IMPORTANT WIN FOR THIS ACURA TEAM HEADING TO THE LAST RACE OF THE IMSA WEATHERTECH SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP AT ROAD ATLANTA
Cooler day today at WeatherTech Raceway but still the same threat about tire degradations for competitors.
The pole sitter #7 Acura and sister Car #6 got away at the start and they never looked back except for the lead change between the two cars. It was a sprint race all the way as the safety car stayed in the pits all afternoon.
The win gives the #6 Acura Team Penske a little cushion going into the season finale at Road Atlanta. The #7 crossed the line just under ten seconds behind Taylor/Montoya and in third it was Felipe Nasr/Pipo Derani for Whelen Engineering Racing. It is sure nice to see this team back on the podium.
As usual there was a good scrimmage going on in GTLM but in the end it was Ford Chip Ganassi who came out on top. The win went to #66 of Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller who had a comfortable 20 second lead over second place BMW Team RLL #24 of Jesse Krohn/John Edwards and 22 seconds over third place #3 Corvette Racing of Jan Magnussen/Anthony Garcia.
The GTD class was all about the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 of Paul Miller Racing with drivers Brian Sellers/Corey Lewis taking the win. Cooper MacNeil/Tony Vilander brought their Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 in second half a minute behind the winners. The Magnus Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with drivers Andy Lally/John Potter took third.
It was an important race for Pfaff Motorsports as this being the last of the Sprint Cup, their driver Zach Robichon lead the driver’s championship by one point at the start of the weekend. With their main competitors #86 Meyer Shank Racing’s Mario Farnbacher/Trent Hindman starting ahead of the #9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, it was to be who was to have the best strategy as everything was possible. The #9 was shown in third place for most of the race and in the later stage of the race in fourth, one lap behind the leader. But that was sufficient as the #86 was a further one lap behind the leader. With this, Zach Robichon wins the driver’s championship for the Sprint Cup.
Quite an achievement for Zach and the entire team at Pfaff Motorsports!
We will get Zach’s thought on winning this title on a separate post.
As for our two other Canadian teams, Compass Racing ended the race in 10th place as AIM Vasser Sullivan #14 crossed the line in ninth and #12 in 12thplace.
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