UDELL, GMG TAKE VICTORY SWEEP AT ROAD AMERICA
Making a big step toward his championship aim in the Pirelli World Challenge GT-Cup category, Global Motorsports Group’s (GMG) Alec Udell took a commanding victory sweep during this past weekend’s 11th and 12th rounds at the scenic Road America circuit. Entering the weekend in a tie with championship contender Sloan Urry, Udell managed to take pole position, led every lap, set fastest race lap, and ultimately take victory in both events. Completing the team’s incredible weekend, team returnee Alex Welch would also show well with two consecutive fourth-place finishes in the GT-Cup category, and team owner James Sofronas would have one of his strongest showings of the year with a top-10 in the premier GT category.
“What an incredible weekend,” stated team owner and driver James Sofronas. “We all knew how important this weekend was for Alec, and he delivered an absolutely perfect performance. We’ve all been working hard on finding every bit of speed we can in our Porsches, and it’s really showing. Alec seemed to be in his own category this weekend, and it was huge for his championship hopes. There’s still a long way to go but this was definitely the kind of weekend we all needed. Alex Welch did a great job coming back this weekend, and he showed incredible pace. The top guys in GT-Cup are very young and extremely fast, and the fact he was right with them is a great testament to how far he’s come. Additionally, I’m pretty happy with my own performance as well. Another top-10 was a great testament to the quality of our car and crew with this new GT3 R, and we’re already focused toward the next race at Mid-Ohio.”
Driving the No. 17 Euroworld Motorsports / Panther Pipeline / Amsource Capital Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Alec Udell came in to the weekend knowing that victory would be critical for his championship hopes, and similarly that any mistakes could be incredibly costly. Throughout practice at the scenic Wisconsin circuit, the Texas native showed impressive pace, and after qualifying on pole for Saturday’s Race One, it was clear it was his race to control.
When Saturday’s green flag dropped, Alec was immediately on pace, taking the lead in to Turn One and never looking back. As the 50-minute race continued on, the 20-year old never faced any real challenges, managing his tires as the race unfolded and officially taking the victory by over six seconds.
For Sunday’s Race Two, a fairly similar outcome would be on display. While an early caution period would keep the field close for the opening half of the event, once the race resumed Alec would slowly build a gap over the field behind him, eventually taking victory by over eight seconds.
The weekend now puts Udell in to the championship lead with a total of seven victories on the season, however the Clemson University engineering student is aware there are still several races to go in his championship quest.
“This was the exact kind of weekend we needed,” stated Udell. “Everything just clicked for us. We found a setup that has really worked, and we’re really pleased with the progress we’ve made. Having a weekend like this is obviously a team effort, and it starts with folks like my Crew Chief Neville, and of course James, and carries on to every member of the crew. This championship really rewards winning, but it also really penalizes mistakes so we can never be too comfortable. There are still seven races to go, so we have to approach it one race at a time, starting with the next one at Mid-Ohio.”
With over a month off, all attention now turns to another classic road course, the famed Mid-Ohio circuit in Lexington, Ohio. Race One will take place on Friday, July 29, with Race Two taking place the next day. The team will have more to announce as we get closer to the event.