Marsh Racing translated the pole into the final GT class victory in the Rolex Series Saturday, following a commanding performance by Eric Curran and super sub Lawson Aschenbach Saturday at Lime Rock Park.
Curran edged out the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari of Alessandro Balzan by 4 seconds to give the Teddy Marsh-led squad its first class victory of the year in the last race for its Corvette GT car.
“I had a decent start and kind of got botched up on the restart. I got the green flag a little bit late and John [Edwards] got by me but I was able to get back by him and take off,” said pole-sitter Aschenbach, who was a late fill-in for team regular Boris Said.
“Eric did a fantastic job. With all of the restarts and everything he had to go through, that’s a superb drive. That’s exactly what you want out of a teammate.”
Balzan, meanwhile, was crowned GT champion thanks to his runner-up finish with Leh Keen, while Scuderia Corsa’s sister No. 64 Ferrari of Johannes van Overbeek and Jeff Westphal completed the podium in third.
The No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro of Robin Liddell and John Edwards made a late rally to finish fourth, following a left-front puncture in the opening hour.
The final GRAND-AM race ended in disappointment for Porsche, with the championship-leading No. 44 Magnus Racing entry getting taken out in a second-lap accident and Patrick Long being forced to retire the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup car with less than 20 minutes to go after being hit from behind.
GX race honors went to the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda6 pairing of Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long, who took a two-lap victory over the class championship-winning No. 38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman of Dr. Jim Norman and Spencer Pumpelly.
It was Mazda’s 9th consecutive class victory in the final outing for the clean diesel-powered car and the GX category.
RESULTS: Championship Weekend