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The No. 10 Corvette DP car notched a close victory in Canada on Sunday.

The No. 10 Corvette DP car notched a close victory in Canada on Sunday. (File photo courtesy of IMSA)


Wayne Taylor Racing was the overall winner in Sunday’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship Series Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Behind the wheel were brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor.

Ricky Taylor started from the pole position he earned in qualifying late Saturday and led the opening 28 laps around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course that once was home to Formula 1’s Canadian Grand Prix.

But the Taylor’s No. 10 Konica Minolta prototype didn’t see the lead again until Jordan Taylor overtook Dane Cameron with less than nine minutes remaining. From there, Jordan Taylor held on as the two young drivers waged a tight battle the rest of the way while negotiating lapped traffic around the high-speed road course.

At the end, the Taylor car was .477 of a second ahead of the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Cameron

“It was a perfect team effort,” Jordan Taylor said after his 11th career major North American sports car victory, the same total as his brother. “Ricky had issues with power steering at the beginning so he had a tough stint. Once I got in the car, I was basically just running laps for three stints, not really battling with anyone but listening to what the guys wanted to do, strategy-wise. They called it perfectly with what tires to take, when to pit, and we came out just ahead of the 31 at the end. Like I said, it was a perfect team effort.”

Cameron said, “It was pretty flat out today and was a really tough race. We were kind of on our own a little bit, but unfortunately I was dropping the wheels off-track on the front straightaway so we were having some soft leaks on the tires. We were always having to pit early and that’s what made us do that last pitstop. We had it timed perfectly but sometimes it’s not your day and things don’t go to plan.”

Prototype Challenge

Watching various problems strike most of their rivals in the Prototype Challenge class, Jon Bennett and Colin Braun drove a trouble-free race to capture their first victory of the season in the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09. The victory allowed the CORE autosport teammates to extend their lead in the point standings with four races remaining.

Four other teams managed to lead the event, but the No. 54 team ran in the top two throughout the entire race – with the exception of a three-lap stretch following its first pit stop.

“Today I had the intention of not losing the lead pack, so we could make Colin’s job easier,” Bennett said. “I followed James French for a stretch early in the race, then handed the car to Colin in the lead without a scratch. Then he did his usual great job. This win is massive for our team.”

John Falb led 12 laps in the No. 16 Edvisors.com/Top 1 Oil ORECA, and joined Sean Rayhall in a second-place finish for BAR1 Motorsports, one lap behind the winners. Taking third were Mikhail Goikhberg – who led 25 laps – and Matt McMurry in the No. 85 UndergroundCellar.com ORECA from JDC/Miller Motorsports.

Renger van der Zande entered the race looking to give Starworks Motorsport and the No. 8 Martini ORECA its third consecutive victory. Ailing co-driver Mirco Schultis drove the opening hour, with van der Zande driving to the lead before dropping out with a mechanical issue.

Also experiencing problems was TOTAL Pole Award winner James French, who led the opening 30 laps in the No. 38 Ric-Man Construction/GO-PUCK/Braille Batteries entry before pulling off course on the back straight to bring out the lone caution of the event. The team managed to repair the car, with Conor Daly finishing the race in seventh.

Mike Guasch and Tom Kimber-Smith entered the event one point behind in the PC standings, but the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Cuttwood entry lost 12 laps with a mechanical problem at the 90-minute mark. The team came back to finish fifth and now trails by 10 points, 193-183.


GT Le Mans

Two weeks after scoring a double victory at Watkins Glen, the 911 RSR campaigned by Porsche North America got its second GTLM-class win of the season at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Recent Le Mans winner Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet secured a convincing lights-to-flag win after the two hour forty minute race with the No. 911 vehicle. With a total of six GT wins at the former Mosport International Raceway, one of the most historic race tracks on the North American continent, Porsche as the defending champion has moved up the manufacturers’ standings to now rank second.

Tandy and Pilet led all but five of the 128 laps.

Tandy won the pole position on Saturday in the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR, becoming the first repeat pole GTLM winner in the history of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, breaking a streak of 16 different pole winners beginning with the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“The car was clearly the best car all weekend,” Tandy said. “It’s a testament to what the whole 911 crew has done all weekend. We tried to pull a gap to the others, but the caution came out and negated our advantage. Even though perhaps the other two Porsches were so fast, it shows what the team has done. We did our strategy, our two stops and it’s just how you want every race to go. (It may have been) a bit boring, but great for us.

“It’s been 18 months since I won a race in this series, and 18 months since I’ve been on a podium in this series. So it feels like there is a bit of momentum coming behind the Porsche. We won at Le Mans, and Porsche won at Watkins Glen. Everyone is excited, enjoying the racing. And we’re all committed to making our weekends better, and it makes a big difference when everyone is happy. So this is great.”

Tandy, overall winner of the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Porsche 919 Prototype, attempted to stretch out an advantage as soon as the green flag dropped on the race. That advantage was negated by the event’s lone caution period 37 minutes into the race for a stopped Prototype Challenge car.

Following the pit stop, Pilet quickly regained the lead and stayed out in front until his next scheduled stop. With the race run in warm, sunny conditions, the team elected to put Tandy back into the car for the run to the finish. Tandy crossed the stripe 15.525 seconds ahead of John Edwards in the No. 24 IHG Rewards Club BMW Z4 GTLM to earn the second consecutive victory for Porsche, which won two weeks ago at Watkins Glen International with Team Falken Tire.

No. 24 BMW Team RLL drivers Edwards and Lucas Luhr also won the DEKRA Green Challenge Award, presented to the most environmentally clean, fast and efficient GTLM competitor at each TUDOR Championship race.

Rounding out the podium at Canada’s oldest and largest motorsport complex was Corvette Racing’s No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R driven by Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia. The third-place result moved the No. 3 teammates into sole possession of the GTLM points lead by two, 128-126, over No. 25 IHG Rewards Club BMW Z4 GTLM co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner, who finished fourth.

Corvette Racing co-drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner finished fifth in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, battling back from eighth to start the race.

| , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 12 2015
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