Wittmer Masters Canadian World Challenge
Wittmer held on from there over Lazzaro by 1.260 seconds, with Skeen able to bag a fortunate podium in third place.
“It’s definitely an extremely special feeling to win a home round,” Wittmer said. “It doesn’t come close to anything else. Hats off to the entire Dodge/SRT Motorsports team, who did an incredible job preparing this Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R.
“For the race itself, it was super exciting even just from my seat, so I can only imagine what it was for the fans!” he added. “The fight we had with Nick was really good. I broke on the racing line; he popped out and tried to go for it. I knew he was there so I didn’t pitch the line as tight as I would, went wide, but there was slight contact on my right rear. It broke something on his car.”
In GT-A, Mills led from start-to-finish in the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R to deliver his second win of the season. Dan Knox in the No. 80 ACS Manufacturing, Inc./Performance SpeedTech Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R was second with Henrik Hedman third in the No. 10 DragonSpeed Ferrari 458 Italia GT3.
“We’re still making up points; the gap isn’t insurmountable,” Mills said. “We are thankful to Porsche for offering up Nick Tandy this weekend; it kind of woke everything up. Positive weekend with his overall win yesterday and mine today.”
The GTS battle was as consistently tight and gripping as in GT. Wilkins, who had the pole by virtue of setting the fastest race lap in Saturday’s Round 9, controlled the pace to heed off a snarling pack of five other drivers in class.
Wilkins’ closest pursuer was Udell in the No. 17 Watson Racing/MDG Ford Mustang Boss 302S, who started second and had the edge, pace-wise, everywhere on the 1.755-mile street circuit except the straights. Wilkins consistently gapped Udell on the streets while Udell would close through the corners; more than a couple tenths rarely separated them.
Udell made one last ditch effort coming through turn 11 and nearly got Wilkins on the run to the checkered flag. But the teenager came up just fractionally short despite trying to Wilkins’ outside on the exit of the left-hander.
“Never give up. We had a lot of adversity this weekend, starting from the back yesterday, but I just kept my head down, drove really hard, stayed out of trouble. That’s what you have to do on these street courses,” Wilkins said. He also praised Udell’s race craft.
“I have to say Alec Udell drove a fantastic race,” Wilkins added. “He was clean, we had a great battle, and he made me drive down the inside of the track. That made it fun and stressful at the same time! I used up those front tires. We have a lot of momentum to go after this thing.”
This 0.039 winning margin breaks the previous mark, .326 of a second, set by Paul Brown over Peter Cunningham at Mid-Ohio in 2011. The closest class margin of victory in 2014 had been .839 of a second at round one in St. Petersburg, when Lawson Aschenbach beat Andy Lee.
Behind them, Jack Roush Jr. scored his second straight third-place finish in the No. 60 ROUSH Road Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R.
Fourth was Jack Baldwin in the No. 73 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman S with Aschenbach fifth in the No. 1 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro.