IMSA points updates after Watkins Glen

July 4, 2019

IMSA points updates after Watkins Glen

July 4, 2019

The points standings in both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge changed a bit after Watkins Glen last week, as the series arrive at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend.

WeatherTech Championship

Just 15 points cover the top five driver pairings, with Acura Team Penske’s Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya now moving into the points lead in DPI. Here’s the top five in drivers. Acura also now holds a one-point lead over Cadillac in the manufacturer’s standings (198-197).

  1. 6 Cameron/Montoya, 177
  2. 31 Nasr/Derani, 176
  3. 7 R. Taylor/Castroneves, 172
  4. 10 J. Taylor/van der Zande, 163
  5. 5 Albuquerque/Barbosa, 162

In GT Le Mans, the points lead also changed. Watkins Glen winners Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet of Porsche also now lead by one. Just 18 points cover the top six pairings with six races remaining. On the strength of four straight wins, Porsche leads the manufacturer’s standings by 18 points over Corvette (170-152).

  1. 911 Pilet/Tandy, 152
  2. 912 Bamber/Vanthoor, 151
  3. 3 Magnussen/Garcia, 151
  4. 66 Dirk Mueller, 136
  5. 25 Connor De Phillippi, 135
  6. 67 Westbrook/Briscoe, 134

In GT Daytona, Meyer Shank Racing’s Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher won their first race last week and the Acura pair extended their points lead. Among manufacturers, Lamborghini leads Acura by five points and Lexus by six (125-120-119).

  1. 86 Hindman/Farnbacher, 119
  2. 14 Hawksworth/Heistand, 103
  3. 12 Montecalvo/Bell, 102
  4. 44 Lally/Potter, 100

After consecutive LMP2 wins, PR1/Mathiasen’s Matt McMurry is just one point behind Performance Tech’s Cameron Cassels and Kyle Masson (131-130).

Michelin Endurance Cup

Top scorers in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup competition at Watkins Glen were: the No. 55 Mazda (DPi), No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Oreca (LMP2), No. 911 Porsche (GTLM) and the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari (GTD).

For the season through three of four races, class leaders are the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R (DPi), No. 38 Performance Tech Oreca (LMP2), No. 911 Porsche (GTLM) and No. 33 Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3 (GTD).

Full standings are linked here. The Michelin Endurance Cup resumes with the Motul Petit Le Mans season finale, held at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in October.

MICHELIN Pilot Challenge

Another runner-up finish for the Bimmerworld BMW M4 GT4 of Devin Jones and James Clay saw them take over the championship lead by four points. Carbahn Audi moved up to second while MIA McLaren’s gamble to finish on wet weather tires didn’t pay off. Corey Fergus had the grip to go from eighth to first in one lap on a restart, but the track dried quickly and Fergus fell back to eighth by the checkered flag.

The top six in GS have separated themselves through four races, with seventh on back nearly 40 points or more in arrears. Among manufacturers, just eight points cover Mercedes-AMG, Audi, BMW, McLaren and Porsche.

  1. 82 Jones/Clay, 114
  2. 39 McQuarrie/Westphal, 110
  3. 69 Fergus/Lazare, 107
  4. 7 Hindman/Brynjolfsson, 101
  5. 35 Murry/Cox, 97
  6. 59 Kenny Wilden, 91

Shelby Blackstock and Tom O’Gorman retain the TCR points lead with their fourth top-five in as many races this year in their L.A. Honda World Racing Honda Civic Type R. With their second straight podium, the Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai pair of Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis are now within eight points.

  1. 37 Blackstock/O’Gorman, 122
  2. 98 Wilkins/Lewis, 114
  3. 12 McDonough/Nash, 107
  4. 61 Ernstone/Morley, 104
  5. 73 Mat Pombo/LaMarra, 102
  6. 21 Gottsacker/Filippi, 101

IMSA Prototype Challenge sees Austin McCusker and Rodrigo Pflucker just four points clear of Leo Lamelas and Neil Alberico (92-88), as that series resumes this weekend after a two-month hiatus.

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