Taylor brothers win then jet to Le Mans

June 4, 2016

Taylor brothers win then jet to Le Mans

June 4, 2016


Jordan and Ricky Taylor faced two huge races today – first they won the Detroit round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Belle Isle and then began their second race to get to Le Mans for the annual test day on Sunday.

Faced with a restart amidst heavy traffic midway through Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Classic, Jordan Taylor passed three cars on his way to the lead. That proved to be the key to give the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP its third victory in four years at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

Joined by older brother Ricky, the Taylors scored their second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory at the circuit, backing up their triumph in 2014. Jordan Taylor also had a pair of Rolex Series triumphs at the 2.360-mile temporary circuit, including the 2013 victory in the No. 10 Corvette DP with then-co-driver Max Angelelli.

The two brothers will join Corvette Racing at Le Mans this year – Ricky driving the No.3 entry with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia and Jordan aboard the No.4 with Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin.

“We talked about being conservative, but when I saw the opportunity so wide open we jumped on it,” Jordan Taylor said.

“It was odd when we restarted in the middle of the pack – it doesn’t happen often. Going through the kink I saw Joao wanted to go to the inside and the other two (PC) cars were blocking each other. So I went on a clean line around the outside, and I was able to get around them all.”

Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi led the opening 26 laps before pitting under caution shortly before the one-hour mark of the 100-minute event, when he turned the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP over to Joao Barbosa.

The timing of the caution saw a group of lapped GT Daytona (GTD) class cars and a pair of Prototype Challenge (PC) cars ahead of the lead Prototypes. When the green flag waved with 48 minutes remaining, Jordan Taylor threaded his way past Barbosa and the two PC cars to take both the class and overall lead – which he held for the remainder of the event.

Taylor took the checkered flag 1.740 seconds ahead of Barbosa to give the brothers their second win of the season and sixth of their WeatherTech Championship careers. Entering the event fourth in the Prototype standings, they leave Detroit unofficially tied for the lead with Fittipaldi and Barbosa with 151 points apiece.

Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez finished third in the No. 55 Castrol/ModSpace Mazda Prototype, giving Mazda Motorsports its first podium finish in WeatherTech Championship competition.

Other class winners today included the Renger van der Zande in PC who pressured Colin Braun into making a rare mistake with less than five minutes remaining. van der Zande won in Detroit for the second consecutive year in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09 started by Alex Popow.

Co-drivers Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen and the No. 33 Dodge Viper GT3-R team took the GTD class win – also just before racing to France for the test day. Other GTD podium finishers including Jorg Bergmeister and Christina Nielsen are also headed to France.

On track action in France kicks off at 9:00am local time with two x four-hour sessions scheduled at Circuit de la Sarthe.


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