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Team StopTech’s Jack Baldwin Takes Two for the Team in Opener
by Frank A. Filipponio | Mar 25, 2013

Team StopTech’s Jack Baldwin picked up where he left off in 2012, taking home the class win in Saturday’s and Sunday's St. Petersburg Sports Challenge presented by StopTech, the first two races of the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge Championship.

Baldwin is running a full StopTech Trophy Race System again this year and StopTech's own Steve Ruiz is once again serving as race engineer for Baldwin's GTSport Porsche Cayman S, so we will be closely following the success of the team over the season.

The season kicked off with Saturday's Round 1, which Jack won after starting from a second place grid position. After taking the victory in Saturday’s opener, Baldwin drove the No. 73 Motul/StopTech/Invoice Prep Porsche Cayman S to his second win of the weekend in Sunday’s Round 2.

Starting from the pole on Sunday, Baldwin battled with last year’s GTS champion - and fellow Team StopTech member - Andy Lee, early in the race until Lee’s No. 20 Best IT Chevrolet Camaro was sidelined with mechanical issues. That didn’t make it a walk in the park for Baldwin however. Jack had to hold off the scrappy Lawson Aschenbach who ultimately had to settle for second.

“My guys took the car back and worked until midnight [last night] and made the car better,” Baldwin told Racer Magazine. “I drove today one of the best setup race cars. We hit it dead on. I don’t care who would have come up and run with me, we would have beaten them. It was one of those days. These two wins go to the hard work of my crew from Gold Crest Motorsports and GTSport Racing, they give me a great car, and I’m just thrilled an honored to be able to drive it.”

“I had nothing for Baldwin today,” Aschenbach said. “That Cayman was just ridiculous.”

Team StopTech finished the weekend with the top three qualifying spots, as well as Baldwin's two wins and a second for Lee in Saturday's race.

Baldwin comes away from the opening weekend with 294 points, well clear of Aschenbach and Cunningham who are tied for second with 190 apiece, and Andy Lee (154) who sits fourth as the teams head to Round Three in Long Beach.

The Long Beach Grand Prix takes place April 19-21, as part of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and will be streamed live online at www.world-challgetv.com. More information on the series can be found at www.world-challenge.com or on Twitter @WCRacing.


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