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It was a rough day in the rain for Performance Tech Motorsports at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for Round 8 of Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda. Early morning storms Sunday, July 13, mixed with intermittent rain showers during the race, soaked the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit at CTMP.
Robert Alon and Joel Janco fought through the rain to ninth- and 12th-place finishes, respectively. A spin in Turn 2 pushed Janco back in the field. A mechanical problem ended Craig Duerson's race early, an all-too-familiar problem for the team. Hayden Duerson was unable to continue after his car was damaged in an off-course excursion.
Team Principal Brent O'Neill acknowledged the challenges the rain presented but felt his team still made progress.
"The rain is a bigger challenge here because of how fast the cars are on this track," O'Neill said. "We had a motor problem with Craig, and it started going south, so we decided to park it before it blew. Hayden was in a different car after his accident yesterday and just made a small mistake, and there you go. Robert Alon had an impressive race again. P9 first time racing in the rain. First season racing a car ever. It's his fourth weekend ever in a race car."
Performance Tech started all four drivers in Round 8 after a hectic Round 7 left Alon as the soul survivor of the four. The team worked until 2 a.m. (ET) to have a car ready for each driver. With a 9:50 a.m. start time, the team was back in action by 6 a.m. to prepare for the race.
Victor Gonzalez earned his first victory of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America season, winning Round 8 in rainy conditions Sunday, July 13 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. He earned the top honor in his No. 99 Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo representing Lamborghini Carolinas and fielded by Change Racing with a victory of 7.536 seconds over first-time series co-drivers Aaron Povoledo and Corey Lewis in the No. 76 Musante Motorsport entry representing Lamborghini Boston.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe driver Thomas Pichler rounded out the top three finishers in the Lamborghini Dallas entry fielded by Jota Corse.
"I love Canada," Gonzalez said. "That's the only thing I can say while I'm here. I had a great moment and great result, and the hard work from everyone on the team really paid off. This is only my second time in the series, and the car worked perfect.
Championship leader Kevin Conway finished fourth in the No. 29 Change Racing entry representing Lamborghini Carolinas. He leads John Farano, 88-58, with four rounds remaining.
Round 7 winner Dillon Machavern finished first in the Amateur class in the No. 07 Lamborghini fielded by Mitchum Motorsports. Machavern started on the pole but was pushed out in Turn 8 early on the first lap. Gonzalez, who started second, then led the rest of the way except for the mandatory pit stop cycle. Gonzalez led by 29 seconds with 20 minutes remaining in the 50-minute race and managed his lead carefully over the closing laps.
The No. 88 Lamborghini Vancouver entry driven by David Welch and fielded by GMG Racing finished second in the Amateur class, followed by Lee Carpentier in the No. 80 Lamborghini Palm Beach fielded by Mitchum Motorsports.
"Awesome job by Mitchum Motorsports, West Palm Beach Lamborghini," added Carpentier. "Really good job. Again, really tight racing. We had really heaving rain that tapered off at the end. We were leading the race in the Amateur class for about 90 percent of the race until we got taken out in the last corner and ended up being P3 in class. It's hard to swallow but still a good result for the team. Overall weekend, two podiums - can't be mad about that."
While it was Gonzalez's first win of the season in only his second weekend with the series, he is no stranger to the podium. He finished second in Round 7 yesterday at CTMP and second in Round 6 in late June at Watkins Glen. The win today propelled him to third in the points standings with 45 points,
Rounds 9 and 10 of the series are scheduled for Aug. 22-24 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.
The two rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park continued a busy stretch of action worldwide for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship, which continues to reach new levels of success at every round in Europe, North America and Asia. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America and Europe competed during the final weekend of June at Watkins Glen International and Circuit Paul Ricard, respectively.
The next round of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe is July 25-26 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The Asian Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship resumes Aug. 30-31 at Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Japan.
Ruscitti, from Burnaby, British Columbia, completed his two-day reign over the IMSA Development Series by winning Round 8 of the season Sunday, July 13 in wet conditions in the No. 4 8Star Motorsports entry. He beat series leader Mikhail Goikhberg to the checkered flag by 16.749 seconds. Young star Ruscitti, 20, also drove to victory in Round 7 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda and in the ST class in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge under sunny skies Saturday at CTMP. These were his first two starts in Prototype Lites.
"It's unbelievable to get two wins in my first weekend in the Lites car," Ruscitti said. "It's an awesome feeling. During the middle of the race, it actually started to dry, and then it started to get really wet. It was just car control. Keeping the car on the track is probably what won it at the end of the day.
"Definitely a perfect weekend. I wouldn't have thought it coming into the weekend. I think like they said yesterday, I should go buy a lottery ticket."
Goikhberg, from North Vancouver, British Columbia, returned to the podium after a first-lap crash eliminated his No. 10 JDC Motorsports entry from Round 7 Saturday. He leads the championship, 136-83, over Robert Alon with six rounds remaining.
