East Devon motor racing ace Harry Tincknell nets second place in Canada

East Devon motor racing ace Harry Tincknell continued his fine run of form when he finished second at the latest round of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship.

Held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Mazda Team Joest scored its second-straight one-two finish.

Just a week on from Tincknell’s superb first success in North America – a victory that was Mazda’s first win in seven years, Tincknell, who hails from Tipton St John, and teammate Jonathan Bomarito, were looking to double their tally at the 3.95km circuit near Bowmanville, Ontario.

Bomarito qualified the #55 Mazda RT24-P in an excellent second position and immediately attacked for the lead when the flag dropped for the 160 minute race.

His advances were successful on the eighth lap as a supremely timed slipstream pass down the back straight moved him ahead of the Acura of three time Indy 500 winner Hélio Castroneves.

Twenty-seven-year-old Tincknell jumped on board with 85 minutes remaining and quickly set to work building a 12-second gap over his pursuing rivals in a dominating fashion.

Despite leading a total of 87 of the 125 race laps, victory would the elude the Devonian in the final pit stop.

A faulty wheel gun cost the team 20 seconds, allowing the sister Mazda to take the lead with Tincknell playing rear gunner in second place.

Those positions remained for the final 30 laps as Mazda recorded a dream one-two finish for the second week in a row.

Speaking after the race, Tincknell said: “I am ecstatic for everyone at Mazda Team Joest.

“What a turnaround we’ve had this season going from a double retirement at Daytona to back-to-back one-two finishes by the middle of the season.

“Obviously, on a personal level, I am bit gutted not to be standing on the top step once again as we drove a great race today, but this is motor racing and we win and lose together as team.

“We’ll look into exactly what went wrong and make sure it won’t happen again but the main thing is we got the best result possible for the team and the whole group of us will celebrate accordingly!

“Multimatic manufacture the cars less than an hour down the road from the circuit so this is their home race and what better way to showcase their speed and build quality than with a one-two finish!”

Harry Tincknell will next race of the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship will be on August 4, at Road America, Wisconsin.

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