Weekend Recap: Toyota Wins in Monza; Weather-Shortened Lime Rock IMSA Race & More
FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA action from busy weekend of racing...
Toyota’s Mike Conway, Jose Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi took their first FIA World Endurance Championship win of the season at Monza as Alpine and LMP2 class winner United Autosports completed the overall podium after six hours of racing.
Conway crossed the line one minute clear of Matthieu Vaxiviere in the No. 36 Alpine A480 Gibson that the Frenchman shared with Nicolas Lapierre and Andre Negrao.
United’s LMP2-winning Oreca 07 Gibson driven by Filipe Albuquerque, Phil Hanson and Fabio Scherer ended up third after benefiting from setbacks to the No. 8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid and both Glickenhaus SCG 007 Le Mans Hypercars.
The No. 7 Toyota won despite briefly losing the lead with two hours to go when Kobayashi was forced to park up under the bridge before Ascari to perform a system reset.
That episode caused the Japanese driver to drop behind Romain Dumas in the No. 709 Glickenhaus SCG 007 LMH, which then pitted at the end of the same lap for a brake change that would last eight minutes, thwarting its chances of an outright podium.
Garcia, Taylor Win Weather-Shortened Northeast Grand Prix
Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor have been declared winners in Saturday’s weather-shortened Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, which ended under a red flag.
The Corvette Racing duo picked up top overall honors in the scheduled two-hour and 40-minute race, which was red-flagged for lightning in the area with 1 hour and 10 minutes to go.
IMSA officials threw the checkered flag with 24 minutes remaining on the clock.
The 1.5-mile circuit did not see any heavy rains; however, multiple lightning strikes in the area forced the race to be halted, with race action not resuming from the initial yellow-turned-red.
Ross Gunn and Roman De Angelis picked up their second GT Daytona class victory of the season in a dominant drive by the duo in the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3.
Mosing, Foss Take Murillo’s First Win in Four Years at Lime Rock
Murillo Racing claimed its first IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge victory with Mercedes-AMG GT4 machinery in Saturday’s Lime Rock 120.
Eric Foss drove the team’s No. 56 entry to its first series win in four years following a late-race charge to the front in the fast-paced two-hour contest.
He took over the lead with 21 minutes remaining after taking the final restart in third behind the No. 11 FCP Euro and No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes entries of Michael Hurczyn and Alec Udell, respectively.
Foss crossed the line 9.295 seconds ahead of the pole-sitting No. 23 Notlad by RS1 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Stevan McAleer in second.