Road America IMSA: Bomarito, Tincknell clinch Mazda’s third win

David Malsher
Motorsport

The two Acuras of in the Wayne Taylor Racing Caddy which was running brand new Michelins.

Interestingly in the early laps, those two last Cadillacs held on well to the Acuras, whereas the JDC Miller Motorsports DPi-V.Rs rapidly fell away.

On Lap 11, Bomarito passed teammate Jarvis having threatened him from the start and even more so in GT traffic.

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Castroneves pitted from second on Lap 14, while next time by Cameron and Jarvis stopped, each handing over to their co-drivers respectively. Castroneves’ early stop and a hot out-lap allowed him to scrape past JPM to put the #7 Acura in front. Bomarito and van der Zande pitted on Lap 16.

The new-tire advantage meant Nunez made hay in his opening laps so that he was right up Bomarito’s tailpipes as the #55 emerged from pitlane, but eventually JBom’s fastest lap of the race so far saw him pull away and he got the gap to Montoya ahead to less than four seconds.

By Lap 30, just one second covered the top three, and they all pitted. Castroneves handed over to , while Montoya who stayed on board just slotted between these two to regain which would be effectively second position once the other DPis stopped.

Four laps later Taylor pitted again having picked up debris from a crumpled GT Daytona car, and Montoya thus regained the lead but was struggling to hold off the thrusting Tincknell. When JPM lost a little momentum behind a P2 car at the end of Lap 37, Tincknell slipstreamed him up the front straight, and the Mazda passed him around the outside of Turn 1 going into Lap 38.

Tincknell, having pulled a 3.5sec lead over Montoya, then drifted onto the grass at Turn 3 after lapping a GTD car to allow the Acura driver to slash his deficit to 1.3sec.

Nunez pitted the #77 Mazda from third with 67mins to go and handed back to Oliver Jarvis. Next time by, Tincknell pitted from the lead, which forced Penske to stop Montoya on the following lap and he relinquished the wheel to Cameron. However, that #6 Acura was now 8sec adrift of the #55 Mazda and was starting to come under pressure from Jarvis.

With 50mins to go, the Cameron vs Jarvis battle had drawn to within four seconds of Tincknell, largely due to traffic but their battle and getting held up by a JDC Miller Cadillac saw them drop to seven seconds behind the leader.

With 30mins to go, Cameron and Jarvis stopped, and they remained in the same order but with the Acura having a larger margin. Jarvis was then further hampered by ’s Cadillac diving past at Turn 6 to get back on the lead lap. The lost momentum for the #77 Mazda lost him 6 sec to Cameron. Meanwhile Tincknell was well able to stop and resume in the lead.

Tincknell appeared comfortably able to maintain a gap of 4sec over the hard-charging Cameron in the final half hour, while once Jarvis got past Simpson once more, started closing down on the Acura to try and complete a Mazda 1-2.

In the closing laps, Tincknell lost time behind GTs and suddenly Cameron’s Acura closed right up. Tincknell then ran wide at Turn 4 on the final lap which allowed Cameron to start nosing alongside, but the lead Mazda squeezed the Acura hard with slight contact, and resisted the challenge. The pair would pass the checkered flags just 0.227sec apart.

Jarvis got caught in traffic and was 2.9sec adrift, but this trio were over 70sec clear of the top Cadillac DPi-V.R, that of and Pipo Derani in fourth, four seconds ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing entry.

This is the third straight win for the Mazda RT24-Ps, and the second in three races for Bomarito/Tincknell’s #55.

GTLM: Ford makes it two in a row

’s Porsche.

Gavin’s margin over Briscoe swiftly grew to 2.7sec, with Vanthoor trailing by almost six seconds with Miller, Magnussen and the BMWs stacked up behind him.

Pilet, trailing at the back pitted and handed over the #911 to .

Meanwhile Gavin in the leading Vette started having to get defensive as .

The early stop for the #3 Corvette saw it hit the lead once the two Fords made their first pit visits. After the pitstops, Garcia held a 21sec lead over a brilliant battle between who now occupied the #66 Ford. Garcia then pitted on Lap 35.

Edwards had to concede first and then second place to Westbrook and Milner around lap 43 with 67mins remaining, and eventually he pulled in for a long delay with an apparent braking issue.

Again Garcia would cycle to the front as his principal rivals stopped and with 40min remaining he had a 47sec lead over Westbrook and 54 over teammate Milner with and a further 3sec down. However, Garcia would have to stop again. He finally halted with a 50sec lead and 32mins to go, but he needed a new battery so it was a long stop and he tumbled to sixth in class.

Thus Westbrook was left in the lead with Milner’s Corvette 2.7sec down but under major pressure from the second Ford of Hand. With just six minutes to go, Milner gave up third to Hand, and then ducked into the pits for a splash and dash, and fell behind teammate Garcia.

Westbrook’s eventual winning margin over Hand was 10.6sec, while ’s BMW M8 at the last gasp.

GTD: Pfaff Porsche comes out on top

’s Turner Motorsport BMW M6 and the two Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSXs.

Plumb fell off the track and dropped to sixth, but that became fifth when Keating was seen creeping back to pitlane with broken suspension.

Following the first round of stops, in the Park Place Motorsports Porsche resulted in penalties and damage that would effectively knock them out of contention.

