JDC Miller’s Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg and Chris Miller pulled off an outstanding victory within the Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen because the Ford GT of Dirk Muller and Joey Hand conquered GTLM and Turner Motorsports captured GTD honors.
CORE autosport determined to start out the race with Jon Bennett on the wheel of the #54 Oreca which had received pole due to Colin Braun on the wheel, so have been subsequently obliged to start out from 16th and final of the Prototypes within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
On the drop of the inexperienced, Dane Cameron’s Acura Workforce Penske ARX-05 took the lead from default polesitter Paul di Resta of United Autosports into the primary nook of the primary lap, however simply a few corners later, Tristan Vautier spun the Spirit of Daytona Cadillac going up the hill on chilly tires. The stack up that adopted concerned the 2 ESM Nissans hanging the barrier – one among them additionally gathering Vautier – all needing repairs. The #22 Nissan of Nicolas Lapierre was retired, whereas its sister #2 automotive and the SoD Cadillac have been penalized for getting into a closed pit and have been by no means an element once more.
Vautier’s troubles weren’t over as Cameron rubbed the Cadillac’s rear as he lapped him at Flip 7 on Lap 12, sending the blue automotive looping gently into the tire barrier and requiring new rear-end bodywork.
In the meantime, Cameron was main di Resta by 5sec, whereas Simpson had moved the #99 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca round Ricky Taylor within the second Acura to seize third and began homing in on the UA Ligier in second. In fifth and sixth ran Gustavo Yacaman within the AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport Ligier and Simon Trummer in one other JDC-Miller Oreca, forward of the main Cadillac, the Wayne Taylor Racing entry at this level pushed by Renger van der Zande.
Following the primary spherical of stops Cameron led Simpson whereas a gradual cease for United Autosports dropped its Ligier – now with Phil Hanson on the wheel – to fourth behind Taylor within the second Acura.
On the 55min mark, a full-course warning flew for a big chunk of ESM Nissan mendacity on the racing line exiting Flip 1. From the restart, Yacaman confirmed each intention of passing the UA Ligier for fourth however couldn’t fairly make it occur, and in reality, Trummer’s JDC-Miller and van der Zande’s WTR Cadillac moved proper onto the tail of this battle as they labored by GT vehicles.
The second spherical of stops noticed Cameron and Taylor stay onboard the main and third-placed Acuras respectively to do triple stints, whereas Misha Goikhberg took over the #99 JDC-Miller automotive from Simpson, however fell behind R. Taylor.
Jordan Taylor, who’d changed van der Zande, was now forward of the second JDC automotive, through which Robert Alon had taken over from
The third spherical of stops resulted in the Acuras swapping locations, Helio Castroneves within the #7 automotive rising from pitlane forward of fellow ex-IndyCar star and teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. When Hanson pitted the UA Ligier handy over to Bruno Senna, Castroneves was 6.5sec forward of JPM. That hole could be all however eradicated by visitors nevertheless, and Castroneves was quickly into the pits for an extended cease with gear linkage points.
Romain Dumas, who’d been driving a superb race to maneuver the CORE #54 automotive into rivalry made an error passing the GTD chief and spun himself right down to 12th.
By the point Montoya stopped the #6 Acura for a fourth time, he had a 40sec lead over Goikhberg’s #99 JDC Miller entry. When Misha stopped, staff proprietor Chris Miller changed him, however Senna’s late fourth cease and robust tempo obtained him forward of Miller and right into a respectable second place. Jordan Taylor additionally obtained round Miller who would quickly come underneath strain from Harry Tincknell within the #55 Mazda.
Montoya handed his Acura again to Cameron with a 40sec lead over Senna. A number of laps later polesitter Braun, who’d been operating sixth, had a conflict with Joel Miller’s Efficiency Tech Motorsports Oreca, which resulted in Miller spinning right into a tire barrier after which dropping particles as he limped again to the pits. Out got here the full-course warning, with Senna main Taylor, Miller and the recently-stopped #6 Acura. When pitlane opened, Cameron stayed out as all his closest rivals stopped.
That was the possibility that the laggardly Cadillacs wanted to maneuver up, in order that Cameron led Filipe Albuquerque within the #5 Motion Categorical DPi-V.R, Senna, Mike Conway within the #31 AXR Cadillac, van der Zande’s WTR Cadillac and Miller within the #99 Oreca. Van der Zande instantly handed Conway on the restart, and Braun additionally handed the Cadillac to maneuver into the highest 5 for CORE.
In the meantime Senna had made quick work of Albuquerque and reeled in Cameron within the Penske Acura every time they hit visitors, however with 1h45m to go, Braun began shifting in on that UA Ligier, having disposed of the WTR Cadillac.
