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Mirko Bortolotti, Philipp Eng On Top in IMSA iRacing Pro Invitational Series Action at Laguna Seca

Mirko Bortolotti, Philipp Eng On Top in IMSA iRacing Pro Invitational Series Action at Laguna Seca

Mirko Bortolotti dominated the LMP2 class by leading 42 of 48 laps, and Philipp Eng went back-to-back in GTE action, as the IMSA iRacing Pro Invitational Series presented by SimCraft held its second of three rounds in 2021 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Thursday night. With more than two dozen drivers on hand from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, and more, the series’ visit to the beloved California road course produced plenty of exciting moments, just like its real-world counterpart.

Bortolotti’s hard-fought victory in the Dallara P217 came despite immense pressure from polesitter Daniel Morad, who had to settle for second place overall for the second time in as many events. Morad nonetheless managed to lead six laps and kept the margin of victory down to just 2.448 seconds. The duo had a further 22-second advantage on James French, the final podium finisher, while fourth place finisher James Vance was the only other LMP2 driver on the lead lap.

Eng, meanwhile, led yet another BMW-dominated GTE performance, as the M8 once again secured four of the top five spots in the class. This time, it was the Ferrari of Rodrigo Pflucker that broke up the BMW domination, slotting in third behind Eng and BMW Team RLL teammate Connor De Phillippi.

Full results from the IMSA iRacing Pro Invitational Series presented by SimCraft race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca were as follows:

Fin.

St.

No.

Team

Car

Class

Laps

Interval

Led

Best

1 2 888 Mirko Bortolotti Dallara P217 LMP2 48 42 1:13.620
2 1 70 Daniel Morad Dallara P217 LMP2 48 -2.448 6 1:13.655
3 3 38 James C French Dallara P217 LMP2 48 -24.874 0 1:13.607
4 4 83 James Vance Dallara P217 LMP2 48 -1:01.087 0 1:14.045
5 6 40 James Pesek Dallara P217 LMP2 47 -1 L 0 1:14.442
6 7 9 Michael Johnson Dallara P217 LMP2 47 -1 L 0 1:14.636
7 5 0 Nicholas Boulle Dallara P217 LMP2 47 -1 L 0 1:14.835
8 10 89 Philipp Eng BMW M8 GTE GTE 45 -3 L 0 1:19.307
9 14 25 Connor De Phillippi BMW M8 GTE GTE 45 -3 L 0 1:19.376
10 9 47 Rodrigo Pflucker Ferrari 488 GTE GTE 45 -3 L 0 1:19.302
11 12 86 Agustin Canapino BMW M8 GTE GTE 45 -3 L 0 1:19.538
12 11 68 Julian Santero BMW M8 GTE GTE 45 -3 L 0 1:19.546
13 13 24 John M Edwards BMW M8 GTE GTE 45 -3 L 0 1:19.606
14 15 53 Riley Dickinson Porsche 911 RSR GTE 45 -3 L 0 1:19.642
15 8 52 Matthew Mcmurry Dallara P217 LMP2 45 -3 L 0 1:15.992
16 18 39 Tyler McQuarrie BMW M8 GTE GTE 44 -4 L 0 1:20.254
17 17 19 Gregory Liefooghe BMW M8 GTE GTE 44 -4 L 0 1:20.143
18 16 8 Augusto Farfus BMW M8 GTE GTE 44 -4 L 0 1:19.852
19 20 16 Marc A Miller BMW M8 GTE GTE 44 -4 L 0 1:20.522
20 19 77 Parker Kligerman BMW M8 GTE GTE 44 -4 L 0 1:20.381
21 22 91 Dylan Murry Porsche 911 RSR GTE 43 -5 L 0 1:20.733
22 23 99 Trevor Andrusko BMW M8 GTE GTE 43 -5 L 0 1:21.381
23 25 3 Randy Sellari Ferrari 488 GTE GTE 41 -7 L 0 1:23.298
24 21 44 Spencer Pumpelly BMW M8 GTE GTE 40 -8 L 0 1:21.367
25 24 14 Mikel Miller Ferrari 488 GTE GTE 5 -43 L 0 1:22.965

 

The final round of the three-race IMSA iRacing Pro Invitational Series presented by SimCraft will be held at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Thursday, May 6 at 6:30PM ET, and will once again stream on iRacing social media channels. For more information on iRacing and for special offers, visit www.iracing.com.

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