GT Daytona McLaren 720S GT3
- Paul Holton
Bowmanville, ON – “I’m absolutely thrilled to take another win at our home track here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park,” enthused Compass Racing Team Principal Karl Thomson after the first race of the SRO America GT4 SprintX round on Friday. “This marks my second pro win at Mosport (the first coming with Billy Johnson in 2007), and it always means so much to stand on the top step with our friends and family in attendance."
Co-driver Jarett Andretti qualified first in the Am class and second overall, driving a great opening stint before handing off to Thomson. The duo finished fourth overall and first in-class in Andretti Autosport's No. 36 Window World / Endurance Warranty / Military to Motorsports / Compass Racing McLaren 570S GT4 in the hour-long race.Saturday’s race had Thomson as the starting driver, and he battled for the lead in the Am class with good friend Mathew Keegan, with the No. 36 looking good for another win. Unfortunately, on the lap before the planned driver change to hand over to Andretti, the front-right ball joint broke, putting Thomson into the wall at the exit of corner four.“I’m really disappointed in the result of the second SprintX race this weekend, as we really had first place in Am covered today,” noted Thomson. “But I’m pleased with the two wins Jarett and I have had this season, and wish him luck as he moves up to the Pro class.” Andretti, with solid performances in the Sprint series, where he drives solo, will be upgraded from his current Bronze rating to Silver in advance of the next round at Sonoma.
“We're looking at options for Compass Racing to return to the SprintX Am championship later in the year,” said Thomson. “The McLaren is a great car for these one-hour, two-race weekends that are the hallmark of GT4 America. In the meanwhile I – and the rest of our crew – are fully-focussed on the next event with our McLaren 720S GT3 car at Detroit on June 1st and 2nd in IMSA’s WeatherTech Sprint Cup. We’re excited about our chances there."