The North American sportscar series’ first event north of the border since 2019 fully lived up to expectations as Van der Zande grasped at the merest suggestion of an opportunity amid traffic entering Turn 3 with 10 minutes remaining in the two-hours-and-40-minute race.
The Dutchman's bold move consigned Meyer Shank Racing Acura pair Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis to a fifth consecutive runner-up finish. The good news for the British pair is that it was enough to move them back into the points lead with just two races remaining on the schedule for the prototype cars.
For the second week in a row, Blomqvist produced another stunning lap in qualifying to secure pole position, this time at a series track record average speed of 137.472 mph.
Blomqvist lost no time in also bettering the race lap record as he pulled out to a 2.3-second lead over the similar Ricky Taylor-driven Wayne Taylor Racing Acura inside the first seven laps before being pegged back by a couple of brief full-course cautions. One of them was due to a delaminated tyre on Taylor’s car, which put his team on the back foot for the remainder of the afternoon.
Tristan Vautier’s JDC Miller Motorsports Cadillac was the only car not to make an early pit stop, which bottled up the small but immensely competitive prototype field until the Frenchman ducked in for service after 37 laps. Alex Lynn took up the running in the second of the Ganassi Cadillacs, until Blomqvist made a move in traffic immediately before his next pit stop. That released Jarvis into the lead once the cycle of stops had been completed.
Jarvis, though, remained under intense pressure from Taylor/Filipe Albuquerque and the two Ganassi Cadillacs.
One of the pivotal moments occurred on lap 96, with around a half-hour remaining, when an ill-timed lunge by Lynn's co-driver Earl Bamber nerfed Taylor into a spin at Turn 5. Taylor resumed at the rear, later to be involved in another incident with the Action Express Racing Cadillac of Pipo Derani, while a drive-through penalty for Bamber restricted the Sebring-winning crew to a fourth-place finish behind Derani and Olivier Pla.
But van der Zande remained firmly in the mix, setting the scene for his magnificent pass after Bourdais, on his first visit to the track, had struggled both in practice and qualifying.
“He was just impressive in traffic,” explained Bourdais. “He made it work. Man, I have no idea what he did there but hats off. It was really impressive.”
Jon Bennett/Colin Braun combined for their second straight LMP3 class win for Core Autosport, while Porsche factory drivers Mathieu Jaminet and Matt Campbell narrowly maintained control of the GTD Pro category for the locally based Pfaff Motorsports team over the leading Corvette Racing entry of Antonio Garcia/Jordan Taylor.
Canada’s Roman De Angelis and Belgian Maxime Martin also scored their second straight win in GTD for the Heart of Racing Aston Martin team.
IMSA Mosport race result (123 laps):
Renger van der Zande |
Oliver Jarvis |
Olivier Pla |
Earl Bamber |
Tristan Vautier |
Ricky Taylor |
Jon Bennett |
|Ligier JS P320||115||2:40'57.801||8 Laps|
Jarett Andretti |
|Ligier JS P320||115||2:41'00.554||8 Laps|
Ari Balogh |
|Ligier JS P320||115||2:41'00.888||8 Laps|
Orey Fidani |
|Duqueine D08||114||2:41'05.351||9 Laps|
Matt Campbell |
|Porsche 911 GT3 R||111||2:40'42.521||12 Laps|
Antonio Garcia |
|Corvette C8.R GTD||111||2:40'43.636||12 Laps|
Ross Gunn |
|Aston Martin Vantage GT3||111||2:40'47.424||12 Laps|
Roman De Angelis |
|Aston Martin Vantage GT3||111||2:40'48.233||12 Laps|
Russell Ward |
|Mercedes AMG GT3||111||2:40'48.726||12 Laps|
Cooper MacNeil |
|Mercedes AMG GT3||111||2:40'49.265||12 Laps|
Connor de Phillippi |
|BMW M4 GT3||111||2:40'50.308||12 Laps|
Ryan Eversley |
|Acura NSX GT3||111||2:40'57.369||12 Laps|
Ben Barnicoat |
|Lexus RC F GT3||111||2:40'58.789||12 Laps|
Robby Foley |
|BMW M4 GT3||111||2:41'00.170||12 Laps|
Bryan Sellers |
|BMW M4 GT3||111||2:41'02.372||12 Laps|
Frankie Montecalvo |
|Lexus RC F GT3||80||2:22'59.240||43 Laps|
Gar Robinson |
|Ligier JS P320||74||1:40'54.634||49 Laps|
Joao Barbosa |
|Ligier JS P320||32||1:07'38.019||91 Laps|
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