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The European Le Mans Series LMP teams put on a very exciting and powerful display of racing for spectators either in situ in Austria or in front of their TV or computer screens.
Signatech Alpine won the third round at Red Bull Ring ahead of JOTA Sport and Race Performance.
First race hour
Although a few clouds appeared during the opening laps of the 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring, it was under blazingly hot conditions that the start of the race was given at 14h00 sharp. Filipe Albuquerque (JOTA Sport) got away very well at the head of the field, while Nelson Panciatici at the wheel of the Signatech Alpine Signatech A450b gained a place by the end of the first lap to put himself behind the No.34 Race Performance ORECA 03 of Franck Mailleux. Pierre Ragues took the start at the wheel of the NewBlood by Morand Racing Morgan Judd (No.43). Pegasus Racing's Julien Schell started things off for his team, while the two Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissans came into the pits for an early pit stop under the Safety Car which was caused by the No.78 BMW Z4 GTC stopping on track.
Air temperature 31oC, track temperature 40°C
The No.28 Greaves Zytek easily made its way back through the field thanks to the performance of team newcomer, Luciano Bacheta. Mark Patterson climbed up the time sheets at the wheel of the No.41 but got held up in traffic among the 13 LMGTE and 12 GTC cars on track. By the end of the first hour the two Zyteks had both rejoined the LMP2 pack.
While JOTA Sport and Race Performance had a clear path at the head of the race, the battle for third place was in full swing between three Frenchmen, Nelson Panciatici, Pierre Thiriet and Pierre Ragues (Signatech Alpine, Thiriet by TDS Racing, NewBlood by Morand Racing). As they lapped the LMGTE and GTC cars there was barely a whisker between them. The Alpine A450b led the rush to the pits for the first round of stops shortly before the end of the first hour, followed by the No.29 Pegasus, No.38 JOTA Sport and No.46 Thiriet by TDS. The last to come in of this group was NewBlood by Morand Racing which ran out of fuel as it came onto pit lane which meant the Swiss team's mechanics had to push the car to its pit.
Second race hour
The beginning of the race's second hour was notable for the Thiriet by TDS Racing Ligier JS P2 going off track, with Ludovic Badey narrowly avoiding hitting the barriers. The car returned to its pit garage where the mechanics worked on the suspension and front brake disc problem. The JS P2 lost precious minutes but got back out on track, still in the hands of Ludovic Badey. However, the return to the race was short-lived for the Montpellier-based team as the Ligier JS P2 was forced to retire with a broken stub axle.
Meanwhile, at the head of the race, the Race Performance ORECA 03 had taken the lead with Michel Frey ahead of Simon Dolan in the No.38 JOTA Sport Zytek and the No.36 Alpine A450b in the hands of Paul-Loup Chatin. After 1h20 of the race, Simon Dolan tried - and succeeded - to regain the lead. Paul-Loup Chatin was also on a charge and managed to take second place in the standings, leaving third place to the No.34 ORECA. But the battle didn't stop there as, on the 66th lap, Signatech took the lead as the No.38 Zytek returned to the race after making a pit stop. At the close of the second hour the Alpine A450b was ahead of its rival, JOTA Sport, 1.46 seconds. Third position was back in the hands of the No.28 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan driven by Mark Shulzhitskiy, while NewBlood by Morand Racing held fourth position (Gary Hirsch). Franck Mailleux was back behind the wheel of the No.34 Race Performance (5th) and ahead of the other Greaves Zytek entry, the No.41 of Matt McMurry.
Third race hour
The high temperatures at the Red Bull Ring as the race moved into its third hour ensured that conditions were as demanding for the drivers as much as for their cars, but the race found its rhythm. However, there was bad news for the No.43 Morgan of NewBlood by Morand Racing who picked up a 15 second stop and go penalty for speeding in the pit lane. The Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan was at the back of the pack after having lost 15 laps for a technical issue at the start of the race; Nicki Leutwiler has been trying to make his way back up the time sheets.
Paul-Loup Chatin continued at the head of the field in the Signatech Alpine, but by only 3.5 seconds ahead of Simon Dolan; the lap times were very tight and promised a great battle right to the end of the race. The No.28 Greaves Zytek was ensconced in third place, 46 seconds behind the leader, and Race Performance's No.34 held fourth until the next round of pit stops for fuel and driver changes.
On the 95th lap the Signatech Alpine pitted, Paul-Loup Chatin stayed at the wheel and re-entered the race in third place. Simon Dolan regained the lead, followed by Franck Mailleux driving the Race Performance ORECA. NewBlood by Morand Racing's woes continued, Gary Hirsch having twice cut the white line at the entry to the pits and being rewarded with a two minute penalty. On the 98th lap Briton Harry Tincknell took over from Simon Dolan in the No.38 JOTA Sport, which allowed the Alpine A450b to regain the lead.
