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Gore Earns First Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Win in a Wild Race at Mosport

Jonathan Gore Photo by freidrichphoto.comJonathan Gore took his first ever Lites 1 victory while Robert Sabato earned his fifth straight Lites 2 win in a wild Round 6 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship, part of the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport.

Multiple lead changes and off-road excursions were the order of the day in a 22-lap race than saw three different leaders in Lites 1. In the end, it was Jonathan Gore who kept his #14 Comprent Motorsports Élan DP02 together to take his first series victory over Ricardo Vera (#37 Intersport Racing) and Antonio Downs (#4 Eurosport Racing/Lamex Foods).

But the day had its share of adventures for Gore, who took the lead early, charging up from his fourth place starting position only to drop back suddenly in the last turn, handing the lead back. Later in the race, Jon Brownson (#34 Eurosport Racing/Little Mountain Development) put a pass on Gore and Vera in turn nine, only to lose the corner in turn 10 and ending up third. Brownson remained third until a late off put teammate Antonio Downs on the podium.

“It was a wild race!” said Gore. “I got a good start and got into the lead. Then I was coming up on lapped traffic and instead of hitting the switch to flash my lights on them, I hit the ignition switch! I dropped back to fifth but was able to take them one by one. This win is for my Dad and the guys at Comprent.”

“It was a good race for us,” said the 18-year-old Vera, from Puerto Rico. “With so much happening, you have to be very conscious and careful when you pass. The car was very good early but in the middle of the race, the car started to understeer and Gore was able to pass me. I kept it on the track so we’re happy to finish second - and we’re leading the championship.”

Robert Sabato Photo by freidrichphoto.comToronto’s Robert Sabato survived more mechanical difficulties to win his fifth straight race in Lites 2, with 6th Gear Racing teammate Michal Chlumecky second, despite a last lap shunt. Jim Garrett (#42 West Racing/SpeedPromo) finished third.

“We put in a new motor to fix the shifter,” explained Sabato. “I got an excellent start and got a good gap on the other Lites 2 guys, but when the yellow came out, the car became evil. The shifting problem came back and I really think that if Mike hadn’t lost it, he would have caught me. He was smoking me in one and three, I was watching him in the mirror. I was ready for the checkered flag!”

The Prototype Lites mission is two-fold: present an opportunity for semi-professional race car drivers to compete in a world-class environment while also providing an avenue for drivers to move up the ladder into the LMPC or LMP classes in the American Le Mans Series Presented by Tequila Patrón. The series is divided into two classes: Lites 1, featuring the Élan DP02 chassis, powered by a 2.3-liter, four-cylinder Mazda MP2 engine; and Lites 2, utilizing the West WX10 and WR1000 chassis, with either a Kawasaki ZX10R or a Suzuki GSXR motor.

The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Championship returns to the track on August 6 and 7, alongside the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. Visit www.prototypelites.com for live timing and scoring and updates throughout the race weekend.

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