Southern California based team, Doran Motorsports Group running a consistent F4 Formula Pro USA Series schedule in the 2019 season made the trek up north for Rounds 5 and 6 of the Western Championship series event hosted at Portland International Raceway this weekend.
Unloading their cars and preparing to hit the track for Friday practice the DMG drivers and crew were on top of their game all day setting the quick times to beat on the charts. Kacic averaging over one second gap quicker than the competition he was feeling confident heading into Saturday’s racing schedule of events with his Doran Motorsports Group prepared F4 car.
In similar fashion to previous day practice, Marco Kacic was able to set pole position to begin race one on the weekend for Saturday. Not only did Kacic receive a P1 starting spot, he was able to capture a record fastest time set at PIR in an F4 car.
Closely behind Kacic, teammate Alan Tang was pushing his car hard to make up just a tenth or two. During Saturday qualifying Tang had made a slight contact with the turn 11 wall, causing minor damage to his car’s front wing. Settling for a third place starting position heading into Saturday’s race, the team worked quickly and efficiently to repair Tang’s car getting it prepared to do battle for the main event.
Race one on Saturday was an interesting battle between the top 3 drivers in the F4 class. The two DMG drivers along with another F4 competitor were struggling to race each other while trying to navigate around the slower traffic on the track at the same time that were competing in a separate class. The class sharing the circuit with both DMG drivers racing for the win happened to be faster on the straights, which was the cause for the continued dilemma between the competitors as they had all taken the green flag together.
The race excitement continued throughout entirety of the race due to the traffic resulting in many lead changes between the four F4 category drivers with Marco Kacic and Alan Tang in the mix. Marco Kacic brought his DMG F4 car across the finish line in second place and Alan Tang behind in third.
Many teams and drivers were unhappy with the way Saturday’s race had ended, but the F4 Formula Pro USA Series had addressed this issue at hand quickly by coming up with a solution to split the classes with a significant gap between them on the start for the Sunday racing event.
Sunday’s racing for the DMG squad started with Kacic on Pole and Tang directly behind in third place. As the drivers took the green flag to start the main event for Sunday, Tang worked his way to second place as Kacic fell to fourth early on in the race. Tang having his sights set on the lead he was able to takeover the reigns while teammate Marco Kacic was still working back through the field from falling back on the start a few positions. Kacic slowly began picking off his competitors one-by-one as his car came in through the race. The Canadian driver, Marco Kacic, has been showing his speed in the F4 series all season thus far. He wanted to finish off strong on the weekend, and was able to make a pass on Tang with a few laps to go in race two on the weekend. Continuing to increase his lead to about six seconds gap over Tang passing the checkered flag.
Alan Tang also having a successful race on Sunday he was able to earn himself the fast lap of the race and bringing the team home with their second One-Two finishes of the race series this season at back-to-back events.
Unfortunately for Tang, the conclusion of the race resulted with receiving a one position penalty from the race steward due to racing his competitor too wide battling for the second position with just laps to go as both drivers were working hard for that second place spot on the podium.
Doran Motorsports Group takes away from the weekend one win, two-second place finishes, and one third. The young and fierce team continues to make a name for themselves in the F4 category in the 2019 championship season.
Team principal Francois Doran explains, “there were some adversities this weekend that we had to overcome but our team, drivers, and crew combined performed with their heads held high and we are together very proud of our accomplishments and pace throughout the weekend!” Doran continues to say, “ I feel that we have very intelligent group of race engineers making all of the right decisions for the cars and also having Indy Pro 2000 series driver Nikita Lastochkin mentoring Marco Kacic and Alan Tang, everyone is performing at the top of their game and proving positive results every race weekend.”
The team will take their rig back to the DMG headquarters and begin preparations for the next race they will attend July 6-7th that will be back at Sonoma Raceway. Last time the team saw Sonoma was for Rounds 1 and 2 of the season and they had captured two first place finishes and two more third place finishes.
The entire DMG team would like to give a huge thank you to their partners and sponsors in giving them the opportunity to prove results through the weekend. The team would like to give thanks to Electra Meccanica, Lancer Tactical, EAdg, Alpine Stars, Beta Tool, Arai helmets, Guisti Wines, New Balance Vancouver, LHM, and Area 27.
About Doran Motorsports Group (DMG) – Doran Motorsports Group based out of Redlands, CA is focused on bringing young drivers from karts up the ladder into formula cars. With their knowledgeable engineering team and driver coaching staff available, the team is prepared to show the world what you are made of in their cars.
For more information on the Doran Motorsports Group, please contact Brandon Reed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Geczi at email@example.com. Francois Doran can be reached at 909.793.9695 or 951.897.0550. To contact him via email, Francois can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them online at www.DoranMotorsports.com.
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