As often in IMSA, we went through all the situations: superb overtaking, penalties, twists and turns, off the track and a restart for two laps, at the very end of this 6-hour race, which ultimately changed nothing. . In the end, it was Acura that won this TireRack.com Grand Prix dipsuted on the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta circuit …
Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor therefore won over their Acura ARX-05 DPi # 7. Starting from pole position, this car did not have an easy race. It started off very badly at the beginning. The car was quickly delayed first by a drive through for excessive speed in the pits and then a 60 second stop and go following failure to respect the red light at the exit of the pitlane! But the two drivers “let” the storm pass and Castroneves was excellent at the end of the race to hold back all his opponents during this two-lap restart. They sign their second consecutive victory and above all allow, and finally we could say, Acura Team Penske to win its first Endurance IMSA race!
Behind is, a second, the Mazda RT24-P # 55 of Harry Tincknell, Jonathan Bomarito and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The first city to pass Juan Pablo Montaya on the other Acura to grab 2nd place. Worse, while an Acura one-two was still potentially possible, the Colombian had two problems. The first was on a comeback where Ryan Briscoe's # 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R (Wayne Taylor Racing) crashed into it, damaging both cars. Briscoe was penalized with a drive through for being responsible for the incident. Then Juan Pablo Montoya got in touch with the 2020 Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo # 63 Scuderia Corsa by Toni Vilander. A “big box” which left the two cars on the floor. The safety car entered the track which therefore caused this famous two-lap restart.
The Colombian was then battling for 3rd place with the # 5 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac of Tristan Vautier and the other Cadillac, the # 31, of Action Express Racing of Felipe Nasr. The latter ended up third with Pipo Derani and Felipe Albuquerque and it was a good operation as Nasr was penalized twice. First, during the start where it crossed, hitting the Acura # 6, which meant that several cars were forced to avoid it ending up in the wall (Cadillac # 85 and ORECA # 18). The Brazilian received a drive through being declared responsible.
Another Drive through was inflicted on him for “pushing” GRT Magnus Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo # 44 into the walls of tires following contact.
Briscoe's penalty (pit contact with Montoya) knocked the # 10 Cadillac down to fifth place, while the # 77 Mazda RT24-P finished at the back of the pack after a brake issue left it behind. wastes a lot of time. She finished 43 laps behind the winners!
As for JDC Miller's Cadillac # 85, it had major suspension problems following the confusion at the start. She got back on the track and then had to give up.
No suspense in LMP2 with the victory of ORECA 07 # 52 by Simon Trummer, Patrick Kelly and Scott Huffaker. Indeed, from the start, Era Motorsport’s # 18 ORECA 07, with Dwight Merriman at the wheel, hit the wall after the scramble and broke its right rear suspension. Once back on the track, the car received a drive through for overtaking under the yellow flag and finished 32 laps behind…
We changed leaders several times in GTLM because the gaps were so narrow. In this little game, it is finally the BMW M8 GTE # 25 of Bruno Spengler and Connor De Phillippi which wins. The latter took the lead during the last refueling. This is BMW's second victory this year, the second in the Michelin Endurance Cup after the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The race had until then been rather controlled by the Porsche 911 RSR-19 # 911 of Nick Tandy / Fred Makowiecki which had a problem with the front hood. They finish 4th. It was Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin’s # 4 Corvette C8.R which finished second. However, she returned to her pit early in the race with the right rear tire shredded. She finished ahead of the other BMW, the # 24 of Jesse Krohn and John Edwards.
Antonio Garcia / Jordan Taylor’s # 3 Corvette C8.R finished 5th after a late refueling final. Defending champions Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor had a race to forget, with brake issues that put the # 912 Porsche out of the game just after halfway through the race and several penalties.
Meyer Shank Racing won the GTD thanks to a triple stint from Mario Farnbacher at the end of the race. The German as well as Matt McMurry and Shinya Michimi (Acura NSX GT3 Evo # 86) finished ahead of Paul Miller Racing's Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo # 48 (Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow, Corey Lewis). Madison Snow lost the class lead in the penultimate pit stop after controlling most of the race. The # 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Patrick Long, Ryan Hardwick and Jan Heylen completes the category podium.
Note that this is Acura's first victory in both the DPi and GTD categories in the same race. Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry take the lead in the GTD Championship after a tire problem at the front right sent Jack Hawksworth's # 14 Lexus RC F GT3 Vasser Sullivan AIM into the wall and into its pit.
The ranking is HERE …