CORE autosport of Rock Hill raced for the first time Sunday at historic Watkins Glen International road course, negotiating the 3.4-mile, 11-turn course in its Oreca FLM09 prototype car.
It was the first time at Watkins Glen for owner, driver Jon Bennett. Co-drivers James Gue and Colin Braun each had raced at Watkins Glen, but not in a prototype car.
The results for CORE, were familiar. The team won its fourth of five races this season and the first three rounds of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
During the six hour race each driver had to contend with slower traffic. During the final stint, Braun had enough of a lead over the second-place prototype car to pit for full service without losing the lead.
This was important as the CORE car required a splash of fuel to make it to the end. A late race full-course caution allowed Braun to make the stop under a yellow flag and return to the track, his lead still intact.
CORE finished sixth overall.
The victory was CORE autosport’s third-straight in the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, which is comprised of the four longest races of the season: Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and the Petit Le Mans.
The Porsche North America team, which is prepared by CORE autosport, finished fifth and eighth in the GT Le Mans class.