Hardpoint Motorsports Scores Two Podium Finishes at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

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  • October 14, 2019

October 14, 2019 – Braselton, Georgia – Hardpoint Motorsports pulled off two 2nd place finishes in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta over the weekend and one 5th place finish in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

Rob Ferriol and Randal Bryant both competed in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama doubleheader, which started with their first 45-minute race on Thursday afternoon. Ferriol started his No. 5 Moorespeed/GridRival Porsche GT3 from third and fell to fourth, but rapidly worked his way back to second – his 7th consecutive 2nd place finish of the season. Bryant had one of his best outings of the season after qualifying his No. 15 St. Thomas Cycleboats Porsche GT3 in 5th. Bryant pushed himself to the limits and made some significant advances throughout the race but ultimately had to retire after a spin caused a mechanical failure.

Race 2 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama marked the final race of the 2019 season. Ferriol had an exciting race competing amongst the top of the Gold Cup class and even getting in the mix of the Platinum Masters class who have 50 extra horsepower and ABS brakes. Ferriol stayed consistent and clean and crossed the finish line in 2nd place. Ferriol finished on the podium ten times in his 12 races with Moorespeed. His full-season record of 13 podium finishes in the year’s 16 races was allowed Ferriol to finish 2nd in the 2019 Gold Cup point standings. Bryant was unable to compete in Race 2 due to a situational health issue. The 2020 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season begins at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, March 13 – 15.

Ferriols’ weekend didn’t end after his second trip to the podium. Ferriol shifted his focus over to the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and joined teammate Spencer Pumpelly to co-drive the No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival Audi R8 LMS GT4. It was Ferriol who took the start from the sixth-row grid position in a competitive Grand Sport field. Three yellow flag restarts occurred in his opening stint, but Ferriol made his way up to fourth in the opening half of the two-hour race.

Strategy began to play into the field, and Moorespeed pitted Ferriol with 45 minutes remaining to put Pumpelly in the action. Three laps into his stint, the fourth yellow flag of the race came out and unfortunately shifted Pumpelly to 18th. Competing at his home track, Pumpelly pushed through the field up to 5th place when time expired, and the checkered flag flew. A post-race penalty to a competitor moved the No. 18 Moorespeed/GridRival up one position in the final results, giving the Moorespeed Audi a 4th place finish.