Jr III Racing’s Bijoy Garg, fresh off his victory in Race No. 1 earlier in the day, took the lead away from JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Dan Goldburg with 15 minutes to go Sunday afternoon (March 12). From there, he held on to claim the IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge weekend sweep at Sebring International Raceway.
Garg’s margin of victory was 4.949 seconds over Muehlner Motorsports America’s Antonio Serravalle. Goldburg was third, then Dr. Lance Willsey. Brian Thienes was fifth.
By virtue of the quickest second-fastest lap in qualifying Saturday, Garg led the 30-car field to green. Unlike Race No. 1, the second race wasn’t as clean.
On the first lap, Forty7 Motorsports’ Courtney Crone, MLT Motorsports’ Adrian Kunzle and Kelly Moss Road & Race’s Scott Neal collided and went off-course. That contact drew the race’s first yellow.
Kunzle was able to drive away and eventually finished ninth. Crone drove away on her own, but dropped out after spending time in the pits. Neal’s Ligier JS P320-Nissan was disabled and had to be towed away, putting him out on the spot.
On the restart, JDC-Miller MotorSports’ Dan Goldburg was able to slip past Garg and take the overall lead. Despite losing the lead, Garg was able to stick to Goldburg, along with Muehlner Motorsports America’s Antonio Serravalle. These three drivers proceeded to drive away from the rest of the field.
As the top LMP3 drivers approached the rear of the GSX class, Garg kept up the pressure on Goldburg. While traversing through some of the quicker GSX cars, Garg was able to pounce and re-take the lead with 15 minutes to go.
Goldburg was able to stick with Garg and match his pace through traffic. However, Goldburg spun in the hairpin (turn 7) with a little more than five minutes to go, ending any chance at victory. From there, Garg held on for the win.
In GSX, Stephen Cameron Racing’s Greg Liefooghe once again started from the pole with Race No. 1 class winner Luca Mars alongside. However, trouble erupted for Mars during the early caution. He was forced to pit for repairs and completely fell out of the hunt, finishing three laps down in 18th.
Mars’ issues meant that Kelly Moss Road & Race’s Sebastian Carazo moved up to second. Unlike Race No. 1, he wasted no time getting the lead away from Liefooghe.
Once out front, Carazo briefly opened up a decent advantage. Then, an unforced error allowed Liefooghe to re-assume the lead. Once Liefooghe…
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