LAS VEGAS – Olsbergs MSE secured the GRC Lites championship in the season finale in Las Vegas, with 16-year-old Swedish rookie Oliver Eriksson emerging ahead of his teammate, 17-year-old American rising star Austin Cindric.
Cindric entered the finale three points clear of his teammate. However, a chaotic first lap left Cindric high-sided and beached in a dirt section of the course, as Eriksson snuck ahead and the third title contender, Dreyer & Reinbold’s Miles Maroney, also lost ground.
With Cindric stuck and eliminated, and Maroney also retiring later in the race, Eriksson brought home his No. 16 car to the flag in third place to secure the championship, and round out OMSE’s banner day. The team went 1-2 in the Supercars finale with Joni Wiman leading Sebastian Eriksson.
“I hoped at the beginning of the season that I might be able to get a race win this year and now I’m standing here a champion,” Oliver Eriksson said, via OMSE’s post-race release. “This means everything to me.”
D&R managed a small consolation in the race itself, Alex Keyes taking a dominant victory over another OMSE driver in Andreas Wernersson.
The race was delayed until after the Supercars race, due to changing weather conditions and a schedule adjustment.
Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.
The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48 of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.
Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.
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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:
RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.
POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.
The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.
In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.
The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.
Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.
STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:
Fastest laps by driver
Fastest laps by driver after race
Fastest laps by driver and class after race
Fastest lap sequence
Race analysis by lap
NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.