Benitez Dominates Bowmanville IMSA Run
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – There was no room for error in round eight of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Series at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Race two of the weekend included one full course caution early, but after that the yellow flags remained in the marshall stands.
NGT Motorsport’s Angel Benitez Jr. had a nearly flawless run to take the checkers. After losing to Madison Snow in a photo finish yesterday, Benitez was relieved with the victory.
“We’re happy to be here and finally win at this track,” Benitez said. “I love Mosport (CTMP) and yesterday just got out of my hand at the last minute. I give thanks to Porsche, to Yokohama, to IMSA. A really big thanks to IMSA for all that they’re doing for the series. Thanks to my country and my family.”
Benitez got on the inside of pole sitter Snow in turn one, lap nine, to take the lead and shortly after Snow had a flat tire on the back stretch of the 2.459-mile, 10-turn circuit. As Benitez pulled away and ultimately won by four seconds, an incredible battle ensued for second place.
Brett Sandberg and Sloan Urry were about as close as two Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars can get without touching. Sandberg put the pressure on Urry from lap 10 to the finish, but Urry pulled away on the last lap for his second podium finish of the weekend.
“The EFFORT Racing crew gave me a great car today,” Urry said. “I could push the entire time and it stuck with me. At the start I made a mistake, fell back to fourth, but pushed hard to get back into the third position and pushed harder and harder to secure that second place for EFFORT. Yesterday I said I was looking for another step and I got it so I’m happy to bring home some more hardware for EFFORT.”
Another heated race took place for the Masters Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Craig Duerson walked away with his third consecutive win this season.