Two-way three peat for Wayne Taylor Racing in IMSA at Long Shore

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Source:   —  April 08, 2017, at 11:38 PM

ten Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V. R may have been different, but on Saturday the result was more of the same as Jordan Taylor – after watching his older brother and co-driver Ricky drive to triumph in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar – made it three wins in a row by winning the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

Two-way three peat for Wayne Taylor Racing in IMSA at Long Shore

The closing driver in the No. ten Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V. R may have been different, but on Saturday the result was more of the same as Jordan Taylor – after watching his older brother and co-driver Ricky drive to triumph in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar – made it three wins in a row by winning the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.

This time it was Jordan Taylor who'd the wheel on the final stint in the Cadillac DPi, and it was a move in Turn one with five minutes remaining that was the winning maneuver. Taylor got a running on race-leader Ryan Dalziel down the frontstretch and swung around the exterior of Dalziel’s No. two Tequila Patrón Nissan DPi, utilizing GT lap traffic to draw ahead to a six.349 second victory.

The win was also the Taylors’ third consecutive on the streets of Long Beach.

“Jordan was on a mission,” said Ricky Taylor, who joins his brother atop the WeatherTech Championship wins list with ten wins. “I was out of the car, and when I looked at the timing screen it said there was thirty-seven minutes to go. That was torture watching that. But at the same time, I wouldn’t wish to be below the pressure that Jordan had to be under. I was nervous either way.”

The second-place finish for Dalziel and co-driver Scott Sharp was the Tequila Patron ESM team’s highest finish of the season, besting its fourth-place effort at Daytona. Dalziel led for much of the second half of the race, utilizing pit strategy to move to the front of the Prototype field. He traded fastest laps with Jordan Taylor in the closing minutes before being slowed by a GT car, allowing Taylor to get by.

“We had the fastest car all weekend, but when we saw how quick Ryan was going we knew it was going to be a battle,” said Jordan Taylor. “Then I knew it'd have to be him making a error or if we caught really heavy traffic. It’s challenging to judge where to brake when you’re offline, so when we hit traffic I was able to get advantage when a GTD car took the same line as Ryan and I'd the open track.”

“There were plenty of race moments where things went well for me and horrible for Jordan, but not always,” added Dalziel. “I hit the brakes, went one way, and it was the same as the GTD car. I tried to go the other way, but then I saw a huge black Cadillac drive right by me and that was the finish of it.”

It was first time in WeatherTech Championship history that the same car won the opening three races on the schedule. The Taylor brothers were joined in triumph at the season-opening Rolex twenty-four At Daytona by Jeff Gordon and Max Angelelli, and the Mobil one Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From FL by Alex Lynn.



Three different manufacturers made up the top-three spots on the Prototype podium for the first time since Circuit of The Americas in two thousand-fourteenth. Jonathan Bomarito and co-driver Tristan Nunez finished third in Mazda Motorsports’ No. fifty-five Mazda DPi, matching Mazda Motorsports’ best finish in the WeatherTech Championship Prototype class.

Rounding out the top five was the No. eighty-five JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA of Stephen Simpson and Misha Goikhberg in fourth, and the No. fifty-two PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier of Will Owen and Tom Kimber-Smith in fifth.

In the GTLM class, the iconic hairpin turn at the Long Shore Str circuit played a central role in the fate of the No. four Corvette Racing team and co-drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner two years in a row.

Latest year, this was the turn where Milner was spun out of the lead late in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race by Porsche driver Frederic Makowiecki, enabling Makowiecki’s Porsche teammate, Nick Tandy, to sneak past for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory. This year, the hairpin gave one back to the No. four teammates.

A multi-car incident in the hairpin on the final lap had the all racetrack blocked as race-leading Antonio Garcia approached the turn in the No. three Chevrolet Corvette C7. R ahead of Milner and Richard Westbrook in the No. sixty-seven Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. Garcia attempted to maneuver around the exterior of the incident, while Milner opted for the interior lane.

Moments later, the No. fifty-two Prototype managed to obtain going and drive far after the incident, opening the inside lane. With Garcia still blocked by cars on the outside, Milner passed through the incident scene and headed for the checkered flag, with Westbrook following close behind.

“I tried going to the exterior in the same situation latest time and lost spots,” Milner said. “This time I went on the inside. I wasn’t even full speed (after the incident); I was cruising thinking we were below caution. Then I saw the green flags and the guys on the radio said we were P1.

“Racing is a lot about luck in a lot of cases. I don’t think I’ve seen it play out this way for me or for anyone else. It’s excellent to just obtain some points for me and for Chevrolet and Corvette.”

