CORE Autosport drivers Colin Braun and Jon Bennett claimed their first overall IMSA win at Sundays Mobil 1 Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in dramatic fashion. Braun drove the No. 54 Core Autosport Oreca 07 Gibson to victory, 3.431-seconds in front of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R of Jordan Taylor.
With 12 minutes to go in the race, Braun made his move, passing Taylor just before the No. 55 Team Joest Mazda RT24-P or Harry Tincknell spun into the gravel trap bringing out the races final yellow flag. At the restart, Braun extended his gap to Taylor and was able to pull away for the victory.
Taylor and Renger van der Zande would finish second, followed by the No. 31 Whelen Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R of Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran. The No. 5 Mustang Samping Cadillac DPi-V.R of Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi would finish fourth, followed by the No. 7 Team Penske Acura ARX-05 of Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves.
The GTLM class victory was won by the No. 67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe. Their win came after both Porsches dominated the race day, but were caught out by multiple yellow flags. Perfect strategy and sound pit stops gave Ford their third win of the 2018 IMSA season, following up their class win at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen last weekend.
Corvette Racing again showed their strength in Canada, as the No. 3 and No. 4 Corvette would go on to give the Pratt and Miller squad a double podium. Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy would have to settle for fourth in their No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR after dominating the early hours of the race.
Riley Team AMG, after having many stellar performances this season, finally scored a GTD class win at the hands of Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating. Late race issues for both 3GT Racing Lexus RC F GT3 cars allowed Bleekemolen to secure the teams race victory. The No. 15 Lexus of Jack Hawksworth finished second, while Magnus Racing and their No. 44 Audi R8 GT3 would finish third.
For the first time this season the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow would miss out on a podium finish. They would finish in fourth, while the No. 86 Sirius Satellite Radio Meyer-Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 of Katherine Legge and Alvaro Parente would finish fifth.
The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship heads to Lime Rock Park for the Northeast Grand Prix on July 21st and 22nd. This race weekend will only feature cars of the GTLM and GTD classes.
Photo credits to IMSA, Core Autosport, LAT Images and Autoweek
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