BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO (July 8, 2018) – The majority of the two-hour and 40-minute Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Ontario’s historical Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, found both 3GT Racing cars, No. 14 and 15 Lexus RC F GT3, running consistently first, second and third.
When the checkered flag dropped, it was second place for the No. 14 team and drivers Kyle Marcelli and Dominik Baumann, and 7th for the No. 15 with drivers Jack Hawksworth and David Heinemeier Hansson. Hawksworth, who had started on the pole, had the fastest lap of the race, 1:16:919.
3GT Racing’s Managing Partner, Paul Gentilozzi, said it’s a bit of a disappointing ending.
“When you’re first and second, first and third, pretty much throughout the race and you have 15 minutes to go, as a team owner I sit there – a little selfishly – praying for no bad luck,” Gentilozzi said.
“It was a good race between the 33 (Mercedes’ Jeroen Bleekemolen) and the 14; Kyle (Marcelli), did a magnificent job holding him off. The 33 car was good, passed us fair and square, Kyle got a little wide. I think if we had not had the last yellow he would have been able to stay ahead. It’s disappointing for the 15 car, because they certainly deserved the podium today with as much hard work as they put in. But it didn’t work out.”
Marcelli said he thinks it’s a good thing to be upset with second.
“Of course, we’re competitors and we want to win,” Marcelli said. “We had a fast car, but we really struggled at the end of this stint with our rear tires and we knew that. We just had to settle in second place.”
Hawksworth, who earned his third Motul Pole Award for the season at CTMP, held the lead since the start of the race. A solid pit stop and driver change put his co-pilot, David Heinemeier Hansson, in and back on track, losing only one position. But it was minutes before the end of the race, when things went wrong for the No. 15.
“I was anticipating the restart and when I went to go, still had too much track pick-up on my tires. I slid wide in the last corner, which allowed the 44 to catch me, and then slid wide in turn one, and that allowed him to pass me,” he said. “I actually went all the way off the track, catching a lot of debris that then caused the tires to slide off and allowed others to pass me. “
Gentilozzi said the team looks forward to Lime Rock. “We will celebrate second and then figure out how to turn 7th into a victory at the next race,” he said.
The next race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, will be Northeast Grand Prix in Lakeville, Connecticut on July 21.
About 3GT Racing
3GT Racing was formed to race the Lexus RC F GT3. Owned and operated by five-time Trans-Am Series Champion, Paul Gentilozzi and his longtime partners, Tony and John Gentilozzi, the East Lansing, Michigan-based team principals have been involved in motorsports for more than 48 years and have claimed more than 75 victories and 15 manufacturer and driver championships.