As the race clocked up its 100th lap, Gary Hirsch took his second penalty before handing the wheel to Christian Klien who came out into sixth place in the standings, albeit now three laps behind the leader. The Austrian was fired up to claw back as much time as possible and set his fastest lap of the race (1:25.068) on lap 107.
As the end of the third hour approached, Harry Tincknell driving the No.38 Zytek gave the Signatech Alpine as hard a time as possible, with the gap being between 0.167 and 0.510 seconds (lap 114) the fight for first place was on again between the Briton and Paul-Loup Chatin. Race Performance remained in third place, still trailed closely by the No.28 Zytek of Greaves Motorsport. During the 119th and 120th laps, the passing and re-passing between Tincknell and Chatin enthralled everyone on and around the track, with little to choose between them. What a race!
Last race hour
The fourth and final hour of the race began with the No.38 Zytek of Harry Tincknell ahead of the No.36 Alpine of Paul-Loup Chatin. Over a few laps the Briton opened up a gap of more than four seconds. Franck Mailleux lay in wait in third place, 34 seconds behind the leader, and set the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:24.969 (126th lap). Mark Shulzhitskiy was fourth at the wheel of the No.28 Greaves Motorsport Zytek and Christian Klien was figuring in the standings too, now up to 5th in LMP2 ahead of Tom Kimber-Smith's Greaves entry. Jonathan Coleman, driving the No.29 Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan was 6th but the French team had difficulties making up the delays they experienced at the start of the race. Forty minutes from the end of the race Simon Dolan took over the wheel of the No. 38 JOTA once again at the same time as Oliver Webb in the No.36 Alpine. The drivers continued to fight the fight begun by their respective teammates and, on the 132nd lap, Webb took the lead in a fantastic overtaking move and quickly created a gap of more than three seconds. Michel Frey took the wheel of the No.34 ORECA again and maintained its position in third place, ahead of the No.28 and Christian Klien's No.43 which was still in 5th place. The No.43 Morgan Judd was given another penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct by the Swiss driver earlier in the race.
Signatech Alpine (Alpine A450b n°36 - Paul-Loup Chatin, Oliver Webb, Nelson Panciatici) won the 4 Hours of Red Bull Ring with a 12 second gap to n°38 Zytek Z11SN Nissan of JOTA Sport (Harry Tincknell, Simon Dolan, Filipe Albuquerque) and n°34 Race Performance ORECA 03 Nissan (Michel Frey, Franck Mailleux). Luciano Bacheta and Mark Shulzhitskiy took 4th position with n°28 Zytek Greaves Motorsport. NewBlood by Morand Racing (n°43 Morgan Judd - Christian Klien, Gary Hirsch, Pierre Ragues) finished 5th ahead of n°41 Greaves Motorsport Z11SN Nissan (Tom Kimber-Smith, Matt McMurry, Mark Patterson). N°29 Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan (Julien Schell, Nicki Leutwiller, Jonathan Coleman) is 7th LMP2.
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The next European Le Mans Series will be at the South of France Paul Ricard circuit on September 14th.
Sheldon Creed completed a weekend sweep in the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS race at Toronto Sunday by edging Robby Gordon for the second day in a row winning both weekend races.
Unlike Saturday’s slippery track, warm and dry conditions produced a thrilling battle between Creed and Gordon. The two drivers battled relentlessly for virtually the entire 10-lap race, with nearly every fan in attendance at the 11-turn street circuit in Toronto standing to watch the spectacle, with thousands crowding the fence line with camera phones in hand.
Scotty Steele again finished third completing an identical podium lineup for both Toronto races.
“It’s obviously pretty cool to win two times in a row here at Toronto,” Creed, 16, said. “Today was a much better race given that it was dry. We could go hard and Robby and I had a great battle. We both got sideways in turn 3 there at the end and I was able to put some distance between us, but about three turns later he was back on my bumper.”
Canadian Native, Paul Tracy finished fourth in his TRAXXAS-sponsored truck, Mexico’s Apdaly Lopez finished fifth in the RPM Off-Road/VisitMexico.com truck, Aaron Bambach in the 3dimensional.com truck finished sixth, with Nick Vanis in the Outlaw LED by Robby Gordon No. 10 and Bill Hynes in the Freaks for LIVE truck rounding out the field.
“I leaned on him a little bit there and he gave it back to me,” Gordon said. “Sheldon did a great job as did Scotty and both of these guys are going places with their careers. People will hear a lot about them for years to come. I could get to Sheldon’s bumper, but I had to check up going over the jumps to make sure that I didn’t land on him.”
NBCSN will broadcast the race at 10 p.m. PDT on July 31 (1 a.m. EDT Aug. 1). Following its trip to Toronto, the series will shift to the west coast for its final four races of the 2014 season at the Sand Sport Super Show in Orange County, Calif. Sept. 19-20; the Coronado Speed Festival Sept. 21 and Las Vegas in conjunction with the SEMA Show in early November.
