MOSPORT, Ontario, Canada (July 3, 2022) – A track that has brought much success to CORE autosport continued to deliver Sunday when Jon Bennett and Colin Braun won in LMP3 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The win strengthens CORE’s lead in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 

Starting from third on the grid, Jon Bennett only got six laps at speed before the first full-course caution came out. On the restart, the field didn’t even make it a lap before the next full-course caution. On the second restart, Bennett dropped a position, to fourth.

 

At a track where getting through traffic is exceptionally difficult, Bennett soon found himself in the only clear air around the circuit. Setting consistent lap times, Bennett had no trouble bringing the car into the pits in fourth place and handing it over to Braun.

 

A fantastic performance from the crew enabled the team to pick up a spot in pitlane and Braun re-entered the track in third.

 

When the front two LMP3 cars made their second pit stops, CORE opted to keep Braun out an extra lap, promoting him to the lead. When Braun did arrive in his pit box the following lap, a full-course caution was issued, forcing the rest of the field to slow down and Braun was able to rejoin with his lead intact.

 

Braun never relinquished the lead from there, taking the win by 2.753 seconds.

 

It is CORE’s second win of the season and sixth win at CTMP.

 

Next up for CORE is Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 5  – 7.

Jon Bennett
Driver: No. 54 CrowdStrike / Flex-Box / Motul Ligier JS P320

“We had worked a lot on getting a race car that was easy to drive and well-behaved. I had some good opening laps and I just had to be patient under yellow. The laps after yellow are on cold tires and are of course a bit of chaos. I think Colin and I have a good formula for going quickly but knowing that we need to go the distance and not take risks that make our job harder. I had a good clean stint and I knew we had a fast race car. I was happy with my part of the race and it was a good start.

 

“It’s very unusual, at the start of the race, to see a wheel come off a car and then immediately after a shredded tire coming off a different car. I came very close to hitting that shredded tire. It was more than a shredded tire it was the entire tire in the middle of the race track. I was happy to miss that, it was pretty close.

 

“For Colin and I, it’s a nice to know we’re leading the points, but I think we’re careful not to get too excited about that. It’s certainly better than the alternative and we’re pleased with our performance this season. I think up next we’re going to two tracks that are good for both Colin and I. We both love Road America and have a lot of experience at Road Atlanta.”

Colin Braun
Driver: No. 54 CrowdStrike / Flex-Box Ligier JS P320

“The GTD traffic is challenging to get through with this number of cars. They ran in a clump and you had to get through all of them. They didn’t spread out much, so you would have to pass the entire field. If you got stuck on either side of that it could be really good or really bad.

 

“On that last stop, we were planning to stop anyway and try to overcut the guys ahead of us. We thought if we could have a real good in lap and good pit stop we could get around them. The yellow just came out at the perfect time.

 

“Jon did a super job in the opening stint and ran good lap times, the strongest at the end of his stint. I knew we had good pace and was hoping the restarts would fall my way and I could get a bit of a gap and go from there.

 

“We had great pit stops by the guys. We had some fill-in crew this weekend, so it was great to see the hard work from the whole team pay off not only making the car get here and be fast, but also they executed really good pit stops.”