A gutsy late-race pass from Filipe Albuquerque has given Wayne Taylor Racing victory in Sunday’s IMSA Fastlane Sportscar Weekends at Road America, taking over the DPi championship lead as a result.
Albuquerque and co-driver Ricky Taylor picked up their fourth IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season following a duel with fellow Acura DPi runner Oliver Jarvis.
Jarvis, who jumped from fourth to the lead in the final round of pit stops during the race’s third and final full course caution, lost the top spot to the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 with 24 minutes to go.
The Portuguese ace would go onto take the win over the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac of Earl Bamber and Alex Lynn after Jarvis suffered an off at The Kink with eight minutes to go.
It brought out the race’s fourth full course caution, with the race ending under yellow.
Jarvis and co-driver Tom Blomqvist were classified fourth after Jarvis elected to stay on track despite having heavy front-end damage from the impact.
The late-race drama came after an eventful start to the mixed-condition race, with a damp track catching out the majority of the prototype runners at the end of the opening hour.
The No. 5 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-VR of Richard Westbrook, which took on wet-weather Michelin tires during the first round of pit stops, had a one-plus minute lead until a yellow for debris from the sister JDC Duqueine D08 Nissan erased the advantage.
Tristan Vautier brought the car home in fifth.
LMP2 class honors went to the No. 18 Era Motorsport Oreca 07 Gibson, thanks to a late-race pass by Ryan Dalziel on the then-leading No. 8 Tower Motorsport entry of Louis Deletraz.
Deletraz ran as high as second overall during the opening stages of the race after being one of the only prototypes to take on wet tires.
The No. 20 High Class Racing entry of Dennis Anderson and Fabio Scherer completed the class podium despite having multiple offs during the race.
Riley Motorsports’ Felipe Fraga and Gar Robinson controlled the LMP3 class in their Ligier JS P320 Nissan to take their third victory of the season.
The No. 13 AWA Duqueine of Matt Bell and Orey Fidani finished second, giving the Canadian team its first series podium finish.
Vasser Sullivan Scores Breakthrough GTD Pro Win
Jack Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat gave Vasser Sullivan and Lexus its maiden GTD Pro class victory, thanks in part to a strategic move to stay on track.
Barnicoat brought the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 across the line ahead of the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Mathieu Jaminet, which had made its final scheduled pit stop prior to the third full-course caution.
The two cars enjoyed a race-long battle in the top production-based class.
The Lexus, nor the third place class-finishing No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R GTD of Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia, elected to stay out and stretch their fuel to more than 1 hour and 18 minutes amid two late-race yellows.
GTD class honors went to the No. 57 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo of Philip Ellis and Russell Ward, which broke its unlucky run of races.
It marked the team’s first WeatherTech Championship class win since last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo of Jeff Westphal and Robert Megennis came home second, ahead of the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus.
More to come…