AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports joins the rest of the 2018 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship in Ontario, Canada this weekend for the seventh round of the season being held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Watkins Glen proved the potential of the #52 Liger JS P217, but AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports’ result from the six-hour race was not what was predicted due to contact with a GT car that lost control. Even with a major reduction in power, the team finished and is currently 9th in the Championship point’s standings. Like Watkins Glen, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park should be another strong track for the #52 Liger JS P217. This may be Sebastian Saavedra’s first time running the 2.5-mile track in a prototype car, but he has plenty of support from teammate, Gustavo Yacaman who won pole and the race fours year ago.
Friday, July 6th, will hold two practice sessions for the 34 entries among the three WeatherTech Championship classes. One more practice will take place on Saturday before the 14 entries of the prototype category battle out their grid positions in qualifying that will go from 1-1:15 p.m. EDT. An hour warm-up will begin at 9:50 a.m. on race day and the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix will go green at 2:05 p.m. on Sunday, July 8th. For more details and live timing, visit: https://imsatv.imsa.com/
Sebastian Saavedra – Driver
“We now leave New York and head up north across the border to Toronto. I’m excited to be back at a track that I haven’t been to in 14 years. I don’t really remember much about it but I know that its compatible with the development we’ve been doing throughout the year with our Ligier chassis. Gustavo and I, along with our AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports team, will keep working hard to try to get a strong result this weekend.”
Gustavo Yacaman – Driver
“Four years ago I was able to grab the pole position and win the race with Oliver Pla, bringing Onroak their first North American victory. That makes it a special track for me and I’m really looking forward to this weekend. I think we can do well and hopefully bring the first podium to our AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports team.”
Gary Peterson – Team Principal
“We are looking forward to a good race here at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The team has worked hard to get the car ready after the Watkins Glen race and we are ready to fight again in Canada.”
Bobby Oergel – Team Principal
“Even though we didn’t get the result we hoped for last weekend, we come into Canada with positive momentum, knowing that we have a strong car and driver lineup. We have seen how competitive the series is at the moment so we just need to keep pushing as hard as possible for every bit of speed and I’m confident that we’ll have another strong weekend.”
Source. AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports