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Performance Tech Motorsports
The Checkered Flag looks ahead to this weekend’s third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship around the streets of Long Beach.
Ricky Taylor ensured Acura Team Penske finished top of another practice session at Sebring, with the #7 now having topped three of the four sessions that have taken place.
The 2017 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar season saw the end of the Daytona Prototypes but the emergence of the new DPi regulations led to the dominance of the Wayne Taylor Racing squad. As we said farewell to the PC class, Corvette and Scuderia Corsa retained their GT titles in the closely fraught classes.
Performance Tech Motorsports had already confirmed themselves as champions in 2017 thanks to wins in the first seven races of the season, but a clash with a LMP2 machine ended their chances of an eighth victory.
After their worst result of the season at Watkins Glen, the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac bounced back with Ricky Taylor grabbing pole for tomorrow’s race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In GTLM Dirk Werner secured Porsche’s first pole since 2016 Daytona 24 Hours and Sage Karam grabbed Lexus’s first Weathertech Pole.
Joao Barbosa pulled off a daring overtake to snatch victory of the Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen with just 10 minute remaining. The Cadillac went around the outside of the JDC Miller Motorsports car at turn one to come out on top. BMW also secured their first GTLM victory of the season.
Five races down, and its five wins for Ricky and Jordan Taylor in 2017, but they had to do it the hard way after a crash during qualifying.
2017 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring: Hour 8 Update – Brilliant Strategy gives Wayne Taylor Racing the Lead
Alex Lynn ended the eighth hour of the 2017 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring in the lead, as brilliant strategy and pitwork saw the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac grab the lead from Christian Fittipaldi in the #5 Mustang Sampling Racing.
Filipe Albuquerque has dominated hours three and four of the 2017 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring after a spin eliminated Eric Curran.
2017 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring: Hour 2 Update – Whelen Engineering Leads After Problems For Rebellion
Eric Curran in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac leads from Christian Fittipaldi after two hours in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, after problems delayed the polesitting Rebellion Racing ORECA.
Centinel Spine will continue to sponsor Performance Tech Motorsport for the remainder of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
With the Prototype Challenge class being discontinued at the end of 2017, Performance Tech Motorsports are making plans to move into the Prototype class for 2018.
Pipo Derani secured pole position for the Tequila Patrons ESM squad in a wet qualifying at Watkins Glen. Joey Hand dominated the close GTLM category qualifying, taking pole position by 0.3 seconds.
Joao Barbosa continues to lead the 2017 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at the six hour halfway point, albeit with a much reduced lead over Jordan Taylor after the race’s third caution.
After helping Performance Tech Motorsports take class victory at Daytona, Patricio O’Ward has been signed by the outfit for the whole IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.