Williams wins gold cup class of IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series

In the absence of his point-magnet Pikesville teammate, Annapolis’ David Williams won the gold cup class of the of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series today. It was the second IMSA race of the weekend.

“I've lived here for 25 years and just these kind of crowds and the energy and excitement is fantastic,” said Williams, the founder of Merkle Inc. in Columbia. “Technical course, high speed, fantastic."

Pikesville resident Michael Levitas, who won the class in yesterday’s race, was taken out after the first turn of the first lap, getting into a crash with platinum cup racers Craig Duerson and David Ostella, Saturday’s second-place overall driver.

Levitas and Williams hail from Jessup-based TPC Racing, which sits atop the IMSA gold cup team standings, with Williams first and Levitas second individually.

Sloan Urry, who’s in third place in the platinum cup class, won the race, opening up a more than 40-second lead late in the race, ahead of 17-year-old points leader, Madison Snow. It was Urry’s first victory of the season.

“I guess it suits my style because it’s the fastest I’ve been throughout the whole season, and I’m looking forward to coming back next year,” Urry said.

Snow won Saturday — his fifth win in his second IMSA season — after starting in the third-place position.

Snow started today’s race in 10th place after a crash in qualifying. He worked his way to second throughout the first half of the race but Urry’s lead was too large to overcome.

“[Saturday] was a lot better than today,” Snow said.  “I had a lot better chance [Saturday.] … I worked my way up; I was just trying to get points.”

Snow still leads the points standings, and the series will race next at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on Sept. 19.

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