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Curran & Cameron Win Topsy Turvy Race At CTMP

Ford takes third GTLM win of the season

The #31 Corvette DP of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran headed a 1-2 for the Action Express team at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park ahead of the #5 Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.

Cameron and Curran drove a spectacular race, with Cameron in particular having a demon run out of the pits after getting in the car. The team had performed a rapid pit stop, allowing Curran to take the wheel in third. He then snatched the lead with under two hours left, running three wide alongside Fittipaldi and the #55 Mazda, which would be the move which stated the car’s intentions in the race

Making up the top three was the Wayne Taylor Racing DP which led early, battling with the pole-sitting #70 Mazda which retired due to mechanical niggles at the halfway mark.

After the final round of stops, two of which came under full-course yellow conditions, Jordan Taylor went into the final stint sitting second with Cameron pulling away up front after its quick stops, but a late charge from Fittipaldi denied Taylor second. The Brazilian made a decisive move down the hill at Turn 2 up the inside in the closing laps.

Fourth place was taken by the Racing DP of Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goosens which led for a time during Dalziel’s stint during an out-of-sync portion of the race. Rounding out the top five was the sole remaining red and grey Mazda of Joel Miller and Tom Long.

In GTLM, Ford took its third win of the season after a great strategy call from the pit wall which saw Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook take the victory in the #67 GT. The car seemed out of contention early, with the #3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia controlling the race from Pole, but going into the last set of stops the field was bunched up and the #67 pitted later than the other cars. Briscoe got some laps in clear air and pitted for fuel only. He was then able to sit comfortably with a lead of over 10 seconds and cruise to the line in the final 40 minutes.

Second in the end was the #4 Corvette of Tommy Milner and Olvier Gavin which had to fight its way past the #912 Porsche which had risen up the order in a similar fashion to the winning Ford. Fred Makoweicki looked set to finish second in the class after the final round of stops, but was considerably slower than those behind in the Porsche, finishing sixth after letting Milner, Garcia and Dirk Werner’s #25 BMW past in the final hour.

Coming home third will feel like a disappointment for the #3 Corvette which looked good for the win, after the latest round of BoP changes which allowed the car to compete on pace all weekend in Canada.

GTD turned into a spectacular finish also, with Jens Klingmann and Bret Curtis’ Turner Motorsports BMW M6 taking the lead of the class late when the #27 Dream Racing Lamborghini of Fabio Babini and Jeroen Bleekemolen’s #33 Riley Viper pitted for damage repairs after a collision while the trio battled for the lead.

Klingman made the move going into the hairpin, and the slower Babini, who was leading and fuel and tyre saving, was hit from behind by Bleekemolen who couldn’t find a way past in the really frantic sequence.

Second at the flag was the #6 Stevenson Audi, with the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lambo finishing in the final podium spot.

Early in the race the Team Seattle Alex Job Porsche took a commanding lead, but lost a wheel after slipping back to third in a pit cycle, and came home 12th in class.

PC saw the #54 CORE Autosports Oreca of Colin Braun and Jonathan Bennett take a late win, after Stephen Simpson led the race convincingly for over two hours, before handing over the wheel to Misha Goikhberg at the final stop.

It was an iron man stint, which in the end left the team with no trophy. Goikhberg missed out on running with his wife in hospital waiting to deliver a baby, so only stepped in the car to complete a minimal stint to score points.

The #8 Starworks car finished second with the #52 sister CORE car third. The Simpson, Goikhberg JDC-Miller car came home fifth.

Next on the IMSA calendar is the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock on July 22nd and 23rd.