Jaime Melo and Mika Salo finally secured a first GT2 win of the year in the American Le Mans Series with victory in the latest round of the season at Mosport.

Despite winning at Le Mans earlier in the summer, the pair had failed to win so far this year in the ALMS as they look to defend the GT2 crown, but the #62 Ferrari proved to be the car to beat throughout the Canadian race weekend.

Having started from class pole, Melo and Salo continued their love affair with the Mosport venue as they won for the third consecutive season leaving team boss Giuseppe Risi delighted.

"I am very happy," he said. "We have finally broken the run of bad luck we've been having in the American Le Mans Series this season. And what a race!

"I never gave up hope, even when we weren't at the head of the field, because we had the pace to win. We've been strong all week, so even when we were behind another car, having lost the lead through yellows, we were able to come back again."

Melo led the race from pole position - a place he held on to until Risi's first pit stop which took place 55 minutes into the race under the first full caution period. He handed the wheel to team mate Salo who left the pits inches ahead of eventual second place finishers, the Farnbacher Loles Porsche, but not ahead of the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche which snatched the class lead.

It only took Salo two laps to make his move and the experienced Finn took full advantage of a prototype passing Bergmeister to make a clean move back into the lead. He held station until the next round of stops which were carried out under the second caution period, one hour and 25 minutes into the race. The team also, somewhat unusually, took the opportunity to change drivers again.

"Our plan was originally to change drivers only once but we went where the race went," Salo said. "I'd been pushing hard all stint and Jaime was fresh in the pits, so we decided to put fresh meat into the car. I don't know why it took him ten laps to get back into the lead though when it only took me one!

"We were quickest every session we were out there and we really deserved this one. The car was working fine all weekend, with absolutely no problems at all so we didn't really change anything on it because it was so good from the beginning. The Michelin tires were also so consistent and were as good on lap one as they were at the end. We just had to keep it on the track and keep looking in the mirrors so we didn't hit anything.

"There weren't many incidents today, with prototypes for example, and I thought there would be a lot more. We kept waiting for something to happen to us - like it has at all the other races - it was all going too well!"

After the pit stop, Melo returned to the action third in class, but used the Ferrari's greater speed to pick up second from the #45 after some fourteen laps. From that moment on, he took set about closing the gap to the leader, edging closer and closer every lap.

He regained the lead on lap 96, out-pacing the Farnbacher Loles car into turn one and holding the lead through to the finish.

"I knew we had a good car, right from early this week and everything worked really well for us today," he said. "I had a great battle with both the #45 and the #87 so I'm really happy to be here on the top of the podium today. We fought for the win, and got it in a great way - with no trouble and no accidents.

"It's an amazing result, after what's happened to us this year. We have shown we are very competitive at every race, but could not finish at the top. Finally we have done it. We knew we had a very balanced car and we just waited for things to come to us. I can't tell you how happy I am that it did."


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