"I want to thank the crew that stayed up all night fixing the car from yesterday," added Goikhberg. "We were lucky we were able to even start the race. Given the big blow to our championship points yesterday, the only thing on my mind was to finish and collect points. I want to congratulate Remo (Ruscitti) on his win. He did a great job coming into the series and winning both races under different conditions. I'm happy with the end results and how we're leaving Mosport."
Madison Snow, from Lehi, Utah, finished a career-best fourth in the No. 29 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry, while Ruscitti's teammate Christian Potolicchio rounded out the top five in the No. 2 8Star Motorsports entry.
Ruscitti started sixth but wasted little time powering to the front in steady rain and a stiff wind in the open-cockpit cars. He pulled up beside pole sitter Goikhberg in Turn 10 entering the front straightaway near the end of the second lap, completing the decisive pass just before the start-finish line. Ruscitti never trailed thereafter.
The field bunched during a full-course caution with about 29 minutes remaining in the 45-minute race due to the stopped Lites 2 car of Jerome Mee, and Ruscitti lost his 9.788-second lead. But Ruscitti never was threatened on the restart, building a 4.728-second lead five minutes after the field returned to racing.
While Ruscitti pulled away, Falb's charge through the field created drama in the closing laps.
Falb passed Potolicchio for third with five minutes remaining. Falb pulled to within six-tenths of Goikhberg at the white flag while Goikhberg was trying to clear the lapped car of Lites 2 leader Brian Alder.
Goikhberg and Falb both passed Alder, and Goikhberg held his line and his cool over the final two turns to beat Falb to the finish by .367 of a second. Still, Falb took the lead in the Masters Championship, 114-106 over Craig Duerson, with his victory in the class in the race.
Michal Chlumecky, from nearby Windsor, Ontario, was the second-finishing Masters driver in the No. 31 Eurosport Racing entry for the second time this weekend. Falb's teammate Lee Alexander finished third in Masters in the No. 48 ONE Motorsports car in just his second career start in the series.
"Wow, it was an interesting start, and I obviously spent some time getting acclimated to the track and trying to find some dry areas where I could find some grip," a happy Chlumecky added. "Through (Turn) 5B, I got overzealous on the gas and got it around. That cost me about a lap or so, but I was able to get the car back on the track and compete. Unfortunately, I think we had an electrical issue, and we were running three cylinders from that point on. But all in all, it was a great race. It was fun, but it was challenging finding good speed. But definitely exciting for me."
Alder, from Marysville, Ohio, completed a weekend sweep in Lites 2 in the No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports car. Todd Slusher finished third in the No. 62 ONE Motorsports car, followed by Mee in the No. 95 Alta Velocita Racing entry.
Remo Ruscitti completed the most successful day of his young racing career Saturday by winning Round 7 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 20 year-old driver from Burnaby, British Columbia, earned the victory in the No. 4 8Star Motorsports entry from the sixth position on the grid in his first career start in the series. The win came just 3 ½ hours after he drove to victory in the ST class with teammate Adam Isman in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race.
"I'm a little speechless," Ruscitti said. "We started sixth, and it was my first weekend in the car, so I wasn't expecting to be on the top step of the podium at the end here. We had really good pace toward the middle. A couple of people dropped out, and we were able to take advantage and pull away.
"It was a really good race," stated Potolicchio. "We made a change to the car for the race, so we weren't sure how it was going to work, but we are happy because it worked really well. I had a podium here last year, as well, so I am really proud of the team and all the work they have put in this weekend after my crash on Thursday."
Lamont Harris rounded out a dominant performance by 8Star Motorsports, finishing fifth overall and as the first Masters driver (age 40 and older) in the team's No. 65 car.
"So far, it's been an awesome weekend," commented Harris. "This is my third year here, and I am really working on trying to be flat in (Turns) 1 and 2. It's such a great track and a great venue, and it's really fun to come up here to Canada. There were a lot of great battles out there despite the fact that the track was really greasy at the end of the day. My goal is to just get faster tomorrow."
Ruscitti prevailed after a wild 30-minute race on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit. He took first place for the first time - and for good - when leader Craig Duerson spun off course in Turn 8 in his No. 27 Performance Tech Motorsports car with eight minutes remaining.
Pole sitter Hayden Duerson and series leader Mikhail Goikhberg didn't finish the first lap after a collision between them resulted in hard contact for both in Turn 8, giving Alon the lead.
Craig Duerson passed Alon for the lead halfway through the race but lost the top spot two laps later to Matt McMurry, 16, with 12 minutes remaining. But Duerson and Ruscitti passed McMurry two minutes later when McMurry slowed quickly due to a mechanical problem that reportedly caused fluids to leak from the rear of the No. 20 JDC Motorsports entry.
Then Duerson spun two minutes later, handing a lead to Ruscitti he would not surrender.
