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IMSA: COTA – Taylors continue domination; Corvette, Mercedes also win

Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi) started from the pole, Johannes van Overbeek (#22 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi) next door. John Edwards (#24 BMW Team RLL M6) and Giancarlo Fisichella (#62 Risi Competitzione Ferrari 488) topped the GTLM grid.

The #62 Ferrari, #4 Corvette, #912 Porsche, and #67 Ford GT collided in Turn 1 at the start, damaging all three. A full-course yellow was issued less than 2 min into the race. The #66 Ford spun Fisichella in the #62 to start the chain reaction. The #4 pulled straight behind the wall and Fisi got out of the car in the pits.

Green-flag racing resumed at 2:31:43 of 2 hr 40 mn. Edwards led teammate Alexander Sims (#25 BMW) and Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche). The GTLM field totaled 4 cars after the accident. Pilet passed Sims on track near the 2-hr mark.

Pilet next passed Edwards. Taylor pitted from the lead with 1:51 left. He returned to the track in the lead, 28.465 sec ahead of Joao Barbosa (#5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi). A second caution period began at 1:47, one of the GT Daytona competitors having stopped just off track.

The GTLM leaders pitted just before the 1:37 mark. Dirk Werner took over behind the wheel of the #911. Bill Auberlen pulled the #25 out of its box before the fuel hose was disconnected. He was given a drive-through penalty when racing resumed for leaving the pits with equipment attached. Antonio Garcia (#3 Corvette) beat all of his GTLM competitors out of the pits to take the class lead.

Martin Tomczyk (#24 BMW) passed Garcia for the GTLM lead during the first lap of renewed competition, but Garcia got it back the next lap. Garcia brought the #3 in for its second stop with 55 min to go. Taylor pitted from the overall lead 3 min later, followed by the rest of the prototype leaders. Brother Jordan got behind the wheel.

Both cars remained at the point of their classes after the stops, Taylor holding a 3.838-sec lead on Dane Cameron in the #32 Action Express Cadillac and Garcia a 27.503-sec lead on Alexander Sims in the #25 BMW. Jeroen Bleekemolen (#33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3) led GTD by 1.163 sec over Bryan Sellers (#48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan).

Second and third (#31 and #5) pitted for the last time with 40 min remaining. Alessandro Balzan  (#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488) took second in GTD on track. Taylor came in with half an hour remaining and took fuel only. He exited the pits with a 44.852-sec lead in hand.

Ryan Dalziel’s #2 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi started burning while running third at the 13-min mark. It burst into flames fully 4 min later, bringing out a full-course caution.  Green-flag racing resumed at 4:42.

Taylor, Patricio O’Ward, Garcia, and Bleekemolen were the four class winners.

 

Podiums:

Prototype

1. #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi; Ricky Taylor, Jordon Taylor

2. #31 Action Express Cadillac DPi; Dane Cameron, Eric Curran (+18.855)

3. #5 Action Express Cadillac DPi; Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi (+19.818)

 

GTLM

1. #3 Corvette Racing C7.R; Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia

2. #25 BMW Team RLL M6; Bill Auberlen, Alexander Sims (+2.498)

3. #24 BMW Team RLL M6; John Edwards, Martin Tomczyk (+13.943)

 

GTD

1. #33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes AMG GT3; Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen

2. #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488; Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan (+2.039)

3. #75 SunEnergy 1 Racing Mercedes AMG GT3; Tristan Vautier, Kenny Habul (+3.450)

 

 

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