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Jack Baldwin Finishes Second in World Challenge GTS; Wins Cook Award
by Frank A. Filipponio | Oct 22, 2013

The 2013 Pirelli World Challenge season came to a close recently with Team StopTech's Jack Baldwin second place in GTS. Jack had a terrific season in his StopTech-Trophy Kit equipped #73 FOAMETIX/StopTech/Motul Porsche Cayman S, finishing just three points behind GTS rival Lawson Aschenbach.

In fact, it was mostly bad luck and weather that contributed to Jack losing his 46 point lead in the final race of the season in Houston.

Starting on the pole in the final race, Jack looked like he was in the ideal spot to hold onto the championship, but an early GT crash allowed Aschenbach to sneak past Baldwin as the cars battled through traffic in the rain. Baldwin held his position until the closing laps of the race, when a drying track allowed Peter Cunningham and Mark Wilkins to pass Jack on the straight-away. Baldwin ended up fourth in the race and just 3 points behind Aschenbach in the championship.

"Our team has done an amazing job all year, thanks to the hard work at Goldcrest Motorsports and our partners we have a second place finish in the season championship" said Baldwin. “We fought hard and raced with honor. We’re looking forward to an even stronger 2014 effort.”

And as if the second place finish weren't enough, Jack was presented with the prestigious 2013 Jim Cook Memorial Trophy during the Pirelli World Challenge Championships' awards banquet. The annual award honors the memory of James Edwin Cook (1939–1985), and is presented to the driver who has made significant contributions to the overall success of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships through promotional activities and a consistent display of good character and sportsmanship.

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Baldwin, of Marietta, GA., was the unanimous pick for this year's award, as he is among the Series’ true ambassadors. Baldwin is a legend in American sports car racing, with wins in every series that he has competed in as well as victories at every major racetrack in the United States during his successful career that has spanned four decades. With over 500 professional starts, Jack has won five professional Championships and 34 major pro races.

"It is such an honor for me to be the recipient of the Jim Cook Award," said Baldwin. "I was fortunate enough to know Jim as a friend and mentor; he had a very positive affect on my career. I want to thank the Pirelli World Challenge for this special award, it is definitely high point for me and my family."

For Baldwin, the Cook award removed some of the disappointment in finishing second in the GTS Drivers' Championship.

"As far as the season; we fought hard, raced with honor and held the point lead until the last 4 minutes," said Baldwin. "We are a private team racing a Porsche Cayman with no manufacturer support. I am so proud of the hard work and dedication our GTSport/Goldcrest Racing team demonstrated throughout the entire season."

You can find Pirelli World Challenge info as well as season highlights, photos and more online at www.world-challenge.com.


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