Brian Alder, from Marysville, Ohio, was the top finisher in Lites 2 in the No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports car after a rugged duel for most of the second half of the race with Jerome Mee in the No. 95 Alta Velocita Racing entry.
"We had great pace through practice and qualifying," Mee said. "Coming into qualifying, 13 minutes in the pits really didn't do us any favors. I never really got a clear lap, so we got bumped on P1. We started the race off clean, and Brian (Alder) and I had a fantastic race. Best race we've had. I finally got him on (Turn) 8, only to realize it was under yellow, so I gave it back to him. Almost got him again in (Turn) 10 on the last lap, and he took the right line and I jumped the curb and spun. But I was on his tail the whole time, and you couldn't ask for a better race than that!"
Mee ended up second in the class, and Todd Slusher was third in the No. 62 ONE Motorsports car.
"It got off to a slow start with the early caution, but after that, it was Jerome (Mee) and I battling it out for the last 15 minutes of the race," Alder stated. "And he drove a great race; he was all over me. He actually got me once, but unfortunately it was right into the yellow flag, so he had to give the spot back. It was a tough race. I was watching in my mirrors the entire race, so it was good to have a great race out there, bringing the BAR1 Motorsports home on top."
"It's my first time at this track, so it was a little tricky getting used to it. But we found our pace pretty quickly. The car that Performance Tech put under me had a lot to do with that. The whole team was fast all weekend. It showed on the start; we were all right up there in the front of the field. Luckily I was able to keep the car on track and stay up there. This Prototype Lites field is really competitive, though. That was a tough race."Pole sitter Hayden Duerson was sent spinning into the wall when he and points leader Mikhail Goikhberg collided on Lap 1.
"I got a great start. It was looking like a good race for the Performance Tech No. 39. Mikhail (Goikhberg) got a good draft on me going into Turn 8. I drove a little bit defensive, and then he got around me on the outside, and we both made contact and backed it into the wall. It was sad that it was on Lap 1 and we were leading, but we will be there tomorrow."
Duerson's father, Craig Duerson, fought from fifth to the lead. But he spun in another competitor's oil in Turn 8 and hit the tire barrier while out front with eight minutes left in the 30-minute session.
"The team has been great this weekend. They really put together a good car for me. It was a shame it went to waste. I was out in the lead when I hit oil on the track and spun. I think they needed to throw a flag; I was looking for one. Excited to see Hayden on pole and Robert on podium, though. It's great for the team to see them succeeding."
Joel Janco also spun with just two minutes left in the race.
"We had a new engine today, and for some reason it just shut off. Then it went back on, and I moving back up on the field. Then I hit some oil as I was passing somebody and that was it. So we're looking forward to tomorrow."
Team Principal Brent O'Neill made time to celebrate at podium with Alon and Hayden Duerson for their accomplishments. Then he returned to the paddock to assess the work he and his crew need to perform to ensure each of the four Prototype Lites cars are ready for Round 8, a 45-minute race which starts at 9:50 a.m. Sunday.
"We'll have a little work to do tonight," O'Neill said. "It was a shame to see Hayden out on Lap 1. Mikhail tried to pass Hayden on the outside, and it just didn't end up working out for either of them. That's racing, though. Joel ended up having a little spin in Turn 5 and got center-hung on the curb with a few laps to go.
"Craig spun and hit the fence. It was a rough race for the guys, but Robert made it to the podium. Robert did an awesome job again. He just kept working toward the front, led the race for a couple laps. We'll look forward to a different outcome tomorrow."
Dungey Captures Third Straight Budds Creek Triumph with Second Win of 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season
In the shadow of the nation's capitol, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, celebrated 25 years of competition in Southern Maryland on Saturday with the annual GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National from Budds Creek MX Park, the seventh stop of 12 this summer. The budding 450 Class rivalry between the Red Bull KTM duo of Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen continued with Dungey gaining the advantage for just the second time this season, winning for the third straight year at Budds Creek. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Blake Baggett duplicated the achievement of his premier class counterpart, winning for the third consecutive season at the facility with his third victory of the summer.
The battle for victory once again came down to the Red Bull KTM duo of Dungey (5) and Roczen (94).
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
In his third race back from an injury that kept him out for the early portion of the season, Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX's Justin Brayton grabbed his first Motosport.com Holeshot Award of the season in the opening 450 Class moto. Brayton was closely followed by a large contingent of competitors, led by Team Honda Muscle Milk's Trey Canard and Dungey. Brayton maintained the lead on the opening lap with a hard-charging Dungey on his rear fender, but while that battle took shape Canard took advantage of an opportunity to slip by Dungey and then set his sights on Brayton.
Canard soon made the pass to take over the lead on the opening lap and proceeded to open a small gap over the field. As that happened, Dungey lost another spot on the track while fighting to get around Brayton, this time to his teammate Roczen. With no riders separating himself and the leader, Roczen set his sights on Canard and chipped away at the deficit, eventually taking control of the moto on Lap 4. Dungey, meanwhile, made the pass on Brayton and was able to close the gap on Canard to eventually take control of second.
