O'Connell, Heitkotter, and Thompson Win in GT, GTA and GT Cup at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
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BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - Johnny O'Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga. led from the drop of the flag in his No. 3 Cadillac Racing, Cadillac ATS-VR GT3 to take the GT Round 8 win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). Bryan Heitkotter, of Fresno, Calif. took the GTA win, with Colin Thompson from Doylestown, Pa. claiming another victory today in the GT Cup presented by MOMO class. GT/GTA and GT Cup Round 8, part of the Remo Ferri Group Canadian Grand Prix presented by Replay XD event was held under cloudy 68 degree weather conditions.

After qualifying on pole and setting a new track record in the process on Friday, O'Connell held the lead off of the rolling start as the outside pole starter Olivier Beretta from Monte Carlo, Monaco driving his No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsport Ferrari of Ontario/Toronto/Alberta, Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia ran wide. This allowed the No. 9 of Kevin Estre, of Locmau, Austria, driving the Pfaff Automotive McLaren of Toronto K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 to get by for second as the field exited turn one.

A bit further back the No. 16 of Chris Dyson, from Pleasant Valley, N.Y. in his Dyson Racing Bentley/Breitling/Mobil 1, Team Bentley Continental GT3 locked up pushing the No. 6 of Robert Thorne wide in his K-PAX Racing Pfaff Automotive McLaren of Toronto McLaren 650S GT3 dropping Thorne to sixth.

The 12-car GTA field took the rolling start and was clean through the early part of the lap with pole sitter Frank Montecalvo, from Highlands, N.J. in the No. 66 DragonSpeed/Bayshore Racing Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3 in first. As the field made its way out of the turn 5a/b complex, Dan Knox from Pilot Point, Texas turned his No. 80 Lone Star Racing ACS MFG Dodge Viper GT3-R sideways. Behind Knox, a number of other GTA competitors were forced to avoid hitting Knox. Tim Pappas of Boston, Mass. in the No. 54 Black Swan Racing Dodge Viper GT3-R contacted with Knox and the damage resulted in a full-course caution and the retirement of the No. 54 car.

The eight-car Porsche GT Cup field was paced by Thompson in the No. 11 Porsche of Bucks County/PenVal Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, with Sloan Urry from Salt Lake City, Utah aboard the No. 02 Engel & Voelkers Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in second, and Lorenzo Trefethen, from Napa, Calif. in the No 13 ANSA Trefethen Family Vineyards Porsche 911 GT Cup car third. Fourth was the No. 18 of Phil Fogg Jr. from Portland, Ore. in the Truspeed Zoro Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

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