Milwaukee, WI – September 18, 2015 –Jeff Courtney and JCR Motorsports clinched the Maserati Trofeo North America Championship last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after finishing in second-place in the fifth and final race of the U.S. Championship. “To the Champion go the spoils” A paid trip to Abu Dhabi to race in the Maserati Trofeo World Series finally at Yas Marina Circuit.
Courtney entered the Championship back at his home track of Road America, placing 3rd and 5th that weekend. The strong results, fun cars and tight competition peaked Courtney’s interest to continue in the quest for the overall title. Courtney and team secured enough sponsorship to continue their effort at Virginia International Raceway for Round 2 and despite a tougher weekend retained the points lead by a small margin.
Courtney’s Championship quest came to fruition this past weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with a one-race shootout within the GTS class race of the Pirelli World Challenge. Courtney was strong out of the gate, posting top-five and top-ten lap times in the early practice sessions despite a difficult Balance of Performance package for the Maserati entrants.
Qualifying proved to be interesting as two red flags cut the session short and Courtney was in the 15th spot, the second fastest Maserati, when the starting lights went out Courtney had a great standing start as he has a history of strong launches. His launch, however, did not do as much as he would have hoped as a two-car collision on the front straightaway caused a double yellow flag immediately. When racing resumed Courtney was able to advance his position and stay in front of the second-place championship contender Patrick Byrne, ultimately bringing a clean car home in 2nd place in class and 11th place overall finish.
“Rick did a great job on the radio calling out the stalled car on the standing start and we were able to avoid that! After that I thought we ran a good clean and smart race, maybe a bit too conservative in the second half as I was just maintaining my gap to Patrick and we unexpectedly caught a pack of PWC cars late in the race that had there Championship points leader in it, managing my gap with Patrick and not wanting to get in the mix of the PWC Championship became complicated in the last couple of laps but ultimately we brought it home!” said Courtney
Teammate Mitch Landry capped his inaugural GT Cup season off with a strong performance as well. Landry, who has continually made improvements with comfort and speed behind the wheel of his Deep South / VersaCrane Porsche in 2015 qualified for the season finale in seventh place on a very tight GT Cup grid. Mitch also had a great standing start picking up three positions right away.
The GT race ran for its entirety without a caution flag. The long green flag run created an interesting mix of classes battling for position, while battling to avoid being hung-out in traffic. Landry knocked down consistent times and brought home a seventh place finish despite being spun, allowing him to capture a sixth place overall finish in the Championship.
“Preston Calvert and I headed into the weekend in a tie for fifth in season points; I had a great start and was holding Calvert off until I got spun by a GT car that was having a bad day.” Said Landry
Courtney will be traveling to Abu Dhabi for the Maserati Trofeo World Series finally in December to test his skills against world-class drivers on a world-class circuit.
“I am really looking forward to this great opportunity to race abroad and at a great facility and in a series with such an iconic brand “said Courtney”
“Thank You!” There are many people to thank and most importantly our sponsors; Kenda Tires, RecStuff.com, Trailer-Fenders.com, SpeedSeatFactory.com, Replay XD, Maserati of Charlotte, also thanks to Mitch Landry and his guys for coming on board with JCR Motorsports this season, and of course Thank you to the whole JCR Motorsports team, crew, office staff and everyone involved in making the season happen! Cheers to all!