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Thompson Takes GT3 Cup Point Lead To Lime Rock Park
Posted by: newsla on May 20, 2014 - 02:48 PM
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Thompson Takes GT3 Cup Point Lead To Lime Rock Park


Colin Thompson rolls into Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Championship lead. The 20-year old is on a mission to extend his six-point lead in Rounds Five and Six while also searching for his elusive first GT3 Cup victory.

 

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Though the GT3 Cup USA hasn't races at Lime Rock Park since 2011, Thompson is no stranger to the classic road course. The Pennsylvania native took his first Skip Barber Racing School at Lime Rock Park at the age of 15 and went on to tally strong results in various feeder series, including a track record in Formula Ford.

“Lime Rock is a fantastic track,” Thompson said. “I always tell people it’s easy to go fast there, but it’s difficult to go really fast. That last little bit of time that can make the difference is always hard to find.”

It’s also difficult to find a place to rest at Lime Rock. The 1.5-mile road course is the shortest on the GT3 Cup schedule, giving drivers little time to catch their breath during the pair of 45-minute races.

“I think we’re going to see a lot of traffic because the track is so short—it’s just over a mile in length,” Thompson predicted. “I bet we’ll hit lapped traffic within the first half of the race. There’s no other track we race at that’s this short. The next closest would be Laguna Seca. This will make qualifying crucial.

“There’s no place to relax at Lime Rock because the straightaways are so short. It wears on your hands a lot. If there are no yellow flags, it’ll hit you pretty good. I think there will be quite a few yellow flags though, because it is such a difficult place to pass at that drivers will try to force the issue.”

Steering clear of any such incidents will be paramount for Thompson as he looks to retain his championship point lead. In the ultra-competitive GT3 Cup series, any hope of winning the title rests on finishing every race at the front of the field. Thompson has a clear view of the big picture.

“Every race is the same for me whether I’m first in points or 10th in points,” Thompson said. “The championship is won by being up front consistently and we’ve been able to do that so far this year, but it’s early. It’s important that we stay true to our mission of consistency. We’re leading the points now and we need to keep that up, so strong finishes are important—top fives for sure. Hopefully we can walk away with a win this weekend too. Even though that’s something we all want, if we have to settle for a second, third, fourth or fifth-place finish, then that’s what we have to do so we can stay on top.”

Thompson will spend Friday, May 23, practicing and qualifying his No. 14 Porsche of Bucks County Porsche 911 GT3 Cup prepared by Kelly Moss Motorsports. On Saturday, May 24 the green flag drops for Race 1 at 12:35 pm ET.

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