IMSA Michelin Challenge @ Road America: Filippi-Gottsacker take maiden win

IMSA Michelin Challenge @ Road America: Filippi-Gottsacker take maiden win

07.08.2019: The seventh round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Road America was delayed, because of thunderstorms and then reduced from two hours to 75 minutes.

The seventh round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Road America was delayed, because of thunderstorms and then reduced from two hours to 75 minutes.


The race ended with two safety-car periods in the last 15 minutes and a single final lap under green, which saw the Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N of Harry Gottsacker and Mason Filippi take their first win in the series.



Gottsacker crossed the finish line second behind the HART Honda Civic of Eversley-Gilsinger, but the Honda team was penalised for not meeting drive-time requirements and so Gottsacker and Filippi were elevated to the win.



The sister car of Lewis and Wilkins suffered from a puncture and missed its pit because of the unsafe release of a GT car. Still, it recover to finish fourth, retaining the leadership in the standings.



With Filippi-Gottsacker first from O’Gorman-Blackstosk and Ernstone-Morley, the fight for the title is close, with five cars covered by only 16 points.


The next round will be at Virginia Int. Raceway on August 23rd/24th.



Race


1. Filippi/Gottsacker (Hyundai Veloster N), 27 laps
2. Blackstock/O’Gorman (Honda Civic), 1.564
3. Ernstone/Morley (Audi RS 3 LMS), 2.249



Championship points


1. Lewis-Wilkins 196 pts; 2. O’Gorman-Blackstock 190; 3. Filippi-Gottsacker 187





Fabio Ravaioli    Photos: IMSA/LAT Jake Galstad

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