WILSON DOUBLES UP IN GTS AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
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WILSON DOUBLES UP IN GTS AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK

Kris Wilson, of Monument, Colo., driving the No. 07 TRG-AMR Orion/Royal Purple/PassTime USA Aston Martin Vantage GT4 returned to the top step of the podium in GTS Round 6 race at the MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche, part of the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama weekend. It is Wilson's second consecutive win and third win of this season in Pirelli World Challenge GTS.

For the Round 6 race and the standing start, the front row consisted of the No. 73 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman of Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, Ga. Next to Baldwin on the front row was Wilson. Behind them was Ben Clucas, of Northampton, England driving the No. 36 Kinetic Motorsports DonorsChoose.org Kia Optima. Next to Clucas on row two was Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., driving the No. 32 Phoenix Motorsports/Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang Boss 302.

Off of the start, Baldwin took the lead into turn one of the 2.38 mile, 17-turn road course. By turn eight of the first lap, Wilson made a bold move to take over the lead from Baldwin with Clucas pursuing them in third Another driver on the move was Kurt Rezzetano, of Phoenixville, Pa. in the No. 37 Phoenix Motorsports/Calvert Dynamics Ford Mustang Boss 302 who had moved up from his starting position of 5th after Baldwin's Porsche suffered a transmission failure on lap two which resulted in his retirement from the race. The No. 73 slowed to a stop in turn four which brought out the first caution of the race.

The top five for the restart on lap five were Wilson, Aquilante, Clucas, Rezzetano, and Mark Wilkins, of Toronto, ON, in the No. 38 Kinetic Motorsports PutOnTheBrakes.org Kia Optima. Wilson took command of the lead once again thwarting a challenge from Rezzetano. However, after the restart, Rezzetano was penalized for crossing an out of bounds white line on the track which resulted in a drive through penalty. This moved Dean Martin, of Westland, Mich., in the No. 50 Picture Cars East Ford Mustang 302 into fifth at this point.

The next five laps were fairly calm at the front until Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas, TX, in the No. 28 LG Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4 made a pass for fifth over Martin. Earlier, Gigliotti had passed Lawson Aschenbach, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. in the No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Z28 and was awarded the Invisible Clean Pass of the Race Award.

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