GT3: Montreal race notes

Rivera, Steiner and Faieta Stand Atop Montreal Podium MONTREAL June 8 -- Tony Rivera, Houston, Texas, continued his winning streak in the IMSA Challenge by Michelin Gold Cup passing Dino Steiner, Wehingen, Germany, on the first lap of round six...

Rivera, Steiner and Faieta Stand Atop Montreal Podium

MONTREAL June 8 -- Tony Rivera, Houston, Texas, continued his winning streak in the IMSA Challenge by Michelin Gold Cup passing Dino Steiner, Wehingen, Germany, on the first lap of round six to take his first overall victory in 2008 at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Steiner extended his points lead in the Platinum Cup by winning round five on Saturday. Rivera, who finished second overall Saturday, made a first-lap pass going into the hairpin to take the lead in Sunday's race.

"The way I figured, it couldn't have been any worse than it was yesterday," Rivera said. "The mid- corner speed was really slow, but I figured, that's in the hairpin. Going into the turn the grip was still fine."

Steiner won round five by over eight seconds. Bob Faieta, Tujunga, Calif., was second in the Platinum Cup, followed by Martin Snow, Pleasant Grove, Utah.

"I wanted to conserve the tires toward the end. I think I did the right job keeping it consistent, so I had something left and could drive it home," Steiner said. "I'm more than happy to win here in Montreal, I tell you that. It's unbelievable. It's good for the team."

The Gold Cup podium stayed the same in both rounds with Ross Smith, Dallas, Texas, finishing second and Melanie Snow, Pleasant Grove, Utah, finishing third. Smith was also the recipient of the BBS Fast Lap award on Saturday.

Faieta won the Platinum Cup in round six, making up some ground in the points championship when he capitalized on a mistake Steiner made in the hairpin.

"I was close enough to see him go in there and come around," Faieta explained. "I knew I had a good opportunity to get by."

The Michelin Better Way Forward award was presented to Wesley Hoaglund on Saturday and Derek Clark on Sunday. Hoaglund advanced five positions in round five. Clark moved up six spots in round six.

Rounds seven and eight of the 2008 IMSA Challenge by Michelin series will take place at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, July 17-18. There are 14 rounds at seven famous tracks in North America including Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Fla., Mosport International Raceway, Bowmanville, Ontario, and Road Atlanta, Braselton, Ga.

-credit: imsa

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Dino Steiner , Tony Rivera , Martin Snow , Derek Clark , Ross Smith , Wesley Hoaglund , Melanie Snow , Bob Faieta