More than 180 Porsches competed in crisp, fall-like weather during the 25th The Road America Challenge (TRAC) Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing event at Elkhart Lake’s iconic Road America road course over the weekend.
The annual Labor Day weekend event was highlighted by the third and final race for the 2017 Pirelli Triple Trofeo Championship. These competitive GTB1 class drivers had no problem on the high-speed Road America track.
On Sunday afternoon in Sprint 2, Sebastien Juneau took first place with Carlos Gomez following right on his bumper. Juneau races his No. 620 GTB1 entry alongside his dad, Benoit Juneau, in the same class. Gomez came in second with Isringhausen Motorsports’ Kevin Maxim behind him in third in his No. 180 entry.
“It was crazy out there – the very beginning was really, really tight,” said Maxim. “A lot of good racing. It was a blast – the best finish I’ve ever had.”
Maxim followed up with a second-place finish in the 90-minute enduro race Monday afternoon. Gomez gained a first-place podium and Mo Dadkhah came in third in his No. 501 entry after narrowly missing the podium the previous day.
“Road America was our first race weekend of the year – we had transponder issues and had to start in the back, but Sprint 2 was one of the best races I’ve ever had,” Dadkhah said. “I ended up passing around 15 cars after starting from the back.
“This is my favorite weekend of the year – my favorite place to be. I used to come up to Road America when my dad was racing and I love this place.”
The action didn’t stop with the GTB1 class. Dozens of drivers competed in the GTC3, 4, 5 and 6 classes at TRAC as well. Several competitors – including Anthony Llopiz, John Goetz, Rafael Llopiz and Grady Willingham, saw double podiums for Sprint 2 and the enduro this weekend.
During the yellow group enduro race on Monday, SpeedSport Tuning’s Andrew Marks went from starting in the very back in position 52 (following an issue in Sprint 2) all the way to position 27 in his No. 88 GTC6 entry.
Marks’ bold racing moves earned him the coveted Worker’s Choice Award.
The TRAC event is always a popular weekend for PCA members’ families and friends. Around 250 people enjoyed a delicious dinner and party at Siebkens Resort Saturday evening. This annual tradition, organized by the Chicago PCA Region, allows competitors and families to get to know one another better and meet new friends.
The winners of the 2017 Pirelli Triple Trofeo Championship will be honored at the PCA Club Racing Championship Banquet at Sebring International Raceway on Feb. 1, 2018.
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