With the KTM duo asserting themselves out front and pulling away, Canard fell into the clutches of GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac with the pair battling throughout the remaining stages of the moto. Out front, Dungey was able to close to within a second of his teammate as they approached lappers near the end, but Roczen held him off for the win. Canard withstood the challenge of Tomac for third, with Team Yoshimura Suzuki's James Stewart coming on strong to finish fifth.
Dungey (5), Canard (41) and Roczen (94) all made their presence felt in the opening moto.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
After closing in on his teammate at the end of the first moto, Dungey aimed to seize the opportunity in Moto 2 and did just that by racing to the Motosport.com Holeshot Award. The clear track allowed Dungey to set a torrid pace in the early stages and open a comfortable margin over the field. With Dungey pulling away, Roczen needed to work his way into second and after slotting himself in third on the opening lap, he passed Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX's Josh Grant for second and looked to try and close the gap on his teammate.
Dungey never looked back and went on to post his most dominant ride of the season with a wire-to-wire victory. The former two-time series champion had led just nine laps coming into Budds Creek, but nearly tripled his season total by leading all 17 laps of Moto 2. Roczen followed in second, but had to fend off a major threat from Tomac in the closing laps.
The Red Bull KTM duo posted identical moto scores once again but Dungey's second-moto triumph awarded him the tiebreaker. Roczen's streak of finishing on the podium in every moto this season continued.
The second moto holeshot proved to be the key to Dungey's (5) success.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
"It was tough after that first moto, but I got back, cooled down and was feeling good," said Dungey, who moved into third on the all-time total career wins list. "I thought this [the second moto] was my moment. I got a good start, which that was way, way key and just allowed me to ride my laps. It's good to get this win; it's been since round one. This is a good step."
"We all have our days. I'm just happy to finish second and keep the points lead the same," said Roczen. "That's all I can ask for. I just wasn't feeling it in that second moto and it's time to put that behind me. It's all about preparation during the week, so I'm going to go back and get stronger."
Tomac's hard charge to close out the final moto helped him steal third overall (4-3) from Canard, who posted identical 3-4 moto scores. Soaring Eagle/RCH Racing Suzuki's Weston Peick finished fifth (6-5).
Roczen's lead over Dungey in the 450 Class standings remains at 26 points. Canard sits third, 63 points behind. With three consecutive overall podiums in his first three career starts in the premier class, Tomac has already moved into 11th.
Bogle (32) and Anderson (17) were two new faces at the front of 250 Class field in the opening moto.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
New faces emerged in the battle for victory in the opening 250 Class moto with GEICO Honda's Justin Bogle securing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award, edging out Valli Motorsports Yamaha's Christophe Pourcel. As this pair jockeyed up front, Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson emerged as a player in the fight for the lead, passing Pourcel and setting his sights on Bogle out front. Neither of the lead pair had ever won a moto in their career, setting the stage for a thrilling battle. After going bar-to-bar in the opening laps, Anderson slipped passed Bogle on Lap 2 and began to open a gap over the field.
With Anderson out front, the battle for the podium intensified with points leader and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha rider Jeremy Martin joining Bogle and Pourcel in their fight. Martin made the pass on Pourcel for third on Lap 6 and proceeded to challenge Bogle for three laps before assuming control of the runner-up spot on Lap 9. Throughout this fight, Baggett fought his way forward from a seventh-place start to jump into podium contention. Baggett moved into fourth on Lap 9 and then made the pass on Bogle for third just two laps later.
As Baggett pressured Martin for second, the pair started to close in one the eight-second lead that Anderson held out front with all three eventually running mere bike lengths from one another. As the white flag flew to signify the final lap, about one second separated all three riders. Anderson maintained his lines to hold off Martin and capture his first career moto win while Baggett settled for third. Bogle finished fourth with Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Cooper Webb coming from an 11th-place start to finish fifth.
Anderson's first career moto win put him in control in the pursuit for the overall.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
Martin gained the upper hand to start the second moto by securing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award with Pourcel in second and Anderson third. The lead duo were able to pull away from the field but Baggett, who started fourth, began his march to the front, which started with a pass on Anderson for third. As Martin slowly pulled away out front, Pourcel and Baggett engaged in a hotly contested battle for second that lasted six laps before Baggett finally made the pass on Lap 7.
Once in second, Baggett faced a deficit of over five seconds to Martin and methodically closed it down to just a matter of bike lengths. With their second and third-place finishes in the opening moto, the overall win would be decided between Martin and Baggett, in which the better finisher would emerge victorious. On Lap 11 Baggett made his move on the points leader and immediately pulled away, taking the moto win to secure the overall in convincing fashion.
It was once again Baggett (4) versus Martin (19) in a fight for victory.
