World Challenge Championships Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg doubleheader 2010

Randy Pobst, of Gainesville, Ga., opened up the 2010 World Challenge GT season with a flag-to-flag win at the Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg.

Randy Pobst earned his 23rd career World Challenge win on Saturday at St. Petersburg.

Starting from the overall pole in the first combined-class World Challenge race since 1999, Pobst received a pre-race gift when second-qualifying Dino Crescentini’s No. 4 Centric Parts/Stoptech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3 headed to the pits on the formation lap with an electrical issue. With his No. 6 K-Pax Racing Volvo alone on the front row, Pobst rocketed away from the standing start and never looked back, taking a 1.189-second win over teammate Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla. James Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., finished third.

Buras, Irish Mike’s Racing VW Double In St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Fla. – After winning in his series debut on Saturday, Todd Buras, of Daytona Beach, Fla., repeated the feat on Sunday, giving the No. 49 Irish Mike’s Racing Volkswagen Jetta its second-consecutive World Challenge Touring Car win on the Streets of St. Petersburg.

Todd Buras and Irish Mike’s Racing swept both Touring Car races at St. Petersburg.

After an eventful first standing start on Saturday, in which he accidentally had the car in reverse as the lights went out, Buras got away cleanly from his second-starting position, but fell to fourth as the field entered Turn One, led by polesitter Mark Hein, of Clearwater, Fla. As the Touring Cars exited Turn Three, it found the GT Porsche of Patrick Lindsey sideways in the course. Buras picked his line and ended up passing Hein’s No. 38 Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Honda Civic Si for the lead in the melee.

Crescentini Wins Sunday World Challenge in St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla. – Dino Crescentini, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., rocketed away from his second starting position and led all the way to take Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge of St. Petersburg World Challenge Round Two GT class and overall win.

Dino Crescentini earned his third career World Challenge win this weekend in St. Petersburg.

Driving the No. 4 Centric Parts/Stoptech/GMG Porsche 911 GT3, Crescentini appeared to get away slow from the standing start, but had momentum to get past polesitter Randy Pobst’s No. 6 K-Pax Racing Volvo S60 as the field funneled into Turn One.

From there, it was smooth sailing for the Porsche driver, reversing his bad luck from Saturday”s race, in which his new Porsche developed an electrical problem and retired. Crescentini took his third-career World Challenge series victory by 0.848-second over teammate James Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif. He averaged 66.764 mph in the race slowed by a pair of caution periods and limited to 50 minutes.

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