World Challenge Battles Head To Sonoma
SONOMA, Calif. – The Pirelli World Challenge heads to Sonoma Raceway this weekend for the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sonoma.
The west coast swing is the second-to-last race weekend of the 2013 season for the near 70 cars entered across GT, GTS, Touring Car and Touring Car B-Spec classes.
Round 13 for GT and GTS and rounds 11 and 12 for TC and TCB will have substantial championship implications and three of the four class leads have the potential to change hands this weekend. In two classes, GT and TCB, the points gaps are just 13 and two, respectively, between the first and second place drivers.
Sonoma marks Pirelli World Challenge’s second trip to California this year, as GT and GTS also raced at Long Beach in April. That combined race was drama-filled in both classes; and at Sonoma, a track where many series teams and drivers have prior experience, expect more of the same this weekend.
Mid-Ohio shook up the title chase in Pirelli World Challenge GT. Two pivotal third-place finishes moved James Sofronas back within 13 points of the class lead (1278-1265) in the No. 14 GMG/Swisher Racing/Mobil 1 Audi R8 LMS. Sofronas was able to capitalize on points leader Johnny O’Connell’s earlier demise this season at Long Beach, as he secured his second of three wins this season, and he will surely pounce again if given the opportunity at Sonoma. Sofronas didn’t race at Sonoma a year ago but will no doubt be keen to keep pushing and regain the title lead this weekend.