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X
"I definitely hope we can keep chipping away towards this championship," said Baggett, whose third straight win at Budds Creek was also the ninth consecutive for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at the track. "All that matters is that I have the points lead at the end of the season, even If we have to wait all the way to the last moto then that's what we're going to do. We're not going to stop fighting until then."
Baggett's 3-1 finishes edged out Martin (2-2) by one point when the final totals were tallied. Anderson's first moto win helped him land third (1-7), with Pourcel fourth (6-3) and Webb fifth (5-4).
"I got off to a great start [in the second moto] and tried to put on a charge there for a little while and got away a bit," said Martin. "But then we hit some lappers and I could see Baggett was right there closing in on me. He was riding really good and congrats to him today. I'm just having fun and trying to win as many races as I can. I'm getting to do what I've always dreamed of doing."
Martin lost just one point to his lead in the 250 Class standings with Baggett moving into second, 27 points out. Webb sits third, 33 points behind.
The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend with the eighth round of the 2014 season with the Spring Creek National. Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, will host the world's best riders on Saturday, July 19. Action begins at 2 p.m. ET.
Ruthless Racing's Danny Eslick took command of the 2014 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series points chase by claiming his first class victory since his 2010 championship campaign today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. His win kicked off the race action of the highly-anticipated GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round with tomorrow's AMA Pro SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, and FIM Superbike World Championship races still to come.
The defending AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series champ, Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson's Steve Rapp, once again demonstrated his mastery of the XR1200, breaking free from the pack to storm to the checkered flag first. However, Rapp was judged to have jumped the start, and was assessed a ten-second penalty as a result. This year's DAYTONA 200 winner Eslick was aware Rapp had been penalized. After the race, Eslick said he knew he would win if he stayed within ten seconds of Rapp.
"I've been getting a lot of seconds and getting beat up in this deal. I think everybody expected me to just come in and win and it just shows that these guys have been busting their butts and riding these Harley's really hard. They're definitely not the easiest bikes to get around a racetrack. When you get up to the pace Steve and some of these other guys are going, it makes it pretty tough. It's a lot of fun. It's not the way I wanted to win it -- by penalty -- but a 'W' is a 'W', and we need the points. We'll definitely take the money and move on to Mid-Ohio."
The Californian Rapp's pace was so great that he still managed to claim second in the race, opening up a margin significantly greater than ten seconds over the entire field save Eslick.
Runner-up Rapp said, "I knew it would be a tougher race here. I just wanted to get a good start and try to build up a lead if I could and it looked like everything was going as planned... I didn't know the penalty was for me. I wasn't really aware of what was going on, I was riding as if there was nothing going on. The bike was good and the tires felt great. Everything felt pretty good overall."
KWR/Millennium Technologies' Kyle Wyman rebounded from his Barber Motorsports Park crash to round out today's podium. Wyman took third a short distance ahead of a tight four-way fight for the position.
"It felt all right," Wyman said. "It was a pretty lonely race, just watching my pitboard to watch the gap between myself and the guys behind me. I was able to start off with these and make that gap to fourth and then about lap 4 these guys dropped the hammer. I wasn't able to match their pace so I settled into a rhythm. I'm just really happy to be back on the podium. It's been a really up-and-down season: DQ, win, crash out, and now to get on the box, I'll take that."
Fourth-place went to Josh Chisum Racing/Bartel's Harley-Davidson's Tyler O'Hara, who got a measure of revenge on Rapp's Suburban H-D teammate, Ben Carlson. Californian O'Hara crossed the stripe 0.046 seconds ahead of Carlson after the Wisconsin native had edged him for third in the previous two contests.
Thunder Roads Magazine's Ryan Kerr and Folsom H-D's Gage McAllister took close sixth and seventh-place finishes, respectively, with Chili Pepper Racing's Hayden Schultz, Trev Deeley Motorcycles' Darren James, and O'Hara's teammate, Josh Chisum, completing the day's top ten.
With four races down and four to go, title leader Eslick (95) now boasts an eleven-point advantage over second-ranked O'Hara (84) with Carlson (76) third another eight points back.
AMA Pro SuperBike
Cameron Beaubier became the first repeat pole winner of the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season today at the GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round. And the 21-year-old Californian did so in most impressive fashion, posting the quickest lap recorded around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca by an AMA Pro SuperBike since the Ben Spies/Mat Mladin era. The rider was locked into a tight duel with his decorated teammate, Josh Hayes, deep into the Qualifying 3 shootout, but ultimately opened up a separation of more than four-tenths-of-a-second with his jaw-dropping 1:24.019 lap in the waning moments.
Beaubier said, "It felt good and I felt good all throughout the session. I strung together some low-25s on what I felt was a little harder of a tire, so I felt good and that got me ready to throw the soft on during the ten-minute dash. I strung together some '24s and I felt really good. I think I'm ready for the race tomorrow. We'll go slot in with these guys and I think it'll be a good race."
