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Stavola and LeQueux Split The Stuttgart Cup™ Saturday Races Greenberg Wins Enduro and Both Sprints; Stavola Takes Cayman Enduro, LeQueux Doubles on Sprint Victories PALM BEACH, Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(February 14, 2015) – Mark Greenberg swept all three Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo races at this weekend’s season-opening Palm Beach Grand Prix while Rick Stavola and Dominique LeQueux split The Stuttgart Cup™ races Saturday in the final day of competition at Palm Beach International Raceway. Greenberg, driving his 2009 No. 77 NETTTS/Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, capped a dominating weekend with a solo drive to victory in Saturday afternoon’s featured 90-minute Enduro. That win followed a victory earlier Saturday morning in the weekend’s second 30-minute sprint race. Greenberg also won Friday’s first 30-minute sprint race. In Stuttgart Cup action, LeQueux won both the Friday and Saturday sprint races in his MOMO-themed No. 30 Cayman S prepared by top Porsche prep shop, Goldcrest Motorsports, but Stavola stepped up to take the Enduro victory Saturday afternoon.

Stavola was second in the Friday sprint and third in Saturday’s short race but improved in the Enduro with his own solo drive to first place. Making his Stuttgart Cup debut in the 2014 finale at Sebring with the winning Bodymotion team, Stavola has built a quick record of success that has seen him finish on the podium in each of his first five series races in his No. 22 Cayman S. He garnered a pair of third-place showings at Sebring to go along with his victory and second and third place finishes at Palm Beach.

The Enduro runner-up finishers in both Mission Foods GT3 and the Stuttgart Cup were weekend-best results for three drivers. Debuting Orbit Racing driver Matt Joffe co-drove with Lonnie Pechnik to second in the 90-minute race after solo drives to third place in both sprints in his 2004 No. 99 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Joffe was making his overall auto racing debut this weekend and reached the podium in all three races

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In The Stuttgart Cup™, two-time and reigning champion Bill Riddell co-drove with Joe Sullivan in the yellow No. 139 Cayman S for Enduro runner-up honors. Riddell drove the same car to a second-place finish in the Saturday sprint but the Enduro runner-up was a weekend best for Sullivan, who also finished third in the Friday sprint. Other Mission Foods GT3 drivers to reach the podium included Adam Yunis, who was second in both sprints in his 2013 No. 41 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and Bill Monde, who was third in the Enduro in another 2009 No. 77 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Pechnik pulled double duty in the Enduro, co-driving with both Joffe and Monde. 2015 marks the second full season that The Stuttgart Cup™ and Mission Foods GT3 Cup series will race together. Open to all Porsche Caymans, Boxsters and 996, 997 and GT3 Cup cars, the Palm Beach Grand Prix kicked off a full 2015 schedule for The Stuttgart Cup™ and Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo. The PBIR opener will be followed by 2015 stops to such legendary circuits as Sebring International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Road America, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Road Atlanta and Daytona International Speedway, among other premier race tracks. Showcasing Porsche Caymans and Boxsters, The Stuttgart Cup™ is beginning its fourth year of racing and third full-season of competition this year. Partnering with Mission Foods GT3, which has been a fixture on classic and historic race weekends for the last several seasons, was an ideal collaboration that attracted strong competitor interest and the support of Pirelli Tire in 2014. The Stuttgart Cup™ and the Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo are managed by Americas Cup GT L.L.C. Both series are sprint and endurance race based with The Stuttgart Cup™ open to all Porsche Caymans and Boxsters and Mission Foods GT3 open to all 2000 and later Porsche 911 GT3s and related models. Rules for both series are centered on power to weight ratio. All competing Stuttgart Cup cars must compete with stock make and model engine and transmissions with approved allowances for exhaust and intake modifications. Stuttgart Cup organizers also welcome all competitors with existing race-prepared Caymans or Boxsters to compete with body and engine modifications balanced within series power to weight ratio parameters. All such competitors will not be eligible for championship points or class-designated race wins, but the door is always open to all Cayman and Boxster competitors to get in on the action. Follow The Stuttgart Cup™ on Facebook at The Stuttgart Cup and on Twitter @StuttgartCup. For additional information, a copy of the rules, or questions and inquiries, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.StuttgartCup.com.

Aston Martin reveals the first details of its most potent and uncompromising Vantage to date: the track-inspired Vantage GT3 special edition. With production strictly limited to just 100 examples, the new model combines all of Aston Martin’s learning from its years of sports car competition around the globe to produce its most performance focused road-going Vantage.

Equipped with a new the car weighs in at 100kg less than a standard V12 Vantage S.

