Albuquerque, Taylor ship victory for WTR Acura at Laguna Seca
Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor took one other large step towards the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi title with a convincing victory in Sunday’s Hyundai Monterey Sports activities Automobile Championship at Michelin Raceway Laguna Seca.
The 2 drivers mixed within the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 for his or her third victory of the season, however first since Mid-Ohio. It was the 27th for Ricky Taylor and 45th for Wayne Taylor Racing, and eighth for Albuquerque. Provisionally, they maintain a 100-point lead within the standings over Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani with two races remaining, 2,765-2,665.
Taylor took the checkered flag 14.875s forward of Renger van der Zande within the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R began by Kevin Magnussen. Van der Zande caught factors runner-up Nasr within the closing laps to take second — and with it worthwhile factors — with Nasr and Derani third within the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac.
The largest scare for the eventual winners got here on Albuquerque’s second stint, when particles within the right-rear brake duct rendered the automobile practically undrivable. The crew managed to right the issue on its second pit cease.
“Filipe drove an incredible stint,” Taylor stated. “The rear tire pressures have been going loopy, and he did an important job to manage it. He gave me the automobile in a controlling place.”
The closing phases of the race formed up as a gas technique contest between the Acuras of Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. Wayne Taylor Racing (together with the entire Cadillac and Mazda DPi groups) elected to go together with three stops for his or her No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05. Meyer Shank Racing — led by a 55-minute opening stint by Dane Cameron — gambled to take solely two stops for the No. 60 Sirius XM/AutoNation Acura.
With just one yellow — for an incident on the opening lap — the gas mileage technique gave the impression to be taking part in out for the pink Acura. Then, Taylor turned up the wick, whereas Pla realized he wanted to again off to have the ability to end. Taylor made the move for the lead with 25 minutes remaining, whereas Pla misplaced two positions within the remaining seven minutes. Nevertheless, the No. 60 did handle to complete fourth, adopted by the No. 55 Mazda of Olivier Jarvis and Harry Tincknell.
“Our methods have been so completely different,” Ricky Taylor stated. “They have been ready to take a chance, they usually performed their playing cards early to place them off sequence. We have been by no means nervous concerning the 60; we have been racing the No. 31, and allow them to do what they have been doing.”
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