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World Challenge 2010: Round One 7th Place Finish for Rivera in Nissan GT-R

March 29, 2010 Comments off

Brass Monkey racing had a mixed bag of results this weekend for round one and two of the World Challenge 2010 series at St Petersburg. With both GT-R’s qualifying in the top 10 (7th and 9th) things were looking positive but just after race start the #96 GT-R of Steve Ott was hit by the #57 Porsche GT3 causing the GT-R to get airtime and break some suspension in the process. This put the #96 car out of action but Rivera in the other #97 GT-R was able to bring home 72 points with a 7th place finish.

In race two the #96 GT-R again came into contact with a Porsche but was able to keep going. Later in the race he pitted in with a flat tire from the incident but was back out on the lead lap. It wasn’t to be however because further into the race he impacted a wall breaking a wheel cause by what may have been a bent rear arm from the initial Porsche incident. This forced him to pit and retire early. Again Rivera continued on strong to finish in 8th spot for 68 points. A total of 140 points for the weekend for Rivera and 88 for Steve Ott.

TV coverage of the first two rounds is upcoming on the 18th of April on VERSUS and will be available on the world-challengeTV website after that time. We should hopefully be able to post some video of the action at that time.

For a full race report click through the jump for the media release from World-Challenge.com. Next up is the Streets of Long Beach Race on 16th – 18th of April for round 3 for 2010.

Update: Information regarding Steve Ott’s race weekend updated. Thanks to Nissan NA.

Source: World Challenge Website
Source: 2009gtr.com – Brass Monkey GT-R Runs Over Porsche During World Challenge Race
Images: Copyright SCCA World Challenge

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Brass Monkey Bringing Nissan GT-R to World Challenge 2010

February 24, 2010 Comments off

Big news for US motorsport fans as Brass Monkey Racing has confirmed their entry of two factory backed Nissan R35 GT-Rs into the 2010 World Challenge season. Although a relatively new team, only debuting in 2009, they managed to finish third in the overall Championship standings and with driver Tony Rivera taking victory at rounds at Sebring and Road America in that first season.

While preparation for the car is being compressed into a tight timeline, the guys are confident that the amazing base GT-R performance will benefit them when up against more modified competitors:

“Many of the cars in the series have serious modifications to the engines and drivelines from the stock vehicles … The beauty of the GT-R is that it is an amazing platform to start with and we are able to utilize all of the stock internal components and drivetrain. With the exception of some of the approved series aerodynamic items and an effort to bring the car down to a competitive weight, the car will remain incredibly stock compared to most of our competition.”

– A.J. Brass – Team Owner

The GT-R entrant is the first Nissan backed team since the Sentra SE-R several years back.

Other team sponsors include Tax Masters, Stoptech, Penske Shocks, Southside Performance and Seibon Carbon. SouthSide Performance has received some photos of the car preparation including the roll cage and interior work being done. Looks like top quality stuff.

Can’t wait to see more of the build and the results when the World Challenge kicks off for round one at Streets of St. Petersburg on 26th – 28th of March.

Link: Brass Monkey Racing
Link: World Challenge Press Release

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