Taylor brothers keep it in the family at Detroit


The Taylors, racing for their father at Wayne Taylor Racing, limped their Corvette DP across the line to win the first TUDOR United SportsCar race at Detroit.

In the 100 minute sprint race – shared between the Prototype and GT Daytona classes – hard fought was the understatement of the century as two massive incidents made the entire race into a final lap sprint involving the top two cars.

The incident started as Joao Barbosa in the Action Express Racing car attempted to pass Ricky Taylor at turn four, he stuck to the inside forcing Taylor to the outside and into contact with the wall. It looked like Barbosa could hold on but a left rear tyre failure saw him spin at turn seven and surrender a number of places and watched the worse for wear Wayne Taylor ‘Vette score a win at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic.

Taking advantage of the carnage was Richard Westbrook in the Spirit of Daytona DP who inherited second position whilst Gustavo Yacaman – co-driving with Olivier Pla – finished third, albeit a long way back, in the OAK Morgan-Nissan.

Ozz Negri finished fourth after the Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford EcoBoost had to pit within the first ten minutes to remedy a clutch issue that put them on the back foot from then on. In fifth and capping a good weekend for Extreme Speed Motorsports was the #1 of Ryan Dalziel who put in a steady performance.

Credit: IMSA
Credit: IMSA

In GTD it was rapid pit stops that saw the race win head the way of Alessandro Balzan and Scuderia Corsa as Flying Lizards were once again the victims of shocking bad luck.

At the start things were going well for the #45 of Nelson Canache Jr. and Spencer Pumpelly. They were leading a chain of GT cars until the pit stops where some excellent work by the Corsa mechanics catapulted them out in the lead.

From that point on the Italian never looked back, he kept his head where all around him others lost theirs namely the Flying Lizard Audi.

Pumpelly was gaining on Balzan going down the start/finish straight but a poorly timed move saw him hit the tyres on the inside of turn one – retiring on the final lap.

That accident saw Mario Farnbacher in the Alex Job Racing Porsche promoted up to second with Christopher Haase in the Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 score a podium finish.

The next TUDOR Championship race is next weekend (June 7th) with the PC only race at Kansas Motor Speedway.