The 10-hour race of the American IMSA championship was decided in the closing stages, after a nice duel between Ricky Taylor’s # 7 Acura and Pipo Derani’s # 31 Cadillac. Both drivers had been chasing each other for laps and had already changed places twice in the last hour in a crazy duel for victory.
With 11 minutes left on the clock, Derani was slightly delayed by traffic and Taylor took his chance: the American decided to overtake in Turn 6, but the daring move led to a collision between the two leaders. Derani flew off the track and into the tire stacks, Taylor himself also lost valuable time spinning with the Acura.
Van der Zande the laughing third
The clash between the two leaders was great news for Renger van der Zande, who was making good ground in the last hour but seemed to be just short of taking another shot at victory. Due to the incident between the two leaders, the Dutchman suddenly took the lead with ten minutes left on the clock.
The incident between Taylor and Derani resulted in a neutralization, after which the entire field was released again with five minutes on the clock under the leadership of Van der Zande. A crash by Laurens Vanthoor in the Porsche, however, immediately resulted in a neutralization, so that the race would eventually also end under yellow. Van der Zande was the first to cross the finish line after ten hours of racing, with which he managed to take the victory at the last minute in the Petit Le Mans, just like two years ago.
Compete for the Championship
The Dutchman shared Wayne Taylor Racing’s # 10 Cadillac with Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon and also did excellent business with the win in the battle for the championship, which is led by the Wayne Taylor Racing team with two races to go.
The race management decided to leave the incident between Taylor and Derani unpunished, allowing Taylor the Acura – which he shared with Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves – to cross the finish line in second place. The American was in tears after the race, however, while he was also treated to a visit from an angry Derani who eventually finished fifth. Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud completed the podium in Team Penske’s second Acura.
Van Uitert wins in LMP2
Dutch success was also achieved in the LMP2 class thanks to a victory by Job van Uitert. JDC Miller Motorsports led most of the race in the LMP2 class, until Simon Trummer had to park the car in the pits in the final stages with technical problems. As a result, Mikkel Jensen got the victory in the # 8 Oreca, which he also shared with Van Uitert in addition to John Farano. As a result, De Brabander managed to win his very first race in the American IMSA championship immediately.
Porsche wins GTLM, Catsburg on the podium
In the GTLM class, victory went to Porsche for the first time this year. Fred Makowiecki managed to keep Antonio Garcia’s Corvette behind him in the final phase, after just before the then leading Augusto Farfus had to pay an extra visit to the pits after a collision with a Prototype. Makowiecki therefore took the victory together with Nick Tandy and Matt Campbell.
Garcia was unable to attack the lead in the final minutes due to the neutralizations and had to settle for second place with the # 3 Corvette. The Spaniard shared the car with Jordan Taylor and Nick Catsburg, who managed to maintain his series of podium finishes from the past weeks. Farfus finally finished third in the BMW after the late delay.
The next race is scheduled for two weeks at the Lugana Seca circuit. The IMSA season will close on November 14 with the Sebring 12 Hours.
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