Second Encore in the books with Forty 7 overall winner

November 12, 2019

Second Encore in the books with Forty 7 overall winner

November 12, 2019

Forty 7 Motorsports captured the overall win in Sunday’s Michelin IMSA SportsCar Encore and in LMP3.

Meanwhile Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports swept both GT3 and GT4. The GT4 win was fairly straightforward, while the GT3 win relied on a tire strategy play.


Up front, Forty 7 led the final 44 laps after running the four-hour non-points race with one fewer pit stop. Joel Janco qualified an impressive third, just 0.014 of a second off the pole, in the No. 47 Norma M30. He handed off to full season co-driver Jonatan Jorge who ran the middle stint of the race.

Third driver Tristan Nunez, the Mazda DPi factory ace, brought the car home after taking over. Jorge coached Nunez in his upbringing so the Encore provided a chance for the two drivers to reunite.

Nunez greets the Michelin Man in victory lane.

“That’s what this weekend was for from the beginning, just to go out there and have fun,” Nunez said.

“(Jonatan’s) the guy who made me into the driver I am today, so to be able to come back and rekindle that six years of not working together and to come here and win a race, it’s pretty special. It’s come full circle.”

Photo courtesy of IMSA.

Jorge and Janco primarily raced with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports in 2019 and won the Bronze Cup title in Prototype Challenge competition.

Sean Creech Motorsports (Wayne Boyd, Naj Husain) finished second with its No. 30 Ligier JS P3 after leading the middle of the race thanks to a marathon one hour, 17 minute fuel stint. The Robillard Racing No. 43 Norma M30, driven by Joe Robillard and Stevan McAleer, finished third. That car rallied back from pre-race clutch issues and barely making the grid to finish on the podium, keyed in large part by a strong middle stint from Robillard.

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