2015 – GT Class Season Finale at Laguna Seca (Sep 10 and 13)

Round 20 of the GT class for the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) was held at Laguna Seca in Salinas, California (September 10 to 13). This 11-turn road course is about 2.3 miles in length and is known for the iconic “Corkscrew” turn. The season finale was won by Alessandro Balzan in the #29 NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia. However, the championship went to Johnny O’Connell in the #3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-VR GT3 who finished 12th over Olivier Beretta who had a DNF minutes from the end of the race. It was certainly a thrilling end to the GT season. Can’t wait for next year. Hope you like the photos.

2015 Laguna Seca (4A4A1021)Took a drive along the beautiful 11-mile drive to see some of the spectacular California coastline and the iconic Lone Cypress before arriving at Laguna Seca raceway

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A7450)Welcome to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Tim Pappas in the #54 Black Swan Racing Dodge Viper GT3R

2015 Laguna Seca (222A8283)Up the Turn 5 to 6 hill with Bret Curtis in the #32 Turner Motorsport BMW E89 Z4 GT3

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A7482)Through Turn 6 with Chris Dyson in the #16 Bentley Team Dyson Racing Bentley Continental GT3

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A7574)Bryan Heitkotter in the #05 Always Evolving Racing Nissan GT-R-GT3
2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A8129)Down “The Corkscrew” with Ryan Dalziel in the #31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3R who was second fastest after practice session two

2015 Laguna Seca (222A8475)Robert Thorne in the #6 K-Pax Racing McLaren 650S GT3

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A8102)Alessandro Pier Guidi in the #30 NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia was fastest after the second practice session

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A8165)Mike Skeen in the #2 CRP Racing Audi R8

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A8142)Exiting “The Corkscrew” with Olivier Beretta in the #61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia who was third fastest after practice

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A8626)Along the Turn 8A to 9 straight with Mike Hedlund #65 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A8673)In the garage with the #6 K-Pax Racing McLaren 650S GT3

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A8928)A lovely MOMO promotional girl

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A8959)Ferrari factory drivers Alessandro Pier Guidi (left) and Alessandro Balzan (right) were brought in to drive the NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia’s to help Oliver Beretta during Sunday’s race

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A9240)For the Sunday morning warm-up we were greeted with a beautiful sunrise

2015 Laguna Seca (HC7A9262)James Sofronas in the #14 GMG Racing Audi R8

2015 Laguna Seca (In the morning light)Into the light with Martin Fuentes in the #07 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458

2015 Laguna Seca (222A8928)Race start with Alessandro Balzan in the #29 NGT Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia leading Johnny O’Connell in the #3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-VR GT3 into Turn 2

2015 Laguna Seca (222A9040)Inside pass with Mike Skeen in the #2 CRP Racing Audi R8

2015 Laguna Seca (Turn 11)With minutes remaining until the end of the race, Olivia Beretta in the #61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia made contact with the Turn 11, leading to a DNF and ending his chance for the championship.

2015 Laguna Seca (4A4A1360)Johnny O’Connell captures his four consecutive PWC Championship for Cadillac Racing

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