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IMSA: Belle Isle – Taylors start P12 finish P1, fifth straight win

Wayne Taylor Racing entered the race with wins in all four 2017 events. Ricky Taylor put the #10 Cadillac DPi into the wall in qualifying, however, putting the team at P12 on starting grid. GT Le Mans competitors were off this weekend.

Action Express Racing teammates Christian Fittipaldi (#5 Cadillac DPi) and Eric Curran (#31 Cadillac DPi) locked out Row 1, followed by Misha Goikhberg (#85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca-Gibson) and Scott Sharp (#2 Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan DPi). James French (#38 Performance Tech Motorsports) won the Prototype Challenge pole. Lawson Aschenbach (#57 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8) started at the front the GT Daytona field, with Katherine Legge (#93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX) and Bryan Sellers (#48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan) in P2 and P3 respectively.

Goikhberg took second through the first series of turns. The GTD field ran as it started, with Aschenbach building a lead as Legge was held up by a PC competitor. Daniel Morad (#28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911) took third in GTD 5 min into the 100-min race.

Curran passed Goikhberg for second at 1 hr 27 min. Sellers retook third in GTD a few minutes later. The yellow flag flew at 1:13 as a GTD competitor took out Renger van der Zande in the #90 prototype.

All competitors pitted and changed drivers. The #31 (Dane Cameron) leapfrogged the #5 (Joao Barbosa) to take the lead, the #10 (Jordan Taylor) jumping up to third. Joel Miller (#70 Mazda DPi) passed Taylor at the restart to take third. Andy Lally led GTD in the #93 Acura, followed by Jeff Segal in the teammate #86 and Madison Snow in the #48 Lamborghini.

Miller passed Barbosa for second overall with 55 min remaining. Alessandro Balzan moved the #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 into GTD P2, with Andrew Davis taking third in the polesitter #57 Audi. The #5 pitted with 43 min remaining, moving Taylor up to third. Taylor pitted the next lap, both cars taking fuel only.

Miller pitted the #70 at the 40-min mark, returning to competition behind Taylor.

Davis fell of the GTD pace at 27 min with a broken drivetrain, Segal moving up to third.

The race-leading #31 pitted with 22 min to go, Taylor taking the lead.

Snow moved the #48 past Segal for third in GTD with 2 min 30 sec remaining.

Taylor took its fifth straight win, followed by Cameron and Miller. Patricio O’Ward won PC in the #38.

 

Podiums:

Prototype

1. #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DPi (Jordan Taylor, Ricky Taylor)

2. #31 Action Express Racing Corvette DPi (Dane Cameron, Eric Curran), -4.948

3. #70 Mazda Racing DPi (Joel Miller, Tom Long) -34.502

 

PC

1. #38 Performance Tech Motorsports (Patricio O’Ward, James French)

2. #26 BAR1 Motorsports (Bruno Junqueira, Tommy Drissi), -42.102

3. #20 BAR1 Motorsports (Ryan Lewis, Don Yount), - 1 lap

 

GTD

1. #93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX (Andy Lally, Katherine Legge)

2. #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 (Alessandro Balzan, Christina Nielsen), -2.441

3. #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan (Madison Snow, Bryan Sellers), -3.474

 

 

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