The combined efforts of Tequila Patron ESM and Michael Shank Racing kept Honda in the lead of the North American Endurance Championship manufacturers’ contest Sunday at Watkins Glen International Raceway, as MSR finished third in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, while the ESM team led at half-distance to earn additional championship points.
The third round in the four-race endurance series within the season-long WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Sunday’s six-hour race started with the ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda on pole, with the MSR Ligier Honda starting third. ESM, with drivers Johannes von Overbeek, Scott Sharp and Luis “Pipo” Derani stayed in the thick of the lead group until just before mid-race, when Derani moved into the lead to score five championship points. Despite a long pit stop to repair a power steering issue, the trio continued to contend for the victory until mechanical failure ended the run with just over an hour remaining.
Meanwhile, the MSR driving trio of Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, Olivier Pla and John Pew executed a strategy that found the team running third – and closing on the leaders – in the final hour. Unfortunately, two late-race caution flags in the final 35 minutes of the event prevented closing driver Pla from making a successful pass for the lead, and MSR took the checkers third, following its victory earlier this year at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
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