Despite the sunny weekend, rain was expected for the end of the 6H race. of Watkins Glen. This warmed the spirits before the money time usual as the radars of the different teams were laden with clouds, everyone knowing the importance of positioning themselves in case a scenario similar to the 1000 miles of Sebring, the inaugural test of the WEC 2022 season, is repeated. As a reminder, the Florida Endurance World Championship test ended in the seventh hour (instead of eight) due to a storm risk, which eventually hit the circuit.
In fact, U.S. law requires a 30-minute shutdown if storms appear nearby. This happened again at Watkins Glen this Sunday, when the race had just been marked by the violent exit of the track of the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 n ° 39 driven by Jeff Westphal. The Italian car was kicked off the track by Fabio Scherer’s LM P2, the same Swiss avoiding the Racing Team Nederland driven by Dylan Murry, touching the rails a little further, in a race incident similar to what happened recently at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between François Perrodo and Alexander Sims’ Corvette. A spectacular accident from which Westphal escaped unharmed.
The final sprint for Albuquerque
After a long uncertainty, the race finally started again for 35 minutes. Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis ’Meyer Shank Racing led the race ahead of Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor’s Wayne Taylor Racing. The Cadillac number 01 of Sébastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande was ambushed in third place. The beasts were released 21 minutes from the checkered flag after a phase under the Safety Car, on a track cooled and partially wet by the passage of rain. Albuquerque attacked Blomqvist and took control of an authoritarian advance abroad! The Portuguese maintained his lead up to the checkered flag despite pressure from the British-Swedish to achieve his third success at the New York circuit.
For DragonSpeed and the Montoyas, this relaunch of the race was a disaster. While the American team took the lead in the LM P2 category, Juan Pablo had to stop to make way for his son Sebastian, who had not done long enough during the race. Oreca 07 n ° 81 has suffered a calm penalty, which has angered the former Formula 1 driver in the pits. This offered first place and victory at # 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (Ben Keating, Mikkel Jensen, Scott Hufaker) a breather ahead of # 8 Tower Motorsport (John Farano, Louis Delétraz, Rui Andrade). Racing Team Nederland n ° 29 (Frits van Eerd, Giedo van der Garde, Dylan Murry) completed the podium.
The # 74 Riley Motorsports (Gar Robinson, Felipe Fraga, Kay van Berlo) Ligier JS P320 wins the LM P3 class ahead of the # 54 CORE Autosport (Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, George Kurtz) and the # 36 of Andretti Autosport ( Jarett). Andreti, Gabby Chaves, Josh Burdon) for a hat-trick by the French manufacturer.
BMW and Mercedes win the Gran Turismo
In GTD Pro, with Risi Competizione’s Ferrari number 62 at the helm, Daniel Serra had to pit five minutes from the end, followed by Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet’s fleeting No. 9 Pfaff Motorsport Porsche. This made the RLL team’s BMW number 25 (Connor de Phillippi, John Edwards, Augusto Farfus) smile, taking advantage of his unconventional strategy. Team 23 of the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (Ross Gunn, Alex Riberas) and the unfortunate Ferrari number 62 finished on the podium.
As for the GTDs, Winward Racing won the jackpot with No. 57 from Russell Ward, Philip Ellis and Marvin Dienst. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 surpassed the # 27 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3 (Roman De Angelis, Maxime Martin, Ian James) and the # 70 Inception Racing McLaren 720S GT3 (Brendan Iribe, Ollie Millroy, Jordan Pepper).
At least on the track. Post-race checks eventually led to the degradation of the two Grand Touring winning cars, handing the two victories to Heart of Racing Aston Martins.
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