Beretta Wins in GT at Long Beach
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Beretta Wins in GT at Long Beach
Olivier Beretta, of Monte Carlo, won the Round 5 GT Streets of Long Beach race, at the Pirelli World Challenge 'Roar by the Shore' presented by Replay XD, part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Michael Lewis, of Laguna Beach, CA won in GTA, while Colin Thompson, of Doylestown, PA, won in the GT Cup presented by MOMO class. For Beretta, it is his third win of the 2015 season. Lewis and Thompson each scored their fourth wins of the season.

From the standing start, pole-sitter Beretta, in the No. 61 Ferrari of Ontario/Toronto/Alberta R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia took the lead into turn 1. Johnny O'Connell, of Flowery Branch, GA, in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-V R GT3, who started third, passed second-on-the-grid Kevin Estre, of Lochau, Austria, in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3. Ryan Dalziel, of Windermere, FL, who started fourth in the EFFORT Racing/World PMO Porsche 911 GT3R tucked in behind coming out of turn 1. Lewis, in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3R led in GTA.

Behind the leaders, Bret Curtis, of Austin, TX, in the No. 32 Turner Motorsports/SPECTRA Resources Corp/United Steel Supply/Valspar Paint BMW E89 Z4 GT3 stalled and his car remained wounded on the front straight bringing out a full-course yellow.

In GT Cup, Thompson, in the No. 11 Porsche of Bucks County/Penn Valley Constructors/Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes/Austin Hatcher Foundation Kelly-Moss Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup maintained his position from pole in class as the race went yellow off of the start due to the stalled car of Curtis.

Off of the lap 2 restart, Beretta lead O'Connell, while Dalziel got around Estre for third. Ryan Eversley, of Atlanta, GA, in the No. 43 RealTime/Acura Motorsports/HPD Acura TLX-GT following in behind in fifth. Behind the leaders, contact between the No. 05 of Bryan Heitkotter, of Fresno, CA, and the No. 20 Bentley/Breitling/Mobil1 Team Bentley Dyson Racing Bentley Continental GT3 of Butch Leitzinger, of Rebersburg, PA coming out of turn 5 resulted in a damaged No. 20 car sitting on the track bringing out a full-course yellow. The incident resulted in a drive through penalty for Heitkotter.

In GTA, Lewis maintained his lead ahead of Martin Fuentes, of Mexico City, MX in the No. 07 Hublot/Samsung/Under Armour/Telcel Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia. Lewis sat 7th overall in GT with Fuentes 8th.
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