O'Connell and Heitkotter Double Up in GT and GTA at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Trefethen Wins in
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O'Connell and Heitkotter Double Up in GT and GTA at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Trefethen Wins in GT Cup

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario - After claiming victory in Saturday's GT Round 8, Johnny O'Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., led the field off of the standing start to hold off the Dyson Racing duo of Butch Leitzinger, of Rebersburg, Pa and Chris Dyson, of Pleasant Valley, Pa. to take GT Round 9 of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships. Like O'Connell, Bryan Heitkotter, of Fresno, Calif. doubled up with the GTA win to sweep the weekend, with series rookie Lorenzo Trefethen from Napa, Calif. claiming his debut victory in the GT Cup presented by MOMO class. The Remo Ferri Group Canadian Grand Prix presented by Replay XD event at the 2.459 mile Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was held under sunny 77 degree weather conditions.

The standing start is always exciting in the Pirelli World Challenge, and today did not disappoint. After O'Connell was able to cleanly launch into the lead, the battle behind him heated up for second position. 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 and inside row two driver No. 9 of Kevin Estre, Locmau, Austria driving his Pfaff Automotive McLaren Toronto K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3 battled hard to determine second place. Estre prevailed after a good battle on the first lap. Behind Estre was Beretta, JD Davison, of St. Petersburg, Fla. in the No. 33 AIM Autosport Always Evolving/ReplayXD/Nissan Nismo Nissan GT-R GT3 and Leitzinger in the No. 20 Dyson Racing Breitling/Mobil 1/ Bentley Continental GT3.

In the GTA class, Heitkotter was able to make an outstanding start that pushed him up to sixth overall and first in GTA. He was followed by Frank Montecalvo, from Highlands, N.J. in the No. 66 DragonSpeed/Bayshore Racing Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3, and then the No. 07 of Martin Fuentes, Mexico City Mexico, in the Scuderia Corsa Hublot/Samsung Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia, with Erik Lux from Buffalo, N.Y. in the No. 08 DragonSpeed Rembrandt Charms/Monticello MC Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS GT3 holding down fourth, and Christina Nielsen from Aarhus, Denmark in the No. 7 TRG-AMR Royal Purple/Orion/La Salle Solutions/PassTime USA Aston Martin Vantage GT3 in fifth.

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