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Road Atlanta: Porsche race report

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Road Atlanta: Porsche race report
Oct 7, 2009, 2:29 AM

TWO 911 GT3 CUP RACERS FINISH IN TOP FIVE AS PORSCHE CLOSES IN SPEED WORLD CHALLENGE MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP BRASELTON, Georgia -- Sept. 25, 2009 - Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., got a great launch at the start in his all-wheel drive No. 8 ...

TWO 911 GT3 CUP RACERS FINISH IN TOP FIVE AS PORSCHE CLOSES IN SPEED WORLD CHALLENGE MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP

BRASELTON, Georgia -- Sept. 25, 2009 - Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., got a great launch at the start in his all-wheel drive No. 8 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 and never looked back, but some smart driving from the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries put Porsche in the drivers seat for the year-end manufacturers title.

Tony Rivera, of Missouri City, Texas - last year's IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Gold Cup champion - who finished fourth, was engaged in an epic side-by-side battle with NASCAR star Boris Said, of Carlsbad, Calif., in a Mustang Cobra. Both drivers swapped paint several times before Rivera finally got a run on Said coming down the hill in Turn 12 and made itstick. This move earned Rivera the AutoWeek Move of the Race.

With four laps remaining, James Sofronas, from Newport Beach, Calif., in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, made a late race pass on Said to finish fifth, while Said finished sixth.

Brandon Davis with his Mustang continues to lead the World Challenge GT Drivers' Championship, with 919 points. He is followed by Rivera (857) and Sofronas (805). Porsche continues to leadin the Manufacturers' Championship Presented by RACER Magazine. Porsche has 58 points, Ford 49, Volvo 41, Chevrolet 40, and Viper 18.

Friday's SCCA Pro Racing SPEED WorldChallenge GT Toyo Tires Road Atlanta Grand Prix Presented by Dish Network willair Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. (EST). The series next heads west to MazdaRaceway Laguna Seca for the season finale, Oct. 9-11.

-credit: porsche

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Series SRO America
Drivers Boris Said , Andy Pilgrim , Tony Rivera , James Sofronas , Brandon Davis