Cadillac Racing’s Johnny O’Connell won Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge Championship GT race from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after a heated battle with Porsche driver Patrick Long.
O’Connell, a four-time PWC GT class champion, started from pole for Sunday’s race. He controlled the race for much of its duration, but he wasn’t without pressure from Long.
Following a Lap 27 restart, Long attempted to pass O’Connell for the lead on the outside of turn four. O’Connell, hungry for a win, didn’t concede to Long and his Porsche 911 ended up going off track and into the gravel.
O’Connell held onto the lead but soon had the always quick McLaren 650S of Alvaro Parente in his mirrors. The veteran race managed to old off Parente for the win, while his Cadillac Racing teammate Michael Cooper crossed the finish line behind the McLaren in third.
Parente’s second place result gave him enough points to win the PWC Driver’s championship over O’Connell and Long. Cadillac finished second in the team championship to the K-Pax McLaren squad.
Click here for full PWC results from Laguna Seca.