Father and son came close to winning the LMP2 category at the 6 Hours of the Glen.

Father and son came close to winning the LMP2 category at the 6 Hours of the Glen.

This Sunday, Juan Pablo and Sebastián Montoya were close to having the best Father's Day celebration. The experienced driver and his son were a few minutes away from winning the title of the LMP2 category at the 6 Hours of the Glen, a race that is part of the World Endurance Championship (WeatherTech Sportscar Championship) of the International Motor Sports Association ( IMSA) of North America.

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Father and son came close to winning the Glen 6 Hours LMP2 class.

In what was their second race together, after the 12 Hours of Sebring in March, father and son merged in a style aggressive driving and were very close to crowning a day marked by several unforeseen events.

From the outset, the challenge was gigantic. The Swedish Henrik Hedman, who leads DragonSpeed, the team with which they compete, did not have the best presentation in the qualifying day on Saturday and finished in the sixth of the seven positions that the LMP2 prototype category has on the grid of 49 competitors. .

At the start of the race, around the first hour, things seemed to get even more complicated after Hedman unexpectedly lost the front left tire of the Oreca 07-Gibson . Due to this incident, the team came to be in the last position of the category.

However, in the second turn, Juan Pablo Montoya took the wheel and managed to quickly climb up the standings. The experienced driver, who has seven wins and thirty Formula 1 podium finishes, three Daytona 24 Hours titles and two Indianapolis 500 victories, gave a true comeback lecture and left the team in second place.

Sebastián, who today remains the leader of the rookies in the European Regional Formula, was in charge of taking the DragonSpeed ​​to first place in the LMP2 prototypes. He did it through a dangerous maneuver in which he closed the car of the Swiss Louis Delétraz, of the Tower team. There was a penalty, but he managed to get ahead and keep going.

For what seemed like the final turn, Juan Pablo took the wheel. At first, the situation was close to getting complicated because he was almost hit by an accident involving a car from another category. Then, in the series of unforeseen events, the weather did its thing and affected the day. Due to a lightning alert in the area, the race was stopped with just over an hour to go. The clock did not stop and the organization established the re-entry with 35 minutes to go. In that outcome, Montoya entered the pits and lost his leadership position. Sebastián then took the wheel, but the team was penalized. That's when the intentions of celebrating their first title together vanished.

The problem was that when the car came out on the track to finish off the competition the team left a hose attached to the car, what caused the penalty.

Juan Pablo and Sebastián Montoya finished in fifth place in their category and in 12th place overall.

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Chaves was third in LMP3

Gabby Chaves from Bogota managed to take third place in the LMP3 category, with the Andretti Autosport team. Chaves was in charge of handling the final shift of his squad. Although he was close to scratching a better position, his team's Ligier JS P320 finished third in the category and in 17th place overall.

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