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MILLEVILLE, N.J. (September 27, 2008) - It took James Sofronas 99 attempts, but he finally captured his first-career SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge win, leading every lap of Saturday's SCCA SPEED GT Championship Round Nine race at New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt Raceway. Brandon Davis, of Huntington Beach, Calif., and Andy Pilgrim, of Boca Raton, Fla., completed the podium.

With the win, Porsche clinched the SCCA SPEED GT Manufacturers' Championship Presented by RACER Magazine with one race remaining, Friday, Oct. 3 at Road Atlanta.

Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., started second in his No. 14 Global Motorsports Group Porsche 911 GT3 but edged polesitter Davis' No. 10 ACS/Sun Microsystems Ford Mustang to Turn One to take his first-ever lead in an SCCA SPEED GT race.

"I almost blew it," Sofronas said of his start. "I had a great launch and the car just shot out. I thought that I hit the rev limiter, but I didn't and I shifted early, so I had a shock and then I took off and started to move over and looked in my mirrors and I thought I had [Brandon] by a couple feet. I figured I needed to get ahead of him or it would be really tough to pass him, so I knew the start would be huge."

For the first dozen laps, Sofronas did his best to keep Davis at bay with 10th-starting Eric Curran charging through the field in his No. 30 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet Corvette and joining the lead fight by lap seven. On lap eight, Curran slowed and pitted for a new alternator, costing him 10 laps.

On lap 11, the leaders caught the lapped Mitsubishi of rookie Vesko Kozarov, who was far behind the pack owing to a stop-and-go penalty for movement prior to the start. While Sofronas was able to get through cleanly, Davis had to follow for several corners, allowing the Porsche to pull out a 3.5-second advantage.

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