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Edwards holds on for BMW GTLM win, Balzan Ferrari takes GTD honours at Monterey

GTLM

John Edwards somehow held on to take victory in GTLM by just 0.152s at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca after having to fuel-save throughout his final stint and withstand a charging late-race challenge from Toni Vilander’s Ferrari.

Edwards made a bold move around the outside of the #66 Ford GT of Joey Hand to take the lead after the caution came out with over an hour remaining in the race, before being passed by Toni Vilander in the #62 Risi Competizione Ferrari.

The #24 BMW Team RLL machine driven by Edwards then inherited the lead after the #62 Ferrari made its final stop, and it seemed certain that the BMW would have to stop again to make it to the end.

The BMW stayed out, however, and opted to save fuel to try to make it to the end, while Vilander had dropped to fourth in the Ferrari and was pushing to close the gap to the leader.

Vilander got past the #3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and the #911 Porsche of Dirk Werner, before closing the lead gap from around 20 seconds to just over a tenth at the finish line.

The #911 Porsche completed the podium after another fuel-saving stint to the flag, ending up five seconds adrift of the leaders at the finish.

GTD

In GT Daytona, there was a tight battle for the lead for the duration of the final hour, with nothing to choose between erstwhile leader Colin Braun in his Porsche, Jesse Krohn in his BMW, Alessandro Balzan in the Ferrari and Andy Lally in the Acura.

The pivotal moment came when second-placed man Jesse Krohn pitted his #96 Turner Motorsports BMW with just under five minutes remaining, and race leader Colin Braun’s #54 CORE Autosport Porsche came in the following lap, with just four minutes to go.

Crucially, Alessandro Balzan’s #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari stayed out and emerged victorious.

Behind him was the #93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 of Andy Lally, with Joerg Bergmeister giving the #73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche a podium in third position.

The previous class leader Colin Braun dropped to fourth with his late pit stop, while Jesse Krohn dropped to fifth in the category.

 

Featured image: Credit to IMSA/sportscar365.com

 

Michael Haffenden

Second year Journalism student at the University of Kent, with a huge passion for Motorsport. Love all types of motor racing from F1 to touring cars but endurance and sportscar racing has to be my favourite. Primarily cover IMSA United SportsCars for L&T Motorsport, but can be found writing about other series, including ELMS, WEC and 24H Series races.

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