The report ebook will present that Cadillac received its sixth consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a victory on the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday at Watkins Glen Worldwide.
However this one was anyone’s race. Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque have been the victors within the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R, taking their first victory of the season and snapping a streak of 5 consecutive victories by No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi co-drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor.
Barbosa took the lead for the ultimate time with 9 minutes remaining, profiting from slower visitors to go South African driver Stephen Simpson within the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA LMP2 machine.
He then held off Simpson to win by 1.183 seconds. For Barbosa and Fittipaldi, who received the IMSA championship in 2014 and 2015, it was their seventh collection victory and was the primary for Albuquerque. It was Barbosa’s fourth Watkins Glen six-hour victory, the third for Fittipaldi and the second consecutive for each drivers.
“I knew if visitors may play a task within the race, I may make the most of it,” Barbosa mentioned. “Coming into the final nook, (Simpson) needed to check-up on a GT automotive so I acquired to drag somewhat little bit of a transfer into flip 1. He gave me simply sufficient room to go round; it was actually a enjoyable race. We raced actually, actually onerous. The mentality going into each race is to get the win. We preserve believing it.”
Simpson and the No. 85 ORECA he shared with Mexican driver Jose Gutierrez have been a fixture within the high 5 by means of the second half of the race. It appeared that the No. 85 may turn out to be the primary new LMP2 automotive to win within the WeatherTech Championship when Simpson swiped the lead from Barbosa on a restart with simply over 20 minutes remaining earlier than Barbosa returned the favor to win.
Ending third — and securing the third podium end result for the Mazda DPi program — have been No. 55 Mazda RT24-P co-drivers Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito and Spencer Pigot.
Fourth and fifth place went to the 2 different LMP2 race automobiles within the Prototype discipline. Olivier Pla and Jose Gutierrez took fourth within the No. 52 Ligier LM P2 for PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, adopted by Renger van der Zande and Marc Goossens within the No. 90 Go to Florida Racing Multimatic/Riley machine.
For the Taylor brothers, their quest for a sixth consecutive victory was over on the opening lap of the race. Ricky Taylor began the race for the staff, however the No. 10 automotive was broken by means of contact with Pla just some turns into the race. The No. 10 misplaced six laps on account of the harm, however the staff battled again to complete sixth, three laps all the way down to the winners.
All through the six hours, the race was just like a high-speed recreation of musical chairs. Each of the Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPis have been robust. Brazilian Pipo Derani began the staff’s No. 2 machine from pole and led early on, however co-driver Scott Sharp crashed right into a tire barrier after tangling with Boris Stated within the No. 75 SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 whereas main in the course of the second hour of the race.
Bruno Senna led within the No. 22 Tequila Patrón ESM he shared with Johannes van Overbeek on the midway level within the race, however a mechanical downside within the fifth hour ended their possibilities.
One other early contender, the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R shared by defending WeatherTech Championship Prototype champions Eric Curran and Dane Cameron — in addition to Albuquerque — fell out of the working for a victory when the right-rear tire got here off following a pit cease and in want of a tow again to the storage. It misplaced a number of laps consequently.
Subsequent up for the WeatherTech Championship is the collection’ lone go to to Canada for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix subsequent Sunday, July 9, at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The race shall be televised dwell on FS1 starting at midday ET.
Subsequent up for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the collection’ lone go to to Canada for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix subsequent Sunday, July 9 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The race shall be televised dwell on FS1 starting at midday ET.
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