Despite Beaubier's qualifying prowess, Hayes remains a strong contender for Sunday's win, where he'll look to stretch both his season and circuit win streak to four. The Mississippian is firmly in control of the championship race and another strong outing tomorrow would put Hayes in excellent position to scoop up a fourth career AMA Pro SuperBike crown at year's end.
"It was a pretty good session and it was pretty fun," Hayes said. "I kept seeing Cam's time on the board, and then I'd look on my timer and see I did a little bit better, then I'd come around and see he did a little better again. And then I saw a '24.0 and went, 'Uh-oh, I don't have that in me with this many laps on the tires.' I guess that's second today. I knew coming in that Cam was capable of doing it. I did the best laps I could. Overall, I've felt pretty relaxed all weekend and I feel good about being able to put in 23 solid laps in the race."
The works Yamaha YZF-R1s will be joined on the outside of Row 1 by the Suzuki GSX-R1000 of Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing's Martin Cardenas. The Colombian made slight inroads on Saturday but still faces a significant gap in outright pace to the leading Yamahas heading into the 23-lap race.
Cardenas said, "I think the bike feels a little bit better than yesterday. We couldn't achieve what we wanted to, which is get down to the '24s, but the bike is feeling good and I am feeling good on the bike. The only problem is that these two guys are too fast right now. We have to look at the splits and see where we are losing out and try to improve for the race tomorrow."
His teammate, Kentuckian Roger Hayden, ended Q3 in fourth and will headline a second row that also features the KTM/HMC Racing RC8R of Chris Fillmore and the Ducati 1198 of TPL Squadra Corse's Jake Holden.
Second-ranked ADR Motorsports/Sic/Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony starts just seventh, and will be joined alongside by Team AMSOIL Hero EBR's Cory West and Proto-Tech Spain Yamaha's Bernat Martinez.
Seven different manufacturers were represented in the 12-rider Q3 session, as third Yosh runner Chris Clark, BMW S1000RR-mounted Marcel Irnie (Mobibuff/Inrne Racing), and Brazilian Sebastiao Ferreira on the Porter Racing Kawasaki ZX-10 complete Row 4.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Jason DiSalvo cemented his early-career reputation as a qualifying master and the veteran showed his skill once again he won pole of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Laguna Seca. The Castrol/Triumph/Sportbike Track Time pilot was on fine form at the 2-238-mile circuit and won his first pole since 2012. His best lap was 1:26.771 in what is shaping up to be another ultracompetitive race.
"It was a great session," said the New Yorker. "First off, it feels great to be at a press conference, I think it's my first one of the year. This track really suits our bike and I really enjoy coming here every time. The Monterey Peninsula is so beautiful and being out in California is always nice. There were no dramas. We made some minor adjustments from yesterday that were good and we made some small adjustments during the session that were good. Everything has been really positive this weekend and the guys are all working really good and the spirits are high. We're just happy to get the pole position for Triumph and we can't wait for the race."
Points leader Jake Gagne was second, less than two tenths behind DiSalvo. Despite arm-pump surgery after Barber, the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull pilot made a big jump on Saturday.
"We definitely struggled yesterday and weren't as quick as we wanted to be," said Gagne. "We changed some major stuff going into this morning. I felt a lot better; I felt like I was riding pretty well. We're ready for the race. There are a lot of fast guys and it's going to be super close. It's going to be a battle."
JD Beach was third on the first Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha entry, squeezing Yamalube/Westby Racing's Dane Westby off the front row. Friday's fast man, Jake Lewis of Motosport.com/Meen Yamaha, was fifth. He topped Riders Discount Racing Triumph's Danny Eslick and Garrett Gerloff on the second Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha machine. Veteran Jake Zemke was eighth for GEICO Motorcycle Racing, ahead of GN Gonzalez Racing pilot Blake Young. Top Rookie Tomas Puerta was tenth on his RoadRace Factory/Red Bull machine.
In an intense 15-minute qualifying session on Saturday, Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) traded barbs with the competition for pole position. Among those swapping the lead for the top spot was ESM’s Ryan Dalziel in the No. 1 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development (HPD) ARX-03b. At the end of the session, Dalziel settled for the second starting spot at 1:09.456 (127.453 mph), less than three-tenths behind the pole-winning car.
“All in all, this is a good qualifying result for us," stated Dalziel. "We definitely were hungry for pole. In final practice, we had a really good balance in the car. I’m a little disappointed; we need to go look at the timing and see where the No. 42 car was better than us. I feel like our car is 99 percent there; even at 100 percent, I’m not sure we had enough for pole. The Honda chassis is always very good when it comes to tire life. With a two-hour, 45-minute race here, if we have a good strategy and good pit stops from the crew, hopefully we can get the Tequila Patrón cars up front. We definitely feel this is our weekend to turn the season around. The No. 2 car seems strong too. Hopefully we’ll get both cars up front and go for that podium.
The Tequila Patrón-sponsored Honda prototypes qualified second and fourth for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, the seventh round of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP).