Following the next round of stops, Campbell emerged in front of Sellers, the pair of them 15sec ahead of Hawksworth and Auberlen, with in the Compass McLaren. However, Holton would regain fifth, and with fewer than 15mins to go, Auberlen got into the podium position ahead of Hawksworth.

Sadly Holton ran out of fuel and need to pit for a splash of fuel and fell down the order, eventually rolling home 12th.

Campbell held on to clinch class honors for Pfaff Motorsports 5.6sec ahead of the Paul Miller Lamborghini, with Auberlen taking third ahead of Hawksworth, Farnbacher, and the Magnus Racing Lambo.

Race results:

1

DPi

55

United States
United States

Jonathan Bomarito
Harry Tincknell

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Mazda DPi

83

2

DPi

6

United States
United States

Dane Cameron
Juan Pablo Montoya

Colombia
Colombia

Acura DPi

83

0.227

3

DPi

77

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Jarvis
Tristan Nunez

United States
United States

Mazda DPi

83

3.114

4

DPi

31

Brazil
Brazil

Felipe Nasr
Pipo Derani

Brazil
Brazil

Cadillac DPi

83

1'16.250

5

DPi

10

Netherlands
Netherlands

Renger van der Zande
Jordan Taylor

United States
United States

Cadillac DPi

83

6

DPi

5

Portugal
Portugal

Joao Barbosa
Filipe Albuquerque

Portugal
Portugal

Cadillac DPi

83

7

DPi

7

United States
United States

Ricky Taylor
Helio Castroneves

Brazil
Brazil

Acura DPi

83

8

DPi

85

Canada
Canada

Mikhail Goikhberg
Tristan Vautier

France
France

Cadillac DPi

82

1 Lap

9

DPi

84

Switzerland
Switzerland

Simon Trummer
Stephen Simpson

South Africa
South Africa

Cadillac DPi

82

1 Lap

10

LMP2

52

United States
United States

Matt McMurry
Patrick Kelly

ORECA LMP2

79

4 Laps

11

LMP2

38

Canada
Canada

Cameron Cassels
James French

United States
United States

ORECA LMP2

79

4 Laps

12

GTLM

67

Australia
Australia

Ryan Briscoe
Richard Westbrook

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Ford GT

77

6 Laps

13

GTLM

66

United States
United States

Joey Hand
Dirk Muller

Germany
Germany

Ford GT

77

6 Laps

14

GTLM

912

New Zealand
New Zealand

Earl Bamber
Laurens Vanthoor

Belgium
Belgium

Porsche 911 RSR

77

6 Laps

15

GTLM

3

Denmark
Denmark

Jan Magnussen
Antonio Garcia

Spain
Spain

Corvette C7.R

77

6 Laps

16

GTLM

25

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Tom Blomqvist
Connor de Phillippi

United States
United States

BMW M8 GTE

77

6 Laps

17

GTLM

4

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner

United States
United States

Corvette C7.R

76

7 Laps

18

GTLM

911

France
France

Patrick Pilet
Nick Tandy

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Porsche 911 RSR

76

7 Laps

19

GTD

9

Australia
Australia

Matt Campbell
Zacharie Robichon

Canada
Canada

Porsche 911 GT3 R

75

8 Laps

20

GTD

48

United States
United States

Bryan Sellers
Corey Lewis

United States
United States

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

74

9 Laps

21

GTD

96

United States
United States

Bill Auberlen
Robby Foley

United States
United States

BMW M6 GT3

74

9 Laps

22

GTD

14

United States
United States

Richard Heistand
Jack Hawksworth

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Lexus RC F GT3

74

9 Laps

23

GTD

86

Germany
Germany

Mario Farnbacher
Trent Hindman

United States
United States

Acura NSX GT3

74

9 Laps

24

GTD

44

United States
United States

John Potter
Andy Lally

United States
United States

Lamborghini Huracan GT3

74

9 Laps

25

GTD

63

United States
United States

Cooper MacNeil
Toni Vilander

Finland
Finland

Ferrari 488 GT3

74

9 Laps

26

GTD

91

United States
United States

Anthony Imperato
Dennis Olsen

Norway
Norway

Porsche 911 GT3 R

74

9 Laps

27

GTD

12

United States
United States

Frankie Montecalvo
Townsend Bell

United States
United States

Lexus RC F GT3

74

9 Laps

28

GTD

8

United States
United States

Parker Chase
Ryan Dalziel

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Audi R8 LMS GT3

74

9 Laps

29

GTD

74

United States
United States

Gar Robinson
Lawson Aschenbach

United States
United States

Mercedes-AMG

74

9 Laps

30

GTD

76

United States
United States

Paul Holton
Matt Plumb

United States
United States

McLaren 720S GT3

73

10 Laps

31

GTD

57

United Kingdom
United Kingdom

Katherine Legge
Ana Beatriz

Brazil
Brazil

Acura NSX GT3

72

11 Laps

32

GTLM

24

Finland
Finland

Jesse Krohn
John Edwards

United States
United States

BMW M8 GTE

72

11 Laps

33

GTD

33

United States
United States

Ben Keating
Jeroen Bleekemolen

Netherlands
Netherlands

Mercedes-AMG GT3

68

15 Laps

34

DPi

54

United States
United States

Jon Bennett
Colin Braun

United States
United States

Nissan DPi

66

17 Laps

35

GTD

73

United States
United States

Patrick Lindsey
Patrick Long

United States
United States

Porsche 911 GT3 R

52

31 Laps

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