Piana 2nd in PWC Race 1 at St. Pete

by John Dagys @ sportscar365

Lawson Aschenbach held off Gabriele Piana for victory in Saturday’s Pirelli World Challenge GTS Sprint season-opener in St. Pete for Blackdog Speed Shop.

The defending class champion took his No. 1 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R to a 0.547-second win over PWC debutant Piana, who started his Muehlner Motorsport Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR from pole.

Aschenbach got around Piana for the lead on Lap 2 and held the Italian driver at bay, despite heavy pressure at times throughout the 50-minute race, which saw sprinkles of rain.

Piana Scores GTS Pole in PWC Debut

by John Dagys @ sportscar365

Gabriele Piana will start this afternoon’s Pirelli World Challenge GTS season-opener from the pole, taking Muehlner Motorsports to the top spot in an incident-filled qualifying in St. Pete.

Piana pedaled his No. 21 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR to a pole-winning lap of 1:18.454 narrowly edging out the No. 14 Audi R8 LMS GT4 of James Sofronas by 0.099 seconds.

The No. 55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 of Jade Buford was third quickest.

It marked Piana’s first career pole in both the Swiss driver and team’s PWC debuts.

Full article: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/piana-scores-gts-pole-in-st-pete/


PWC St. Pete: Gabriele Piana put H&R Cayman GT4 MR on P1 in both Friday sessions

John Dagys @ sportscar365 wrote:

„Gabriele Piana put the No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR on the top of the GTS time charts Friday in St. Pete, following the opening day of practice for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge season-opener.

The Swiss driver reeled off a best time of 1:19.099 in the second practice session, improving on his pace-setting time from the morning session by more than one-tenth.

Piana was 0.263 seconds quicker than the No. 55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 of Jade Buford in second, with defending GTS class champion Lawson Aschenbach third quickest in his No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R.

GTS qualifying is on tap for 9:40 a.m. ET on Saturday, followed by Race 1 in the afternoon.“

Full article: http://sportscar365.com/world-challenge/piana-muehlner-paces-friday-in-gts/