Spencer Pigot put a heartbreaking result from Round 5 into the vanishing point of his rear-view mirror, winning Round 6 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin Sunday, July 20 on the Streets of Toronto.
It was the first victory of the season in the No. 21 Alegra Motorsports Porsche for Pigot, 20, from Orlando, Florida. He led with seven minutes remaining in Round 5 Saturday when a belt broke in his car, causing him to retire in 15th place and handing the lead and an eventual victory to Scott Hargrove.
Pigot beat both of his fellow championship contenders, Hargrove and Chris Green, for the first time this season Sunday after Hargrove and Green were both forced to drive to the podium from deep in the pack after an incident between them early in the 45-minute race.
"It was really a very straightforward race for me," Pigot said. "I was just out by myself, and I didn't really have to push it that hard, just hit my marks and don't make any mistakes. Just a big thanks to everyone at Alegra for all the hard work this weekend."
Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, finished 16.379 seconds behind Pigot in the No. 69 OpenRoad Racing 911 GT3 Cup car. Platinum Cup (2014 model cars) championship leader Hargrove has finished first or second in all six rounds this season in theInternational Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned series. He leads second-place Green, 116-100, in the championship.
Green, from Montreal, placed third in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche for his fifth podium finish this season.
|Platinum Masters podium finishers (from left): Perry Bortolotti, Carlos de Quesada|
Carlos de Quesada, from Odessa, Fla., finished a season-best fourth in the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports entry and was the first finisher in the Platinum Masters (drivers 45 and older) class. Santiago Creel, from Mexico City, rounded out the top five in the No. 60 Wright Motorsports Porsche.
Pigot took the lead when race officials ordered Hargrove to serve a drive-through penalty for contact with Green in Turn 2 after a restart 16 minutes into the race. Green spun and backed into the wall, suffering damage, in the incident.
Hargrove passed Creel for third with an inside move on the backstretch with 15 minutes remaining in the race and then dove under the No. 2 GT Racing Porsche of Etienne Borgeat for second in Turn 3 on the next lap.
Meanwhile, Green climbed from seventh to third in a five-minute span late in the race despite a damaged front splitter. He passed de Quesada for fourth in Turn 1 and then dove under Borgeat for third in Turn 8 on the same lap, with seven minutes remaining.
Pigot maintained his cool and his gap over Hargrove during the closing laps. The charging Hargrove was able to slice only two seconds into Pigot's lead during the final 13 minutes.
"It was going to be a good battle between Scott and I," Pigot said. "We were both really close the first few laps. Unfortunately, him and Chris got together, and he got a penalty."
Perry Bortolotti, from Kanata, Ontario, placed second in Platinum Masters in the No. 84Mark Motors Racing Porsche. His teammate, Marco Cirone of Toronto, was third in Platinum Masters.
|Gold Cup podium finishers (from left): Tim Sanderson, Jerimy Daniel, Ilker Starck|
Jerimy Daniel, from Candiac, Quebec, completed a sweep of the Gold Cup (2010-2013 car models) class this weekend with his fourth victory of the season in the No. 75 TRC Porsche. Daniel took the victory despite a close call during a late-race collision in Turn 3 with fellow Gold competitor Shaun McKaigue in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche.
Daniel took the Gold Cup championship lead, 104-102, over Tim Sanderson with the victory. They were tied atop the standings after Round 5 Saturday.
Sanderson, from nearby Pickering, Ontario, was second in Gold in the No. 07 Alegra Motorsports/Northwest Atlantic Motorsports GT3 Cup car, 6.572 seconds behind Daniel. Ilker Starck completed the repeat of the Gold podium from Saturday, finishing third in the No. 48 SCB Racing/Downtown Porsche entry.
|Silver Cup podium finishers (from left): Keith Bass, Chuck Harris|
Chuck Harris, from Tampa, Florida, continued his perfect record in Silver Cup (2005 ½-2009 model cars) with his sixth victory in the class this season in the No. 50 Alegra Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup car. Teammate Keith Bass, also from Tampa, Florida, was second in the No. 49 Alegra Motorsports entry.
Rounds 7 and 8 of the 10-round season are scheduled for Aug. 9-10 during theGP3R Grand Prix Trois-Rivières at Trois-Rivières, Quebec, the only event in the series in Quebec.
"You know what, we've got four more races to go, and you are going to see some interesting things," Green said.
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ROUND 6 POST-RACE QUOTES:
SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Alegra Motorsports, winner): "It was a good race. It was going to be a lot of fun. It was going to be a good battle between Scott (Hargrove) and I. We were both really close the first few laps. Unfortunately, him and Chris (Green) got together, and he got a penalty. So it was really a very straightforward race for me. I was just out by myself, and I didn't really have to push it that hard, just hit my marks and don't make any mistakes. Just a big thanks to everyone at Alegra for all the hard work this weekend."
SCOTT HARGROVE (No. 69 OpenRoad Racing, second): "That was a close race. We were running really close, especially at the start. I got a really good start and got up to second, and then on the restart I tried to pass Chris (Green). I was on the inside of him, and he didn't give me an extra inch and I didn't give him an extra inch, and it resulted in a little bit of contact. Unfortunately, he got the worse end of it, so they gave me a drive-through penalty. I served it and drove right back up to second place. So it was still a great result for the team, a great result for OpenRoad Racing and great for the championship. So we're looking good for the rest of the year."
CHRIS GREEN (No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports, third): "The race started off fantastic. Got to Turn 1 with a clear lap. I saw Scott (Hargrove), he was kind of running off track, out of the track limits. He was coming at me in Turn 1. I was able to clear him, but the moment I started getting a little bit of rotation on my car and I had just positioned myself for Turn 2, he took advantage of that and ran into the rear of my car and spun me around. I did the best I could with the damage on the car. The car was virtually undriveable at that point. But hey, we pulled together a third-place finish today. The team deserves it. I let them down yesterday. You know what, we've got four more races to go, and you are going to see some interesting things."
CARLOS DE QUESADA (No. 22 Alegra Motorsports, first, Platinum Masters): "After yesterday's accident, I just wanted to be careful with the guys that were out there. We were on fresh tires, and I wanted to make sure we got through Turn 1 and Turn 2. Once we got through that, I saw that Marco (Cirone) had hit the wall, and it pushed me back a few places, but I was able to work my way back and get good position. This is an amazing track. I think the fans here are what make this track so enjoyable!"
PERRY BORTOLOTTI (No. 84 Mark Motors Racing, second, Platinum Masters):"We were doing pretty good, and I had Santiago (Creel) and he hit the wall and thought I would get him down at the end of the back straight, but I don't know what happened. He brake-checked me, and I ended up slamming into the back of him and Carlos (de Quesada) took advantage of it and away he went. I got offline and got up into the marbles, and that's all she wrote. It's too bad, but congratulations to Carlos. I know he had a bad day yesterday, so I am glad to see him win."
JERIMY DANIEL (No. 75 TRC, first, Gold Cup): "It was good. I was in the traffic with the Platinum cars, and some of them were a bit slower than me, but they were fighting each other. So I was just between one and the other trying to keep moving up without getting caught up. I just tried to manage the Platinum traffic the whole race. It was a really good race."
TIM SANDERSON (No. 07 Alegra Motorsports/Northwest Atlantic Motorsports, second, Gold Cup): "Different day, but almost a similar story. We had a long yellow at the beginning, which was unfortunate, because you are ready to go and you're pumped up. But we had a good run. We didn't have a great start again, and we didn't have a great restart. But our car ran great, and I am very pleased with the result."
ILKER STARCK (No. 48 SCB Racing/Downtown Porsche, third, Gold Cup): "We had a fantastic car, so I was really happy. We had to make a decision if we were going to start on scrub tires or brand-new tires. So we went with new tires, and it was a really good race. It was a bit slippery at the beginning until everyone got up to speed and realized that the track warms up. It was a good battle with Tim (Sanderson) and I was in his mirrors a lot, but I was happy to take home third."
CHUCK HARRIS (No. 50 Alegra Motorsports, first, Silver Cup): "Really great track, lots of fun and excitement, both on and off the track. The place is great, the city is great,
KEITH BASS (No. 49 Alegra Motorsports, second, Silver Cup): "It was a lot slipperier than yesterday. You had to really ease into the throttle a bit coming out of some of the turns. But overall it was really just a lot of fun!"
Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin
The IMSA Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in one of the world's most successful and iconic race cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The series is one of Porsche's global single-make Cup Challenge series and is the perfect platform for aspiring drivers to ascend to the highest levels of GT competition, such as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The 10-round series races in 2014 at four classic Canadian road and street courses, providing thrills for drivers and fans.
The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Eli Tomac Dominates at Spring Creek to Claim First Career 450 Class Victory in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its annual visit to the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" on Saturday with the La Crescent Wine & Spirit Spring Creek National from Spring Creek MX Park in Minnesota's Mississippi River Valley. While hometown riders were focal points on the afternoon, it was a rookie who stole the show in the 450 Class as GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac dominated en route to his first career win, sweeping each of the day's motos to become the fourth different winner in the division this season. In the 250 Class, Millville native Jeremy Martin put his Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha atop the podium for the fourth time this season, extending his points lead with a triumphant effort at the track owned and operated by his parents.
