BOWMANVILLE, Ontario – The track name and surrounding facilities may have changed dramatically, but the excitement that has long been a hallmark of American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park remained in Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.
The 2.459-mile, 10-turn Canadian road circuit played host to an epic battle of American muscle in the GT class, while the battle for supremacy in the P2 category remained close throughout two hours and 45 minutes on a gorgeous midsummer afternoon.
In the end, reigning ALMS GT champions Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin claimed a narrow GT class victory in the No. 4 Compuware Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 ahead of Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens in the No. 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R.
Milner had his mirrors full of Farnbacher’s silver Viper throughout the closing minutes, but held on to win by a scant 0.267 seconds. It was the 10th victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for Corvette Racing.
“I had to do whatever I could do to hold him off without getting a penalty,” said Milner. “Our car wasn’t quite as good as theirs. He could really close the gap in Turn 8.
“I told myself going into Turn 8 on that last lap that I was either going to spin myself out or it was going to stick and I was going to keep the lead. I threw it in there and I here I am.”
In the P2 category, No. 551 Siemens/Alpina Watches/Ohiya Casino Resort HPD ARX-03b co-drivers Marino Franchitti and Scott Tucker edged Scott Sharp and Guy Cosmo in the No. 01 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b.
Franchitti passed Tucker – who drove Level 5 Motorsports’ No. 552 entry to the checkered flag after starting the race in the No. 551 – with 26 minutes remaining to earn the P2 class victory and second overall.