As we reported earlier today, this weekend’s World Challenge action at Mosport International Raceway saw Corvette Racing legend Ron Fellows take the GT class win in the Cragar Wheels C6 Vette on Sunday, but that wasn’t the only glory claimed in the name of the General’s all-conquering sports car. Retired Director of GM’s Performance Division and SCCA Runoffs dominator John “The HeinRocket” Heinricy won both rounds of the Mosport double header in his GTS class Torvec/Phoenix/Hawk C5 Chevrolet Corvette.
After taking the Race 1 win over Tyler McQuarrie’s LPL Lotus Exige S and Peter Cunningham’s RealTime Racing Acura TSX, Heinricy started the second race from the same position (2nd) in the No. 35 Corvette. Passing polesitter Tyler McQuarrie up the long back straight, Heinricy fought hard in the first half of the race to hold the lead and then pulled away to a dominating win with a 14.201-second gap over McQuarrie’s Lotus.
“The biggest difference today was that Tyler [McQuarrie] got a really good start, and I couldn’t get a jump on he and Peter [Cunningham],” Heinricy said. “Then, it was a matter of staying close to him through the early laps. I knew if I stayed close I could get by him on the straight, and if I didn”t do that it was really going to be a tough race. I did get by there, and I kept watching my mirrors. Every time I got to Turn 5a, I looked in my mirrors and he was right there. He’d fade a little bit, and then catch back up, and I had to just keep pushing. I used up my car more than I did yesterday, so I was concerned about that. I had to keep it smooth, and try to maintain that gap. When he fell off, it was a relief.”
When asked about the new class system for World Challenge, Heinricy had this to say: “This GTS class is a great move for the series. The cars can be relatively inexpensive, because they’re already prepared for another series. I appreciate the change, and appreciate the opportunity to bring the Corvette out here and get to race with these guys.”
McQuarrie ran second early in the No. 19 Lotus, but dropped back to third behind Cunningham’s No. 43 RTR Acura when his car began to lose power. On lap 24, presumably after allowing the engine and tires to cool down a bit, McQuarrie worked his way past the five-time WC Champion for good to take the runner-up spot on the podium.
Cunningham’s third place finish extended his Championship lead over teammate Nick Esayian, who finished fourth in the No. 34 RealTime Racing Acura TSX. Cunningham holds a 67-point advantage over Esayian. McQuarrie is now third in the Championship, with 359 points. Acura maintains a commanding Manufacturers Championship in the GTS Category.
[Sources: World Challenge, HeinRocket]