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Ford Shelby GT350R-C earns second double-podium of the year
Scott Maxwell put the No. 15 Multimatic entry on the pole for the second race in a row
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, July 9, 2016 – The Ford Shelby GT350R-C earned its second double-podium of the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season, finishing first and third at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Drivers Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell won the event for Multimatic, whose headquarters are located in nearby Toronto. It was the team’s second-consecutive trip to the top spot on the podium at their hometown track. Johnson took the final stint after Scott Maxwell put the No. 15 Multimatic Ford Shelby GT350R-C on pole the day before.
“It took fast pit stops, strategy and Scott’s stint, my stint, traffic management, all of those things had to come together for this win,” Johnson said. “That just goes to show what Multimatic and Ford Performance is all about.”
The No. 76 AERO Advanced Paint Technology/Children’s Tumor Foundation Ford Shelby GT350R-C finished third, thanks to drivers Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing.
“We had a pretty good strategy, I think we just gambled a little too much on only taking two tires on the last stop,” Kleinubing said. “Maybe otherwise we’d have had the pace to finish second and it would’ve been a great 1-2 for Ford, but we’ll take the podium and build on it. It’s our first year with the car. We have a lot to learn but we’re getting better every week and that’s what counts.”
Maxwell’s p1 qualifying effort gave him the career record for poles in the series. It was his second in a row. With the win, Maxwell and Johnson retain their lead in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series points.
“Honestly, I wasn’t even thinking about the points today,” Maxwell said. “I just wanted to win. I wasn’t interested in second or worrying about the points cushion. It was really nice to do that in front of my hometown crowd and at my home track. It’s pretty special.”
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