Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell have returned to victory lane, following a dominant run in Saturday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Johnson took his No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C to a 11.271-second win over the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport of Marc Miller, in a race that went the way of the Blue Oval.
Maxwell led from pole and the car only relinquished the lead once, during Johnson’s final stop with 50 minutes remaining.
It marked the pairing’s second victory of the season, breaking the three-race win streak by Trent Hindman and Cameron Cassels, who had a challenging run in their No. 12 Bodymotion Porsche.
Cassels went down a lap early, and despite a valiant effort from Hindman, who muscled his way onto the lead lap around Johnson, the Porsche finished 4th overall after having to serve a pit lane penalty and also make a late-race stop for a loose wheel nut.
The No. 76 C360R Ford of Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing completed the GS class podium in third, after fading in the late stages.
Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo broke through to give their Nissan Altima its first class victory in ST, in only CTG-I Do Borrow’s second race with the car.
Trinkler got around the No. 17 RS1 Porsche Cayman of Spencer Pumpelly with just a few minutes remaining when Pumpelly went wide and slipped in oil laid down on the 2.459-mile circuit.
It marked the pairing’s second class win of the season after taking top honors at Sebring in March.
Pumpelly finished 0.439 seconds behind in second, after an impressive charge from 10th in class on the final restart with 1 hour and 9 minutes remaining.
The No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si of Ryan Eversley and Chad Gilsinger, who dominated the opening stages of the race, settled for third in class, after getting passed by Pumpelly with nine minutes remaining.
The two-hour and 30-minute race featured only a single full-course caution, due to the No. 83 Next Level European Porsche Cayman getting stuck in the gravel trap at Moss Corner.