BMW M6 GT3 Gets First WeatherTech Championship Win With Klingmann, Curtis
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Jens Klingmann went from third place to first in the GT Daytona (GTD) class with a brilliant pass in Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s famed Moss Corner with 30 minutes remaining to give the BMW M6 GT3 its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory in the No. 96 Spectra Resources / United Steel / Valspar Paint / IHG Rewards Club entry from Turner Motorsport.

Klingmann got around both Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No. 33 ViperExchange.com / Cruising with the Monkey Dodge Viper GT3-R, who was running second in class, and the leading No. 27 Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 driven by Fabio Babini. He then pulled away from the rest of the GTD field over the closing laps to score the victory for himself and co-driver Bret Curtis, who started the race from fourth on the class grid.

“I knew that when (team owner Will) Turner came on the radio and he said this is the fight for the lead and the win, we had a chance for the win,” Klingmann said. “(Bleekemolen) was fighting very hard, it was tough to stay close to him in [going into Turn] 5b. Just then, the traffic came towards us, and I think the Lambo was just too wide, so I tried the only way on the inside. When I got him, I had a little celebration in the car up to Turn 8, but it was short lived.

“I was just managing the pace because we were running out of fuel. We did a short stop to get out in front of the Audis. I’m really proud, this is my first win in North America, and the first win for this new BMW.”

After Klingmann made the pass, Bleekemolen and Babini made contact which brought the No. 33 Viper onto pit road with front-end damage. Babini, who led for more than 20 minutes, made his final pit stop shortly thereafter enabling the No. 6 Stevenson Auto Group Audi R8 LMS GT3 co-driven by Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis to move into second and the No. 48 Castrol Edge / Universal Industrial Sales Lamborghini Huracán GT3 of Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow into third, where both would finish.

View full results via Al Kamel Systems at Results.IMSA.com

NOTEBOOK

  • The No. 23 Heart of Racing Porsche GT3 R from Alex Job Racing / Team Seattle handily led the GTD class through the first half of the race with both the class pole-winning driver, Alex Riberas, and co-driver Mario Farnbacher. However, the car lost its left-front wheel with an hour and six minutes to go and endured a lengthy stay on pit road, ending up 12th in class.
  • The third-place finish by Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow in Paul Miller Racing’s No. 48 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 represented the first WeatherTech Championship podium result for Lamborghini.
  • A fourth-place finish in the GTD class enabled No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 co-drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan to extend their lead in the class point standings. Unofficially, they now lead No. 23 Porsche co-drivers Riberas and Farnbacher by 22 points, 191-169.
  • Ferrari and Audi are now tied in the GTD manufacturer standings with 185 points apiece. Porsche is third, just two points behind the leaders.

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