Cameron pitted from the lead on Lap 143, leaving Senna to deal with the quickly closing CORE autosport machine which was filling his mirrors by Lap 145 however then ducked into the pits. Two laps later, Senna did the identical and handed over to Paul di Resta. The Scot emerged four.7sec behind Cameron and half a second forward of Braun. The pair of P2 vehicles then closed on the DPi machine in entrance, though the #7 Penske Acura of Taylor, operating 5 laps down however now wholesome, was in a position to take up formation behind Cameron to behave as tailgunner.
Lastly second place modified fingers when Braun nudged the Ligier, pushing the rear diffuser in opposition to the left-rear tire. Each vehicles stopped, the United Autosports staff wrestling bodywork away from the automotive, thereby elongating the cease, and falling 85sec off the lead, 40sec behind the CORE machine.
Cameron pitted with 84minutes to go and handed off to Montoya, who emerged 15sec behind Braun who’d set some scorching laps because the automotive’s cease.
Nonetheless, a full course warning needed to fly after the Magnus Racing Audi GTD automotive obtained a puncture and dropped a tire carcass into the center of the monitor with 48minutes to go, and that allowed the sphere to shut up and make their ultimate cease underneath warning. Montoya’s Acura was crushed off pitlane… however not by the CORE automotive however by Jordan Taylor’s WTR Cadillac! Romain Dumas changed Braun, however their cease ran method too lengthy within the circumstances, falling to eighth behind di Resta within the UA Ligier. Montoya was very aggressive on the restart with 36minutes to go, operating facet by facet with Taylor by the Esses up the hill however the pair have been each drafted by Simpson within the #99 JDC Miller Motorsports automotive, who outbraked them into the lead as they entered the Bus Cease chicane. Montoya appeared to don’t have anything for him.
Behind them, Di Resta and Dumas surged ahead into third and fourth respectively however their very own squabble meant they couldn’t shut on Montoya’s Acura, regardless of doubtlessly being quicker.
When Dumas lastly obtained round di Resta, he closed up on Montoya who, with seven minutes to go, abruptly discovered himself solely half a second behind Simpson as a result of the chief obtained held up by Tristan Nunez’s backmarker Mazda. Nonetheless, he nonetheless ahd nothing for the chief, and remarkably, Dumas carried sufficient velocity by the ultimate flip to grab second from JPM on the checkers.
GT Le Mans
Within the opening stint, the Ford GTs of Richard Westbrook and Joey Handheld onto their qualifying 1-2 forward of the Corvettes of Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia, with Earl Bamber and Patrick Pilet operating fifth and sixth within the two Porsches forward of the BMWs of Tom Blomqvist and Connor De Phillippi.
The symmetry was damaged up by pitstops underneath yellow on the 55min. Behind the Fords, Laurens Vanthoor within the #912 Porsche beat out the #four Corvette now with Oliver Gavin on the wheel, whereas Nick Tandy’s Porsche had crushed the #three Corvette to pitlane exit. Symmetry could be regained when Tandy handed Gavin for fourth, and in reality Tandy’s momentum saved going, passing teammate Vanthoor into the Bus Cease chicane on Lap 44 on the 89min mark.
The Porsche drivers swapped again at their second spherical of stops – as did the Corvette pilots, who’d fallen away from the Ford vs Porsche battle. Lastly the Ford drivers gave up their seats, Hand making method for Dirk Muller, who instantly misplaced second place to the Porsche of Pilet after they left pitlane, whereas Briscoe took over the main Ford from Westbrook. Actually Muller actually couldn’t get going within the #66 Ford and fell to fourth, now behind each Porsches which closed up on Briscoe.
Pilet lastly muscled previous Briscoe on the run to the Bus Cease chicane on their 66th lap, simply previous the two-hour mark. Twenty minutes later, Bamber made a much less gracious go on Briscoe on the identical spot, operating him off the highway on the left-handed a part of the chicane. That allowed Muller to go his teammate for third, and preserve the #912 Porsche in sight. Nonetheless, none of those three had any reply for the #911 Porsche of Pilet at this stage, which had pulled a 13sec lead. Following the subsequent spherical of stops, Garcia within the #three Corvette moved as much as fourth behind the Porsches and Muller’s Ford, and forward of Briscoe’s Ford.
After the Braun/Miller-induced yellow, nevertheless, Oliver Gavin discovered himself main Briscoe, Garcia, Tandy, Hand and Bamber – Corvette, Ford, Corvette, Porsche, Ford, Porsche – a exceptional flip.
