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Mancinelli Takes Win in Wild Long Beach Street Fight

Daniel Mancinelli, TR3 Racing claim victory in incident-filled PWC street fight in Long Beach…

Photo: Brian Cleary/PWC

A late-race pass from Daniel Mancinelli on Toni Vilander has given TR3 Racing its first overall Pirelli World Challenge victory of the season in an incident-filled street fight Sunday at Long Beach.

The Italian took his No. 31 Ferrari 488 GT3 to a 2.179 second win over pole-sitter Vilander, following a fierce battle between the two Prancing Horses in the 50-minute race.

Mancinelli, who hounded Vilander’s No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari after the final restart, got around the Finn with a rather aggressive, but fair Turn 1 pass with 7 minutes to go.

The move that saw slight side-to-side contact did not result in a penalty, with Mancinelli cruising to the win over Vilander in a Ferrari 1-2.

Alvaro Parente finished third the No. 9 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3, his and the team’s first podium of the year, courtesy of numerous penalties and incidents in the rough-and-tumble race.

The No. 41 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Alec Udell, who was running fourth at the time, was forced to serve a one-minute stop-and-hold penalty for contact with Mike Sullivan’s Competition Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, which slammed into the wall to bring out the race’s only full-course caution.

Once action resumed, the No. 24 Alegra Motorsports Porsche of Michael Christensen was handed a drive-through for spinning championship leader Scott Hargrove, while battling for third.

Electrical issues, meanwhile, for the No. 2 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Daniel Morad dropped the Canadian out of contention with 20 minutes to go.

Hargrove recovered to a fourth place finish in the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche.

Wild Final Lap Gives Harata GTA Win

Yuki Harata claimed his first career GTA class win following a wild final lap between the Japanese former downhill skier and Martin Fuentes.

Contact between Fuentes’ No. 07 Scuderia Garage Italia Ferrari and the class-leading Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 resulted in Harata spinning, in an incident that also collected Hargrove.

While Fuentes briefly grabbed the class lead, Harata retook the position in a drag race to the checkered flag between the two damaged cars.

The margin of victory was just 0.163 seconds at the line.

Harata and Fuentes finished fifth and sixth overall, due to the numerous incidents from the pro-class GT cars.

GT4 Invitational class honors went to the No. 78 Compass Racing McLaren 570S GT4 of Paul Holton, in a flawless run for the reigning PWC TC champion.

Holton finished one-second clear of Harry Gottsacker’s No. 69 Racers Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4, with Spencer Pumpelly completing the class podium in third.

RESULTS: Long Beach

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. TJ

    April 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Posted so fast half the article is missing.

    • DEJ

      April 16, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      Hey… Andy .. How did the Callaway do this weekend at ADAC Masters ?They won didn’t~t they ?

  2. Jim

    April 15, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Porsche factory driver causes series points leader (in a Porsche) to spin. Ouch.

  3. Bert

    April 15, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Worried as hell about the health of Risi…

    • Max

      April 15, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      I’m don’t follow. What happened?

    • Hey

      April 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      What does Risi have to do with this?

  4. Chips O'Toole

    April 15, 2018 at 4:15 pm

    That was a pleasant surprise. Wasn’t expecting much since LB hasn’t produce very good racing lately.

  5. Erik Petersen

    April 15, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    It is interesting how everyone else who hit and spun someone got handed at least a drive through except Fuentes. It is hard to make guys drive better if you don’t play by equal rules. Lesson is to push someone out of the way on the last lap is all fair, but do it in the middle of the race and it is bad driving.

    • Dan

      April 15, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      How exactly were they going to give him a drive through penalty or anything else on the last lap?

      • Erik Petersen

        April 15, 2018 at 8:53 pm

        Post race time adjusted penalty that is the same as the time it takes to drive through. It is done in every series…except this one it seems.

        • Dan

          April 16, 2018 at 3:39 pm

          They could do that at anytime post race, or they could judge it a racing incident which is basically what that was, its very doubtful Fuentes deliberately rammed him.

  6. Jimbo

    April 15, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Lots of action except I am sick of watching the Ferrari show. 2 races in a row they just have their way with everyone. This is going to get boring pretty soon.

  7. JeffB

    April 15, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    Harata chasing down the wounded Ferrari of Fuentes on the final lap was pretty damned entertaining. Justice was served.

  8. Douglas

    April 16, 2018 at 2:49 am

    Having this weekend watched GTopen racing Gt Masters GT ASia and qualifying race for N24 makes PWC look stupid and puny. These other races have real racing with drivers not afraid to race door handle to door handle because they are not penalized for every small mistake or contact.

    • Erik Petersen

      April 16, 2018 at 4:07 am

      Then you were not really watching…

    • jason

      April 16, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      I agree. N24/VLN, Blancpain GT Asia, ADAC GT Masters, AND Int’ GT Open are all superior than PWC right now.

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