Muscle Milk Pickett Racing’s Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf cruised to their fourth consecutive American Le Mans Series victory at Mosport Park, while GT honors went to Corvette after a hotly contested battle.
The pole-sitting Pickett HPD dominated the first two hours of the race in the hands of Graf before he handed over to fellow German Luhr, who went on to take the checkered flag five laps ahead of the chasing field.
Second overall went to Scott Tucker and Marino Franchitti in the No. 551 Level 5 HPD after the pair were embroiled in a titanic battle at the front of the LMP2 field.
It was Mike Conway in the sister Level 5 machine who led the majority of the race and was forced to fend off Extreme Speed’s Guy Cosmo until he made his scheduled stop with less than an hour remaining. Tucker, now behind the wheel of the No. 552 Level 5 HPD, could not retain the lead during the latter stages of the race.
Scott Sharp managed to do what Cosmo could not and put them ahead, only for Franchitti to pull off an outstanding overtake on the outside of Turn 8 with 20 minutes left on the clock.
“We fought back with a car that wasn’t perfect and we were able to capitalize from strategy there at the end,” said Tucker. “The Extreme Speed guys have really been coming on strong, so we feel good about today.”
LMPC honors went to CORE’s Colin Braun and Jonathan Bennett, but RSR Racing was unlikely not to take the win. Duncan Ende had dominated until the final hour when his ORECA was retired with a suspected drivetrain issue.
CORVETTE WINS TIGHT GT BATTLE
Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner took the GT spoils for Corvette Racing and crossed the line just 0.27 second ahead of the ever pursuing SRT Viper of Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens.
The sister SRT car of Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer came third in what was a ultra-competitive field, with the class lead changing on almost a lap by lap basis once the race resumed after a late safety car period following Tomy Drissi crashing at Turn 1.
GTC victory went to class polesitter Jeroen Bleekemolen and Cooper MacNeil, while Tom Burgess and Chris McMurry finished sixth overall for Dyson Racing as Burgess missed his pit box and then received a penalty for pitlane speeding, both of which sent them tumbling down the order.
Results - 132 laps:Pos Cl Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. P1 Graf/Luhr Pickett HPD 2. P2 Franchitti/Tucker Level 5 HPD +4 laps 3. P2 Sharp/Cosmo Extreme Speed HPD +5 laps 4. P2 Conway/Tucker Level 5 HPD +5 laps 5. P2 Brown/van Overbeek Extreme Speed HPD +6 laps 6. P1 Burgess/McMurry Dyson Lola-Mazda +7 laps 7. PC Braun/Bennett CORE FLM +7 laps 8. PC Schultis/van der Zande DragonSpeed FLM +8 laps 9. PC Marcelli/Cumming BAR1 FLM +9 laps10. PC Guasch/Cheng PR1 FLM +9 laps11. GT Gavin/Milner Corvette +9 laps12. GT Farnbacher/Goosens SRT Viper +9 laps13. GT Wittmer/Bomarito SRT Viper +9 laps14. GT Garcia/Magnussen Corvette +9 laps15. GT Hand/Muller RLL BMW +9 laps16. GT Martin/Auberlen RLL BMW +10 laps17. GT Bell/Keen West/AJR Ferrari +10 laps18. GT Long/Kimber-Smith CORE Porsche +11 laps19. GT Miller/Holzer Falken Porsche +11 laps20. GT Sellers/Henzler Falken Porsche +12 laps21. PC Junqueira/Ende RSR FLM +18 laps22. GTC Bleekemolen/MacNeil Alex Job Porsche +18 laps23. GTC Pumpelly/Canche Flying Lizard Porsche +18 laps24. GTC Popow/Dalziel TRG Porsche +18 laps25. GTC Dempsey/Lally Dempsey Porsche +19 laps26. GTC Heylen/Hedlund JDX Porsche +19 laps27. GTC Edwards/Cisneros NGT Porsche +19 laps28. GTC Neiman/von Moltke Flying Lizard Porsche +24 laps29. PC Nunez/Shears Performance Tech FLM +27 laps30. GTC Faulkner/Keating TRG Porsche +36 lapsRetirements: PC Mitchell/Drissi BAR1 FLM 85 laps P1 Meyrick/Legge DeltaWing 16 laps