The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship visited Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the eighth race of the season. Olivier Pla and Gustavo Yacaman were behind the wheel of the No. 42 Morgan-Nissan LM P2 machine, which started on the pole position for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. They captured their first win of the season securing the lights to flag victory in a dominant fashion.
Poleman Yacaman in the OAK Racing Protoype sped off the line from the charging Spirit of Daytona Corvette of Michael Valiante on a drying track following morning rain showers. The Colombian stayed in the car in the first round of stops, as did Valiante, but Valiante’s change to Richard Westbrook after an hour and a half for the second pit stop was slow.
The #90 Spirit Corvette then ran with a gearbox problem which caused Westbrook to lose time during his stint – allowing Jordan Taylor to move up to second in his Wayne Taylor Racing machine. Taylor pitted 45 minutes from the end in the final fuel stop in an attempt to undercut the other Prototype teams, but another clean stop from OAK Racing kept it in the lead.
A strong stint from Westbrook towards the end allowed him to catch up onto the tail of Taylor, finally passing him for second with less than half an hour remaining, also cutting the gap to Pla from 30 seconds to seven.
“I am very happy,” said Yacaman. “The team did a great job and all of the pit stops were perfect. The car was perfect and we came here to do our job of keeping our nose clean in traffic and we were able to pull off this win. The win is for everyone at OAK Racing for their hard work and their determination in showing what they can do.”
“It was a perfect race from beginning to end,” said Pla. “The car was great and the strategy was great. The team has done a fantastic job the whole season to understand the car and tires. I could not be more excited to have won the race. Gustavo (Yacaman) did a wonderful job at the beginning of the race to keep a gap to the next car.”
Christian Fittipaldi showed strong pace in the Action Express Corvette from the start, but when championship leader Ricky Taylor attempted to barge his way through in the early moments Fittipaldi was shown the black and white flag and forced to pit. He then suffered damage 25 minutes later when his left rear tyre delaminated after hitting a GT Daytona competitor, and a slow pit stop to replace the wheel did little to help his race, dropping him back to finish fourth overall with team-mate Joao Barbosa.
In the GT Le Mans class Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia took their fourth consecutive win. Magnussen was hounding leader Kuno Wittmer in the early laps, but the SRT Motorsports driver took an excursion onto the grass 55 minutes in and collected an advertising board and also spread turf across the track. The contact handed Magnussen and Garcia the win, with the #93 and #91 SRT Vipers of Bomarito and Goosens rounding out the podium.
After taking second and third at New York’s Watkins Glen International circuit, the Viper entries again shared the podium for the team’s third-ever dual podium result. This double – a second-place result by the No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R and third by the No. 91 – also gave the team shared podiums in back-to-back seasons at the Canadian Mosport track.
The GTD class was won by Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating in the #33 SRT Viper, overtaking the Kevin Estre/Patrick Lindsay driven Porsche 911 with less than a minute to go. Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala‘s BMW Z4 finished third.
TMobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance
Pos Cl Drivers Team/Car Time/Gap
1. P Yacaman/Pla OAK Morgan-Nissan 2h45m32.479s
2. P Westbrook/Valiante Spirit Corvette DP +7.886s
3. P Taylor/Taylor Taylor Corvette DP +20.943s
4. P Fittipaldi/Barbosa Action Express Corvette DP +1m10.730s
5. P Negri Jr/Pew Michael Shank Riley-Ford -2 laps
6. GTLM Garcia/Magnussen Corvette -6 laps
7. GTLM Bomarito/Wittmer SRT Viper -6 laps
8. P Miller/Nunez SpeedSource Mazda -6 laps
9. GTLM Goosens/Farnbacher SRT Viper -6 laps
10. GTLM Edwards/Muller RLL BMW -7 laps
Thanks to High Revs Photography for the images.