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USCC: Belle Isle – Curran, Cameron win; Farnbacher tops GTD

Christian Fittipaldi put the #5 Action Express Corvette DP on pole for the 1 hr 40 min timed race on Detroit’s Belle Isle, with Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) starting next to him.

PC challenge made its Belle Isle debut, with James French (#38 Performance Tech Motorsports) taking pole by 0.004 sec over Chris Cumming (#11 RSR Racing). Dion von Moltke (#48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS) won GTD pole after crashing yesterday in practice. GTLM did not compete this round.

Michael Valiante (#90 VisitFlorida.com Corvette DP) took P2 from Taylor at the start. French and von Moltke held the leads in their respective classes.

A yellow flag came out near the 1 hr mark and each car made its scheduled pit stop Joao Barbosa taking over for Fittipaldi, Richard Westbrook for Valiante, and Jordan Taylor for Ricky.The green flag flew with 46 min left as rain started to fall. Taylor took the lead from Barbosa on the restart, with Dane Cameron (#31 Action Express) taking from Westbrook. Cameron then took P2 from teammate Barbosa at the start of the second green lap.

Another caution period began with 44 min to go, caused by a collision between PC competitors Bruno Junqueira (#11) and Tom Kimber-Smith (#52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports). James Vance took over in the #38 during the caution and remained in the PC lead.

Green-flag racing resumed with 33 min left. Mario Farnbacher (#23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America) was leading GTD at the restart, having pitted early and working a different cycle, but able to make it to the end because of the number of laps under caution. Cameron took the overall lead from Taylor with 28 min to go. Westbrook spun in Turn 11, falling from fourth to sixth with Oz Negri (#60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier-Honda) and Joey Hand (#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford-Riley) each making it past.

Renger van der Zande (#8 Starworks Motorsport) led PC with 16 min left when a full-course caution flew as Townsend Bell (#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia) hit the wall when Taylor tried to make it past him. When the green flag returned with 9:20 left in the race, heavy rain was falling on one end of the course and all competitors were stuck on slick tires.

Taylor, running second, was given a drive thru penalty for his contact with Bell. The rain dissipated. Barbosa began pressuring Cameron for the lead, with rain falling again and 2 min left. Barbosa spun on the final lap. Negri made it past put Barbosa kept Hand behind him to the finish. Van der Zande and Mirco Schultis won PC, with Farnbacher taking GTD ahead of Kristina Nielsen and James Davison in the #007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage.

 

 

 

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