Late-race incident robs Bomarito and Tincknell of Prototype victory
A dominating performance for the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P went unrewarded as Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell teamed to finish in fourth position on Sunday afternoon at the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
Starting the race from the fourth position, Bomarito advanced two positions to second place before pitting to turn the car over to Tincknell at the first stop. After the round of pit stops was completed, Tinckell had moved to the lead of the race which he continued to grow throughout the race until the closing stages. While lapping another car, contact forced him into a spin and he fell to sixth place.
Recovering and mounting a strong recovery drive, Tincknell advanced two positions and challenged the third-placed car in the closing laps of the race before taking the checkered flag in fourth place.
The No. 77 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda RT24-P started by Oliver Jarvis ran in fourth place during the opening stint of the race but was slowed by a clutch hydraulic problem when Tristan Nunez took the car over in its first pit stop. The car finished the race in ninth position.
“This was a tough result for us, after how dominant the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P was and how hard the team had worked to give Jonathan and Harry a car that they could win with,” said John Doonan, Director, Mazda Motorsports. “The weekend started on a tough note for the two of them, but they continuously improved the car to the point that they were the fastest car in the morning warm-up. And while I know it was very tough for Harry to be taken out of the lead — he put on a sensational drive afterwards to knock on the podium in the final laps, showing what the Mazda Challenger Spirit is all about.”
The final round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be Petit Le Mans on October 11-13 at road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.