Weekend Recap: Mazda's Fuel Mileage Win at The Glen & More
Catch up on IMSA action from Watkins Glen International...
Mazda Motorsports has scored back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen International with Harry Tincknell stretching the fuel in his No. 55 Mazda RT24-P in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Tincknell, who pitted with 53 minutes to go, edged out the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 of Olivier Pla by 0.995 seconds following a final-hour yellow and restart that shook up the running order.
The Englishman emerged as the leader after a single-tire stop and short fuel during the race’s fourth and final full course caution, after the then-leading MSR Acura DPi took a full fuel load and left-side Michelin tires.
It put the Mazda out front and en route to its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season.
Tincknell, who ran out of fuel on the cool-down lap, shared top honors with Oliver Jarvis and Jonathan Bomarito.
Notlad by RS1 Takes Michelin Pilot Challenge Win
Stevan McAleer overtook Bill Auberlen with three and a half minutes to go to win the four-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge round at Watkins Glen International alongside his Notlad Racing by RS1 co-driver Patrick Gallagher.
McAleer capitalized on Auberlen running off-line through the Inner Loop chicane to plant his No. 23 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 down the inside of the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4 into the next right-hand turn.
The Notlad by RS1 driver then kept Auberlen at bay for the remaining minutes to secure the win by a one-second margin.
McAleer and Gallagher won from third on the grid in an eventful race that included four full course caution periods in the opening half and a fifth in the final hour.
Eidson, Aghakhani Win Race 2 of Lamborghini Super Trofeo
Jacob Eidson and Steven Aghakhani picked up the win for O’Gara Motorsport/USRT in Race 2 of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America weekend at Watkins Glen International.
Loris Spinelli controlled the opening half of the race from pole position before turning his Pro-Am class No. 51 Taurino Racing entry over to Claude Senhoreti during the mandatory pit stop.
Driving solo, Race 1 winner Richard Antinucci pitted early in the window from second place and emerged ahead of Senhoreti following the sequence of pit stops, however he was adjudged to have manipulated the pit speed and was handed a drive-through penalty for the infraction.
That promoted Aghakhani to the overall lead which he held the rest of the way despite several challenges by both Alec Udell and Dario Capitanio.
Van Berlo Sweeps Porsche Carrera Cup NA Weekend
Kay van Berlo emerged the leader after a bold move on his teammate Seb Priaulx in the Bus Stop chicane on the final lap, completing a sweep of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by The Cayman Islands weekend at Watkins Glen International.
The Dutch driver, who took the points lead with a win in Race 1 on Saturday, ran down his Kelly-Moss Road & Race stablemate in the final ten minutes.
Priaulx had been able to fend off van Berlo’s previous attempts but left the door open just wide enough to allow the two cars to enter the corner side by side.
The cars made door-to-door contact which sent Priaulx for a wild ride through the grass.
Both drivers were able to recover from the incident and race to the finish. Race control reviewed the contact and elected not to take further action.
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