Motul, Proud Partner of the Pirelli World Challenge
Pomona, CA - Three weekends ago from June 22-24, the Pirelli World Challenge Championships series headed to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, just east of Toronto, for the Motul CTMP Grand Prix presented by Optima Batteries. The summit of the auto racing pyramid and organized by the famous SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) organization, the series consists of four classes (GT, GTS, TC and TCB) and has a uniquely diverse line-up of top, world-wide automotive brands racing: Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette, Audi, Volvo, Cadillac, Honda, VW, Kia, Nissan, Ford, Acura, BMW, Mazda, Fiat and Mini are represented. With competitors making impressive and exciting overtaking maneuvers, the series' use of the marketing term Sportscar Wars is apt.
Since the beginning of the 2012 season, Motul has been an official partner of the championship (official lubricant and brake fluid) and enjoys good visibility on TV broadcasts on NBC Sports Network thanks in particular to the Motul logo decal and badge on all the championship cars and drivers, a featured turn with the brand colours (Motul Braking Zone), the inclusion of the logo in the driver running order and highlighting of the pole setters (Motul Pole award). Motul also offers bonuses to the best drivers using its products.
After an alternation of wins by Porsche (Lawson Aschenbach and Patrick Long) and Cadillac (Andy Pilgrim and Johnny O'Connell) in the first few races of 2012, the Volvo S60s of K-Pax Racing driven by Randy Pobst and Alex Figge did well at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by clinching a solid first and second respectively in the GT class. At Detroit, O'Connell swept both GT races and at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, CRP Racing's Mike Skeen swept both races in his Corvette.
In GTS, Andy Lee, in the Best IT Chevrolet Camaro, Peter Cunningham in the RealTime Acura TSX, and Jack Baldwin (Motul is the technical partner for his Hot Wheels Porsche Cayman) are one, two and three in the battle for the overall Drivers' Championship in the class.
In TC, Michael Cooper, in the MazdaSpeed3 leads the Drivers' Championship, while Todd Lamb and Ryan Winchester, in the Honda Civics of Team Compass360 (which has been trusting Motul for several years) are second and third respectively.
In TCB, Jonathan Start leads the Drivers' Championship in the Fiat 500, while Craig Capaldi, in the Ford Fiesta, is a close second, and Andre Rapone in the Honda Fit is third.
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