I have a dream that one day in an IMSA race the entire DPi class will fall out and the overall winner will be an LMP2 or GTLM car. Last night my dream nearly came true. The DPi cars seem to have a way of making things difficult for themselves, whether it’s squeezing each other into barriers, penalties for excessive drive time, pit mistakes, or on track collisions, the top class always entertains.
The result was unlikely winner, the number 5 Mustang sampling DPi Cadillac driven by Sebastien BGourdais, Loic Duval, and Tristan Vautier. Bourdais drove the anchor leg and led the final hour and 10 minutes. The car finished the race with a broken rear wing to edge out the Mazda of Harry Tincknell.
It was an improbable win for a team that had struggled to find speed all weekend, but the car and the race came to them, with an assist from the rest of the class.
Porsche swept the GT categories with victories in GTLM and GTD. The GTLm win by the 79 resembled the follies of DPi, with a late collision of the BMW and Corvette allowing Matheiu Jaminet to grab the lead from what appeared to be a third place finish.
The GTLM winner Pfaff Motorsports benefitted from the expertise of Laurens Vanthoor, who piloted the Canadian team to the win.
A good run by Simon Pagenaud in the 48 DPi topped a difficult day for the team. Jimmie Johnson spun and made contact with another car in the foirst hour of the race. The team climbed back into contention later in the day, Pagenaud stayed in the cat 50 seconds too long, disqualifying the car, which was third on the track at the end. I don’t understand why IMSA allows a car to keep running after it is known that car will be disqualified.
Katherine Legge had a great run in the 88 Hardpoint car. She was in line for a podium until a penalty for contact dropped her to 5th in class. The team, co-driven by Christina Neilsen and Bia Figuerado, still had a good run in just their second outing.
I understand IMSA’s desire to have as many cars in a race as possible, but when GTLM cars are faster than LMP3’s, it’s a bit concerning.
I hope but I doubt that NBC is over their Jimmie Johnson love fest. I admire him that after his success in NASCAR that he is trying a completely different motorsports discipline, but NBC’s coverage of him is overkill. The nice thing about Indycar is that he will be in the car the entire race and unavailable for interviews during the races.
The final results from the IMSA website:
|POS||ST POS||CAR NO||CLASS||CLASS POS||DRIVERS||TEAM/CAR/SPONSOR||NO LAPS||FASTEST LAP||STATUS|
|1||6||5||1||Loic DuvalSebastien BourdaisTristan Vautier||Mustang Sampling / JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi||349||01:46.679||Running|
|2||4||55||2||Oliver JarvisHarry TincknellJonathan Bomarito||Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi||349||01:46.841||Running|
|3||5||60||3||Olivier PlaJuanPablo MontoyaDane Cameron||Meyer Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian Acura DPi||349||01:46.641||Running|
|4||2||10||4||Alexander RossiRicky TaylorFilipe Albuquerque||Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 Acura DPi||349||01:46.654||Running|
|5||3||01||5||Rengervander ZandeKevin MagnussenScott Dixon||Cadillac DPi||347||01:46.151||Running|
|6||9||52||1||Scott HuffakerBen KeatingMikkel Jensen||PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07||344||01:48.474||Running|
|7||10||18||2||Ryan DalzielDwight MerrimanKyle Tilley||Era Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07||344||01:48.944||Running|
|8||24||79||1||Matt CampbellCooper MacNeilMathieu Jaminet||WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR – 19||334||01:55.732||Running|
|9||22||25||2||ConnorDe PhillippiPhilipp EngBruno Spengler||BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE||333||01:55.727||Running|
|10||23||24||3||Augusto FarfusJohn EdwardsJesse Krohn||BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE||333||01:55.861||Running|
|11||20||3||4||Antonio GarciaJordan TaylorNicky Catsburg||Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C8.R||333||01:55.642||Running|
|12||21||4||5||Tommy MilnerNick TandyAlexander Sims||Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C8.R||330||01:57.236||Running|
|13||16||54||1||Colin BraunJonathan BennettGeorge Kurtz||Core Autosport Ligier JS P320||329||01:56.166||Running|
|14||17||91||2||Dylan MurryJeroen BleekemolenJim Cox||Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320||329||01:56.281||Running|
|15||15||74||3||Scott AndrewsGar RobinsonSpencer Pigot||Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320||329||01:56.183||Running|
|16||14||7||4||Oliver AskewAustin McCuskerStevan McAleer||Forty7 Motorsports Duqueine D08||328||01:56.589||Running|
|17||18||33||5||Joao BarbosaYann ClairayLance Willsey||Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier JS P320||328||01:56.340||Running|
|18||36||9||1||Laurens VanthoorLars KernZacharie Robichon||Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R||320||02:00.835||Running|
|19||25||16||2||Patrick LongTrent HindmanJan Heylen||Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R||320||02:00.808||Running|
|20||32||23||3||Ross GunnIan JamesRomanDe Angelis||Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3||320||02:01.402||Running|
|21||35||44||4||Spencer PumpellyJohn PotterAndy Lally||Acura NSX GT3||320||02:01.923||Running|
|22||33||88||5||Katherine LeggeBia FigueiredoChristina Nielsen||Porsche 911 GT3R||320||02:01.484||Running|
|23||28||12||6||Zach VeachRobert MegennisFrankie Montecalvo||VasserSullivan Lexus RC F GT3||319||02:01.450||Running|
|24||27||14||7||Jack HawksworthKyle KirkwoodAaron Telitz||VasserSullivan Lexus RC F GT3||313||02:01.000||Running|
|25||29||96||8||Bill AuberlenRobby FoleyAidan Read||Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3||313||02:01.298||Running|
|26||31||75||9||Maro EngelMikael GrenierKenny Habul||SunEnergy1 Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3||304||02:01.125||Running|
|27||1||31||6||Felipe NasrMike ConwayPipo Derani||Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi||292||01:46.151||Running|
|28||7||48||7||Kamui KobayashiSimon PagenaudJimmie Johnson||Cadillac DPi||349||01:46.424||Running|
|29||34||99||10||Earl BamberTrenton EstepRob Ferriol||Porsche 911 GT3R||280||02:01.325||Running|
|30||12||8||3||Gabriel AubryTim BuretJohn Farano||ORECA LMP2 07||266||01:49.084||Running|
|31||19||6||Matthew BellRodrigo SalesNiklas Kruetten||WIN Autosport Duqueine D08||265||01:57.106||Running|
|32||30||1||11||Bryan SellersMadison SnowCorey Lewis||Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3||255||02:01.353||Running|
|33||13||38||7||Rasmus LindhDan GoldburgMateo LLarena||Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier JS P320||177||01:56.981||Running|
|34||26||28||12||Michaelde QuesadaBilly JohnsonDaniel Morad||Alegra Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3||91||02:01.960||Running|
|35||37||19||13||Tim ZimmermannStephen SimpsonFranck Perera||GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3||91||02:01.501||Running|
|36||8||11||4||Thomas MerrillSteven ThomasTristan Nunez||WIN Autosport ORECA LMP2 07||90||01:49.619||Running|
|37||11||22||5||Guy SmithJames McGuireWayne Boyd||ORECA LMP2 07||333||01:48.673||Running|