Westbrook, Valiante win at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) Richard Westbrook pulled away on a one-lap dash to the checkered flag Sunday to win the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Westbrook teamed with Michael Valiante in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP. Alex Brundle was second, 0.877 seconds back in the No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan/Nissan he shared with Gustavo Yacaman and Ho-Pin Tung.
Westbrook passed Brundle after a restart with 12 minutes remaining, just before a full-course caution came out for an incident between Scott Pruett and the Prototype Challenge car of Renger van der Zande.
Westbrook and Valiante won for the first time since a GRAND-AM race at Laguna Seca in September 2012.
”It’s massive relief for us a bit, it’s been a bit of a dry spell for us,” Westbrook said. ”We’ll take that win for sure. … I didn’t think it was going to go green again, but I was again able to hang on.”
Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen raced to their third consecutive GT Le Mans class victory in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, while Dane Cameron and Markus Palttala dominated the GT Daytona class in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW.
For the fourth time this season, Colin Braun spearheaded a Prototype Challenge class victory in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09 with Jon Bennett and James Gue. Braun, Bennett and Gue also won endurance races at Daytona and Sebring, while Braun and Bennett won a sprint race at Kansas Speedway this month.