Starworks Motorsport with drivers Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow made it two in a row in both 2016 Prototype Challenge (PC) competition and in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Winning the TOTAL Pole Award in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09, van der Zande joined Popow in leading four times for 101 laps. Van der Zande passed Stephen Simpson in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA with 41 minutes remaining and led the rest of the way for his eighth career WeatherTech Championship victory.
“Watkins Glen was nice to us last year and again this year, it’s a place we like,” van der Zande said. “I could manage the gap and the lead well. We had some issues in the last hour and a half where the radio didn’t work, so they gave me information on the pit board, so that was fun. And I could just drive it in for the win.”
Kyle Marcelli came up 9.821 seconds short in a bid to score the first victory for the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry co-driven by James French and Kenton Koch. The team led twice for 88 laps in scoring its best finish of the season.
Starworks Motorsport put a second car on the podium, with Mark Kvamme joined by Richard Bradley – the 2015 LM P2 winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans – and Continental Tire Challenge regular Remo Ruscitti in finishing third in the No. 88 Popcorn Sutton ORECA FLM09.
- CORE autosport’s hope for a sixth consecutive PC title (counting three ALMS championships) suffered a major setback when the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources entry driven by Jon Bennett, Colin Braun and Mark Wilkins retired late in the event with mechanical problems. Trailing the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport team by 13 points in the team standings entering the event, the team is now 23 points behind.
- 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).