Taylor brothers shine at sunny CTMP

July 12, 2015

Taylor brothers shine at sunny CTMP

July 12, 2015

Race Proto Winner 2Ricky and Jordan Taylor rebounded from a dismal wet weekend in the preceding round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship to score their second victory of the season today under sunny skies at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. After crashing out of the race at Watkins Glen International, the racing siblings from Florida won the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix by a .477-second margin over Dane Cameron and Eric Curran in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP.

The two-hour, 40-minute race was decided with ten minutes to go when Cameron pitted from the lead for a splash of fuel. The No. 31 Corvette had pitted early twice due to deflating tires, and was out of sequence with the leaders. When the race was slowed by only one full-course caution period, Cameron was compelled to pit in the closing laps to make it to the finish, and Jordan took the lead.

Race Proto Winner 3“We were last in class for most of my first stint and I was thinking it was going to be a long, miserable day,” Jordan reported. “I was doing lap after lap by myself, kind of a boring race in that respect, but I was comfortable with the strategy the team was giving me. Then when the No. 31 had to do a last stop, we came out a second in front of them. It was a good day.”

The Taylors had to overcome a problem with their car’s power steering that required a herculean effort to drive the powerful Prototype on a summer day that saw mid-80 degree temperatures.

“The power steering started to lock up and got worse and worse,” said Ricky. “It was costing us a lot of lap time. Somehow when Jordan got in, the problem seemed to be 90 percent solved.”

Power steering issues also affected the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier Honda P2 driven by John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr. that led the middle segment of the race and finished third. Negri topped two practice sessions and ran the race’s fastest lap in the P2-spec Prototype, but was exhausted after the race.

Points leaders Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante finished fourth in the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP but retained their championship lead. The No. 90 led briefly during the pit stop cycle, but lacked the pace to challenge the leaders. The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP driven by Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi was in position to win, but an unscheduled stop to replace a punctured tire with 13 minutes to go consigned the Mustang Sampling Corvette to a fifth place finish.

Race PC Winner 1Colin Braun and Jon Bennett scored their first win of the year in the Prototype Challenge class with the No. 54 CORE Autosport ORECA FLM09. The pair finished one lap ahead of the No. 16 BAR1 Motorsports ORECA FLM09 and two laps ahead of the No. 85 JDC/Miller Motorsports ORECA FLM09.

“We had a great qualifying effort yesterday, and I had a great stint and that got us in the lead,” said Braun. ” I was able to keep setting the pace, keep pulling a gap, and just drive away.”

Two of the top contenders in PC were out early, as both No 11 RSR Racing ORECA FLM09 driven by Bruno Junqueira and Chris Cumming and the pole-winning No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09 driven by James French and Conor Daly encountered problems. Braun and Bennett’s victory gave them a 10-point lead in the PC championship going into the class’ next event at Lime Rock Park.

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