An unexpected success for the Wayne Taylor Racing team at Petit Le Mans 2020!
In fact, on the Road Atlanta track in Braselton, the outcome of the race was decided a few minutes from the finish, when one of the Acura Penskes then driven by Ricky Taylor and the Cadillac of ActionExpress between the Brazilian Pipo Derani's hands collided …
These two cars had traded leadership on several occasions late in the race, and it seemed obvious that victory would have to go to either of these two cars.
But ultimately, instead, victory slipped away when Ricky Taylor came on in a last desperate attempt, speared his Brazilian rival by sending him off-track into the sand.
Shortly after, an accident of one of the Porsche GTLMs neutralized the event with a Full Course Yellow which effectively ended the hostilities, propelling the trio formed of Dutchman Renger Van Der Zande, Australian Ryan Briscoe and New Zealander Scott Dixon to this unexpected success!
The Wayne Taylor team seemed to be heading for the third step of the podium, not feeling like they could fight for victory.
Thanks to this triumph, the Cadillac-Dallara N ° 10 further increased its margin at the top of the provisional general classification and is now positioned as the favorite for the title awarded after the next stage, at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
On the podium in second place, we point the trio Taylor-Rossi-Castroneves with the 1st of the two Acura Penske while the third place goes to the sister car, the other Acura Penske, that of the French Simon Pagenaud, the Colombian Juan -Pablo Montoya and the poleman, the American Dane Cameron, who had led the race but then lost ground due to contact with a GT.
Double knockout for the Mazda victims of brake problems, the top ranked Tincknell-Bomarito-Hunter-Reay, finishing seventh while Oliver Jarvis found himself in the barriers after hitting the Ferrari of the Scuderia Corsa.
In LMP2, success for the Starworks -Tower team with Job Van Uitert, Mikkel Jensen and John Farano.
PORSCHE RETURNS IN GTLM
Unexpected victory also in the GTLM class for the Porsche team after the poor performance of the 911 RSRs in qualifying.
In fact, the 911 of Fred Makowiecki, Nick Tandy and Matt Campbell won well.
Once again, a contact made things easier: because the Brazilian from Rahal RLL BW Augusto Farfus touched a prototype in the last hour, and was forced to stop.
In such a tight class as this GTLM, a stop is obviously fatal!
At the very end of the race, Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki contained Antonio Garcia's Corvette, which had won the previous races, while Farfus with the BMW managed to secure third place on the podium.
FERRARI WINS IN GTD
Resounding success of the prancing horse in GT Daytona, with the triumph of the Scuderia Corsa and its crew, Cooper MacNeil, Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal.
In second position, we find the Lexus of Team AIM Vasser Sullivan of Aaron Telitz, Jack Hawksworth and Michael De Quesada, regular since the start of the season and which takes the lead of the Championship thanks to a contact involving the former leaders, and the Acura Shank of polemen, Farnbacher-McMurry-Michimi. Third place for the Potter-Lally-Pumpelly Lamborghini.
Pictures : IMSA – TEAMS
THE FINAL RANKING OF PETIT LE MANS 2020
1 – van der Zande / Briscoe / Dixon (Cadillac DPi) Wayne Taylor – 460 laps
2 – Rossi / Castroneves / Taylor (Acura DPi) Penske at 0 ”429
3 – Montoya / Cameron / Pagenaud (Acura DPi) Penske at 1 ”236
4 – Vautier / Bourdais / Duval (Cadillac DPi) JDC Miller at 3 ”700
5 – Nasr / Derani / Albuquerque (Cadillac DPi) ActionExpress at 2 rounds
6 – Farano / Jensen / van Uitert (ORECA LMP2 07) Tower at 10 rounds
7 – McGuire / Bell / Braun (ORECA LMP2 07) PerfTech at 15 rounds
8 – Bomarito / Tincknell / Hunter-Reay (Mazda DPi) Mazda at 19 laps
9 – McCusker / Smiechowski / Hodes (ORECA LMP2 07) InterEuropol at 19 laps
10 – Tandy / Makowiecki / Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR 19) Porsche in 29 laps (1st GTLM)
11 – Garcia / Taylor / Catsburg (Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) GM Corvette at 29 laps
12 – Krohn / Edwards / Farfus (BMW M8 GTE) Rahal RLL at 29 laps
13 – Gavin / Milner / Fassler (Chevrolet Corvette C8.R) GM Corvette at 29 laps
14 – Bamber / Vanthoor / Jaminet (Porsche 911 RSR 19) Porsche in 31 laps
15 – Jarvis / Nunez / Pla (Mazda DPi) Mazda to 33 rpm
16 – Kelly / Trummer / Huffaker (ORECA LMP2 07) PR1 to 42 laps
17 – MacNeil / Balzan / Westphal (Ferrari 488 GT3) Scuderia Corsa in 47 laps (1st GTD)
18 – Telitz / Hawksworth / De Quesada (Lexus RC F GT3) AIM to 47 laps
19 – Potter / Lally / Pumpelly (Lamborghini Huracan GT3) GRT at 47 laps
20 – Hardwick / Long / Heylen (Porsche 911 GT3R) Wright at 47 laps
21 – Olsen / Robichon / Kern (Porsche 911 GT3R) Pfaff at 47 laps
22 – Parente / Goikhberg / Hindman (Acura NSX GT3) Heinricher at 47 laps
23 – Sellers / Snow / Lewis (Lamborghini Huracan GT3) Miller at 47 laps
24 – Montecalvo / Bell / Kirkwood (Lexus RC F GT3) Vasser to 50 laps
25 – Auberlen / Foley / Machavern (BMW M6 GT3) Turner in 52 laps
26 – Miller / Leist / Aubry (Cadillac DPi) JDC Miller at 54 laps
27 – Spengler / De Phillippi / Herta (BMW M8 GTE) Rahal RLL to 61 laps
28 – Farnbacher / McMurry / Michimi (Acura NSX GT3) Shank in 61 laps
29 – James / De Angelis / Turner (Aston Martin Vantage GT3) HOR at 163 laps
30 – Robinson / Aschenbach / Keating (Mercedes-AMG GT3) Riley at 192 laps
31 – Ferriol / Winkelhock / Davis (Audi R8 LMS GT3) Hardpoint at 202 laps