Breakthrough Weekend For Extreme Speed
MONTEREY, Calif. – Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown claimed a breakthrough overall victory for Extreme Speed Motorsports, the P2-spec HPD ARX-03b and the Patron-backed No. 2 car in the fourth round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.
Meanwhile, Corvette Racing secured its third straight win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and the second GT Le Mans class win in a row this season for Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R
Brown started the No. 2 car from first place after van Overbeek took the pole position on Saturday, and after a clean start handed over to van Overbeek at the 22-minute mark.
The off-sequence, two-stop strategy would eventually play to the teamâs benefit. Van Overbeek could run flat out on his first stint, and then stopped several laps later than the Daytona Prototypes on the final sequence.
Van Overbeek entered the pits on Lap 49 with a 42.5 second lead and returned to the track third behind Jordan Taylor and Joao Barbosa in a pair of Corvette DPs. After dispatching Barbosa within 10 laps, JVO began the hunt down of Taylor for the overall win.
On lap 59 the gap was 7.067 seconds, then 4.828 on Lap 60, 2.388 on Lap 64, and finally within a second at 0.927 on Lap 71.
The decisive move came on lap 76, when Taylor ran wide exiting Turn 3 and van Overbeek was finally able to utilize the momentum on corner exit to glide past on the inside into turn four. From there, he was able to stretch the lead as Taylor suffered tire pickup, and won by 5.833 seconds.