After taking his second overall win of the season one week ago, Red Bull KTM's Ryan Dungey looked for more of the same at his hometown track by capturing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award in the first 450 Class moto. Dungey was closely followed by his Red Bull KTM teammate and main championship rival Ken Roczen, who soon put the pressure on Dungey and took over the top spot on the opening lap. The duo continued to race within mere bike lengths of one another before Roczen slowly started to pull away.
Tomac lurked in third behind the KTM duo and was on a mission to the front. Following a crash by Dungey on Lap 3, Tomac assumed control of second and set his sights on Roczen. Tomac methodically closed down the gap to the German out front and before long it became a head-to-head showdown between the pair of 450 Class rookies, who also were championship rivals one year ago in the 250 Class. The duo went bar-to-bar for multiple laps, trading positions and using every inch of the Millville track before Tomac made the pass stick on Lap 12. Once in control of the moto, the Honda rider checked out and took his first checkered flag in the premier division by over 16 seconds. Roczen finished second, with Dungey third. Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard followed in fourth, with Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX's Josh Grant rounding out the top five.
Tomac, who missed the first four rounds and eight motos of the season with an injury, carried the momentum into the second moto by securing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award ahead of Dungey while Roczen battled from a start deep inside the top 10. However, a malfunction with the starting gate was deemed to have resulted in a disadvantage for some riders and brought out the red flag to signify a restart.
As the gate dropped for the second time, Tomac once again emerged at the front, claiming the Motosport.com Holeshot Award again but losing the lead briefly to Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX's Justin Brayton. The Yamaha rider's time out front was short lived, as Tomac reclaimed the position with Dungey soon following suit to take over second. Behind this trio, Canard and Roczen were also making their respective charges to the front and both riders also made their way around Brayton to establish a four-rider breakaway out front.
"Today was a tough one the way the track was," said Tomac, who has finished on the overall podium in each of his four career starts. "Going into the second moto I knew I had to get out there and get a good start. We ended up getting the holeshot then the red flag came out and I thought to myself 'is this really happening?' Luckily enough I got another one. Brayton was right there, but after that I was just hitting my marks and I felt really comfortable."
Dungey's runner-up effort (3-2) was his 50th podium finish in 56 starts during an illustrious 450 Class career, moving him into fourth all time. Roczen finished third (2-4), but gave up two points to Dungey in the championship standings and failed to earn a moto podium for the first time this season. Canard was fourth (4-3), with Grant fifth (5-5). Team Yoshimura's James Stewart, who won earlier this season at High Point, did not start the final moto with team officials citing an apparent illness.
"I put in a solid run in the first half [of the second moto], but then bogged down a bit," said Roczen. "We'll go back, figure it out and come back better for the next race."
In the 250 Class, Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Christophe Pourcel took advantage of posting the fastest lap of practice by translating his first starting selection into the Motosport.com Holeshot Award over GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle and Martin. It didn't take long for Martin to begin his pursuit of the lead, passing Bogle on the opening lap and instantly putting pressure on Pourcel for the lead. Martin took advantage of a slight bobble to slip past Pourcel and consistently opened up his advantage from there on out.
With the moto well within Martin's control, the focus turned to the battles behind him as Pourcel was forced to deal with his hard-charging fellow Frenchman Marvin Musquin aboard his Red Bull KTM. Musquin had already engaged in a lengthy battle with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson for third, but saved enough energy to make the late pass on Pourcel for second. Martin took his first moto win at his hometown track over 10 seconds ahead of Musquin, while Pourcel held on for third. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett overcame an 18th-place start to finish fourth, with his teammate Wilson following in fifth.
Pourcel put his Yamaha at the front of the field to start the final moto, once again securing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, with Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha's Alex Martin looking for hometown success of his own in second and Baggett in third, just ahead of Bogle. Pourcel controlled the early stages of the moto while Baggett passed Martin for second and began his pursuit of the Frenchman out front. On Lap 3, Baggett made an easy pass on Pourcel for first. He quickly pulled away and appeared to have the moto in hand. However, on Lap 4 Baggett crashed out of the lead a fell outside the top 10, handing the battle for the lead to Bogle and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Cooper Webb. This pair went fender-to-fender for multiple laps before Webb was able to make the pass stick and seize control of the moto.
Behind the leaders, Jeremy Martin overcame a sixth-place start to move into third and was able to make the pass on Bogle for second just a few laps later. Despite his best efforts, Martin couldn't close the gap on his teammate out front and Webb went on to earn his third career moto win by over three seconds. Martin's runner-up result was enough to secure his class-leading fourth overall victory of the season and a breakthrough win at his home track. Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson rounded out the moto podium in third.
"I just made a few mistakes there off the start [in the second moto]," explained Martin. "Cooper [Webb] was behind me [initially] but I got stuck behind a rider and kept hearing him behind me. He got around me and rode really well. I tried to put on a charge for the hometown crowd and make things exciting, but I just came up short [of the moto sweep]. I'm having fun and I'm looking forward to next weekend."
