Dalziel, Alberico round out Mid-Ohio PWC, Pro Mazda winners


Since we touched on every other race that occurred at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, it’s only fitting to round out our race report coverage from the picturesque 2.258-mile permanent road course with the last two winners, Ryan Dalziel (Pirelli World Challenge GT race two) and Neil Alberico (Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires race two).

Quick recaps from the series PR staffs are below:

Photo: Pirelli World Challenge


For the second straight year, Ryan Dalziel, of Windermere, Fla, swept the GT weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, winning Round 15, part of the StopTech Grand Prix presented by MOMO. Bryan Heitkotter, of Fresno, Calif., won in GTA and finished third overall, while Colin Thompson, of Doylestown, Pa., won Round 13 of the GT Cup presented by MOMO class.

Dalziel, in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, was never challenged in a dominating second straight win, over Davison in second and Heitkotter, who finished third overall and first in GTA. Thompson and Udell battled for the majority of the GT Cup race but Thompson defended well for the win. Brett Sandberg, of Allendale, N.J. finished third. For Heitkotter it’s his fifth GTA win of the year, while Thompson secured his 10th win. Cindric and Montecalvo finished second and third respectively in GTA.

Photo: Pro Mazda

Pro Mazda

Californian Neil Alberico kept himself in the frame for this year’s Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires by guiding his Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing entry to a comfortable victory in Sunday morning’s Cooper Tires Pro Mazda Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio.

For the second day in succession there was drama at the start. The drivers had been expressly warned after their conduct yesterday by Race Director Scot Elkins, so when polesitter Garett Grist accelerated before the green flag had been waved, the start was aborted and Grist’s Juncos Racing entry was sent to the back of the field.

Alberico, who had lined up second on the grid, took full advantage of the vacant pole position by leaping into the lead at the start. A series of fast laps established a gap over Buret, who had usurped Urrutia at the start, and thereafter Alberico cruised out to an advantage of 5.5 seconds before Cape Motorsports teammate Florian Latorre crashed out of sixth place in Turn 12 to ensure the 30-minute race would finish under caution.