Tuesday
Apr192011

Tomy Drissi Frustrated In Round 3 Of The World Challenge Series at Long Beach

Following a career-high second place finish at Saturday's Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, Tomy Drissi's fortunes took a turn for the worse in Sunday's round 3 World Challenge race. After qualifying 11th with a very competitive time and car, Tomy found his fate and that of the No. 5 X-Men: First Class Porsche GT3 left in the hands of the officials after being assessed a stop and go penalty for allegedly rolling prior to the green light for the standing start.

"First, I want to say it was a thrill running the No. 5 Porsche at Long Beach featuring our X-Men: First Class livery, said Tomy. "Without their support and the continued support of Muscle Milk none of this would be possible. Sponsorship is such an important part of what we do. I can't thank them enough!"

"This was a frustrating day," said Drissi. "First we had a tough qualifying  session going slower than we did in practice the day before… who knows why… but fortunately we still had a competitive time and we started 11th. So on the grid I was not worried about who was in front of me. I knew where I had to go and I knew I could get there."

"Unbelievably," said a frustrated Drissi, "I was penalize for moving on the start. I honestly feel this was a bad call as I was at a complete stop when the lights went off. Furthermore, I didn't gain any advantage or position(s). It was a non-infraction. I know the SCCA and it's people work very hard and are genuinely good people but I sincerely believe they got this one wrong and it was a bad call. It took us out of the race completely."

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