Benitez Hangs On For GT3 Cup Glory
“The first couple laps were great until I got passed by Ashley (Freiberg) and once (Angel) Benitez Jr. passed me they left me and I was still trying to figure out what the track was like in the dry,” Snow said. “But I got third and that’s good for the points standings.”second gap was built between the top two and the rest of the drivers.
Less then one second separated fourth through sixth place as Miles Maroney and Colin Thompson battled with Michael Mills for the entire second half of the race. Mills with EFFORT Racing ultimately took the fourth-place finish and turned his fastest time on Lap 20. The EFFORT Racing driver climbed an incredible eight positions throughout the race, starting at 12th. His passing skills led to ownership of the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for the 100th race.
Maroney with TruSpeed Motorsports and Thompson of Thompson Racing both turned their quickest laps on the final time around the track, fighting until the bitter end.
Michael Levitas didn’t make the top step of the podium for the first time this season, and instead it was MGM Racing’s John Goetz who finished first in the Gold Cup category. The 100th race was his first win of the season and he placed 20th overall.
“It was a little dicey at the start but I was fortunate enough to get through it,” Goetz said. “I had some luck when the leader had a bit of car trouble, but it was a great day and a fun event.”
Despite taking second, Levitas turned a new track record with a time of 1:59.594. David Williams, second in the Gold Cup standings, earned a third-place finish.
“We had a great car but had a bit of a fuel pump issue and just had to nurse it along and keep the engine alive but it was a great race and TPC Racing is just proud to have Porsche of Townson as their title sponsor and to pull off a second place is amazing in itself,” Levitas said.
Levitas’ teammate David Williams, second in the Gold Cup standings, earned a third-place finish.