DAVISON SCORES FIRST CAREER PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE VICTORY
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DAVISON SCORES FIRST CAREER PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE VICTORY

Pole sitter JD Davison, of St. Petersburg, FL in the No. 33 Always Evolving / ReplayXD / Nissan Nismo Nissan GT-R GT3 scored a flag-to-flag victory in Round 6 of the Pirelli World Challenge GT class in the MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche. Martin Fuentes of Mexico City, Mexico driving the No. 07 Scuderia Corsa Hublot / Samsung Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia took the win in GTA, while Colin Thompson of Doylestown, PA piloting the No. 11 Kelly-Moss Motorsports Porsche of Bucks County / PenVal Porsche 911 GT3 Cup was a victor in the GT Cup presented by MOMO class. For Davison, it was his first career Pirelli World Challenge win and the first win for Nissan in the GT class.

The 50-minute race held under partly cloudy skies and 70 degree temperatures started with a double file, rolling start. Davison was able to take the lead over the field. He was closely followed from the start and throughout the race by Nicky Catsburg, of Voorthuizen, Netherlands, in the No. 25 Blancpain Racing Lamborghini Gallardo R_EX. The duo of Davison and Catsburg were also followed off the start and as the race continued by Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C. driving the No. 2 CRP Racing DeVilbiss/Hawk Performance Audi R8 LMS Ultra.

After the clean get away by most of the field (Walt Bowlin, of Tarpon Springs, Fla. in the No. 23 M1 Racing Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Centers Audi R8 LMS Ultra had contact on the start and had to retire), the pack settled into the race.

After five laps the GT order was Davison, Catsburg, Skeen, Michael Lewis, of Laguna Beach, Calif., in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing / Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3R, and GT points leader coming into the weekend, Olivier Beretta, of Monte Carlo, Monaco driving the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari Ontario-Toronto-Alberta Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia. In GTA, Frank Montecalvo, of Highlands, N.J., in the No. 66 Bayshore Racing DragonSpeed Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3 started from class pole and led over Henrique Cisneros, of Miami, Fla. in the No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia. Montecalvo was 8th overall in the race with Cisneros 14th overall. Henrik Hedman, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, was third in class and 16th overall in the No. 10 DragonSpeed Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3.


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