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Multimatic earns second win in three weeks with Ford Shelby GT350R-C
Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson maintain lead in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship points
LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 23, 2016 – Multimatic earned their second race in three weeks, this time at Lime Rock Park, on the strength of their pit stops and smart tire management.
It’s the third win of the year for the No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C and co-drivers Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell, who also drove to the winners circle at the season-opener in Daytona and their hometown track Canadian Tire Motorsport Park two weeks ago.
“Our pit stops were superb,” Maxwell said. “Billy and I didn’t make any mistakes, but really, we won it in the pits today. We gained five or six seconds each time (we stopped). That was enough to win the race.”
Maxwell started from p2 but nabbed the lead on the start.
“I don’t think we had the fastest car or the fastest pace over the run, but we did a good job managing traffic and if anything, were able to maintain, if not pull away there,” Johnson said. “With our awesome pit stops, that was a team win. Multimatic, Ford Performance, everyone won the race in the pits.”
After earning five seconds on the competition on stop No. 1, the No. 15 team took only two tires on the last stop to pick up even more time.
The No. 76 AERO Advanced Paint Technology/Children’s Tumor Foundation Ford Shelby GT350R-C started p3 and showed pace, but drivers Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing were sidelined when the car suffered a broken rear control arm. They finished seventh in class, 87 laps down.
“We had a great strategy and were able to execute really well early on,” Holton. “It was just really unfortunate that we had the issue with the control arm. In qualifying, we went a little aggressive on the set-up and went a little too far, but being right there in p3 was good for what we did. We’ll look ahead to the next race.”
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