Estre Wins in GT at Barber Motorsports Park. Heitkotter and Thompson Score Wins in GTA and GT Cup
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Estre Wins in GT at Barber Motorsports Park. Heitkotter and Thompson Score Wins in GTA and GT Cup

Kevin Estre, of Lochau, Austria, driving the No. 9 K-PAX McLaren 650S GT3 claimed victory today in the GT class Round 7 race at the MOMO Grand Prix at Barber Motorsports Park presented by Porsche, part of the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama weekend. It is Estre's and McLaren's second win in Pirelli World Challenge this season. The GTA win went to Bryan Heitkotter, of Fresno, Calif., in the No. 05 Nissan GT Academy / Always Evolving / ReplayXD Nissan GT-R GT3. In GT Cup presented by MOMO, Colin Thompson, of Doylestown, Pa., piloting the No. 11 Porsche of Bucks County / PenVal Porsche 911 GT3 Cup scored his second win of the weekend.

The 40-car field took to the 2.38-mile, 15-turn road course in sunny Birmingham with a race-time temperature of 77 degrees. From the standing start, pole sitter Robert Thorne, of Littleton, Colo., in the No. 6 K-PAX McLaren 650S GT3 led the field in lap one with Estre second, followed by Ryan Dalziel, of Windermere, Fla., in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing World PMO Porsche 911 GT3R in third, Olivier Beretta, of Monte Carlo, Monaco, with his No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari Ontario-Toronto-Alberta fourth, and Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C., in the No. 2 CRP Racing DeVilbiss/Hawk Performance Audi R8 LMS Ultra in fifth.

In GTA, Frank Montecalvo, of Highlands, N.J, in the No. 66 Bayshore Racing DragonSpeed Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3 led from class pole, third overall in GT. As the field bunched up attempting to get through turn 2, a number of cars contacted including the No. 66 and the No. 25 Blancpain Lamborghini Gallardo R_EX of Nicky Catsburg, of Voorthuizen, Netherlands. The contact resulted in a full-course caution and the retirement of Catsburg from the race. Montecalvo continued on after the contact but slipped to 6th overall in GT, first in GTA. Heitkotter was second in class, 13th overall, with Henrique Cisneros, of Miami, Fla., in the No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia in third, 14th overall.

Thompson and the rest of the GT Cup class field had their standing start aborted for a stalled car ahead of them in GT. As such, Thompson, Sloan Urry, of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the No. 02 Engel & Volkers TruSpeed Autosport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and Alec Udell, of The Woodlands, TX, in the No. 17 Amsource Capital/Panther Pipeline GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup held their grid positions throughout lap 1.

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