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Van Berlo Sweeps Weekend with Last Lap Pass at Watkins Glen

Kay van Verlo sweeps the weekend at Watkins Glen after a last lap pass on Seb Priaulx…

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Kay van Berlo emerged the leader after a bold move on his teammate Seb Priaulx in the Bus Stop chicane on the final lap, completing a sweep of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by The Cayman Islands weekend at Watkins Glen International.

The Dutch driver, who took the points lead with a win in Race 1 on Saturday, ran down his Kelly-Moss Road & Race stablemate in the final ten minutes.

Priaulx had been able to fend off van Berlo’s previous attempts but left the door open just wide enough to allow the two cars to enter the corner side by side.

The cars made door-to-door contact which sent Priaulx for a wild ride through the grass.

Both drivers were able to recover from the incident and race to the finish. Race control reviewed the contact and elected not to take further action.

Van Berlo was able to jump Max Root to take second at the start of the 45-minute race and Leh Keen followed him through shortly after to grab the third position in his No. 12 311RS Motorsport entry.

A restart with 22 minutes to go gave Van Berlo a shot at Priaulx into the Bus Stop but the Dutch driver couldn’t find a way through, setting up a short-lived battle for second between van Berlo and Keen.

Ultimately van Berlo was able to fend off Keen and started to close in on Priaulx for the lead in the final ten minutes.

Root and TJ Fischer completed the top five for Moorespeed-Wright Motorsports and Topp Racing, respectively.

Alan Metni got back to his winning ways in the Pro-Am class for Kelly-Moss, avenging his first defeat of the season on Saturday to Team Hardpoint EBM driver Efrin Castro.

Castro backed up his first win of the season with a runner-up result in Race 2, while John Goetz rounded out the class podium for Wright Motorsports.

Jeffrey Majkrzak completed a sweep of the weekend in the Pro-Am 991 class for Goldcrest Motorsports, leading home ACI Motorsports driver Kurt Hunt and his Goldcrest teammate Matt Halcome.

The lone yellow of the race, which lasted 15 minutes, came out just three minutes into the event when Ryan Gates crashed in Turn 7 after contact with Dylan Murry.


Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based broadcaster and reporter. In addition to his work covering primarily domestic sports car racing for Sportscar365, he is the lead announcer for SRO America's TV coverage as well as a pit reporter for IndyCar Radio. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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