However Bamber obtained previous Hand on the ultimate nook of the primary lap after the restart, after which zapped Tandy when the Briton tripped over a GTD machine. A number of laps later, with two hours to go, the Porsche drivers and Hand have been in prime place to observe Garcia make it a Corvette 1-2 as he went across the exterior of Briscoe into the Bus Cease chicane.
Garcia then pulled away from the Ford and closed on teammate Gavin, whereas the Porsches couldn’t get previous Briscoe. The #three Corvette hit the entrance on Lap 135, with 1h45m to go. Gavin then pitted and handed over to Milner, as Vanthoor took over from Bamber within the #912 Porsche.
With 85minutes to go, Garcia pitted from a nine-second lead and relinquished the driving force seat to Magnussen, however step by step his nearest opposition – now Muller within the #66 Ford – crept up proper onto the tail of the Dane with underneath an hour to go. Behind, Milner held off Vanthoor’s Porsche till Lap 160, with 55minutes to go, as Westbrook and Pilet pulled onto their tail.
Following the stops and restart on the 36minutes mark, Muller snatched the lead from Garcia to move GTLM, as Pilet took third forward of Milner, Vanthoor and Westbrook. Vanthoor then obtained previous Milner to seize fourth, and that remained the order to the checkers.
Over the opening stint, polewinner Jack Hawksworth saved his Lexus RC F comfortably away from Christopher Mies within the Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi R8 which was quickly handed by the second Lexus of Kyle Marcelli, chased by the 2 Meyer Shank Acura NSXs of Lawson Aschenbach and Alvaro Parente, break up within the early laps by Jeff Segal’s Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488.
MSR managed to get Aschenbach out forward of the second of the Lexus vehicles, now with Dominik Baumann on the wheel, whereas chief Jack Hawksworth had handed the lead Lexus to Mario Farnbacher. However following the restart, Baumann dramatically however slowed within the run as much as the chicane, and dropped to 13th. A number of laps later, it stopped altogether and went behind the wall.
The Land Audi went a lap too lengthy earlier than its second cease, and Sheldon van der Linde ran out of gasoline on monitor, having to coast again to the pits. That left the highest runners as Justin Marks within the #93 Acura – lately taken over from Aschenbach – forward of the #15 Lexus of David Heinemeier Hansson, the #86 Acura, now with Katherine Legge on the wheel, Bryan Sellers within the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini and Luca Stolz within the Riley Mercedes AMG GT.
This is able to change radically when Marks was struck by Dumas within the #54 CORE Prototype, and needed to pit, handing the result in DHH’s Lexus. Nonetheless, Legge was on a cost and took the category lead on Lap 82 after a go that lasted three corners.
Farnbacher would take over from Heinemeier Hansson and put Legge underneath strain however the pair of them have been now behind the Riley Mercedes of Stolz. They each stopped earlier than Legge who j-u-s-t hit pitlane earlier than it was closed underneath warning for the Braun/Miller conflict. She handed over to Alvaro Parente however the #86 Acura emerged behind each Madison Snow within the Paul Miller Lambo and the Riley Mercedes of Jeroen Bleekemolen. Nonetheless, Bleekemolen must serve a drive-through penalty for having its wheels rotating whereas nonetheless up on the jacks. That dropped the Mercedes even behind the Scuderia Corsa #63 Ferrari, which had survived a gasoline fireplace on pitlane.
Legge changed Parente with 100 minutes to go and she or he moved the Meyer Shank NSX right into a 2.5sec lead over van der Linde’s Land Motorsports Audi with 80minutes remaining, whereas Snow was an extra 4sec down. Nonetheless the Land Audi hunted down the Acura, and after a tense battle, Legge needed to give strategy to van der Linde with 66minutes remaining. She then had her mirrors stuffed with Snow within the Lamborghini… after which the exceptional Bleekemolen who’d recovered from his penalty and demoted Snow. Quickly he’d transfer previous Legge and into second.
However the Riley driver’s laborious work was undone with a gradual cease underneath the ultimate warning, permitting the Land Audi again in entrance with van der Linde on the wheel. The German staff was then given a 60sec stop-and-hold penalty for serving its automotive in a closed pit. When it didn’t take the penalty inside the allotted time, a drive-through was additionally imposed. When it lastly stopped, the R8 went straight behind the wall.
That allow Markus Palttala within the Turner Motorsports into the lead, the Finn having sneaked forward of Parente within the Acura NSX. Parente then needed to spend his closing laps defending from Sellers within the PMR Lambo, one thing he managed to do with ease, whereas Hawksworth clawed the #15 Lexus again into fourth forward of Bleekemolen.