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Sep 19

Corvette Daytona Prototype carries Taylor Brothers to Lone Star Le Mans victory

First GT Le Mans Class Victory For Bamber, Makowiecki At Circuit of The Americas

Jordan Taylor held off a charging Dane Cameron to win Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas. It was the third IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory of the season for the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette Daytona Prototype started by Ricky Taylor, enabling the brothers to close to within seven points in the Prototype class battle with only one race remaining.

Cameron ran down Taylor and pulled alongside him with 13 minutes remaining, but Taylor held on to the lead, beating Cameron to the checkered flag by 1.421 seconds. That ended a two-race winning streak for the No. 31 Action Express Racing Whelen Engineering Corvette DP.

“During the strategy meeting coming into this race, we talked about going for the win or going for the points,” said Ricky Taylor, who started from the pole. “Today was all about the win. I think the team did a great job. The stops were all great and the strategy was perfect. I feel like we had a great car the last 3 times we were here, and it’s great to finally get a win.”

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First GT Le Mans Class Victory For Bamber, Makowiecki At Circuit of The Americas

Porsche North America teammates Earl Bamber and Frederic Makowiecki claimed their first career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory and led a 1-2 GT Le Mans (GTLM) class sweep for the Porsche factory team in the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas.

Both Porsches spent much of the race battling and chasing the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE co-driven by Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella before a mechanical problem removed the Ferrari from contention with under 30 minutes remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute race. With under 20 minutes remaining, Bamber drove his No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR past teammate Nick Tandy in the nearly identical No. 911 entry to take the lead.

“We didn’t have as big of a fight as we hoped, but we got a 1-2 for Porsche,” said Bamber, a 2015 overall winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “It shows that we continue to fight every weekend. We have to maximize every effort, and when the people are there to make a few mistakes, we are there to be able to get a great result or a podium.”

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