Motorsports Group’s (GMG) Alec Udell took his third consecutive victory during this weekend’s seventh round at the scenic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada. Following his performance up with yet another podium the next day, Udell has now assumed the GT-Cup championship lead in a hotly contested title fight. Additionally, drivers Brent Holden and Colin Braun would also represent the team in the inaugural SprintX event, taking podium finishes in both races.
“What an incredible weekend,” stated GMG team owner James Sofronas. “To walk away with a win and four podiums in one weekend is such an amazing testament to our drivers and crew, I couldn’t be happier. I unfortunately had a schedule conflict that kept me out of being there, but the fact that this team was able to take the reigns and perform on all levels is a testament to the quality and independence of every member of this team. Alec, as always, was remarkable. This particular track is always treacherous, and he didn’t put a foot wrong. Competing against a track ‘regular’ is particularly tough out there, and he drove with incredible patience all weekend. It’s going to be a great fight for the championship and it’s great to see him at the top of his game. The debut for the SprintX series was as smooth as we could have asked for, and I think we can all feel satisfied with our podiums. Brent and Colin knew that patience was the key, and they delivered just that. It’s a busy week as we get ready for Lime Rock, but I couldn’t be more fortunate to have such a great group of guys making this whole effort happen.”
Driving the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsport / Amsource Capital / Panther Pipeline Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Alec Udell came in to the weekend as part of a hotly contested GT-Cup championship with title-rival Sloan Urry. With the Pirelli World Challenge points system putting a premium on pole positions and wins, the 20-year old came in to the weekend with a single focus on winning.
Adding to the mix would be local driver Chris Green, who is a regular competitor in the Canadian Porsche GT3 Cup ranks. A driver with countless miles at the Canadian circuit, Green was an instant threat to the series-regulars, with Alec the only driver who was able to consistently challenge him despite limited experience at the track.
During Saturday’s Race One, Udell and Green would be engaged in an incredible fight thoughout the event, with Alec giving constant charge to keep the pressure on Green. Understanding the championship implications of clashing with a driver who isn’t full-time in the series, Alec had to balance his aggression with avoiding unnecessary risk, which played out perfectly at the halfway point when Green would encounter trouble. With Green pulling off the road due to a mechanical mishap, Alec would inherit the lead for the second half of the race, never looking back en route to his third victory in succession, re-gaining the point lead in the process.
Heading in to Saturday’s Race Two, Udell and Green were actually tied in their quest for setting the pole position, however Green would start first on a tie-breaker. Continuing the theme from Race One, Alec stayed glued to the back of his challenger throughout the first half of the race, trying to keep pressure mounted while avoiding anything that could compromise his championship. Unfortunately Green managed to keep him at bay, and with bigger-picture thinking in mind, Alec slowly resigned himself to second to maintain his championship lead, where he would finish. It would continue a podium streak that has dated back to Road America in June of 2015.
“Overall I’m pretty happy with the weekend,” stated the Clemson University Engineering student. “100% of our focus is on this championship, and this was exactly the kind of weekend we needed. Chris was a really tough competitor, and I didn’t want to do anything that could jeopardize what we were working toward, but it was a great fight regardless. A win and a second-place is all we could have asked for, and we’re already turning our attention to Lime Rock since it’s only days away. Thanks to everyone at GMG for the continued support, they really made this happen, and of course all of our partners at Euroworld Motorsports, Amsource, and Panther Pipeline.”