Central Ohio: Five in a row for Acura – Autosport.be
Mid-Ohio and Acura have been a successful marriage so far. After the brand had already won four years, Wayne Taylor Racing raised the counter to five yesterday. Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor finished with a hard lead ahead of Meyer Shank Racing Acura by Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist, with a 1-2 consecutive result in the hands of the American Honda. That when there was a drama in the GTD class.
Albuquerque shot an arrow at the start, leaving Sébastien Bourdais Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac behind. Although the Portuguese could not enjoy it for long as the Frenchman managed to cross it. Taylor eventually finished work, though there was a little communication involved. The American was allowed to continue driving and take his fourth victory in five years in the Mid-Ohio circuit. Two seconds later, Acura roses crossed the line, with Action Express Racing Cadillac of Pipo Derani and Tristan Nunez finishing third. In LMP2, the victory went to DragonSpeed with Juan Pablo Montoya and Henrik Hedman.
In GTD it became a battle to see who could save their best gas. At first glance, this seemed to be the Brendan Iribe McLaren Introduction Competition Competition by Jordan Pepper. The South African overtook the Turner Motorsport BMW of Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley in the final five minutes and became the first to cross the line. Looking back, the victory was overturned as the car was too light, and Auberlen and Foley were promoted to the winners, ahead of Paul Miller Racing BMW of Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow.
Our teammates were unlucky this week. Maxime Martin was in fifth place with Heart of Racing Aston Martin, but decided not to participate anyway, with some fleeing the economic situation. Jan Heylen also had a small race with the Wright Motorsports Porsche. De Gelenaar finished just ninth with Ryan Hardwick and lost the lead in the standings as a result.