Fresh from his stunning LM GTE Pro victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Harry Tincknell is hoping to ride the crest of the wave all the way to the podium at Mid-Ohio. Despite this being his third season racing the Mazda DPi car, Tincknell has never raced at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as the event traditionally clashed with the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa so his Ford GT duties kept him away. Typically, Tincknell doesn’t expect this lack of experience to slow him down.
“I may have never raced at Mid-Ohio in the real world but I finished fifth there in the IMSA iRacing Championship after doing a week’s worth of testing on my home sim beforehand. I’m now heading to the Multimatic simulator in Detroit so by the time I arrive at Mid-Ohio I should feel quite at home there.
“It’s a track that seems to really suit the Mazda as the team has had podiums there in the last two years but the elusive top spot hasn’t quite materialized. Hopefully we can do something about that this time around. We’re coming off the back of a good result in Atlanta where we scored good points and I’m on Cloud Nine from my Le Mans win so I can really feel a lot of positive momentum as we head into this event. The Balance of Performance was spot on in Atlanta and I see it’s the same for this event so I think we can expect some more amazing racing. A good result at Mid-Ohio will really set us up for the final three races and the run for the championship so it’s an important weekend.”
The two hour, 40 minute race at Mid-Ohio gets under on Sunday 27 September at 14:05 local time (19:05 BST)
IMSA MICHELIN PILOT CHALLENGE
It’s a crucial weekend for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competitors at Mid-Ohio. The reshuffling of the race calendar due to the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a double-header event with a two-hour race on Saturday and another on Sunday, so there are a load of points to be had this time out.
Seb Priaulx and Scott Maxwell had their best race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season so far at Road Atlanta, steering the #22 Multimatic Mustang to a second place podium finish. A small BoP weight break was all the incentive they needed to fix their focus on the podium and get the job done. The goal is the same for Mid-Ohio: finish on the podium, but this time do it twice!
“Nobody is ever happier than a racing driver with extra racing to do,” said Priaulx. “Mid-Ohio is another circuit that is new to me but I know which way the corners go thanks to learning on a simulator and now I’m excited to get out there in the Mustang GT4.”
The first Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Mid-Ohio takes place on Saturday 26 September at 13:05 local time (18:05 BST) with the second getting underway on Sunday at 10:35 local time (15:35 BST).