The Mid-Ohio roller-coaster provided an intense day of American Le Mans Series action with fifth win a row for Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, triumph and tragedy for Corvette Racing and a last minute return to victory lane for PR1 Mathieson Racing in the PC class.
Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf charged to their fifth consecutive victory in the P1 class, extending their championship lead.
“Winning five races in a row might look easy from the outside but it has been a lot harder than it looks,” Graf said.
“You have to be there all the time, make no mistakes and be careful because it is very difficult in traffic. You have to be very patient, but try to keep your momentum going.
“Conditions were difficult today. The Michelin tires did a great job as the track changed a lot over the weekend but overall we are very pleased with the performance and it is another great win.
“There is still a lot of racing remaining in the season so we have to stay focussed.”
The GT battle was an incredible fight with Corvette finally taking the win for Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner.
Both BMW and Porsche took turns at the front of the pack but Gavin withstood a late race charge by Joerg Bergmeister to hold on for victory.
The win catapulted the UK/US combination to the top of the driver’s points, replacing teammates Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.
Late race contact for Magnussen sent the previous championship leaders cascading down the results sheet after previously looking set to grab a podium finish.
PR1 Mathieson took the victory in PC after the race leading CORE autosport machine of Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow had to make a late race pit stop for a plash of fuel.
The returned Rudy Junco and Marino Franchitti back to victory lane. It was Junco’s first win since Road America last year while Franchitti was last in victory lane at Petit Le Mans in 2010.