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AstonMartinVantageGT3SpecialEdition2015wallpaper03 Comprehensively re-engineered, as well as significantly restyled, the GT3-inspired special edition is lower and wider than any of its siblings in the Vantage family. A broader track – front and rear – brings even more composed cornering thanks to a reduction in lateral load transfer, while the use of Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres provides even more assured handling. Thoroughly equipped with cutting edge motorsport-inspired features, from the extensive use of carbon fibre inside and out to the track-focused aerodynamics pack – which includes a prominent rear wing and pronounced front splitter – the race-derived new Vantage brings more focused and uncompromising capability and styling to a road-going Aston Martin. The aerodynamics package in particular has a profound effect, producing significant downforce to provide even greater levels of grip and stability at higher speeds.

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AstonMartinVantageGT3SpecialEdition2015wallpaper04 Inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful campaigns, this new GT3-derived Vantage has been designed and engineered exclusively at Aston Martin’s Gaydon Headquarters in Warwickshire, England, to be the most overt expression of everything that defines Vantage: an inspirational sports model offering supreme driveability on the road, and uncompromising dynamic performance on track. New flared carbon fibre front wings, carbon fibre bonnet, a lithium ion race-derived battery, carbon-fibre door casings, optional carbon fibre roof, optional weight-saving polycarbonate rear window and rear quarter windows are just a few of the measures which illustrate the engineers’ determination to eliminate mass wherever possible. That determination has paid off, too, as the new car weighs in at only 1,565 kg.

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AstonMartinVantageGT3SpecialEdition2015wallpaper01 Under the skin lie a number of bespoke engineering upgrades, aside from the new 600 PS V12 engine. Magnesium inlet manifolds with revised geometry, a lightweight magnesium torque tube and a full titanium exhaust system with centre outlets are just a few of the features that underline the rigorous re-engineering of this exclusive new Vantage. The car’s interior is comprehensively reworked, too, with a full carbon fibre centre stack and touch-sensitive control array; race-derived carbon fibre sports seats; Alcantara trim and the option of numerous bespoke features courtesy of the brand’s popular personalisation service: Q by Aston Martin.

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AstonMartinVantageGT3SpecialEdition2015wallpaper06 Announcing the arrival of the Vantage GT3 special edition, Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer said: “Motorsport is in our blood at Aston Martin. The Vantage is the car we campaign in top level sports car racing around the world and so it seems only fitting that we offer an exclusive, limited edition Vantage that expertly fuses our motorsport know-how with our road car prowess.” He added: “The Vantage GT3 special edition is an uncompromising example of our design and engineering expertise and I’m sure the 100 owners who secure one of these cars will savour every second behind the wheel; whether on the road or on the track.” The Vantage GT3 special edition will make its public debut on 3rd March at the 85th Geneva International Motor Show (Hall 5, Stand 5253), with first customer deliveries beginning in the third quarter of 2015.

 

                                              

  EFS Combust Fuel Additive Test at Sebring.

                                                                                                                                            

Background: Two amateur Porsche drivers, Scott Leder & Mike Cristo brought their race prepared Porsche Caymans to Sebring January 27th, 2015 thru January 31st, for the weeklong PCA event. These two cars are both late model Caymans and are 100% race cars. Scott’s car (#35) races in GTB1 class, and Mike’s car (#878) races in class I. The cars came off the transporter on Tuesday and began a series of lapping sessions to set the cars up for racing at Sebring. Sebring is one of the longest, oldest, most storied historic tracks in the country. By Thursday, both cars had run numerous laps and went through the customary process of suspension and chassis tuning. Chassis tuning was handled by Bodymotion Racing of Ocean NJ, a well respected builder and tuner of racing Porsches. After chassis modifications were complete, Scott’s Cayman settled into consistent 2:26 lap times. Mike’s Cayman ran consistent laps in the 2:29’s. These lap times represented their best times when not hindered by traffic.

                                                                                                                                           

Results: Friday was test day; the weather was about 10 degrees F warmer than Thursday, mostly sunny, humidity about the same. Each car did a series of laps and again matched the lap times from Thursday. We captured base line performance data from both cars using the sophisticated AIM GPS and data logging system. Speed, braking, acceleration, lateral acceleration, RPM and gear selection can all be monitored and compared to previous lapping results. Data was collected using straight 93 octane fuel.

Saturday was qualifying and race day. Both cars were fueled with 93 octane plus 1 ounce of EFS Combust Power Boost per 5 gallons of fuel. All cars with adaptable ECU’s require a learning curve for the engines to take full advantage of the fuels enhanced characteristics. In the first Saturday session (warm up) with the additive, both cars exhibited incremental gains in performance and slightly quicker lap times. In the second Saturday session (race), both Porsches were taking maximum advantage of the superior fuel. Scott’s Cayman was seeing faster exit speeds through every corner and about 2.5 additional MPH’s at the end of every straight (see graph). Mike’s car was seeing about 3.5 additional MPH’s at the end of every straight (see graph). In sum, Scott’s laps were now in the 2:23 range. Mike was now lapping in the 2:26 range. Saturday was almost identical weather to Friday although about 1 degree warmer. Both cars raced in their respective classes and both drivers earned a podium finish.