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ANSA Motorsports Driver Lorenzo Trefethen had an exciting racing weekend last week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during the season finale of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge. Trefethen started the event in third place in the GT-Cup driver championship and needed to finish in the top four to save his podium ranking. Trefethen, driving the No. 13 Trefethen Family Vineyards/BRM Chronographes/750 Group/PitStop Furniture/Durango Operating Porsche, qualified fourth and finished fourth in the race and was able to finish third in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT-Cup class driver championship. During Sunday night’s season-ending championship banquet, the racer from Napa, Calif., was also presented a valuable prize and trophy:  The 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT-Cup Rookie of the Year Award. 2015 - Pirelli World Challenge - CTMP Mosport Trefethen and ANSA Motorsports had a very good season together. 2015 marked Trefethen’s first professional season, and he has been commended for his performance. Trefethen scored his first professional-career win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and a total of four podium finishes. In retrospect, the story of Trefethen joining ANSA Motorsports to compete in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge started on a cold, winter day with a long phone call between Trefethen Racing marketing and social media consultant Matt Ambroziak and ANSA Motorsports’ executive consultant, Emmanuel Lupe, who had just spent the 2014 season working with the same TUDOR championship team. IMG_7751 Two weeks later, Trefethen signed his agreement with ANSA and started testing ANSA’s 2014 GT3 Cup at West Palm Beach International Raceway in Florida. A month before the first race, the series announced that to be eligible for the 2015 GT-Cup class of the Pirelli World Challenge, teams needed a 2015 Porsche GT3 Cup model 991. At that time, ANSA Motorsports only had a 2014 car, leased to one of its customers.  Team Owner Alain Nadal had to react overnight and find an immediate solution to a totally unexpected situation. Nadal also needed to fulfill the recent contract, signed with Trefethen, to supply a competitive car. Nadal contacted Porsche Motorsports to make sure it was possible to purchase one of the last of the 991 cars available in Germany. Thanks to one of his long-time customers, Nadal was able to purchase the new Porsche that made it to the United States only two weeks before the first race.
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Trefethen scored two top-five finishes at race 1 and 2 at COTA, before scoring two podium finishes in a row at ANSA Motorsports’ home race in St. Petersburg, Fla. Three events later, Trefethen had his best weekend of the year and crossed the finish line first in Canada, allowing him to stand second in the driver championship at the time. The second half of the season was less successful, in terms of top results, but the return of driver Alec Udell to the series and the good form of driver Sloan Urry made the last seven races more challenging. FullSizeRender (22) ANSA Motorsports Team Owner Nadal said that he wants to thank Trefethen for his competitive season and the 2015 team and series sponsors -- Trefethen Family Vineyards and its outstanding sales and marketing team, BRM Chronographes, 750 Group, PitStop Furniture, Durango Operating, Pirelli and Porsche Motorsport -- for their support. Nadal also thanked the crew for its hard work, including Crew Chief Bobby Mouzayck, Steven Perrodin, David Calvet, and Enrique Saumell as well as Emmanuel Lupe for his advice, marketing and communications management throughout the 2015 season. ANSA Motorsports expects to return to the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge next year with a larger program and is working on signing drivers and hiring additional, experienced, motivated, full-time and “fly-in” crew members, interested in racing KTM X-BOW GT4 or other cars in the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge. IMG_7783 ANSA Motorsports is set to compete in the GTS class with the all-new KTM X-BOW GT4 racer. The car, built by REITER Engineering, made its first U.S. appearance last week at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif. ANSA Motorsports is still studying options to continue racing a Porsche GT3 Cup in the GT-Cup class and/or other cars in GTA and/or GT class, including the new Pirelli World Challenge Sprint-X GT Championship Series. Drivers and investors can contact ANSA Motorsports via email at el@ansamiami.com. The Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT-Cup event presented by Cadillac at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca event will air tomorrow on CBS Sports Network at 3:30 p.m. EDT.