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Cameron gets title defence on track with Mosport Victory

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Defending Weathertech SportsCar Champions Dane Cameron and the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac took their first win of the year at a dramatic round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

The race, run in changeable conditions,  finished under yellow after the #52 Prototype crashed heavily on the final lap, but Cameron had benefited from an incident involving the Championship leading #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac.

The #10 Cadillac of Jordan Taylor was leading with 20 minutes to go when he was involved in an incident with the #4 GTLM Corvette of Tommy Milner.

As Taylor lapped the Corvette, Milner tagged the back of the Cadillac, putting it into a spin while Milner rode the tyre wall at high speed.

Milner was taken to the medical centre but released shortly afterwards.

The incident cost Taylor the chance to make it five wins from seven starts as he was forced to pit for a new rear wing and finished seventh.

Thankfully the incident didn’t affect their commanding championship lead as their closest rivals, the #5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac, was unable to capitalize, finishing just one place ahead of them, meaning the WTR Cadillac leaves Canada with a 19 point lead.

However, the Whelen Engineering car, in a so far disappointing title defence, have moved back into third place in the standings and are over 24 points behind in the standings.

Second place went to the ever impressive #85 JDC Miller Motorsport ORECA of Canadian Misha Goikhberg and Stephen Simpson, who pulled off the move of the race,  squeezing by Taylor on the grass when he was bulked by traffic on the back straight.

Third place went to the #2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan which made off for the retirement of the #22 car with an engine fire.

In PC it was seven wins from seven starts for the #38 Performance Tech Motorsport team as Patrico O’Ward won by a lap from Ryan Lewis in the #20 BAR1 Motorsports entry.

In GTLM BMW continued their amazing form with a comfortable 1-2 with Alexander Sims leading home John Edwards in a formation finish.

The #25 BMW took its second straight win in GTLM and the sister #24 car finished second. Credit: Scott R LePage/LAT Images

The RLL did not have it their own way, as they fought hard with Porsche, but took control when the pole sitting #911 Porsche of Patrick Pilet was forced to retire with engine failure.

The podium was rounded out by #67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook but he finished 20 seconds behind the Bavarian machines.

Stevenson Motorsport took GTD honours in their Audi R8 LMS GT3, with Lawson Aschenbach taking the chequered flag.

Andy Lally continued his and Acura‘s good form with second in the #93 Michael Shank Racing NSX GT3 with Alessandro Balzan rounding out the podium.

The polesitting Lexus of Sage Karam finished in fifth after receiving pitlane penalties.

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