Hand, Mueller win The Glen, take GTLM points lead

July 2, 2018

Hand, Mueller win The Glen, take GTLM points lead

July 2, 2018

Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller essentially won twice in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. They scored the race win in the heat of the day. They’ve also now moved into the points lead in IMSA’s GT Le Mans class through five of 11 races.

Hand and Mueller’s first win of the year joins a second, third and fourth on their scorecard in the No. 66 Ford GT. They have four top-five finishes in five races for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing.

Teammates Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe lost the points lead and their own top-five finish streak on Sunday. A broken roll bar took Briscoe and Westbrook out of contention early, and they struggled home to the finish in sixth place in class.

Hand and Mueller now have a one-point lead over Briscoe and Westbrook. But the entire GTLM field of Michelin drivers and teams remains fairly close.

Entering this weekend, just 13 points covered seven of the eight full-season pairings. After Sunday’s results, now just 10 points cover the top six full-season pairings.

After the two Ford pairs of drivers, defending GTLM champions Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia of Corvette Racing are in third place. They’re just four points back. They finished a season-best second on Sunday.

Porsche’s top scoring pair of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor are fourth, and just five points behind.

In the manufacturer’s championship, just five points covers the top three marques. Ford has 160 points with Porsche on 156 and Chevrolet on 155.

Here is a look at the comparison of the points standings entering Watkins Glen, and then afterwards.

DRIVERS Entering Leaving
Mueller/Hand 112 147
Westbrook/Briscoe 121 146
Garcia/Magnussen 111 143
Bamber/Vanthoor 114 142
Tandy/Pilet 108 138
Gavin/Milner 111 137
Sims/ De Phillippi 109 133
Krohn/Edwards 98 121

 

MANUFACTURERS Entering Leaving
Ford 125 160
Porsche 126 156
Chevrolet 123 155
BMW 120 148

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