SEMA eNews Vol. 16, No. 33, August 15, 2013

Racing News: NASCAR Back at Irwindale Speedway

Compiled by SEMA Editors

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No. 17 Mike Johnson is back a few markers at 206 points.
   

NASCAR Back at Irwindale Speedway
The Lucas Oil Late Models will run the sixth of their nine-race 2013 series with only six points separating No. 48 Ryan Partridge from No. 90 Toni McCray. Partridge holds 242 points and McCray has 236. No. 17 Mike Johnson is back a few markers at 206.

Rookie Andrew Porter, No. 7, is fourth in points at 200, with No. 57 William Helgeson rounding out the top five with 194 racing points. No. 62 Darren Cheek will be evident on Saturday night when he leads the Progressive Painting Race Trucks into the race carrying a 22-point lead (182 to 160) over No. 40 Ken Michaelian. No. 17 Ken Brown is only four points out of second at 156, and neighbors No. 99 Todd Cameron and No. 34 Dennis Arena are hanging close at 150 and 148 points respectively. This race will be the fifth in this year's eight-race series for the pickemuptrucks.

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Currently, the Alessi/Keilwitz Callaway Competition team is in second place in the ADAC GT Masters Drivers’ Championship points standings, just one point behind first place.
   

Callaway Competition Two-for-Two at Red Bull Ring
Callaway Competition won both ADAC GT Masters races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, last weekend. On Friday, the Diego Alessi/Daniel Keilwitz Corvette Z06.R GT3 team qualified in Pole Position for the Saturday race—Alessi’s 15th pole in the series. Callaway Competition’s Wirth/Hohenadel Callaway team qualified second. Then, in the second qualifying session, the Alessi/Keilwitz team qualified second for Sunday’s race, just 0.145 seconds behind the first place Ford GT GT3.

On Saturday, the Callaway Competition Diego Alessi/Daniel Keilwitz team started the race on the Pole and, except for the mid-race pit stop transition, stayed in the lead, ahead of Kechele and Schwager’s Ford GT GT3 and the Porsche 911 GT3 team of Farnbacher and Frommenwiler. Alessi also turned in the quickest lap time of the event, 1:31.289.

Except for the first quarter-mile, Callaway’s Alessi and Keilwitz Corvette team led the entire Sunday race. In the Gentlemen classification, first place went to Callaway Competition’s Z06.R GT3 of Remo Lips and Lennart Marioneck just ahead of two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs.

Currently, the Alessi/Keilwitz Callaway Competition team is in second place in the ADAC GT Masters Drivers’ Championship points standings, just one point behind first place. Callaway drivers Lips and Toni Seiler are in third and fourth place, respectively, in the Gentlemen Classification. Callaway Competition is in fourth place in the Teams’ Championship, one point behind third place.

Next on the schedule for Callaway Competition is the ADAC GT Masters race weekend at Lausitzring, August 30–September 1, in Klettwitz, Germany.

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Italian driver Pier Acerni retained his crown last weekend in the second-annual King of The Valleys ULTRA4 race held at Walters Arena in Wales, United Kingdom.
   

Acerni Repeats ULTRA4 Win at UK's 2013 King of The Valleys
More than 40 teams from nine countries competed last weekend in the second-annual King of The Valleys ULTRA4 race held at Walters Arena in Wales, United Kingdom. Ultimately, after three days of competition that saw drivers navigating through winding technical rally roads, battling waist-deep mud bogs and scaling extreme rock obstacles, it was the Italian driver Pier Acerni who retained his crown for another year. Once Acerni took hold of the lead, he never looked back. He would finish the entire event nearly 26 minutes ahead of Stephane Zosso in second, followed by Levi Shirley in third.
 
The top five teams hailed from five separate countries: Italy, Switzerland, United States, United Kingdom and Malta respectively. The next ULTRA4 Racing event in Europe is the King of Portugal, which is scheduled to take place September 13–14, in in Trás-os-Monte, Portugal. More than 30 ULTRA4 teams are already registered for the inaugural event. The winners of both King of The Valleys and King of Portugal will be qualified and invited to compete in the 2014 Griffin King of The Hammers Presented by Nitto Tire, February 7, 2014, in Johnson Valley, California. 

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