Lightning (almost) strikes IMSA Michelin pilot challenge race

July 19, 2020
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Scott Maxwell and Sebastian Priaulx were happy to get the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season back underway at Sebring. Maxwell started the race in seventh position and had charged through to fifth before the red flag was thrown due to the risk of lightning strikes in the area of the track. After a lengthy delay, the race got back underway and when Maxwell pitted to hand over to Priaulx, the #22 Ford Mustang was in a strong fourth place.

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A slightly long stop predicated by a crowded lane caused the Multimatic entry to drop to eighth once the pit cycle cleared but Priaulx put his head down and went after the cars ahead.  Unfortunately the weather wasn’t done with Sebring so Priaulx only had around 25 minutes of racing before the yellows were waving again, ultimately followed up by the chequered flag with Priaulx stuck in eighth place.

Priaulx said: “It’s a shame that the weather played such a large role in the race and restricted our racing time. Seventh on the grid was around where we expected to be, but we felt our race pace was strong and we could potentially challenge for a podium finish.

“Scott was right in the battle through his stint, but after dropping back a bit in the pitstop I couldn’t do much during the twenty minutes of racing I got. I enjoyed being at Sebring for the first time though and getting back into the swing of things. Bring on the next race!”

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