Ferriol started the weekend focusing on making the shift from competing at the technical WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in the No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT4 the prior weekend to the No. 5 Moorespeed/GridRival Porsche GT3. Working hard with team Moorespeed, Ferriol made progress throughout the practice sessions to qualify in a hard-fought 3rd position.
Nine laps into Race 1 Ferriol found himself in a position to move into 2nd place. Fighting throughout the remaining twenty-one laps, Ferriol found a steady pace but was unable to move into the lead before the checkered flag. Ferriol finished in 2nd place and collected his 10th podium finish of the season.
Race 2 brought Ferriol his 11th podium out of the 14 races this season after grabbing another 2nd place finish on Sunday. Ferriol now sits in 2nd place overall in the season-long point standings – 47 points away from 1st with two races remaining. Hardpoint Motorsports will compete in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in the season-ending doubleheader at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta as part of the Motul Petit Le Mans event week on Oct. 9-12. The first race of the weekend is Thursday, Oct. 10 with the season finale set for Friday, Oct. 11.
Rob Ferriol – Driver of the No. 5 Moorespeed/GridRival Porsche GT3
RACE 1: “It was a great race. I’m definitely pleased with the finish. Up until today, we struggled a little bit with finding the right set up on the car. Yesterday we were off the pace and put our heads together for qualifying, took a swing at the setup and picked up a ton of time. The strength for us was the long stint. We ran a steady pace, and that really showed at the end.”
RACE 2: “We rolled the dice a little bit and made a change for today’s race. The variable was, we weren’t sure what the track was going to do after the IndyCar race. They put a lot of rubber down, and we weren’t sure what that was going to do for us. We had a lot of unknowns that we were faced with and the car gave us what she gave us. Second was what we had. I drove 30 laps as hard as I could. We can be happy with the podium and happy with the 2nd place and still be upset that we missed the win at the same time.”
Source. Hardpoint Motorsports