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Jul 13

Taylor Corvette prevails in sprint to finish (updated)

Valiante, Westbrook Extend Prototype Points Lead
2015-07-12-3060Jordan Taylor held off Dane Cameron in an exciting sprint to the finish Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, beating his rival to the checkered flag by 0.477 seconds to score the second victory of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance.

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Ricky Taylor claimed the team’s third consecutive TOTAL Pole Award in Saturday’s qualifying session and led the opening 27 laps of Sunday’s race around the 2.459-mile circuit. However, Ricky Taylor lost the lead to Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP while experiencing power steering issues, which eventually went away after he turned the car over to his brother.

A turning point came with 12 minutes remaining when Joao Barbosa pitted with a cut left-rear tire in the No. 5 Corvette DP. Cameron was leading at the time, but made a scheduled pit stop for fuel three minutes later in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering/Team Fox Corvette DP started by Eric Curran. That stop was extended by a few critical seconds when the team changed the left-rear tire as a precautionary measure.

The complete article here on imsa.com

source: imsa.com

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Performance Tech Sets Pace for Heartbreaking Weekend: Foul Fuel Leads to Early Finish

Performance Tech Motorsports set a qualifying lap record and laid down the fastest lap in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance on Sunday despite dropping out of the race early due to bad fuel.

French (left) and Daly (Right) pose with TOTAL Pole Award flag.
The No. 38 Prototype Challenge car finished seventh in class, retiring five minutes before the end of the two-hour, 40-minute race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Performance Tech was 37 laps down when the car retired.

James French, who set a qualifying lap record and won the TOTAL Pole Award, started the race with a fast pace. French, from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was creating a gap on the No. 11 of Chris Cumming when he reported a problem.

French radioed that the car behaved as if it was out of fuel and was losing power. The No. 38 rolled to a slow halt and was towed to the paddock for repair.

The team ran diagnostics on the car and eventually returned it to the 10-turn, 2.549-mile (3.957 km) circuit. French turned clean laps, and the worst seemed to be over.
Daly on track at CTMP.
Conor Daly took over for French with 45 minutes remaining. The car had no issues for the 38 minutes French was on track after re-entering the race.

During his stint, Daly set the fastest lap in the PC class with a time of 1 minute, 11.360 seconds.

Shortly after Daly set his fast lap, he reported the car was low on fuel. Lead Engineer Ryan McCarthy told Daly to switch into reserve fuel. The switch made no difference in performance, and the car again began losing power.

Daly and the No. 38 limped back to the pit box. The car did not restart, and the team retired early.

“It’s a shame, I hate it for everybody,” McCarthy said. “The whole team worked really hard this weekend. We fought our way to the front. James French did a great job putting the car on pole. I think we had the car to beat this weekend.

“We had the fastest lap of the race and the best drivers out there. But it just doesn’t always go your way, just more bad luck. I’m really proud of all the guys on the team; they kept their morale up and worked hard to get the car back out there. We’ll be back in Lime Rock.”

Team Principal Brent O’Neill was optimistic after winning pole that the team would take home its first win of the season and fourth podium finish. When the fuel issue first arose and put the team 37 laps down, he was heartbroken for his crew and drivers.

“Once again on the pole, we were driving away from the field, but we got a bad drum of fuel, and it killed the race,” O’Neill said. “We got the car up and running after James was towed in, Conor went back out there had the fastest lap of the day, and then the car quit on us again. It’s just a shame for the entire team. Everybody worked so hard this week after the wreck at The Glen. It’s just heartbreaking.”

Performance Tech’s next chance at a podium finish is at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, for Round 8 of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The race takes place July 24-25 and will be televised on FOX Sports 1.

Keep up with Performance Tech Motorsports by following the team on Facebook and Twitter at @Perf_Tech. For more information on the team, visit performancetechmotorsports.com.

source: performancetechmotorsports.com

Top Five For Mantella Autosport In Canada

Mantella Autosport challenged for the lead and proved it was a contender for victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The Gulf Oil No. 8 Camaro Z/28.R of Anthony Mantella and Mark Wilkins recorded its best finish of the season of fifth after starting ninth, while the MBRP Inc. No. 80 Camaro Z/28.R of Martin Barkey and Kyle Marcelli finished sixth after starting eighth.

