The Wayne Taylor Racing team showed that they are mortals after all, finishing 6th place in the P1 category after Six Hours of the Glen. Brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor saw some early troubles and finished 3 laps down from the overall winner, the Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Joao Barbosa and Felipe Albuquerque, who also won the race last year. But never before with such a patriotic livery, in celebration of July 4.
It all went south for WTR right on lap one within seconds of the green flag, as second-place qualifier Jose Gutierrez in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier LMP2 made contact with the right-front of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R hard enough to cause suspension damage, with the elder brother Ricky behind the wheel at the time. By turn three, the broken suspension caused the car to careen into a right-side barrier, which added further damage to the car. Ricky Taylor was able to limp the Konica Minolta Cadillac back to the garage, setting the car back six laps. The team cut the lap deficit in half, but six hours proved too short of a time for a podium finish.
The Mustang Sampling DPi-V.R win continues the undefeated streak for Cadillac this season in the IMSA manufacturer’s category. Wayne Taylor Racing still remains comfortably 20-points ahead at the top team point standings. There are four races left on the season.
Meanwhile, in GTLM action, BMW took home its first win of the season with the BMW Team RLL No. 25 M6 GTLM co-driven by Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims. Second place in GTLM went to Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook in the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing No. 67 GT car. Just a few seconds behind after the six-hour race was the Corvette Racing No. 3 C7.R, driven by Spain’s Antonio Garcia and Denmark’s Jan Magnussen. Garcia, Magnussen and the No. 3 car still hold their overall lead in GTLM team points. Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin finished fifth in the No. 4 C7.R.
The next race on the IMSA calendar is the Mobil1 Sports Car Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, July 8-9.