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Extreme Speed Motorsports Delivers Breakthrough P2 Win In Tudor Championship Event At Mazda Raceway
Posted by: newsla on May 05, 2014 - 09:54 AM
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Extreme Speed Motorsports Delivers Breakthrough P2 Win In Tudor Championship Event At Mazda Raceway

Johannes van Overbeek took the lead with 15 minutes remaining and held on to take the overall and Prototype (P) class win at the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda on Sunday. The win is the first for a P2 style of Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.


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Van Overbeek, driving the No. 2 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b/Honda, passed Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP as Taylor went wide on the exit of Turn 3. Jordan and his brother Ricky finished second; the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford EcoBoost-Riley driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas finished third.

“Hats off to ESM and Patròn,” said van Overbeek. “Especially (co-driver) Ed (Brown), this guy just started driving a few years ago and to start from the pole and fend off all those sharks behind him, he did a great job. He put us in a position to be here in the end.”

The action in the opening laps at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was fast and furious as Gustavo Yacaman in the No. 42 Oak Racing Nissan Morgan was all over the back of the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP of Michael Valiante. Yacaman was faster than Valiante but passing proved difficult.

Alex Brundle, driving the No. 42 car, tried to go three-wide going into the Corkscrew, pushing the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP into the No. 07 SpeedSource Mazda Prototype of Joel Miller, ending his day at the 43-minute mark. Brundle received a stop/plus 55-second penalty for the move.

Just before Brundle caused the incident in Turn 8, he tangled with Richard Westbrook in the No. 90 in Turn 5. Westbrook was running in second place when officials gave him a stop/plus 55-second penalty for that incident. Both penalties took those teams out of contention for the win.

In GT Le Mans, Corvette Racing followed up its win at Long Beach with a repeat trip to Victory Lane by co-drivers Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia. Bill Auberlen in No. 55 BMW Team RLL Z4 took over second place on the last lap by pushing past the No. 911 Porsche North America 911 RSR car driven by Nick Tandy.

Post-race review of late-race contact between the No. 55 and the No. 911 resulted in the No. 911 receiving a stop/plus 60-second penalty. That dropped the No. 911 to ninth in GTLM and moved the No. 62 Ferrari F458 Italia of Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer into third.

The headlining race involving the TUDOR Championship’s P and GTLM classes was preceded by a separate two-hour race for Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes. In that one, Starworks Motorsport’s Renger van der Zande overcame an early-race incident by his co-driver Mirco Schultis to win easily – by 12.234 seconds over Sean Rayhall of 8Star Motorsports, who co-drove with Luis Diaz.

In GTD, the No. 45 Audi R8 of Spencer Pumpelly and Nelson Canache Jr. was the class of the field until midway through the last lap when the car ran out of fuel.

That paved the way for Dane Cameron’s No. 94 BMW Z4 to slip past and take the victory.

“Everything said we should have been good,” said Pumpelly. “Now that we missed it by that little bit I’m kicking myself for every 31 (1-minute, 31 second lap) that I ran that could have been a 32, so I’m going to mull over that for a while.”

Cameron, who co-drove with Markus Palttala, said he was at the top of the corkscrew on the final lap when he realized he could win.

“They were telling me to hurry up and I wasn’t sure how much I could hurry up any more,” said Cameron. “I think everyone probably shouted and jumped up and down and hoped that his car wouldn’t pick-up enough to get himself back going.”

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