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US drivers win at Petit Le Mans
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The Deltawing DWC13, a creation of Braselton-based DeltaWing Racing Cars , makes its way around the track at the Petit Le Mans on Saturday at Road Atlanta in Braselton. The Deltawing finished fourth overall. - photo by Jared Putnam | The Times

IMSA-Petit Le Mans Results
Saturday
On a 12-turn Road Atlanta circuit
Braselton
With starting position (in parentheses), finishing position, drivers, car, laps completed and average speed.

1. (2) Ricky Taylor/Jordan Taylor/Max Angelelli, Corvette DP, 400 laps, 101.399 mph
2. (1) Joao Barbosa/Sebastien Bourdais/Christian Fittipaldi, Corvette DP, 400, 101.368
3. (4) Memo Rojas/Scott Pruett/Scott Dixon, Riley DP Ford EcoBoost, 399, 101.141
4. (5) Katherine Legge/Gabby Chaves/Andy Meyrick/ /, DeltaWing DWC13 Elan, 395, 100.073
5. y-(30) Renger van der Zande/Alex Popow/John Martin/Mirco Schultis, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 395, 100.070
6. (11) Colin Braun/James Gue/Jon Bennett, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 395, 100.040
7. (12) Gunnar Jeannette/Frankie Montecalvo, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 395, 99.938
8. (8) Jack Hawksworth/Rusty Mitchell/Chris Cumming, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 394, 99.818
9. x-(20) Bryan Sellers/Marco Holzer/Wolf Henzler, Porsche 911 RSR, 391, 99.039
10. (22) Michael Christensen/Patrick Long/Earl Bamber/Patrick Pilet, Porsche 911 RSR, 391, 99.036
11. (26) Kuno Wittmer/Ryan Hunter-Reay/Marc Goossens, Dodge Viper SRT, 391, 99.034
12. (27) Tommy Milner/Oliver Gavin/Ryan Briscoe, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 391, 98.972
13. (17) Nick Tandy/Jorg Bergmeister/Patrick Pilet/Michael Christensen, Porsche 911 RSR, 390, 98.758
14. (21) Jonathan Bomarito/Robert Bell/Dominik Farnbacher, Dodge Viper SRT, 389, 98.503
15. (7) Boris Said/Eric Curran/Max Papis/ /, Corvette DP, 388, 98.277
16. (25) Dirk Mueller/Dirk Werner/John Edwards, BMW Z4 GTE, 388, 98.251
17. (23) Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen/Ryan Briscoe, Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 388, 98.246
18. (18) Martin Fuentes/John Martin/Adam Merzon/Ryan Eversley, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 385, 97.463
19. (14) Chris Miller/Stephen Simpson/Mikhail Goikhberg, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 384, 97.280
20. (10) Eric Lux/Sean Rayhall/Tom Kimber-Smith, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 383, 100.525
21. (28) Tracy Krohn/Nic Jonsson/Andrea Bertolini/, Ferrari F458 Italia, 383, 97.056
22. (6) Oswaldo Negri Jr/John Pew, Riley DP Ford EcoBoost, 383, 97.032
23. (3) Mike Rockenfeller/Michael Valiante/Richard Westbrook, Corvette DP, 381, 96.402
24. z-(43) Bryce Miller/Christopher Haase/Matthew Bell, Audi R8 LMS, 376, 95.164
25. (32) Madison Snow/Jan Heylen/Patrick Dempsey, Porsche 911 GT America, 376, 95.156
26. (39) John Potter/Andy Lally/Marco Seefried, Porsche 911 GT America, 376, 95.146
27. (35) Markus Palttala/Christoffer Nygaard/Dane Cameron, BMW Z4, 376, 95.133
28. (36) Mario Farnbacher/Ian James/Alex Riberas, Porsche 911 GT America, 375, 95.136
29. (46) Matt Griffin/Michele Rugolo/Pasin Lathouras, Ferrari F458 Italia, 375, 95.046
30. (13) Martin Plowman/Tomy Drissi/Marc Drumwright, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 375, 94.971
31. (42) Townsend Bell/Conrad Grunewald/Bill Sweedler, Ferrari F458 Italia, 375, 94.901
32. (38) Leh Keen/Craig Stanton/Cooper MacNeil, Porsche 911 GT America, 375, 94.875
33. (45) Alessandro Balzan/Brandon Davis/Kyle Marcelli/Jeff Westphal, Ferrari F458 Italia, 373, 94.546
34. (31) James Davison/David Block/Christina Nielsen, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, 373, 94.353
35. (41) Damien Faulkner/Philipp Eng/Ben Barker, Porsche 911 GT America, 367, 92.939
36. (48) Seth Neiman/Dion von Moltke/Alessandro Latif, Audi R8 LMS, 366, 92.593
37. (33) Norbert Siedler/Mike Skeen/Patrick Lindsey/Kevin Estre, Porsche 911 GT America, 330, 92.438
38. (9) Duncan Ende/Bruno Junqueira/David Heinemeier Hansson, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 283, 72.633
39. (44) Nelson Canache Jr./Spencer Pumpelly/Andrew Palmer, Audi R8 LMS, 260, 88.511
40. (24) Sylvan Tremblay/Tom Long/Ben Devlin, Mazda Prototype Diesel, 255, 91.736
41. (47) Mark Kvamme/Daniel Lloyd/Larry Pegram, Porsche 911 GT America, 225, 56.892
42. (51) Alex Brundle/Ho-Pin Tung/Gustavo Yacaman, Ligier JS P2, 187, 96.424
43. (40) Marco Cioci/Eddie Cheever III/Piergiuseppe Perazzini/, Ferrari F458 Italia, 181, 83.397
44. (16) David Ostella/Jerome Mee/James French, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 171, 82.115
45. (34) Jeroen Bleekemolen/Sebastiaan Bleekemolen/Ben Keating, Dodge Viper SRT, 166, 91.594
46. (50) Burt Frisselle/Brian Frisselle/Jon Fogarty/ /, Corvette DP, 134, 88.760
47. (15) Johnny Mowlem/David Cheng/Tom Papadopoulos/ /, Oreca FLM09 Chevrolet, 108, 95.506
48. (37) Andrew Davis/Joe Foster/Patrick Dempsey, Porsche 911 GT America, 100, 80.209
49. (29) Bill Auberlen/Joey Hand/Andy Priaulx, BMW Z4 GTE, 99, 94.477
50. (19) Giancarlo Fisichella /Olivier Beretta/Pierre Kaffer, Ferrari F458 Italia, 95, 97.796
51. (49) Tristan Nunez/Joel Miller/Tristan Vautier, Mazda Prototype Diesel, 47, 95.843
x-GT Le Mans class winner
y-PC class winner
z-GT Daytona class winner

