Sportscar lead tightens up

Three driver teams all within two points of each other with two races left on the schedule

Things are tightening up on top of the Tudor United Sportcar Championships.

New Westminster-born Michael Valiante and co-driver Richard Westbrook hold a slim one-point lead in the overall Daytona Prototype drivers’ standings following a recent fifth-place finish at the Road America road race showcase at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on Aug. 9.

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Valiante had given the VisitFlorida.com Chevrolet Corvette an early lead, but Westbrook was spun following contact in Turn 1 after a restart and a driver change that sent the car to the back of the field.

Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi of Action Racing trail the leaders by a single point in the overall standings. Dane Cameron and Eric Curran, in a second Action Racing car, trail by just two points.

“It is really, really disappointing at that stage of the race for the No. 31 to make that sort of move after the restart. (Cameron) was completely out of control. It was a terrible move. And me, I was trying to avoid his mistake, it means I get knocked out for checking up. It is really, really disappointing,” said Westbrook in a VisitFlorida.com online release.

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