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ALMS: Canada – Muscle Milk dominates P1; Corvette, Viper battle down to the wire

Photo: Dan R. Boyd/ALMS

Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (formerly Mosport) is the fastest track on the American Le Mans Series calendar each year and both the GT and P2 races were tightly contested. Reigning ALMS GT champions Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin claimed a narrow GT class victory in the No. 4 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 ahead of Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R, winning by just 0.267 sec.

The No. 551 Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b driven by Marino Franchitti and Scott Tucker took the P2 victory over Scott Sharp and Guy Cosmo in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b. The No. 551 drive was also enough to take second overall behind P1 victors Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c, who led every lap to take their fourth win in a row.

The Delta Wing started off strong but retired early in the race. Indy Car road-course racer Mike Conway drove the No. 552 past Cosmo for the P2 lead with 1 hr 32 min left in the 2 hr and 45 min race. Tucker took over the 552 with 1:04 left. Sharp took over the 01 when it pitted a minute later, but the No. 551 passed it on pit exit.

Luhr got behind the Muscle Milk wheel with just under 1 hr to go. Farnbacher took over the Viper with 57 min left. Milner came into the pits one minute later, heading back onto track with the lead intact. A hard crash by the No. 7 BAR1 Motorsports Oreca piloted by Tommy Drissi with 54 min to brought out a full-course caution.

The 551 pitted under the caution for its final scheduled stop of the race, taking 4 new tires with 44 min left. The 91 Viper collided with a P2 car with 33 min left. Both cars remained on track but the GT machine lost a good deal of momentum. The No. 552 led P2 with 30 min to go. Franchitti in the 551 took the P2 lead on track at the 25-min mark, with Sharp moving into P2 shortly thereafter.

Farnbacher made a run at the GT lead with just over 4 min to go, but Milner managed to keep him at bay. The GT contest become mixed with the battle for P2 and P3 in Prototype Challenge in the final minute, with Farnbacher getting held up in the process. The Viper closed through the final turns of the final lap, however, setting up a sprint to the finish which the Corvette won.

The next ALMS event is the Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America, Aug. 11. The race will be part of a doubleheader weekend alongside the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. The two series will merge into the United SportsCar Racing in 2014.

See more at: http://www.grand-am.com/News/GA_News/tabid/141/Article/53921/corvette-racing-level-5-win-close-races-at-ctmp.aspx?cid=6383&sid=1#sthash.mn13TqLW.dpuf

 

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