Martin jumped to a 43-point lead in the 250 Class standings over Webb, who moved into second. Baggett fell to third, 56 points behind Martin.
Mother Nature may not have cooperated for Saturday's on-track action of the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but it makes for an action-packed Sunday schedule.
With the first day's qualifying sessions and races washed out by rain, AMA Pro Racing will move all of the weekend's green-to-checkered action to Sunday.
Early morning rainfall resulted in a delayed start Saturday, and the most experienced riders, those in the AMA Pro SuperBike class, tested the track and reported back on the circuit's conditions. When the skies cleared and the track dried sufficiently, the SuperBike, GoPro Daytona GoPro SportBike, and SuperSport classes worked in afternoon practice sessions. Monster Energy Graves Yamaha's Josh Hayes (1:31.889), RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Jake Gagne (1:30.944) and TOBC Racing Suzuki's Hayden Gillim (1:37.700) led the way in their respective classes.
An abbreviated schedule then called for the races to be grid by points. Unfortunately, returning and recurring showers spoiled multiple attempts to stage Saturday's contests as the day progressed.
In an attempt to hold races in the afternoon, the SuperBike riders had a 10-minute evaluation period, but between the completion of that session and the call to grid, conditions worsened and no bikes went on-track the rest of the day.
Sunday's schedule has been pushed forward forty minutes and will now get underway at 8 a.m. local time (5 a.m. PT) with the opening AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series session. The remainder of the day's slate is still being determined.
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In a race in which it seemed no one wanted to keep the lead, Scott Hargrove was the last man standing and expanded his championship lead in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin. Hargrove, 19, from Surrey, British Columbia, won Round 5 of the season Saturday, July 19 in the No. 69 OpenRoad Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car on the Streets of Toronto. The victory was his fourth in five starts this season for Vancouver-based OpenRoad Racing.
"Four wins in five rounds now, so it's been a phenomenal year, and we are going to try and keep this going," championship leader Hargrove said. Hargrove leads Chris Green, 98-84, in the championship after five rounds.
Marco Cirone, from Toronto, finished second Saturday on his hometown track in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche, 6.702 seconds behind Hargrove. It was the first overall podium finish of the season for Cirone, who expanded his Platinum Masters (drivers 45 and older) championship lead.
"I didn't have a very good qualifying," stated Cirone. "We were in sixth place when the race started, and it seemed like the five guys in front of me were just battling, and I just managed to stay behind them and be as cautious as I could because I saw everyone was being aggressive up there. But I got luck and managed to get by a couple of guys, and then it kind of spaced out a little bit, and I was able to keep up a pretty good pace. I was really lucky to get that second place because a couple of my other competitors had some misfortunes out there. Sorry for them, but I will take the second place, and I am very happy. My thanks to Mark Motors for giving me the opportunity to be here, and Porsche and IMSA. And the tires ... the Michelins were wonderful, and I hardly noticed any change." (What does it mean to you to be on the overall podium at your home race?): "It means a lot! I am really, really happy to have done well in front of my family and friends, and I love Toronto and have lived here most of my life. It was a great pleasure to be up here with Scott (Hargrove) and Santiago (Creel)."
Santiago Creel, from Mexico City, placed third overall in the No. 60 Wright Motorsports entry. It was the first Canadian series start for Creel, a regular in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
"This is my first time here in Canada racing, and my first time with Michelin tires and my first time on a street circuit," added Creel. "We did well in the race and being behind and trying not to commit errors, which was the key factor." (How tough was it to adjust to a circuit you have never been to, and a street circuit for the first time?): "Well, my first practice I was in 14th place, but then I saw ways I could go faster. And by the race I was in third."
Platinum Masters competitor Perry Bortolotti, from Kanata, Ontario, placed fourth overall in the No. 84 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.
"It was a lot of fun," commented Bortolotti. "Unfortunately Turn 1 was a little hectic with Carlos (de Quesada). I don't know what happened there, but we ended up touching wheels and I shot him into the wall, which is unfortunate for him. It knocked my toe out, so I struggled the rest of the race. I just tried to stay in touch with the top runners there, but it was a struggle. Good day overall, though. I can't complain. The car is in one piece, so it was a good day. I've raced all over the world, and this is one crazy racecourse, I'll tell you that. It's really bizarre. There is very little room for error. It's a big balls track. There's no doubt about it."
Jerimy Daniel, from Candiac, Quebec, placed fifth overall in the No. 75 TRC Porsche that competes in the Gold Cup (2010-2013 car models) championship. The result tied the best overall finish this season by a Gold Cup driver, as Daniel also was fifth in Round 2 in May at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
"I had a little advantage maybe due to my experience here with Star Mazda, but I know some of the other drivers have done this, too, so it's fairly equal," Daniel added. "It was a really good track, even with the rain. We had really good strategy, and I only ran two laps in qualifying that gave me the second position, and I had really good tires for the race. Even at the last lap, my tires were really good. So I had fun, and that's the important thing!"
