SportsCar Championship
Kinetic wins Long Beach, makes it three in a row
They just keep on winning and winning: The No. 67 Kinetic Racing Porsche wins Long Beach benefiting from heartbreak for race leaders MAD Sim Racing on the penultimate lap
April 14, 202308:45 PM GMT 200 Views
Photo: © 2023 / Benjamin Fischer

VR7UAL Pole, Fastest Lap and Victory - it was another crushing performance by Kinetic Racing as they continue to dominate the GTD class in the 2023 season so far, racking up wins at Daytona, Sebring and Long Beach.

But there is another side of this story. For a long time, it looked like the No. 393 Mercedes of MAD Sim Racing, who narrowly lost the win to Kinetic at Daytona , in a nail-biting photo finish, would finally break through for their first win of the season.

But then once again, heartbreak struck the Mooresville, North Carolina based team and driver Patrick Fogel. Leading with two laps to go, a mechanical issue on his Mercedes AMG GT3 prevented Fogel from continuing. So the Lewisville, Pennsylvania native could do nothing but watch on as the No. 67 Porsche of Kinetic Racing passed on by and won the race.

“To be honest, I still can’t believe it. We’ve not had technical issues like that in ages, and for it to happen at that point, that’s just heartbreaking man. The last 25 minutes of the race were very intense for me. Aedan in the 67 kept up with us and was ready to pounce on any mistake. But I felt like we did a real good job staying ahead. I thought we finally had the Kinetic guys beat. It’s tough, but what can you do?”, a visibly dejected Patrick Fogel said after the race.

Aedan Campbell, driver of the No. 67 Porsche said in victory lane: “The 393 guys ran a great race. I’m really sorry to see that happen to them, they had great pace. We just got lucky, but we’ll take it.”

The No. 393 Mercedes ended up 14th officially, two laps down.

Screeching Moose Motorsports and their No. 5 Mercedes team bounced back from their own heart breaker at Sebring two weeks ago, to claim second place. Lukas Santos and Philip Forrester crossed the line less than eight seconds behind race-winners Kinetic Racing and keep on climbing up the standings in the series.

The No. 151 World Of SimRacing Team BMW M4 GT3 with Spanish drivers duo Adrian Subiela and Saul Sanchez Flores completed the podium.

Nicholas Johnston and Tyler Tucker earned the first top-five and top-ten finish for the No. 119 Lamborghini team of Trading Paints Racing, by claiming P4.

Champion Motorsports and the No. 78 BMW M4 GT3 with drivers Marc Johnson and Brett Stephens completed the top-five finishers at Long Beach. For the No. 78 BMW team it was also the first top-five of the season and their second consecutive top-ten.

Three-time VSCA SportsCar Championship race winners Torque Freak Racing and their No. 6 Lamborghini finished in sixth place after leading six laps - not quite as good as their P3 finish at Sebring, but still easily their second-best result of the year so far.

Full Send Racing with David Sluiter and Carl Felver finished seventh in their No. 94 BMW as they continue to climb the series standings after finishing P23 at Daytona in January, P15 at Sebring and now garnering their first top-ten of the season at Long Beach.

HAC Racing’s No. 111 Lamborghini with drivers Christophe Demay and Jack Stawowczyk claimed P8, making it three Lamborghini in the top ten at the first street course race of the season.

Rounding out the top ten were the No. 30 Firestorm Porsche and No. 974 Ferrari of Nerd Herd Racing.

In total, the GTD class race saw six lead changes among the No. 67 Porsche, No. 393 Mercedes and No. 6 Lamborghini. Race winners Kinetic Racing led a race-high 39 laps en route to their third win of the season.

Kinetic Racing in firm control of GTD championship

Putting the competition at distance by way of a 121-point margin, Kinetic Racing and their No. 67 Porsche team hold a firm grip on the points lead in the GTD class championship.

The No. 5 Screeching Moose Motorsports Mercedes inherits second place in the championship, with the No. 151 BMW of World Of SimRacing Team in third, 180 points out of the lead.

Dropping all the way down to fourth, because of their heartbreaking bad luck at Long Beach, is the No. 393 Mercedes of MAD Sim Racing.

Torque Freak Racing are keeping tabs on the front runners by sitting in fifth place at 186 points out of the lead.

Sprint Cup Standings see Kinetic on top

Long Beach was also the first Sprint Cup race of the season, which means race winners Kinetic Racing are now at the top of the in-series championship that features the seven short races of the season.

At a 30-point margin, the No. 5 Mercedes of Screeching Moose Motorsports is second and the No. 78 BMW of Champion Motorsports is third, at a 90-point gap to the leaders.

Next up: Laguna Seca

The VSCA SportsCar Championship stays in California and next travels to Laguna Seca for the Monterey Sports Car Challenge on May 6th, for Round 4 of the 2023 season.

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