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IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona: Multimatic Mazdas one-two

IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona: Multimatic Mazdas one-two

• No 55 Mazda DPi wins overall
• New Corvette C8.R win its debut race

Daytona Beach, FL, July 4/20 (GRW): The IMSA WeatherTech series held its first race since the lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic – a 160-minute sprint on the Daytona road course. The race ran further into the darkness than originally planned given that some light rain (+ lightning) fell delaying the start.

In qualifying, Helio Castroneves won the pole in the No.7 Acura but in the race it retired at mid-distance with an engine problem. After that the two Mazda DPi entries were dominant. The black No 55 Mazda driven by Jonathan Bomarito/Harry Tincknell won overall by a margin of ten seconds over the white No. 77 Mazda of Oliver Jarvis/Tristan Nunez. The No 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi of Sebastien Bourdais/Joao Barbosa was third another five seconds behind and the No.6 Acura of Juan Pablo Montoya/Dane Cameron was fourth, 27 seconds behind the race winner.

Driver of the #55 Mazda, Harry Tincknell said: “We knew from the first practice session that the car was fast. JB (Bomarito) had a great run in very difficult conditions at the start and kept his head really well. A few teams went off strategy by starting on slicks so it jumbled the race up a bit but once it went fully dry the Mazda was the car to have and JB put me in a fantastic position to go and win the race. From my side it was fairly relaxed; if you could ever call an IMSA race ‘relaxed’. The car was fantastic, the pits stops were great so I was the lucky one who had the pleasure of driving a fast car all the way to the flag.”

Executive Vice President of Multimatic Special Vehicle Operations, Larry Holt commented: “The cars came off the trailer ready to win the race. When you have just two days to fully set-up at the track, only a couple of practice runs and then race, you’ve got to be ready. Daytona is a very different place in July, compared to when the Rolex 24 runs in January so our performance engineering team at Multimatic in Toronto, ran all the simulations to nail the set up before we even arrived in Florida."

There were no LMP2 entries in this race although some entries in this class are expected for the next race which will be at Sebring.

PHOTO IMSA CORVETTE NO 3 galstad DIS 0720 210184The new Corvette C8.R won in its first race (LAT Images)

The new rear-engined Corvette C8.R made its debut here and the No. 3 car won the GTLM class in the hands of Jordan Taylor/Antonio Garcia, finishing in eighth place overall. The No.912 Porsche 911-RSR of Earl Bamber/Laurens Vanthoor finished ninth overall, second in the GTLM class.

In GTD, the No. 14 AIM-Vasser-Sullivan Lexus RC-F of Jack Hawksworth/Aaron Telitz was the class winner, finishing 14th overall.

• Click HERE for the results of the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona

• The next IMSA WeatherTech race will be another 160-minute sprint held at Sebring on Saturday, July 18.




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