BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (June 24, 2012) - Mike Skeen, of Charlotte, N.C., closed out a Pirelli World Challenge GT weekend sweep Sunday with a flag-to-flag win at the Motul Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Grand Prix Presented by Optima Batteries. He dominated the doubleheader weekend in his No. 02 Hawk Performance Chevrolet Corvette, winning both poles and both races.
In GTS competition, Mark Wilkins, of nearby Aurora, Ontario, earned his first-career series win, providing Kia with its second series win and the weekend sweep.
Skeen started from the pole and took the lead from the standing start while chaos ensued behind on the GTS grid. Starting third in GTS, Toronto's Aaron Povoledo tried to shoot the gap between the front row Kias of Wilkins and Michael Galati, but ended up with his No. 26 Total Lubricants/Dell Cherries Ford Mustang Boss 302S across Galati's nose and hard into the left-side wall. The action was deemed the Kia Turning Point of the Race.
Povoledo was treated and released from track medical.
Following six laps of cleanup, Skeen got away cleanly and sped away to a 12.284-second victory over Lawson Aschenbach's No. 1 TruSpeed/Privacy Star/EnTrust Porsche 911 GT3, averaging 93.231 mph over the 31-lap, 76.229-mile race.
"That was a great race," Skeen said. "We got that early caution, but other than that, the race went green the whole time. [Alex] Figge gave me a good little run there in Turn One. He got a good start, which we knew he would. Fortunately, we raced nice and clean two-wide through Turn One and we came out on top. From there, we were just biding our time and setting our pace. We had a good pace in the car so we could work at our own pace through traffic, manage the GTS guys. We got through clean without any scratches."
Skeen set a new Canadian Tire Motorsport Park track record, turning a 1:20.425 (110.070 mph).
Aschenbach started fifth but moved to fourth at the start. Alex Figge, of Denver, Colo., also advanced one spot in his No. 9 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60, around point leader Johnny O'Connell's No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS-V.R into second. At the end of lap six, O'Connell jumped inside Figge in Turn 10 for second, a move that earned him the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race.
O'Connell opened a gap on Figge, who had to fend off Aschenbach, Steve Ott's