RACE STATISTICS

Time of race: 10:01:11.256
Margin of victory: 11.062 seconds
Race Distance: 1016 miles

 

BRASELTON – Once Jordan Taylor saw his opportunity, he took it and never looked back.

Taylor whipped past then-leader Christian Fittipaldi as the sun set at Road Atlanta on the 336th lap of the 17th annual Petit Le Mans, then used the next hour and a half to extend his lead at one point to 57 seconds to win in front of a packed crowd in Braselton.

Taylor and his brother Ricky, who Jordan took over for to finish the final leg of the race, are the first Americans to win the Petit Le Mans overall, along with Italian Max Angelelli.

“It’s definitely cool to do that with Max in the car with us,” Jordan said. “It’s good to close the season out with a win and do it in a dominant fashion. It’s good momentum going into the offseason.”

The Wayne Taylor Racing team finished Saturday night with the second-best speed (123.054) and the second-best lap (1:14:309), and was the second-happiest driver in the media room when the 10-hour endurance race ended.

Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa needed only 45 minutes to help the Action Express Racing team clinch the inaugural 2014 prototype TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

He gave a packed crowd at Road Atlanta so much more.

Fittipaldi, Barbosa and fellow teammate Sebastien Bourdais led for 121 laps and was the only other car to finish on the lead lap in the No. 5 Corvette DP to place second and earn the Fittipalidi’s first championship in his 27-year racing career.

Barbosa and Bourdais provided crucial legs in the 10-hour marathon endurance race that also helped Barbosa and Fittipaldi also clinch the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup in a highly satisfying season finale.

The Patron Endurance Cup is determined on the best finishes of four endurance races, including Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen and the 10-hour season finale Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta.

After 27 years of no championships, Fittipaldi helped to earn two for his team in the space of one afternoon.

Fittipaldi and Barbosa came into Saturday’s marquee race leading in the prototype driver’s standings by 24 points, needing to edge out Taylor and the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP. They needed only to stay on the track for 45 minutes each to earn the points they needed to secure the championship.

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Fittipaldi said in the post-race interview. “It’s a great accomplishment for the whole team, and we couldn’t be happier. There were some times where we knew we didn’t have the quickest car out there [this season], but we capitalized on finishing with the best position out there. I thought that balance was really important to set up a finish that we could control a lot better.”

Fittipaldi had taken the lead with about an hour and a half left from Ricky Taylor before his brother Jordan took over the No. 10 on a pit change and passed Fittipaldi nine minutes later.

Jordan had to hold off Barbosa for the next 80 minutes to win the season finale by 11.062 seconds, a victory he described as “pretty cool.”

“I thought we had the fastest car out there in the last couple races, so it feels really good to get this win,” Taylor said.

The Braselton-based DeltaWing coupe team of Andy Meyrick, Katherine Legge and Gabby Chaves finished fourth Saturday evening, four laps behind the No. 01 Ford Ecoboost/ Riley team that included Scott Dixon, the 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner.

The TUDOR championship is the premier series of the International Motor Sports Association since the merger last year of Grand-Am Racing and the American Le Mans Series.

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