Porsche finishes 1st and 3rd in class at the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport -- extends American Le Mans Series GT record win streak to 15 Bowmanville, ON., Canada -- August 17 -- Two different Porsche teams combined to take the first and third ...
Porsche finishes 1st and 3rd in class at the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport -- extends American Le Mans Series GT record win streak to 15
Bowmanville, ON., Canada -- August 17 -- Two different Porsche teams combined to take the first and third podium positions here at the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport. The #24 Alex Job Racing/McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS, co-driven by Germany's Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard, scored their second victory of the year by winning the GT class. The #43 Orbit Racing's YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RS, co-driven by Peter Baron, from Florida and Marc Lieb, from Germany, finished a strong third just behind the #35 Ferra ri 360 Modena of Risi Competizione, which took second place. This is Orbit's first podium in the American Le Mans Series this year, although they also scored a second place GT finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this past June and were second last year here at Mosport.
Bergmeister started the #24 911 GT3 RS from the GT class pole, but gave up the lead to his teammate Lucas Luhr in the identical #23 Alex Job Racing/McKenna Porsche before the first lap was completed. The two cars led the GT field until 30 minutes into the race when the #23 entry made an unscheduled pit stop for a wheel vibration. This gave the lead back to the #24, which never looked back and won the class with a one lap advantage over the second place Ferrari. This was the first win for Alex Job Racing at the historic Mosport 2.459 mile track.
"We haven't had a lot of luck at this track in the past, but that turned around some today. I'm really pleased with Jorg and Timo's finish and we may have just concluded the AJR curse at Mosport," said team owner Alex Job. "It's also good to see the Ferrar i's being more and more competitive. We always welcome the competition and it's really positive for the class and the sport."
Lieb started the #43 911 GT3 RS from the third GT grid position, and handed over the car to Peter Baron during the first full coarse caution period. A slow fuel fill and an ill timed safety car cost the team a lap, and a little later an on course incident with another GT car set them back even further. With an hour left in the race, Lieb got back behind the wheel and was able to move the car from sixth place to fourth. Lieb had caught and was pressuring the #23 of Alex Job Racing being driven by Sascha Maas sen for third, when Maassen experienced a vibration in the rear of the car and pitted. Maassen finished in fourth while Lieb placed third.
"It was awesome watching Marc drive the last hour. He was chewing up the competition at two to three seconds per lap. He got the P.K. Porsche with about 15 laps to go and was putting tremendous pressure on Sascha until he came in. Unfortunately, we just ra n out of time as he was catching Lazzaro for sure for second. Had the race been another 20 minutes or so, we probably would have had them easily," said Peter Baron. "I would also like to add a big thank-you to Leo Hindery and the YES Network for making it possible for us to be here - Leo is very much a part of this result."
Next up on the American Le Mans Series circuit is the four-mile road course at Road America -- in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, next Sunday, August 24. The broadcast will air at 2:00 pm eastern on the Speed Channel.