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CMS GT3 Sprint Series Season 2 opener sees Youngwall take overall win, Kennedy continues winning ways in AM class!

by Tim Collier With the start of a new season, emotions and expectations are high, especially after the success of the Champion Motorsports GT3 Series in Season One which saw an average of 45 cars on the grid each race! It didn’t take long to see that the excitement for the new season was never in doubt as 58 cars joined in for the season opener at Sebring International Raceway for the start of Season Two! With such a large field, qualifying was extremely important and after the 2-lap, 10 minute session it was Christian Youngwall taking the pole position with a 1:59.411 lap, edging out Victor Tanaka by a mere 0.042 seconds!! In the AM Class it was last season’s Daytona class winner Scott Kennedy taking the class pole and starting in 8th place overall, with Joshua Burke starting second in class and 12th overall. As the grid > more

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Colon wins fourth race, Kessel his first AM win while Parker and Yanni wrap up Driver’s Championships

by Tim Collier As the sun was setting on Daytona International Speedway, the Champion Motorsports GT3 Sprint Series was wrapping up a tremendous season of racing with one last race to decide the season champions. Coming into the race, Michael Parker held a 11-point margin over Miguel Colon, with Chris Brunnemer not out of the hunt for the Pro title. In the AM class it was Steven Yanni with consistent finishes throughout the season holding off Nick Kuhn who was only 16 points back. With the race length of 75 minutes, it was important to not only finish but finish well. As is always the case at Daytona whether it’s a stock car or sports cars, the margins were slim in qualifying with Victor Tanaka taking the pole position by 0.171 seconds over AM pole sitter Scott Kessel with Parker and Richard McClure also in the 1:43’s in the > more

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Colon, Yanni each grab third win of the CMS GT3 Sprint Season; Parker holds lead in Pro Standings

by Tim Collier The Champion Motorsports GT3 Sprint season has been spectacular, with the level of racing and competition, as well as field sizes well above the past few years. As the drivers arrived at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin it was apparent that another large field would mean that qualifying was more important than ever. At the top of the qualifying chart was DJ Alessandrini putting his Audi out front with a lap time of 2:03.586 which was more than half a second faster than the second place qualifier Tyler Pinheiro, who was also the AM Class pole winner. Behind them in the second row were Chris Brunnemer and the Pro Class Points leader Michael Parker. The AM class points leader coming into the race, Steven Yanni, would be starting third in class and 13th overall. The field of 49 cars heads thru Turn 1 at the start As > more

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CMS GT3 Sprint at Mosport – Alessandri wins two in a row, Norton takes AM win and overall podium!

by Tim Collier With 5 races in the bag, the Champion Motorsports GT3 Sprint Series headed North to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport Park), a multi-track motorsports facility located in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada. It was one of the first permanent road racing circuits in Canada and has played host to various high-level motorsports events including the Canadian Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Mosport endurance race. Both Pro and AM class drivers were equally fast in practice, and with 38 cars in qualifying, starting spots were incredibly important. In the AM class, Edward Nelson would grab the pole and the 8th overall starting spot. In Pro, Miguel Colon laid down a quick lap of 1:15.430, taking the overall pole position and clear track ahead at the start. The field, led by Miguel Colon, enters the final turn for the green flag At the start, Colon led > more

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Exciting GT3 Sprint Series Race at Road Atlanta: Alessandri gets first win of the season; Yanni his second!

by Tim Collier After four races, the Champion Motorsports GT3 Sprint series packed their bags and headed to North America for the second half of the season, as all five remaining races on the Season One schedule won’t require oceanic travel. This week, the teams headed down to the kudzu-covered state of Georgia to visit the world-renowned Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the second endurance length race of the season. With the Daytona 24 Hour race in the rearview mirrors, everyone shook off the dust and filled the garages with 51 entries, the second largest field of the season.  With 22 Pro teams, the battle for the overall Pole Position was fierce but in the end Miguel Colon would take the spot with a time of 1:17.420, edging out DJ Alessandrini by a mere 0.014 seconds!  In the AM class, Tyler Pinheiro would start 10th overall and take the > more

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CMS GT3 Race at Magny Cours: Youngwall wins overall, Pinheiro first win in Am!

