1-2 for Acura Team Penske at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

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  • IMSA, Mid-Ohio, Acura Team Penske

Acura wins the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The fourth round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has Acura as the naming sponsor and two Acura ARX-05 prototypes finished the race in the first two places.

Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor secured a pole position in the #7 car and converted it into their first joint victory after 125 laps of racing at the 2.4-mile circuit in Lexington, Ohio. Their teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron finished second in the #6 car, 8.464 seconds behind the winners. Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez scored the maiden podium for Mazda Team Joest in the #77 Mazda RT24-P.

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor converted their pole position into a victory

The victory in GTLM class goes to Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber in the #912 Porsche 911 RSR. They defeated the #25 BMW M8 GTE, driven by Connor de Phillippi and Alexander Sims, by just 1.673 seconds.

Jan Magnussen finished further ten seconds down in the third place in the #3 Corvette C7.R. Magnussen was sharing a car with Antonio Garcia.

Laurens Vanthoor and Earl bamber

GTLM class winners Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber

We saw an even closer margin in a fight for GTD class victory. 3GT Racing’s Dominik Baumann in the #14 Lexus RC F GT3 crossed the finish line just 0.191 seconds ahead of Alvaro Parente in the #86 Acura NSX GT3.

Baumann shared a car with Kyle Marcelli while Parente’s co-driver was Katherine Legge. Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow reached the third podium spot in the #48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

#14 Lexus RC F GT3, IMSA Mid-Ohio

Baumann and Marcelli gave Lexus the first IMSA GTD victory


Check the full results of the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio


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