David Brabham and Scott Sharp secured a second straight LMP2 win in the American Le Mans Series at Mosport as the Patron Highcroft racing pair maintained their challenge to try and lift the class title.
Strong performances from both drivers, stellar team work and strategy, and a bit of luck for good measure saw the Acura go from sixth overall and fourth in class to win LMP2 and finish third overall, repeating the success of Road America two weeks ago.
Sharp delivered a solid opening stint to line the team up for success after showing impressive pace throughout the weekend. The high speed Mosport corners suiting Sharp's style with the 40-year-old stayed in the thick of the top six throughout his session to hand over the Acura ARX-01b to Brabham from sixth overall and fourth in class at the 45-minute marker under full course caution.
“We did a fantastic job here today,” Sharp said. “The last two races have been about fuel and the team, led by Duncan [Dayton], and Rob Hill did another great job of calling the right shot at the end. Our car was fast all weekend but traffic was a major factor in the race. I wasn't quite so lucky in some places so that hurt us a little but David did his usual charge to get the Patron Highcroft Acura to victory lane and now we're in the thick of the championship fight.”
In what was another nail-biting American Le Mans Series race finish, Brabham battled back from sixth overall and fourth in LMP2 with 20-minutes remaining, taking Romain Dumas and Adrian Fernandez to lie fourth overall and second in class with four minutes to go. But with LMP2 class leader Gil de Ferran running out of fuel on the last lap, the Patron Highcroft Acura took the class win and third overall.
“This is another fantastic team victory today and what a phenomenal race,” said Brabham. “The wheel-to-wheel action was as good as it gets. The Patron Highcroft Acura was hooked up, the Michelin tyres were performing really well and I just tried to go as fast as I could, carrying speed through the corners while conserving fuel. Scott did a great job at the beginning of the race while the team once again delivered an excellent pit strategy.
“I feel bad for Gil's team as they were so close to winning, but we'll happily take this fourth win.”