Daniel and Tim Sanderson are tied, 84-84, atop the Gold Cup standings after this event.
"Great day, but we didn't quite have enough for Jerimy (Daniel) today," Sanderson stated. "He drove a great race and got me at the start. Our car ran really well. The Racing for Joanne's House GT3 Cup car was awesome. The guys had it prepared beautifully. Tomorrow's another day, and we will get back out there and try it again. The track is a little slippery. He (Jerimy Daniel) ran four laps in qualifying and I ran 15, so I think he had a bit more rubber than I did at the end. But we will see what happens tomorrow when we are all on fresh tires."
Hargrove and championship rivals Green and Spencer Pigot each led and then lost the front spot during the 36-minute race, shorted from the scheduled 45 minutes due to track repair after a previous race in another series. Green led the first five laps in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche after earning his second pole position of the season earlier this morning. But Green slid sideways into the wall in Turn 8 on the sixth lap, shortly after light rain started to fall around the 11-turn, 1.75-mile temporary street circuit. Hargrove zoomed past into the top spot while Green dropped in the running order.
Montreal resident Green continued but finished 12th, his first result outside of the top two this season. Hargrove then led the next seven laps before spinning in Turn 8, handing the lead to Pigot. Hargrove recovered quickly from the spin to take second.
Championship leader Hargrove trimmed Pigot's lead from 1.714 seconds to .833 of a second during the next six minutes. Then Pigot, from Orlando, Florida, suffered a tough break as he sought his first victory of the season in the No. 21 Alegra Motorsports Porsche.
A belt broke on Pigot's car, causing his engine to overheat and fluid to trail from his car. Pigot slowed, handing the lead back to Hargrove, also his rival in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires junior open-wheel series.
Pigot was forced to the pits, out of the race in 15th place.
Hargrove admitted he nearly spun in the fluid from Pigot's car, but he kept control over the final five laps to earn the wild victory.
Daniel earned his third Gold Cup victory of the season after starting from the class pole. But the win didn't come without strong resistance from Sanderson.
Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, pulled to within .768 of a second of Daniel with 15 minutes left in the race in the No. 07 Alegra Motorsports/Northwest Atlantic Motorsports Porsche. But Daniel gradually eased away over the closing laps, leading Sanderson to the finish by 2.720 seconds.
"It was a great race being at the home track in Toronto," added Starck. "It was fantastic being at home and at least placing third. Of course, we tried to make it further up the podium, but we had a good car and everything worked pretty well for us after having a rough start Friday in practice."
Chuck Harris, from Tampa, Florida, continued his perfect record in Silver Cup (2005 ½-2009 model cars) with his fifth victory in the class this season in the No. 50 Alegra Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup car.
"It was awesome! It was my first time on a street course, and it was really, really fun," stated an elated Harris. "The car ran great, and the tires held up really well. I was very glad the rain held off. It kept trying to rain, but we got lucky. It got a bit slippery in places but not enough to slow us down too much. It was a good day. I am very happy to have the car in here without meeting the walls up close!"
Teammate Keith Bass, also from Tampa, Florida, was second in the No. 49 Alegra Motorsports entry.
"I love the track; I love Toronto. It's a beautiful track, and it's a lot of fun. Once you get used to the track, it's really a ton of fun," Bass concluded.
Round 6 is scheduled for 1:20 p.m. (ET) Sunday, July 20 on the Streets of Toronto. Live commentary for both races will be provided on Twitter at @IMSALive.
After winning last season at Toronto, Sheldon Creed of Alpine, Calif. picked up where he left off in the SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road Presented by TRAXXAS series by winning again on the picturesque downtown street circuit in Canada.
Creed’s TRAXXAS-sponsored truck fought alongside fellow 16-year-old Scotty Steele’s machine for most of the race until Steele made a late mistake on the final lap, which relegated him to a third-place finish, allowing Robby Gordon to inherit second.
Creed started last in the field given that he missed the pre-race driver’s meeting, but drove a steady smart race in the rain to pass every truck in the field en route to victory.
“The difference in driving on asphalt and concrete was incredible,” Creed said referring to the wet, slick conditions. “Scotty was great on the concrete, and when we came off the asphalt his truck just took off. I’ve made a couple of late mistakes in these races and thrown a few away, and I wasn’t going to do it again. I just took my time and didn’t over drive the truck.”
Michigan’s Aaron Bambach came home fourth in his 3deminsional.com truck, with Mexico’s Apdaly Lopez finishing fifth after not getting any practice during Friday’s session where he crashed in turn one of lap one of the session. Toronto’s Paul Tracy fell victim to the wet conditions early in the race and came in sixth, as did Bill Hynes from Nazareth, Pa. in the Freaks for LIVE truck who finished seventh.
