Alexander Rossi in the Acura ARX 05 snatched the lead from Felipe Nasr’s Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R with 1hr42min to go but Nasr held on, hung tough, repassed for a split second at Turn 10B and went slightly long allowing Rossi back ahead.
Meanwhile when Dixon handed over the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac to Ryan Briscoe, the fulltimer dropped it at Turn 10 which dropped him 25sec behind the lead battle.
With 74mins to go, Nasr pitted to hand over to Pipo Derani, while Rossi stopped one lap later and left the wheel for Ricky Taylor. The pair emerged just 1.2sec apart, and Derani used his warmer tires to make the outside pass at Turn 10A and made it stick. However, these two remained within a second, regularly jockeying for position, especially in the Turn 10 brake zone, the Cadillac appearing stronger through the curves, and the Acura stronger in a straight line.
Meanwhile, with an hour to go, van der Zande was chipping away at the pair of them…
Taylor followed Derani into the pits for his final stop and with one lap’s worth less fuel to put in – having previously stopped a lap later – the Team Penske team sent Taylor out ahead. However, Derani was in no mood to settle for second and into Turn 1 two laps later, the AXR Cadillac dived down the inside and grabbed P1.
Again, the pair stayed tied together though and with 10mins to go, Taylor dived down the inside of the AXR machine at Turn 6, didn’t look far enough alongside and the pair collided. The #31 AXR car was fired off into the gravel, allowing the closing van der Zande to move the WTR Cadillac into the lead. Taylor resumed in second, with teammate Cameron – who had had a separate ‘off’ moments earlier – taking third.
Tristan Vautier brought the JDC Miller Motorsports car home fourth, with AXR classified fifth.
Unbelievably, in the final hour Simon Trummer had to pit and go behind the wall with the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports car after dominating the whole race. Mikkel Jensen thus ran unopposed to the checkered flag in the Tower Motorsports by Starworks machine.
GT Le Mans
Augusto Farfus held a 10sec lead before his final stop, but with less than 40mins to go, the lead BMW M8 was punted onto the grass at the final turn by a Prototype, and had to do a slow lap with his radiator full of grass debris and his left-front brake rotor on fire, obliging him to stop again to have the foreign matter removed.
That moved Fred Makowiecki’s #911 Porsche 911 RSR into the lead, 3.5sec ahead of Antonio Garcia, with Laurens Vanthoor 7sec further back in the #912 Porsche. Farfus was right behind the second 911 however, and had Tommy Milner in the #4 Corvette right behind.
When the penultimate restart came with 7mins to go, Vanthoor collided with a GTD Lexus and went spinning off the track and into the wall.
So BMW got a consolation prize of a podium finish, and Milner, wrestling with a Corvette damaged much earlier in the race, came home fourth.
Makowiecki, Nick Tandy and Matt Bell thus scored Porsche’s first win of the 2020 IMSA season.
Scuderia Corsa’s WeatherTech Ferrari 488 won, as Jeff Westphal held on ahead of the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F of Jack Hawksworth through the final stint.
The #12 Lexus, with Townsend Bell at the wheel, had a tough final stint, clinging onto third ahead of the GRT Magnus Lamborghini Huracan of Andy Lally until Lally took advantage of the Prototype leaders coming through.
Bell’s disappointment got worse yet. Six seconds further back, Jan Heylen in the Wright Porsche – who had an odd couple of very slow laps in the middle of the stint – passed Trent Hindman’s Heinricher Racing MSR Acura NSX, with Dennis Olsen in the Pfaff Motorsports Porsche following Heylen through.
But these Porsches caught up with and demoted Bell and then the #12 Lexus was fired into the wall by Vanthoor.
That promoted Hindman into sixth, ahead of Bryan Sellers in the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini.
|1||DPi||10||Scott Dixon||Cadillac DPi||460||-||15|
|2||DPi||7||Alexander Rossi||Acura DPi||460||0.429||0.429||16|
|3||DPi||6||Simon Pagenaud||Acura DPi||460||1.236||1.236||17|
|4||DPi||5||Loic Duval||Cadillac DPi||460||3.700||3.700||16|
|5||DPi||31||Filipe Albuquerque||Cadillac DPi||458||2 laps||17|
|6||LMP2||8||Job Van Uitert||ORECA LMP2 07||450||10 laps||17|
|7||LMP2||38||Colin Braun||ORECA LMP2 07||445||15 laps||18|
|8||DPi||55||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Mazda DPi||441||19 laps||19|
|9||LMP2||51||Rob Hodes||ORECA LMP2 07||441||19 laps||17|
|10||GTLM||911||Matt Campbell||Porsche 911 RSR - 19||431||29 laps||11|
|11||GTLM||3||Nick Catsburg||Corvette C8.R||431||29 laps||11|
|12||GTLM||24||Augusto Farfus||BMW M8 GTE||431||29 laps||12|
|13||GTLM||4||Marcel Fassler||Corvette C8.R||431||29 laps||12|
|14||GTLM||912||Mathieu Jaminet||Porsche 911 RSR - 19||429||31 laps||13|
|15||DPi||77||Olivier Pla||Mazda DPi||427||33 laps||18|
|16||LMP2||52||Scott Huffaker||ORECA LMP2 07||418||42 laps||15|
|17||GTD||63||Jeff Westphal||Ferrari 488 GT3||413||47 laps||11|
|18||GTD||14||Michael de Quesada||Lexus RC F GT3||413||47 laps||12|
|19||GTD||44||Spencer Pumpelly||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||413||47 laps||13|
|20||GTD||16||Jan Heylen||Porsche 911 GT3 R||413||47 laps||12|
|21||GTD||9||Lars Kern||Porsche 911 GT3 R||413||47 laps||14|
|22||GTD||57||Trent Hindman||Acura NSX GT3||413||47 laps||12|
|23||GTD||48||Corey Lewis||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||413||47 laps||14|
|24||GTD||12||Kyle Kirkwood||Lexus RC F GT3||410||50 laps||11|
|25||GTD||96||Dillon Machavern||BMW M6 GT3||408||52 laps||14|
|26||DPi||85||Gabriel Aubry||Cadillac DPi||406||54 laps||15|
|27||GTLM||25||Colton Herta||BMW M8 GTE||399||61 laps||13|
|28||GTD||86||Shinya Michimi||Acura NSX GT3||399||61 laps||13|
|29||GTD||23||Darren Turner||Aston Martin Vantage GT3||297||163 laps||10|
|30||GTD||74||Ben Keating||Mercedes-AMG GT3||268||192 laps||10|
|31||GTD||30||Andrew Davis||Audi R8 LMS GT3||258||202 laps||7|
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