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Paul Brown captures 2011 World Challenge GTS class championship with win at Laguna Seca

By - September 18, 2011 – 10:00 pmOne Comment | 4,812 views

Tiger Racing Mustang Boss 302S

Driving the No. 50 Ford Mustang Boss 302S, Paul Brown claimed a flag-to-flag win in the GTS class of this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Brown qualified on the pole, pulled away at the start, and managed to keep first place all the way to the finish with a 2.713-second margin of victory. The win secured his first career World Challenge title with one race still to go in the season. The victory was Brown’s fifth of the year and his eighth podium finish out of eleven races so far this year.

“I started it just like every other and went as hard and as fast as I could at the start,” I watched the guys moving around at the back. Luckily, or unluckily, there was a GT car that stalled and really screwed up the one line. I just put my head down and worked my butt off.”

The Championship is the first for Brown, who wasn’t sure if the funding was available at the start of the season to run for a championship. The team placed together race-to-race deals to make it to every championship round and now sits on top with a one-race cushion to spare.

“I don’t know how to explain it, it’s really surreal,” Brown said. “I’m just shocked.”

Brown finished ahead of Pratt Cole’s No. 96 USA Cares/Western Metal Ford Mustang FR500S after Cole ran second for the entire race.

Ben Crosland (No. 25 RacewithRP.com Ford Mustang FR500S) and Eric Foss (No. 73 Traxxas/St. Jude Hospital/SPX Ford Mustang FR500S) each climbed as high as third position during the race, but mechanical problems left them in seventh and sixth at the finish, respectively.

Brad Adams (No. 75 RaceWithRP.com Ford Mustang FR500S) finished in fifth.

[Source: SCCA World Challenge, Photos copyright Andre Ravinowich]

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