WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Colin Thompson earned his first career Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama victory in wild fashion Friday at Watkins Glen Int’l, passing championship rival Angel Benitez Jr. in the final turn.
Thompson held off Benitez by .108 of a second at the finish in the No. 14 Kelly Moss/Porsche of Bucks County 911 GT3 Cup car. He worked lapped traffic perfectly over the closing laps to pass Michael Lewis and catch Benitez, trimming a gap of 4.797 seconds to Benitez with less than five minutes remaining in the 45-minute race.
“If you would have told me I was going to win the race with six laps to go, I would never believe you,” Thompson said. “But I was able to make a pass on Michael that didn’t slow us up, and we were wicked good getting through lapped traffic. When I got to Angel, going into the first corner of the last lap, it was a battle to get by him and we were able to sneak by him on the last corner of the last lap.
“All I knew is I wanted that first place and put it in there and stuck it, and we got the win.”
Lewis placed third in the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian entry, just .355 of a second behind Thompson in a fantastic finish in round six of the season.