WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) points co-leaders Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan extended their lead, while Jeff Segal earned his third major endurance race victory of the year in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
To do it, the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 co-drivers first had to overcome a one-lap deficit that resulted from an extended pit road stay in the first half of the race to replace an engine sensor. Balzan took the lead from Lawson Aschenbach in the No. 9 Stevenson Automotive Group Audi R8 LMS GT3 with 53 minutes remaining and then held off a charging Andy Lally in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi by to score the victory by 1.837 second. Lally took second with co-drivers John Potter and Dion von Moltke.
“It was not an easy job to do qualifying for three hours,” Balzan said. “We were really pushing hard out there. I didn’t expect to be that competitive, Christina found a problem in the car. We had about two hours when I didn’t think we would even finish the race, but then the team and the support from Ferrari managed to fix that problem. I was really pushing 100 percent, and as the car was burning fuel, the car was getting better and better. The secret of our three is that we are having a lot of fun.”
Balzan, Nielsen and Segal also combined to win the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida in March. Two weeks ago, Segal also won the GTE Am class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving a Scuderia Corsa Ferrari alongside 2015 WeatherTech Championship GTD co-champions Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell.
Full-time drivers Balzan and Nielsen now lead the GTD standings by 13 points, 162-149, over Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas, who finished third in the No. 23 Heart of Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R along with endurance co-driver Ian James for Team Seattle / Heart of Racing.
- No. 23 Porsche co-drivers Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas lead the GT Daytona standings in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup by one, 28-27, over No. 44 Audi co-drivers Andy Lally and John Potter. Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen winners Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Segal are another point back in third.
- Ferrari is now tied with Porsche for the lead in the GTD manufacturer standings with 157 points each. Audi is third, just four points in arrears.
- The next event for the WeatherTech Championship is only a week away, with all four classes traveling to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix (live, FS1, 11 a.m. ET).