Montaplast Audi Team Wins GTD Class At Motul Petit Le Mans
The Montaplast by Land-Motorsport team may not campaign a full-season entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but when they show up at a track they have to be considered one of the favorites.
That was certainly the case this weekend with Connor De Phillippi, Sheldon van der Linde and Christopher Mies co-driving to an impressive victory in the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. It was the team’s third start of the season in the No. 29 Audi R8 LMS GT3, after finishing second at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and fourth at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.
It was the first career WeatherTech Championship win for the team and each of its three drivers.
“We almost got our first win at Daytona,” said De Phillippi. “We left there with a very sour taste in our mouth because we knew it was right in front of us. We recovered, we did some homework. We improved in some areas we knew we needed to after the first two rounds and we came here and gave it all we had.”
Despite a lengthy lead in the final hour, a late-race caution set up a 28-minute dash to the checkered flag with De Phillippi suddenly just ahead of the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Michael Christensen. It didn’t take long, however, for De Phillippi to pull away, eventually winning by 15.518 seconds.
Christensen held on to second for he and co-drivers Daniel Morad and Michael de Quesada. The No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Patrick Lindsey, Joerg Bergmeister and Matt McMurry rounded out the podium.
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