Team Cadillac hit the Streets of St Petersburg this weekend for rounds 1 and 2 of the Pirelli World Challenge race season on a quest to defend our 2012 Championship. We faced some stiff competition from new entries from Porsche and Audi and the always fast team from Volvo.
The first race saw Team Cadillac start in the 5th and 6th spots and when the checkered flag waived Johnny O’Connell (#3) moved up to 4th and Andy Pilgrim (#8) moved to the 5th spot. After the race it was determined that the Porsche failed the tech inspection with a front splitter that didn’t conform to series rules and it was disqualified moving Team Cadillac Driver’s to 3rd and 4th positions and our first podium of the year.
Race 2 began with Johnny O’Connell starting in the 5th spot and teammate Andy Pilgrim in the 7th spot. The Volvos jumped out to an early lead closely followed by Audi (Sofronas) and Porsche (Dalziel). As the race progressed the Porsche of Dalziel sat in 3rd spot when he had an on track incident causing a flat tire and he dropped from contention. Then pole sitter and race leader Alex figge (Volvo) had brake and tire problems and dropped out of the running. The race finished with Audi in 1st followed by Volvo and Cadillac (O’Connell) providing Cadillac it’s second podium of the 2013 season. Overall a solid start to the season against a very competitive field.
Team Cadillac takes to the track next April 19-22 on the Streets of Long Beach. The race will be streamed live @ world-challengetv.com.