TCR Series Article: O’Gorman and Blackstock encore at Sebring

March 25, 2019
TCR

Tom O’Gorman and Shelby Blackstock claimed a second consecutive victory  in the TCR class of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. After having won  the season’s opening event at Daytona, the LA Honda World Racing duo  was victorious again at Sebring, completing 49 laps of the Florida  circuit at the wheel of their Honda Civic Type R during the two-hour  race.

O’Gorman-Blackstock beat by 7 seconds the JDC-Miller Motorsports Audi  RS 3 LMS driven by last year’s champion Britt Casey jr. – who had set  pole position – and Mikey Taylor; the podium was completed by the HART  Honda Civic of Ryan Eversley and Chad Gilsinger. Mason Filippi and Harry  Gottsacker were classified fourth in the best of the Bryan Herta  Autosport Hyundai Veloster N cars.

The race began with an incident that involved the Civic of Mike La  Marra (runner up at Daytona) and the Alfa Romeo Giulietta of Roy Block;  La Marra spun after a contact with another car and was collected by  Block. Both cars retired with a broken rear suspension.

Eventually only the top six cars finished on the same lap as the winners.

The third round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will take place at Mid Ohio on May 4.

Race
1. LA Honda World Racing, Honda Civic Type R (O’ Gorman / Blackstock), 49 laps
2. JDC-Miller Motorsports, Audi RS 3 LMS (Taylor / Casey), 7.223
3. HART, Honda Civic Type R (Eversley / Gilsinger), 19.787
4. Bryan Herta Autosport, Hyundai Veloster N (Filippi / Gottsacker), 31.544
5. LA Honda World Racing, Honda Civic Type R (Mullan / Faulkner), 32.311
6. Bryan Herta Autosport, Hyundai Veloster N (Lewis / Wilkins), 52.601

Championship points
1. O’Gorman-Blackstock 70 pts; 2. Filippi-Gottsacker 54; 3. Lamb-Henderson 51

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