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Cadillac Racing drivers Johnny O'Connell and Michael Cooper are ready to kick-off of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GT Series Championship with a double race weekend at the Circuit of The Americas this weekend, March 3-6.

O'Connell enters the 2016 World Challenge season, for a fourth year in a row, as the reigning GT driver champion. He will be making the race debut of the newly colored No. 3 Velocity Red Cadillac ATS-V.R Coupe at the 3.4-mile, 20-turn circuit located southeast of Austin.

Read more: http://www.racer.com/pwc/item/126606-pwc-cadillac-drivers-eager-for-cota-opener

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***Cadillac Racing topped the time sheets in Thursday’s test day, with Johnny O’Connell reeling off an unofficial lap time of 2:05.999 in his Velocity Red-liveried No. 3 Cadillac ATS-V.R in the morning. O’Connell’s time was 0.183 seconds quicker than teammate Michael Cooper, who paced the afternoon session.

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http://sportscar365.com/gt/world-challenge/cota-thursday-notebook-2/

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Cooper got in the first row, 2nd in qualifying. O'Conell was third, but with the best time in GTA being put in the first row, he's in the second row.

The first race is on, but I can't get anything on the video feed. Anyone?

http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo/

Second link from Motor Trend web site:

http://www.motortrendondemand.com/live-coverage/march-5th-3-20pm-et-pirelli-world-challenge-gt-gta-gt-cup-race-1-/278178/

The feeds just went live.

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Cooper 3rd with a last-lap pass, O'Connell 5th. Hard day for Cadillac in the first race, but we have one car on the podium with the new young driver.

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The start time is 2:15 PM Central time.

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This weekend was the first full outing for the new Cadillac GT3 racing team. In the first race on Saturday, there were some kinks in the qualifying and a rough start, and the two ATS-VRs got caught in traffic, and came in 3rd and 5th. The second race today was another matter, and Cadillac came in first and second, running away from the field by a margin of over 10 seconds.

Full results from the first race (PDF file):
http://files.world-challenge.com/events/2016-03-cota/2016-03-03_COTA_RACE-1_GT-GTA-GTC_FINAL.pdf

Full results from the second race (PDF file):
http://files.world-challenge.com/events/2016-03-cota/2016-03-03_COTA_RACE-2_GT-GTA-GTC_FINAL.pdf

The drivers were Johnny O'Connell and Michael Cooper. Andy Pilgrim moved over to Black Swan Racing where he most recently drove a Porsche GE3-R at the Datona 500. See Andy's home page:
http://www.andypilgrim.com/

Michael Cooper came to the attention of Cadillac when BMW brought him to Bob Lutz's Cadillac Challenge in 2009 at age 21, and he did better than any of the other BMW drivers. He came in 3rd in the first race to O'Connell's 5th. O'Connell won the second race and Cooper came in second, six seconds behind. Third place was a McLaren 650S GT3, 16.7 seconds back.

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