IMSA - Lone Star Le Mans: Taylor brothers winners in Texas
Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor are the winners of the Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. It was third win of the season for the duo in the #10 Chevrolet Corvette DP of the Wayne Taylor Racing. Despite most wins, the Taylor brother are still third in the points. The Texan race was the penultimate round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Taylors started from pole and led from lights to the flag. They had a comfortable gap during much of the race, but Jordan spun in the final turn when the clock marked 36 minutes to go. The second-placed Dane Cameron, in the #31 Action Express Corvette DP, decreased the gap to just 2.7 seconds. Until the end of the race Cameron was chasing the younger Taylor brother, but didn’t have a chance to overtake the lead. The #10 car crossed the finish line 1.4 seconds ahead of #31. Cameron’s partner was Eric Curran. Another Action Express car, the #5 driven by Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, finished third.
Fifth overall and the winners in Prototype Challenge class are Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow in the #8 Oreca FLM09 of the Starworks Motorsport. It is fourth win of the season for #8 crew. Robert Alon and Tom Kimber Smith (PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports) finished second, ahead of James French and Nicholas Boulle (Performance Tech Motorsports).
In the GTLM class, we saw a double victory for Porsche North America, with crew #912 crossing the finish line ahead of #911 crew. The winners are Earl Bamber and Frederic Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy have to be satisfied with second podium place. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen reached one more podium for #3 Corvette C7.R.
In the GTD class, Bret Curtis and Jens Klingmann are the winners for the second time this season, in the #96 BMW M6 GT3 of Turner Motorsport. Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow, the winner of the previous race at Virginia, finished second at Austin’s race track. The podium is completed by Allesandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen, he crew of the #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3.
The season’s finale will be the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta. The 10-hour race is scheduled for October 1.