NBCSN will broadcast the race at 10 p.m. PDT on July 31 (1 a.m. EDT Aug. 1). Following its trip to Toronto, the series will shift to the west coast for its final three races of the 2014 season at the Sand Sport Super Show in Orange County, Calif. Sept. 19-20; the Coronado Speed Festival Sept. 21 and in Las Vegas in conjunction with the SEMA Show in early November.
At 15h00 this afternoon, the 33 cars entered in the ELMS came took to the track for the second free practice session of the day. The 90 minutes of testing gave all the drivers and their teams the chance to round out their knowledge of the track and to set up their cars ready for qualifying tomorrow morning (09h30).
In the NewBlood by Morand Racing camp, the team was delighted to have set the fastest time of the day with a lap of 1:24.145, just 0.008s better than that of Race Performance which put its No.34 ORECA03 in second place this afternoon with a lap of 1:24.153. Christian Klien, Gary Hirsch and Pierre Ragues were determined to make their mark on the Austrian event and set about doing so admirably this afternoon.
The new Ligier JS P2 of Thiriet by TDS Racing has begun to find its feet on its debut in the ELMS (the set-up of the car being very different compared to that used in the 24 Hours of Le Mans). Tristan Gommendy, Pierre Thiriet and Ludovic Badey put their new beauty in third spot this afternoon, albeit only 0.056s from the only ORECA 03 on track this weekend. At JOTA Sport (No.38 Zytek Z11SN Nissan), Filipe Albuquerque, Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell took 4th place ahead of the No.36 Signatech Alpine A450b (Nelson Panciatici, Paul-Loup Chatin Oliver Webb).
The Nos.41 and 28 Zytek Nissan Z11SNs of Greaves Motorsport are respectively in 6th and 7th places overall at the end of the day with best laps of 1:25.281 and 1:25.294, both significantly improving their best times compared to this morning's first session. Several new drivers have joined the British squad, such as American Mark Patterson alongside Matt McMurry and Tom Kimber-Smith (No. 41) and the British-Russian pairing of Luciano Bacheta and Mark Shulzhitskiy (No.28). The No.29 Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan has retained its Imola line up of Julien Schell, Nicki Leutwiler and Jonathan Coleman, setting their best lap of the day at 1:25.727.
Free practice was also a chance for the LMGTEs to work on their cars' set up. The Ferraris are in great form but Porsche and Aston Martin are not far off. SMP Racing set the overall best time of the category this afternoon with a lap of 1:29.746, 0.3s better than this morning. Viktor Shaitar, Andrea Bertolini and Sergey Zlobin headed the No.55 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia of Duncan Cameron, Matt Griffin and Michele Rugolo by 0.49s.
The No. 56 Ferrari of AT Racing claimed the 3rd fastest time today, ahead of the No. 77 Proton Competition Porsche which is being driven by three Austrians: Horst Felbermayr Sr and Jr and Richard Lietz. They are in fact just 0.76s off the best time, and will be determined to shine at their home race. The Gulf Racing UK Aston Martin Vantage V8 was 5th in LMGTE with a lap which was just 0.85s from the fastest of the day. The free practice times certainly signal some great qualifying battles ahead.
Next up were the Ferrari Italias: No.58 of Sofrev-ASP, the AF Corse No.70 and the No.66 of JMW Motorsport and the No.54 AF Corse entry. IMSA Performance Matmut set the 10th and 12th best times of the session, while Kessel Racing and Gulf Racing's Porsche were 11th and 13th.
The GTC class has seen some new faces at the top of the time sheets today. While the No.71 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 remains the fastest overall with a time of 1:31.665, it was Team Russia by Barwell which clinched the class' second fastest time at the end of the day, 0.223 seconds from the leaders. Leo Machitski, Timur Sardarov and Jonathan Cocker put the only BMW Z4 GT3 on the grid in second place with a lap of 1:31.888. They headed the No.59 Ferrari 458 GT3 of Team Sofrev-ASP by nearly 0.2s in which the French trio of Christophe Bourret, Jean Luc Beaubelique and Jean Philippe Belloc posted a best lap of 1:32.082. The Porsche GT3 R of Prospeed Competition was 4th in this session, with a time of 1:32.114 (Max van Splunteren, Gilles Vannelet and Mike Parisy, who has just joined the team).
Ferraris occupy the four following places with the No.57 of SMP Racing in 5th position, No.60 of Formula Racing 6th, the No.73 of SMP Racing 7th and the No.95 of AF Corse in 8th position. ART Grand Prix placed its two McLaren MP4 12C GT3 in 9th and 11th places, with Pro GT by Almeras in 10th and AF Corse closing out the class with the No.63 F458.
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(European Le Mans Series PR)