When all was said, and done, Milner and Gavin were standing atop the triumph podium, with Westbrook and co-driver Briscoe in second and the No. nine hundred twelve Porsche GT Team of Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor in third. It was the fourth consecutive race in which the GTLM podium featured three different manufacturers.

Garcia and co-driver January Magnussen – who qualified on the GTLM class pole fell to fifth at the finish, behind the No. twenty-five BMW Team RLL co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims.

Milner and Gavin, the two thousand sixteen WeatherTech Championship GTLM champions, picked up their first triumph of the season, but it was the second in a row for Corvette Racing, which won latest mo’s Mobil one Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From FL with the No. three team. Overall, Corvette Racing presently has one hundred four victories.

The No. fifty WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG team played its race strategy to perfection enabling co-drivers Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette to earn their first victories in WeatherTech Championship contest in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

After a 13th-place class qualifying performance on Friday, the team elected to start the race on fresh tires, emotional the No. fifty Mercedes-AMG GT3 to the back of the field. When the second of the race’s five full-course cautions came out after eighteen minutes, MacNeil brought the car into the pits for service and handed over the controls to Jeannette.

Jeannette then inched his way forward through the field as others made their stops, making his way to the head of the GTD field at the 47-minute label in the race. He stayed there for the rest of the way, winning by seven.492 seconds over teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No. thirty-three Mercedes-AMG entry.

“We qualified beautiful distant toward the back but times were tight,” MacNeil said. “We made the strategy call to modify to four fresh tires and to go absolutely last. So, it’s beautiful excellent to go from latest to first.”

Up following for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas on May six. The two hour, 40-minute race features the return of the Prototype Challenge class, which didn't compete at Long Beach.

Long Shore WeatherTech Championship - Race Results

one Jordan Taylor #ten Cadillac DPiCP

two Ryan Dalziel #two Nissan DPiCP

three Jonathan Bomarito #fifty-five Mazda DPiCP

four Stephen Simpson #eighty-five ORECA LMP2CP

five Tom Kimber Smith #fifty-two Ligier LMP2CP

6 Tommy Milner #four Chevrolet Corvette C7. RMGTLM

7 Ryan Briscoe #sixty-seven Ford GTMGTLM

eight Kevin Estre #nine hundred twelve Porsche nine hundred eleven RSRMGTLM

nine Alexander Sims #twenty-five BMW M6 GTLMMGTLM

ten Antonio Garcia #three Chevrolet Corvette C7. RMGTLM

eleven Gunnar Jeannette #fifty Mercedes-AMG GT3CGTD

twelve Jeroen Bleekemolen #thirty-three Mercedes-AMG GT3CGTD

thirteen Dirk Werner #nine hundred eleven Porsche nine hundred eleven RSRMGTLM

fourteen Alessandro Balzan #sixty-three Ferrari four hundred eighty-eight GT3CGTD

fifteen Martin Tomczyk #twenty-four BMW M6 GTLMMGTLM

sixteen Joerg Bergmeister #seventy-three Porsche nine hundred eleven GT3 RCGTD

seventeen Wolf Henzler #nine hundred ninety-one Porsche nine hundred eleven GT3 RCGTD

eighteen Sage Karam #fourteen Lexus RCF GT3CGTD

nineteen Andy Lally #ninety-three Acura NSX GT3CGTD

twenty Jeroen Mul #sixteen Lamborghini Huracan GT3CGTD

twenty-one Joel Miller #seventy Mazda DPiCP

twenty-two Jens Klingmann #ninety-six BMW M6 GT3CGTD

twenty-three Jeff Segal #eighty-six Acura NSX GT3CGTD

twenty-four Robert Alon #fifteen Lexus RCF GT3CGTD

twenty-five Michael Christensen #twenty-eight Porsche nine hundred eleven GT3 RCGTD

twenty-six Andrew Davis #fifty-seven Audi R8 LMS GT3CGTD

twenty-seven Dirk Mueller #sixty-six Ford GTMGTLM

twenty-eight Colin Braun #fifty-four Porsche nine hundred eleven GT3 RCGTD

twenty-nine Joao Barbosa #five Cadillac DPiCP

thirty Tristan Vautier #seventy-five Mercedes-AMG GT3CGTD

thirty-one Madison Snow #forty-eight Lamborghini Huracan GT3CGTD

thirty-two Dane Cameron #thirty-one Cadillac DPiCP

thirty-three Ed Brown #twenty-two Nissan DPiCP

thirty-four Toni Vilander #sixty-two Ferrari four hundred eighty-eight GTEMGTLM

thirty-five Marc Goossens #ninety Multimatic/Riley LMP2CP

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