by Tim Collier The Magny Cours Circuit in France played host to the Champion Motorsports GT3 Sprint Series this week, drawing in a large crowd of motorsports fans from all over the country. The circuit, which is located in the Burgundy region of France, is known for its long straightaways and tight corners, making for an exciting and challenging race for the competitors. With 35 cars registered, the Pro class had a total of 17 cars competing, and the pole position was secured by CMS newcomer Christian Youngwall, who set a time of 1:36.611 during the qualifying session and taking the pole by 0.700 seconds over Pro Class points leader Miguel Colon. In the AM class the pole position was taken by Tyler Pinheiro with a time of 1:38.124 edging out John Thompson who would start alongside. Christian Youngwell (#52) leads the field to the green and into > more

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Round 3 of the CMS GT3 Sprint Series Sees Yanni, Colon Win in Japan!

by Tim Collier Leaving the beautiful land of Austria following last week’s race, teams headed to Japan for this week’s CMS Sprint Series race at the Twin Ring Motegi Racing Complex for a 60-minute challenge to stay off the green stuff! With 39 drivers in attendance, the qualifying session would end with CMS veteran Humberto Roca on the pole with a fast lap of 1:50.162, edging out Michael Parker by less than a tenth of a second! The Am class pole winner was Tyler Pinheiro with fellow Am driver Steven Yanni starting right behind him. This race would have a clean start and the field didn’t take long to spread out over the first few laps. Humberto Roca leads the field into Turn 1 at the start of the race The Am Class pole sitter, Pinheiro, would lose four spots on the first two laps, giving Yanni the > more

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Colon and Hintze Take Class Wins in Round 2 of CMS GT3 Sprint Series

by Tim Collier“The best laid plans of mice and men…”That summed up this week’s Champion Motorsports GT3 Sprint Series, but it had no impact on the action and, in the end, the satisfaction of our class podiums after racing on one of the tightest circuits and 49 drivers taking the field!After a few session changes, the field readied themselves for a 60-minute event and headed to qualifying. To everyone’s surprise—including the league administrators!—the ten minute session was an open session with everyone looking for room to lay down a lap or two before the clock ran out. At the checkers it was CMS newcomer Elliott Budzinzki on the pole with a 1:30.334 edging out last week’s race winner Chris Brunnemer by .044 seconds! The Am class pole sitter, Douglas Hintze started in 11th place overall, and was just over half second off the pole time! 49 drivers take the green > more

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iRacing GT3 Sprint Series kicks off new season at Spa!

by Tim Collier The long-standing tradition of Wednesday nights at Champion Motorsports reserved for an iRacing Series continued with the start of a new series, new format, and a field that was beyond expectations and the envy of many leagues. It was a return to GT3 cars and Pro/Am classes that brought both old and new faces to the series for 2023, and with an astounding 54 cars taking the grid to start the season, the anticipation of a new season along with the field size ramped up the nerves for all that started the race! The qualifying session would see Miguel Colon take the pole position with a fast lap of 2:16.601, edging out league newcomer Tyler Pinheiro only 3/100ths of a second behind, the two of them being the old drivers in the 2:16s! As the grid formed and moved out of the final chicane, the > more

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Parker takes home championship in iRacing LMP2s, while Lidkea slams the door on the Radical cup

All season long, competition has been fierce in both the LMP2 and Radical classes. With multiple championship bids still on the line, Wednesday's race was do-or-die for the top contenders. In the LMP2s, Michael Parker seemed hard to beat with four wins and a second place before last night, yet JT Tami was still only 11 points behind. An upset was not to be, however, as Parker won the race, securing his championship victory. In fact, the top three all finished in order, making the championship order Parker, Tami, and Kris Hudson. There were no changes down the order, apart from newcomer Jose D'Oleo coming in to score some last minute points! For the Radicals, Drew Lidkea won the championship by nine points over a very dialed in Dick Mueller. Mueller missed the first two races, but made up for it by winning every other race! Douglas Hintze was another > more

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CMS Launches 2023 iRacing GT3 Sprint Series

That's right, we're back in the GT3s in iRacing! In our continuing efforts to bring you excellent racing and competitive grids, we're proud to announce our 2023 season. This time around, we're bringing back Pro and Am classifications, and are mixing up our race formats to provide you with a blend of longer (60- to 75-minute) races, as well as some shorter two-heat races, with a reverse grid for the second race. Races run on the iRacing platform every Wednesday night, starting with a pre-season race December 28th. Full season races start January 4th. Please check out our full season page for more information! Oh Yeah, Inform Me!

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