May 05, 2014

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama At The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Weekend

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama At The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Weekend

Two, 2- Yellow Flag cluttered races, Two P1 starting position races, lead to Two Wins for the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car driven by Michael Lewis.

Race 1:

Michael Lewis fought off a strong challenge from P2 starter Angel Andres Benitez Jr. for the first 14 laps. Lewis was able stay ahead until the chasing No. 5 Formula Motorsport/Avid Motorsport Porsche had a miscue and brought out a Yellow Flag. Benitez Jr. was able to rejoin the field back in P11 leaving Lewis to be followed by Sloan Urry in the No. 20 JDX Racing GT3P car.

Lewis kept the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in front by as much as 4.269 seconds until a Lap 22 Yellow Flag. The Green Flag flew with only enough time for one lap where Michael Lewis was able to score his first Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca "hometrack" career win on Lap 26.

Race 2:

This second race had its first Yellow Flag before the first lap was complete and once again, Angel Andres Benitez Jr. found himself directly behind Lewis at the end of the first lap (after starting from P3). On Lap 4 the Green Flag dropped and over the next 9 laps with the time at the halfway point (22.50 minutes of a 45.00 minute race) Lewis was able to build a 2.640 cushion ahead of Benitez before the No. 05 Formula Motorsport/Avid Motorsport 911 GT3 Cup car got serious and began to reel Michael Lewis in.

On Lap 20 another Yellow Flag flew bunching up the field. Competition Motorsports team-mate David Calvert-Jones (CJ) who started at P7 worked his way up to P5 by this time and the caution period helped to erase a 20 second deficit.

With the race restarting on Lap 22, Angel Benitez Jr. was keeping very close until Lap 26 ... and about 3:00 minutes left ... where he slipped to P9 leaving the No. 14 Kelly-Moss Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup car of Colin Thompson directly behind Lewis for the balance of the race aending on Lap 28. CJ finished the race at P4.

A near double-podium finish for Competition Motorsports still leaves Michael Lewis with a weekend of two wins at a track he only met last four days ago - Bet cya' he's thinking that Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Michael Lewis are a match made in motor sports heaven.

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