Cadillac Racing Tastes Victory For The First Time All Season
Drivers Johnny O’Connell and Andy Pilgrim of Cadillac Racing have had their fair share of disappointment and mishaps during the team’s first racing season since 2007, not having won since Pilgrim seized victory at Leguna Seca in the same year. But over the weekend that changed, as O’Connell managed to take home the checkered flag in a last-lap dash to the finish in the second of two races during the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It was a redeeming win for O’Connell, who finished eighth in the previous race thanks to a spin-out. Pilgrim took fourth in the first race, and sixth in the second.
In the manufacturer’s points standings, Porsche still holds a comfortable lead with 56 points, while Cadillac is second with 30. The next two rounds for the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge will take place August 26-28 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.
Corvette Racing Manages Second Place Finish With Early Ending
Despite the weather holding out for Cadillac and the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge, the same could not be said for Corvette Racing and the American Le Mans Series. As the rain fell in torrents, the red flag waved with 11 minutes left to go, leaving Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin to settle for second place in the No. 4 Compuware C6.R, while Tommy Milner and Olivier Beretta finished sixth thanks to a late spin-out in the rain.
However, the race closed the gap between Corvette Racing and BMW in both manufacturer’s and driver’s points standings. According to the presser, the team now sits 19 points behind BMW, while Beretta and Gavin are 17 points behind BMW drivers Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller.
Chevrolet WTCC Wins Another One
In typical fashion, Yvan Muller managed to take home another win for the Chevrolet WTCC team after the the first race at Oschersleben, Germany, with Rob Huff coming in second in his Chevrolet Cruze race car and Alain Menu in fifth. However, the second race fared a little less fortunate for the team, with Menu taking second, Muller in fifth and Huff in sixth. Despite not winning the second race, the team is still light years ahead in points standings with 648, which is 267 points ahead of second-place BMW. Huff, Muller and Menu still hold the 1-2-3 spots in driver’s standings, with Huff a full 144 points ahead of fourth-place SEAT driver Gabriele Tarquini.
The team’s next race is September 3rd and 4th in Valencia, Spain.