Corvette Racing looked poised to win Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, but a strategic pit call by the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team gave the Ford GT a surprise win at the fast, flowing road course.
The No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia started from pole in the race, while the No. 4 C7.R of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin started sixth. Garcia led much of the race’s opening, only forking over the lead when the team called him into the pits for tires, fuel and a driver change. The No. 4 car, meanwhile, ran mid-pack and was on an identical pit strategy.
A full-course caution came out 1 hour and 15 minutes into the race after the Prototype pole-sitting No. 55 Mazda stopped on track. This proved to be a crucial moment for the No. 67 Ford GT, which pitted under caution for fuel only. This put CGR’s Ryan Briscoe in the lead after the GTLM field had cycled through the next round of pit stops, while the No. 4 C7.R eventually worked its way up to second.
Milner attempted to chase down Briscoe and made up considerable ground, but it wasn’t enough to catch the Ford. Briscoe and teammate Richard Westbrook would go on to take the win, while Milner and Gavin claimed second and Magnussen and Garcia took third.
The result was the third straight GTLM win for the Ford GT and CGR. Milner and Gavin held their championship lead in GTLM, however Westbrook and Briscoe are gaining on the pair with 187 points to the Corvette pairing’s 192.
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