stablishing a serious presence in the all-inclusive Pirelli World Challenge playground was an obvious move for the Global Motorsports Group. Named to reflect its aftermarket expertise with numerous worldwide marques, GMG founders James Sofronas and Fabrice Kutyba built their SoCal tuning and competition base with a goal of catering to those who wanted their high-end European machinery taken to the next level. But right from the start, the pair had a desire – and the makings of a plan – to do more than build special edition Porsches and Ferraris for Tinseltown’s elite. “We formed in 2001 with a goal to become a premier, high-end exotic car esource, but we went in wanting to be the same kind of resource in motorsports,” says Sofronas. “You don’t find a lot of that in North America; you’re either top of your game in tuning and aftermarket, or in racing, but not both. We were determined to do both, so we set our sights on World Challenge as a series to make our name.” GMG quickly established itself in World Challenge, with Sofronas piloting BMWs in the Touring Car class. After a switch to a Porsche 996 in GT, wins began to come, paving the way to a multi-car program. With GMG established as one of the major players in PWC, the ongoing quest for its first championship was improved with a move to a more exclusive chassis than the familiar Porsche GT3 Cup platform. “It was an interesting chain of events because we had one customer buy an R8 LMS car from Europe, then another…and another,” Sofronas explains. “It really just made sense for us to work with the series and work with Audi Customer Sport to develop the Audi for World Challenge – something that would be unique to us, at least until others bought them – and it has been paying off so far.” E
After nine of 14 races, Sofronas had taken
three wins and three poles, and led the
drivers’ championship by 31 points over
2012 champ Johnny O’Connell of Cadillac.