Garrett Gerloff gets his second podium and career best in World Superbike at Donington Park

Gerloff World Superbike
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Toprak Razgatlioglu won both World Superbike races of Round 4 at Donington Park last week and snatched a narrow lead in the points after Jonathan Rea crashed out of Race 2 – as American rider Garrett Gerloff earned a career-best finish and his second podium.

Starting deep in the pack in Race 1, Razgatlioglu passed eight bikes and was running fifth in the first corner. He was up to second by Turn 8. It didn’t take much longer for him to assume the lead, which he grabbed from points leader Jonathan Rea on Lap 2. Razgatlioglu never looked back and got to the finish line 2.4 seconds before Rea.

In Race 2, Razgatlioglu advanced from sixth to second by Turn 1 and was once again embroiled in a battle with the points’ leader. Rea led the first three laps before getting passed by the Turkish rider. Razgatlioglu was in the lead on Lap 9 before a small mistake in Turn 8 handed the lead back to Rea.

That didn’t last long. After finishing second in Race 1, Rea crashed one lap later in the same corner where he made his pass for the lead.

Rea remounted in 20th, was unable to make up any ground, and finished outside the points. The dramatic turn of events handed the championship lead to Razgatlioglu by a slim margin of two points.

One of the more remarkable rides during the weekend belonged to Gerloff. One week after making his MotoGP debut in the Dutch GP and finishing 17th, the American rider finished a little more than two seconds behind Razgatlioglu in Race 2. Gerloff finished seventh in the first race. And with Michael Ruben Rinaldi finishing 12th in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2, Gerloff closed to within a single point of fifth in the standings.

“For sure, I threw away a podium yesterday, which is frustrating,” Gerloff said at “But I just have to put it behind me and start over again. It was nice to at least maintain my position in the Tissot Superpole Race and I felt good with the bike. It was awesome that the rain held off for the last race because it looked like it was definitely coming!”

Gerloff will get a chance to capitalize on his MotoGP experience as Round 5 of the World Superbike heads to Assen Circuit in the Netherlands.

Unfortunately, his next closest rival in the points Tom Sykes stood next to him on the podium in Race 2. With two top-five finishes to his credit, Sykes closed in on Gerloff and trails by only four points.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

Petit Le Mans lineup

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.



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