The two-hour, 30-minute race featured five yellow flags, and the caution periods played into the team’s race strategy.

In the first hour of the race, the No. 8 and No. 80 were running first and second, respectively, in the Grand Sport class, with Wilkins and Marcelli dueling for the lead. The two cars were on a different pit strategy than the rest of the field and pitted with 30 minutes under green, dropping in position.

Both Marcelli and Wilkins recovered to their respective finishes, hoping the leading cars would have to pit for fuel and tires.

Mantella Autosport had no such luck but walked away proud of the fight it produced for guests from Gulf Oil Canada and MBRP Inc., and family that came to support the team.

“Anthony did an awesome job today,” Wilkins said. “He gave me a clean car and a perfect car to go out and just run. The yellows sort of helped and sort of didn’t. They definitely got us in the game. We took two tires on the last stop toward the end, and we knew we had plenty of fuel. We knew the guys in front of us would be close (on fuel).

“We were strong today, for sure. It’s just so hard to pass here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. All in all, it’s a good day for Mantella Autosport, the Camaro Z/28.R and Team Chevy.”

Mantella handed a smooth-running race car to Wilkins after fighting off competitors and gaining position while battling with the No. 80 of Barkey and Marcelli.

“The strategy worked perfectly at the end,” Mantella said. “In the beginning, it wasn’t working out, but then it came to us. What was supposed to happen was the cars in front of us were supposed to run out of fuel or run out of tires. It didn’t work that way. Those guys conserved their fuel, conserved their tires. They’re pro drivers, so you never know what’s going to happen. So we’re fifth and sixth, and it’s a great showing at our home track.

“During the driver change, Mark only took two tires and was running with guys that took four tires. That says something about Mark’s capability that he can only take two and still run the pace with the guys up front. That really says a lot about what kind of a driver he is.”

Marcelli and Barkey in the No. 80 Camaro Z/28.R were in tune to the steps of the No. 8. The teammates spent a majority of their race fighting for the front, alongside Wilkins and Mantella.

The No. 80 car ran a similar pit strategy to the No. 8, though it opted for four tires during the driver change.

“It was a good showing for Mantella Autosport for both cars to be up front for a good portion of the race,” Marcelli said. “I had a lot of fun. It was tough. We had a lot of work to do going into the race. To lead a good portion of it was a lot of fun and was a good show for the home crowd. It proved to myself that I’m capable and proved to the team that we are capable.

“Our strategy was a bit different from the leaders, so we were always a bit off-sequence. The difficult thing here is passing. It’s such a fast track and there are two brake zones, and if you’re defensive through there, it’s like follow the leader. I threw a ‘Hail Mary’ and got side-by-side with our sister car a couple of times. But overall it was a good showing, and I’m happy with our result.”

Barkey and Marcelli were hoping to best their top finish of fourth place, posted in mid-March at Sebring International Raceway. But their finish encouraged the team and showed progress.

“Overall, it was a great race,” Barkey said. “Kyle and I both are happy with our driving. The team provided a great car. Hats off to Mantella Autosport. We started the race off battling back in seventh, eighth and ninth. We had a great race with the guys in the No. 41 Nissan, and between Anthony and I working together and being able to fend off the Nissan, I was able to find a position on Anthony. We just continued to work together and work our way through.

“The first pit stop we found ourselves in second and third, and later on in the race Kyle and Mark found first and second. I think it was a really good showing. We’ve probably got over 100 guests here as a team, and we’re excited to put on a good show for everybody. I think we finished where we needed to. It would have been nice to finish a little higher in the finish, but it was good race.”

Prior to the strong finish in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, the team had a race against the clock.

Mantella Autosport spent six hours repairing the No. 8 to ensure it would not miss qualifying after damage suffered in a crash during the first practice. Being close to home paid off for the team as the crew made a trip back to its Toronto-based shop for parts.

Round 6 of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will take place July 24-25 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.

Round 5 action from CTMP will air at noon (ET) Sunday, July 19 on Fox Sports 1.

source: MantellaAutosport.com, KyleMarcelli.com

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