The No. 1 Tequila Patrón team earned its second front-row starting position this year. In May, the team started second at the Detroit street circuit on Belle Isle. Scott Sharp will start tomorrow’s race for the No. 1 team and Dalziel will drive the second stint.
Johannes van Overbeek, co-driver of the No. 2 Tequila Patrón HPD, lapped the 2.459-mile, 10-turn permanent road course in 1:10.136 (126.218 mph), less than a half-second behind the pole position. Ed Brown will start the race for the No. 2 team from the fourth position and van Overbeek will drive second.
“The ESM Tequila Patrón Honda HPD felt really good in our fourth-place qualifying effort today," added van Overbeek. "I tried to get the most out of it. We weren’t able to simulate a qualifying run and that would have helped me as a driver because it is a whole different world on new tires and light fuel than it is in practice."
The weekend started strong for the Florida-based team. During Friday’s opening session, the two-car, Tequila Patrón-sponsored team was second and third. Traffic proved to be a bit of a hindrance in the second practice session and the team dropped to sixth and seventh on the sheets. During the lone practice on Saturday morning, Dalziel topped the charts and van Overbeek showed a strong run in fourth position.
The two-hour, 45-minute TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance is the seventh race of 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Green flag is 2:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 13.
Television coverage of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix starts at 2 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.
Machavern became the first Amateur class driver to win overall honors this season in his No. 07 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 fielded by Mitchum Motorsports. He beat Victor Gonzalez's No. 99 entry fielded by Change Racing and representing Lamborghini Carolinas to the by 8.860 seconds.
Rounding out the podium was Gonzalez's Change Racing teammate, championship leader Kevin Conway, in third place in the No. 29 car also representing Lamborghini Carolinas.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe driver Thomas Pichler was running second in the No. 1 Lamborghini Dallas entry fielded by Jota Corse when he suffered a flat left rear tire with one minute remaining, dropping him to a heartbreaking eighth place.
"It was a huge strategy race, and we knew that going in," Machavern said. "Everything seemed to work really well, so we're going to keep the same game plan for tomorrow and hope to be right back here."
Round 8 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America is scheduled for 10:55 a.m. (ET) Sunday on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit. The 50-minute race will be streamed live at http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-usa.
First-time Super Trofeo drivers Aaron Povoledo and Corey Lewis controlled the first part of the race from the pole until a pit stop violation at the driver's change pushed them back, as they ended up finishing seventh in the No. 33 Musante Motorsport entry representing Lamborghini Boston.
Machavern took the lead during that ill-fated pit stop by Povoledo/Lewis, losing it only for a lap when he made his mandatory 90-second stop. He regained the lead once Gonzalez pitted and led for the final 20 minutes of the 55-minute race.
"The first stint I was just conserving tires and running a pace where the leader could see me in his mirrors but not hard enough to run the tires off," Machavern said. "Then after the pit stop I was given the green light to push a little bit, but I guess the leaders had a challenging pit stop, so I jumped out to a huge lead and was able to just cruise the rest of the race."
The No. 80 Lamborghini Palm Beach Gallardo driven by Lee Carpentier and fielded by Mitchum Motorsports finished second in the Amateur class, followed by David Welch in the No. 88 car representing Lamborgini Vancouver and fielded by GMG Racing. Carpentier and and Welch finished fourth and fifth overall, respectively, as Amateur class drivers took three of the top five spots in the race.
This is only the second race weekend in the series for Machavern and first as a solo driver. He co-drove with Carpentier on June 27-29 at Watkins Glen International, picking up a third-place Amateur finish.
The two rounds at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park continue a busy stretch of action worldwide for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship, which continues to reach new levels of success at every round in Europe, North America and Asia.
The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America and Europe competed during the final weekend of June at Watkins Glen International and Circuit Paul Ricard, respectively. The next round of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Europe is July 25-26 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium. The Asian Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship resumes Aug. 30-31 atFuji Speedway in Oyama, Japan.
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo car is the ultimate single-make race car and the only four-wheel drive GT racer in the world. The 570-horsepower, V10 Gallardo LP 570-4 features impressive technology such as paddle shift E-gear transmission, Öhlins race shocks, Brembo brakes, a carbon fiber aerodynamic package that includes a rear wing with 10 adjustable positions, MTA data acquisition, air jacks, center wheel locks and more.
Lamborghini and Blancpain are providing world-class hospitality this weekend for clients and guests of Lamborghini dealers in Montreal and Toronto. Guests also can participate in the IMSA Hot Lap Experience, high-speed rides around the Canadian Tire Motorsport circuit in a Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4.
The Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4 is on display at Lamborghini Village at the circuit throughout the weekend.
