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Michael Mills, Jack Baldwin Lead the Porsche World Challenge Points Contenders After Detroit Races
Posted by: newsla on Jun 02, 2014 - 06:14 AM
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Michael Mills, Jack Baldwin Lead the Porsche World Challenge Points Contenders After Detroit Races


Michael Mills, of Angleton, Texas, driving the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, recovered from a disappointing seventh place finish - the result of a late-race accident in Saturday’s round of the Pirelli World Challenge - to finish second in the GT-Amateur (GT-A) class on Sunday. Mills’ performance helped maintain his season championship point lead for both himself and Porsche at the Belle Isle street course in Detroit.

 

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Mills, who came to the World Challenge series from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series, has won the GT-A class twice this season and has finished on the podium at almost every event. The consistent performances have helped build his lead in the driver standings, which now enjoys an 18-point gap to second-place.

His teammate, Tim Bergmeister (Germany), finished ninth overall in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R on Sunday after tenth-place finish in Saturday’s first race of the two-round weekend.

In GTS class, Jack Baldwin, from Marietta, Georgia, in the No. 73 RESET-MD/StopTech/Motul Porsche Cayman S entered by GTSport Racing, battled the class leaders in both races. Baldwin finished fourth on Sunday and third Saturday. The veteran sports car racer now has four podium finishes in six races. He is only 15 points out of first place with five race weekends (10 races) left in the 2014 season.

Michael Mills, No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R: "After our accident misfortune yesterday, we were pleased with the second place finish today, and happy to leave Detroit with a good lead in the GT-A class. I could have attempted to get by the Lamborghini ahead of me, but the championship points are more important than one place on the track, and, on a narrow street course, there was no reason to take a chance. This Porsche 911 GT3 R and the Pirelli World Challenge is a logical next step for drivers like me who want to move up from the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series. Although bigger and faster, this car acts similarly to the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer, and the racing here is great."

Jack Baldwin, No. 73 RESET-MD/StopTech/Motul GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman S: "We were able to run with the lead pack during both races this weekend, but we have some work to do to keep up with Mustangs. Our consistent finishes have kept us in the championship points battle, but a couple of more wins would really put us over the top."

Compete results and point standings are available at www.world-challenge.com. The two Detroit races will air on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, June 15, at 2:30 p.m. ET.


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