IN ONLY HIS SECOND WEEKEND AT THE WHEEL OF A PORSCHE GT3 CUP, WINS RACE 1 AND PLACED SECOND IN RACE 2
Alberta native Parker Thompson has shown his talent at the wheel of the #3 JDX Racing / Hertz / Byers Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama this past weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The qualifying session that took place on Saturday morning was cut short because of an incident that interrupted the session. IMSA officials decided to go with championship points and Thompson sat in third place on the grid.
Race 1 was held on a damp track and in no time Parker found himself leading the race and held the lead to the checkered flag. Although the advantage was less than a second at the end of the race, Thompson had a commanding lead during the green flag portion as there were several full course yellow throughout the race.
Race 2 grid went according to fastest lap of Race 1 and Thompson sat on pole with Roman De Angelis in second. This time on a dry track, both drivers battled for the lead until De Angelis made the move that sealed the race. Thompson crossed the line in second place five seconds behind.
Parker sums up his weekend: “The results this weekend are truly exciting. With the help of Hertz and Byers Porsche, the JDX Racing crew has put together a great race car. While I was happy with my pace right from the start of the season, there is still room for improvement”, he said. “This weekend was a great indicator of progress, and a sure sign that we can contend for the overall championship. I’m honoured to work with a great team of people, and so excited for what the future holds”, Parker concluded.
With this weekend’s results, Parker Thompson currently sits second in the points behind Roman De Angelis. His next outing will be at the Canadian Grand Prix where the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA teams will participate in the second Canadian round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada on the famed Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on June 7-9.
Before that, Thompson will be back driving an open wheel on May 10-12 at the Grand Prix of Indianapolis driving in Indy Pro 2000 Championship where he leads the series points.
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