Estre Inches Closer To Beretta At PWC Detroit

Henrique Cisneros in the No. 30 Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia for NGT Motorsports during the Pirellli World Challenge at the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

Henrique Cisneros in the No. 30 Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia for NGT Motorsports during the Pirellli World Challenge at the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

Header-image-Shalapata-2By Ian Shalapata

(DETROIT, MI) – It was a wild weekend of weather that played havoc both on and off the 2.35 mile street course during the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. There were happy faces on Saturday after the Pirelli World Challenge, but not so much a day later.

In Round 10 of the GT series, pole sitter Olivier Beretta, driving the No. 61 Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, registered a lap at 92.664mph but it wasn’t enough to hold off Kevin Estre, in the No. 9 McLaren 650S GT3, from taking the checkered flag. Estre finished 9.6 seconds in front of Beretta in second place.

Crossing the line in 3rd was Chris Dyson, driving the No. 16 Bentley Continental GT3, who had worked his way up from starting 7th and 12 seconds behind the leader.

Tim Pappas in the No. 54 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 for Black Swan Racing followed by Chris Dyson in the No. 14 Bentley Continental GT3 for Bentley Team Dyson Racing and Mike Skeen in the No. 2 Audi R8 LMS Ultra for CRP Racing during the Pirellli World Challenge at the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

Tim Pappas in the No. 54 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 for Black Swan Racing followed by Chris Dyson in the No. 14 Bentley Continental GT3 for Bentley Team Dyson Racing and Mike Skeen in the No. 2 Audi R8 LMS Ultra for CRP Racing during the Pirellli World Challenge at the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

For his victory, Estre earned 144 points on Saturday, giving him 873 on the season, good enough for 2nd place, 35 points behind Beretta. Johnny O’Connell, who finished 4th in Detroit, is in 3rd place with 801 points after scoring 85.

In the GTA class competition, Henrique Cisneros moved up from 10th, taking the checkered flag in 51 minutes, 33 seconds. Cisneros, in the No. 30 Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, registered the fastest lap time of 1:32.204, or 91.75mph. His win on Saturday earned him 145 points, adding to his series-leading total of 942.

Bret Curtis in the No. 32 BMW E89 Z4 GT3 for Turner Motorsports during the Pirellli World Challenge at the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

Bret Curtis in the No. 32 BMW E89 Z4 GT3 for Turner Motorsports during the Pirellli World Challenge at the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

Bret Curtis, driving the No. 32 BMW E89 Z4 GT3, was 18.5 seconds behind Cisneros, narrowly taking 2nd place in front of rookie driver Christina Nielsen, in the No. 7 Aston Martin Vantage GT3, who was a half second back.

Cisneros expanded his series lead on Frank Montecalvo who placed in 7th position, down one lap, and on 3rd place holder Martin Fuentes, who finished 9th in Detroit.

Round 11 in both series, to be held the following day, was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Christina Nielsen in the No. 7 Aston Martin GT3 V12 for TRG-AMR during the Pirellli World Challenge at the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

Christina Nielsen in the No. 7 Aston Martin GT3 V12 for TRG-AMR during the Pirellli World Challenge at the 2015 Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix on 29 5 2015. Copyright Ian Shalapata. 2015. All rights reserved.

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Ian Shalapata
Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. Email Ian Shalapata