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#31 Whelen Dallara Cadillac Wins In Drama Filled Race (Short Report)

JDC Miller Oreca second after leading, #10 Cadillac takes itself out of the lead in final half hour!

A superb race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park saw Dane Cameron pick up the baton and take the win in the #32 Whelen Action Express Dallara Cadillac DPI, fending off the close attention of Stephen Simpson in the #85 JDC Miller Oreca in a second heavy shower that saw the race finally finish under the Safety Car after David Ostella lost control of the #52 PR1 Mathiesen Ligier Gibson and ended his race upside down with less than 60 seconds remaining.

The #85 was lucky to emerge unscathed from side to side contact with Joao Barbosa, the Portuguese getting bottled up in traffic and pulling out into the side of the Oreca despite having clearly been passed. The #5 meanwhile lost a potential podium with the resultant half spin.

The #10 Konica Minolta backed Dallara Cadillac DPi of Ricky and Jordan Tayor almost took the win before tagging Tommy Milner’s #4 Corvette as the Vette passed the #66 Ford for position, the touch sending both Caddy and vet into the tyre barrier, the #4 out on the spot, Milner lucky to escape injury after the impact sliced off the front right corner, Taylor rejoining, retaining the lead behind the subsequent Safety Car and opting to stay out with major damage to the rear of the car, the wing very loose, and bodywork missing from the left rear corner. A late drop post Safety Car to fix the damage saw the car re-emerge but still unable to run at full speed.

It was far from a Caddy dominated race though until the final half hour, a tricky tyre choice after a heavy shower seeing the Caddy stay on slicks as several others, including the #85 JDC Miler Oreca Gibson, taking wet weather rubber.

The heat of the day though rapidly brought the track back to the slick shod runners, Stephen Simpson, Tristan Nunez (#55 Mazda) and Ryan Dalziel (after a quick spin) pitting from the top three positions, ceding the lead to the #10. 

The #85 Oreca had looked very strong indeed until the shower with local boy Misha Goikhberg running a fantastic stint to fend off Ricky Taylor before handing over the Oreca to Simpson who caught and passed Jordan Taylor on the road.

Ryan Dalziel brought the #2 ESM Ligier Nissan Gibson completed the podium with the Mazda pair both coming home in 4th and 5th (#55 and #70) ahead of the #5 and #10 Caddys.

Pipo Derani had been running strongly in the #22 ESM Ligier Nissan Dpi before engine woes ended his day and brought out the first full course caution of the day with an hour and three quarters already run.

In PC the #38 Performance Tech Oreca finished 8th overall, a lap clear of the #20 BAR1 car.

In GTLM Patrick Pilet was a late retirement from second place with engine woes leaving a BMW 1-2, Alexander Sims storming away from the field to win, 9th overall in the #25 Team RLL M6 GTLM, well clear of the team car with Richard Westbrook coming through to take third in the #67 Ford.

The #3 Corvette, #66 Ford and #9 were in close formation fighting for fourth at the flag.

In GTD it was nose to tail for much of the field for much of the race with the #57 Stevenson Audi of Lawson Ascenbach crossing the line to take the win, 17th overall, ahead of the #93 MSR Acura NSX, Andy Lally managing to get by then fend off the close attentions of the #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari of Alessandro Balzan/ Christina Nielsen, a further five GTD cars in line astern behind.