Konica Minolta Cadillac Second at Highway America
Briscoe and Van Der Zande profit from late rain
The Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R completed second in immediately’s operating of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Highway America. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R completed third.
Cadillac Highway America Ending Order:
2. No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, Ryan Briscoe, Renger Van Der Zande
3. No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R, Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani
4. No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R, Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais
7. No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.R, Chris Miller, Tristan Vautier
Van Der Zande, left, and Briscoe second.
The two hour and 40-minute race began below close to excellent circumstances of 75 levels and overcast skies. Within the dry the Mazda and Acura vehicles had the measure of the DPi area, crowding the highest 4 positions on the scoring sheet. Nevertheless, with 55 minutes remaining rain started to fall on some sections of the monitor. The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R with Pipo Derani on the wheel went off circuit in Flip 3. The No. 10 Cadillac pitted and took rain tires. Three minutes later the race went full course yellow. With 41 minutes remaining the race was stopped.
On the stoppage the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R was on rain tires scored in second place. Because the clock counted right down to 25-minutes remaining, the Corvette Tempo Automobile took to the monitor to renew the race below yellow. On the drop of the inexperienced simply over 7-minutes to go, Renger Van Der Zande took the lead when the main 77 Mazda pitted. On the identical lap he went large at flip 14 and the No. 7 Acura handed for the win.
‘We had a implausible outcome,’ Van Der Zande stated. ‘In comparison with the Mazda and Acura vehicles we weren’t aggressive this weekend within the dry circumstances, so we wanted rain to do higher than a fifth-place end. It was tremendous difficult on the market, the automobile grew to become a ship a number of instances and I had some huge moments. This staff has executed a implausible job. We had been doing nicely and had been staying in entrance of the opposite Cadillac vehicles, however then I noticed some rain drops on the windscreen and I instructed the staff to place rain tires on the automobile regardless that the monitor was fully dry. Generally you dream about these technique calls the place you place rain tires on the automobile after which it turns into moist, however it occurred. And we had been out of the blue main after the crimson flag. We could be very proud of main the championship and popping out with a second-place end!’
Derani, left, and Nasr third.
The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac staff had a tumultuous final quarter of the race. Derani went off in Flip Three damaging the entrance nostril of the crimson Cadillac. As soon as the race was restarted, he pitted, the staff swapped the nostril out and he returned to the monitor. Taking advantage of the moist circumstances he was capable of drive as much as the final podium spot for he and teammate Felipe Nasr.
‘It was a tricky weekend for us,’ Derani stated. ‘We began from the again. Felipe had a small mistake in qualifying. We had a tricky day and the rain didn’t make our lives simpler. Sadly for me, once I obtained within the automobile, I used to be actually near automobile 10. We had been attempting to undercut them within the pit. So, I pitted one lap earlier than him. I used to be actually pushing rather a lot. At that time, the rain got here, and I misplaced my braking and hit the wall. In fact, that modified the entire scenario.
‘However having stated that, with the crimson flag, we had the prospect to place a brand new nostril on the automobile and be again within the sport – even when we misplaced a number of positions. We had been capable of restart the race with a brand new nostril and take a look at [to win] from there. At that time, my mindset was to attempt to get the absolute best outcome for the staff. I’ve to say I am actually glad we managed to be on the rostrum. I want we might have completed a bit of additional forward. Generally you have to take an excellent outcome like this contemplating how robust the weekend was for us and transfer on. We scored some good factors for the championship. The staff did a implausible job, particularly for placing us again in competition on the final restart. Like I stated, it was about attempting to get the absolute best outcome for us. At the moment [the restart], the crash was already deleted from my thoughts and I used to be fascinated by a brand new restart. I am glad all of it got here out nicely. The Whelen Engineering/Motion Categorical Cadillac automobile was good immediately. I wish to say thanks to all of my sponsors Whelen, Cadillac, Lucas Oil, and the Motion Categorical staff.’
Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais had been capable of soldier on by way of the tumult of the race immediately and end fourth. The duo was simply wanting placing the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R on the rostrum for the fourth consecutive race.
‘This staff has been capable of take advantage of each alternative this 12 months,’ Bourdais stated. ‘We have not had the quickest automobile, however we’re there when it issues on the finish. After I obtained within the automobile the climate got here. It was actually pouring there earlier than it went yellow after which they stopped the race. I used to be capable of transfer up and get beneficial factors on the day. We ended our podium streak, however fourth is just not a foul outcome for immediately within the loopy climate.’
Tristan Vautier took over from Chris Miller within the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac DPi-V.R to run the wet final portion of the race. He had an off in Flip 3, managed to maintain the yellow Cadillac out of the sand and wall to rejoin the race and end seventh on the day.
‘It was a tricky day,’ Vautier stated. ‘Chris had a fairly begin and once I took over the rain got here. I had a bit of off in Flip Three however was capable of hold going. We pitted and took the rain tires and the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac was fairly good. Then we misplaced our communication with the staff throughout that rainstorm in order that was robust simply when the race was getting loopy. We introduced the automobile house, so we made essentially the most it immediately.’
The IMSA WeatherTech Championship will journey to Michelin Raceway Highway Atlanta, August 21-23. The Highway Atlanta occasion is the COVID alternative for the Watkins Glen Six hours.
Picture credit score: Richard Prince/Cadillac.
Cadillac DPi-V.R racing historical past, in 2020 the Konica Minolta Cadillac staff gained the season opening Rolex 24 At Daytona. In 2019 Konica Minolta Cadillac took the win on the season opening Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona, the Whelen Engineering Cadillac squad adopted that up by profitable the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The Mustang Sampling Cadillac staff additionally posted a win at Lengthy Seaside on the 12 months. The 2018 season noticed the Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R win the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona; Cadillac gained the IMSA Prototype Producer Championship; Whelen Engineering Cadillac drivers Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr win IMSA Prototype Drivers’ Championship; Whelen Engineering Cadillac wins the IMSA Prototype Crew Championship; Cadillac wins Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC) Producer Championship; Whelen Engineering Cadillac drivers Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr win TPNAEC Drivers’ Championship; Whelen Engineering Cadillac wins TPNAEC staff championship. In 2017 Cadillac groups gained each title within the inaugural season of the IMSA DPi system together with: Cadillac wins DPi producer championship; Cadillac wins TPNAEC (Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup) producer title; Jordan and Ricky Taylor 2017 IMSA WeatherTech DPi driver champions; Konica Minolta Cadillac staff champions; Mustang Sampling Cadillac drivers Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque gained the TPNAEC DPi driver championship; Mustang Sampling Cadillac gained the TPNAEC DPi staff championship; Whelen Engineering drivers Dane Cameron and Eric Curran end second within the driver’s championship; Mustang Sampling Cadillac drivers Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi end third within the driver’s championship; Cadillac groups mix to win seven races in 2017: Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, Twelve Hours of Sebring, Lengthy Seaside, Circuit of the Americas, Detroit, Watkins Glen, and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
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