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RACE REPORT PDF: http://lam.bo/z5qKM
ROUND 7 POST-RACE QUOTES:
DILLON MACHAVERN (Winner, First Amateur, No. 07): "It was a huge strategy race, and we knew that going in. The first stint I was just conserving tires and running a pace where the leader could see me in his mirrors but not hard enough to run the tires off. Then after the pit stop I was given the green light to push a little bit, but I guess the leaders had a challenging pit stop, so I jumped out to a huge lead and was able to just cruise the rest of the race. Everything seemed to work really well, so we're going to keep the same game plan for tomorrow and hope to be right back here."
VICTOR GONZALEZ JR. (Second, No. 99 Lamborghini Carolinas): "It's great to be here in Canada and again driving in the Super Trofeo series. The race was good. I thought I could a little bit better. We lost the balance of the car a little bit, but it's the driver's fault. I have to do a better job of dialing the car. The guys did a great job at Change Racing, and thanks to Lamborghini Carolinas. Great to be here and with the series."
KEVIN CONWAY (Third, No. 29 Lamborghini Carolinas): "We had some engine problems in qualifying, so we had to start really deep in the field. We had a good start and got in position but lost ABS at about lap four or five. So we were battling lack of ABS, which is very challenging on a fast track here like Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. I want to thank Eddie Littlefield and Robbie Benton, everybody at Change Racing. They did a great job fixing the car from yesterday and getting it ready. Still some problems, but we learned a lot and know what changes we need to make for tomorrow and hopefully come back a couple of steps higher."
LEE CARPENTIER (Second Amateur, No. 80 Lamborghini Palm Beach): "It's a tough race here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It's a grueling track. It's an aero track, which fits this car perfectly. The Mitchum Motorsports-West Palm Beach Lamborghini was phenomenal; we had a car under us the entire time. We ended up P4 overall, second in class chasing P3 overall, but just not enough time. But it was a phenomenal run; my teammate took the overall win. And we're looking forward to tomorrow."
DAVID WELCH (Third Amateur, No. 88 Lamborghini Vancouver): "We took our time in the start, saved tires and were really right where we wanted to be. And we did our pit stop, and unfortunately the guys mistimed it and got a drive-through (penalty). So instead of first we got third, but the GMG guys were great. First podium in only my second race, so it's good. The track had a lot of marbles, but this is an awesome place to drive. Lots of fun. All the guys were good out there and behaved. It was awesome."
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Founded in 1963, Automobili Lamborghini is headquartered in Sant'Agata Bolognese, in Northeastern Italy. The Lamborghini Huracán LP 610-4, which has made its world debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, is the successor to the iconic Gallardo and redefines the luxury super sports car driving experience with its innovative technology and outstanding performance. The Aventador LP 700-4, in Coupé and Roadster offerings, represents the reference point in the world of V12-powered, luxury super sports cars. With 129 dealerships worldwide, in half a century Lamborghini has created an uninterrupted series of extraordinary, exclusive cars that include the 350 GT, Miura, Espada, Countach, Diablo, Murciélago and several limited series like the Reventón, Sesto Elemento and Aventador J. The Veneno Coupé, the Egoista and the Veneno Roadster have been created to celebrate the brand's 50th anniversary year in 2013.
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Blancpain - Over 275 Years of Tradition in Motion
Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain, the watch brand bearing his name is the oldest in the world. Blancpain is currently engaged to the renewal of mechanical watchmaking and to passing on exceptional expertise from one generation to the next through constant investment in human resources, production facilities and research. This approach is its strength and the expression of our long-term vision, even though it goes against the tide of a certain tendency to seek immediate profit.
From the creation of components through to watch design, Blancpain is distinguished by its ability to develop exceptional movements. Over the past nine years, the Manufacture has indeed developed no less than 32 new calibers.
Through its various models, Blancpain preserves its heritage of precision and elegance, while also displaying an innovative and occasionally provocative spirit. Its range encompasses the sportive L-evolution line, the legendary Fifty Fathoms diver's watch, as well as the classic Villeret collection, the high complication from Le Brassus collection and the Women models.
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Founded in 1872, Pirelli is the world's fifth-largest tire manufacturer based on revenues. With a presence in over 160 countries, the company now has 22 tire manufacturing facilities on four continents and employs some 38,000 people.
Having been involved in motor racing since 1907, Pirelli has been confirmed as single tire manufacturer for Formula 1™ for the 2014-2016 championship seasons and for the World Superbike Championship. This is an important challenge in terms of technological innovation and is a key means of promoting the Pirelli brand.
In 2014, Pirelli underlines its status as the global tyre manufacturer with the biggest commitment to motorsport. In total, the Italian firm supplies around 150 different championships across the world, excluding Formula 1, both on the road and on the track. One of the most important engagements is the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo, supplied exclusively by Pirelli, which highlights the strong technical collaboration that the two Italian icons have shared since 1963.
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Kenton Koch, of Glendora, California, did the race-weekend double by winning Round Eight of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, part of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix Presented by Hawk Performance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, finished second, just off the rear bumper of Koch. Ara Malkhassian, of Houston, finished third.