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Acura defeats Porsche with stunning pass in crazy street fight

In his series debut on the tight and twisty 2.654-mile, nine-turn temporary street circuit in downtown Detroit, Taylor beat Porsche's Mathieu Jaminet with a superb overtaking move in the ultimate 25 minutes of the GTP.

AO Racing's Seb Priaulx and Laurin Heinrich won the GTD Pro class of their Porsche 911.

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After a pair of factory-backed Porsche Penske Motorsport 963s were on the front row in qualifying, poleman Nick Tandy's automobile led Dane Cameron's No. 7 to the green flag.

The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing of Albuquerque within the Andretti Acura ARX-06 braked late and passed a cautious Cameron into the primary turn to take second place, while Sebastien Bourdais (No. 01 Cadillac V-Series.R) passed Sebastien Bourdais. right down to take third place.

A full-course yellow warning was issued at the top of the primary lap when Harry Tincknell's GTD Ford Mustang stopped before turning one.

After the restart, Tandy led Albuquerque, Bourdais, Cameron and two BMW M Hybrid V8s, cared for by Philipp Eng and Nick Yelloly. However, Eng soon received a drive-through penalty, losing his hard-earned fifth place for changing lanes before the beginning.

Tandy pulled away despite problems with a faulty radio, leaving Albuquerque, Bourdais and Cameron in second place. Pipo Derani, who crashed in qualifying, climbed out of the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac after 10 minutes and handed over to Jack Aitken in a daring play of strategy.

After 25 minutes and anticipating problems in pre-race GTD traffic, Tandy exceeded braking speed in turn three and sent Ferrari factory driver Daniel Serra's Conquest Racing 296 right into a skid. The collision resulted in a drive-through penalty for the race leader.

“I just missed the moment when they were checking. I apologize to them,” said Tandy, who explained that he was fidgeting with the radio wires because he couldn't hear his lows clearly.

This left Albuquerque within the lead with Bourdais and Cameron, although Bourdais got here into the pits after half-hour and gave the ball to Renger van der Zande. However, the decision was received late and Bourdais didn’t loosen the seat belts, resulting in a slow driver change.

Albuquerque pitted handy off to Ricky Taylor a lap later, and he returned with a bigger lead. Cameron took a lap longer before stopping handy over to Felipe Nasr, who joined ahead of Taylor.

Yelloly led longer and pitted after 37 minutes. He handed the automobile over to Connor De Phillippi, who immediately pushed the automobile into the tire pile from Turn 3 on his outside lap.

This brought the penalized Tandy back into the lead and he set a sequence of fastest laps. He pitted to provide Jaminet a caution just before the second period when De Phillippi crashed his BMW again, slamming its left rear corner into the Turn 2 wall.

Jaminet took the lead again, ahead of stablemate Nasr, Ricky Taylor, van der Zande and Jesse Krohn within the surviving No. 24 BMW. However, Nasr needed to pit under yellow to switch a puncture, dropping him from second to eighth.

The race restarted with 47 minutes remaining and Nasr immediately gained three positions by riding on the surface of Richard Westbrook's JDC-Miller Porsche 963, Gianmaria Bruni's Proton-run and Krohn's BMW at turn three before passing the No. 40 Acura of Louis Deletraz (along with Jordan Taylor) next on the lap.

However, the race was quickly neutralized again when Aitken pushed Westbrook right into a spin and blocked the track.

Just after the hour mark, it turned green again and Jaminet escaped from Taylor, van der Zande and Nasr. Taylor remained one second behind the leader as van der Zande and Nasr dropped out.

Taylor took the lead into turn three with 25 minutes remaining, making a daring dive down the inside the hairpin after Jaminet suffered a slight obstruction while lapping the Mustang GTD.

The yellow flew again with 20 minutes to go to cope with the debris that was accumulating on the fundamental straight. With 15 meters left it turned green again. Jaminet desired to avenge Taylor, and Nasr attacked van der Zande.

Bruni made a move on Krohn to take sixth place, and Aitken followed suit. However, as Bruni attacked Deletraz, he was hit by Aitken and hit the wall near Turn 4. This led to a fifth caution as Bruni's automobile became stuck.

Taylor survived the ultimate restart with seven minutes left to record the primary win for the No. 10 Acura since Road America in 2022.

#77 AO Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R: Laurin Heinrich, Sebastian Priaulx

#77 AO Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R: Laurin Heinrich, Sebastian Priaulx

Photo: Josh Tons / Motorsport images

Disaster for the Corvette. Porsche defeats destroyed Lexus in GTD Pro

At GTD Pro, within the shadow of the large towers of General Motors' Renaissance Center that dominate the skyline, the pressure to perform was on the Chevrolet Corvette team.

After going 1-2 in qualifying, Antonio Garcia's No. 3 Corvette Z06 GT3.R led Tommy Milner's No. 4 to the green ahead of Jack Hawksworth (No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F) and Seb Priaulx within the No. 4 Porsche 911 number 77 of AO Racing GT3 R.

However, every little thing went incorrect almost immediately for Garcia, who pitted at the top of the primary lap with an alternator problem.

New leader Milner handed the ball to Nicky Catsburg after 40 minutes, changing just one tire throughout the stoppage. Ben Barnicoat took over from Hawksworth at Lexus, and Laurin Heinrich replaced Priaulx on the Porsche 'Rexy'.

Immediately after the mid-race restart, leaders Barnicoat and Catsburg clashed at turn three, with the Lexus sending the Corvette right into a spin after hitting the within wall.

This put Heinrich (who hit the spun Corvette and suffered splitter damage) into the lead, but he needed to stop to avoid the spun Westbrook and was almost caught by Barnicoat, who, despite pieces falling off, continued in second place.

Barnicoat successfully overcame bent steering and a loose bonnet to chase Heinrich to the finish, while Marvin Kirchhofer's Pfaff McLaren 720S was about to take third place when it was thrown out by Alex Riberas (Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage) in turn three of the race closing stages.

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Kla No Driver Participant/Car Laps Time Delay/retirement
1 10 Ricky Taylor
F. Albuquerque
Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti
Acura
75 1:40'02.133
2 6 Nick Tandy
Mathieu Jaminet
Porsche Penske Motorsports
Porsche
75 1:40'03.265 1.132
3 01 R. van der Zande
S. Bourdais
Cadillac Racing
Cadillac
75 1:40'06.331 4.198
4 7 Cameron data
Felipe Nasr
Porsche Penske Motorsports
Porsche
75 1:40'07.275 5.142
5 40 Jordan Taylor
Louis Delétraz
Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti
Acura
75 1:40'12.253 10.120
6 31 Pipo Derani
Jack Aitken
Whelen Cadillac Racing
Cadillac
75 1:40'12.492 10,359
7 24 Jesse Krohn
Filip Eng
BMW M RLL Team
BMW
75 1:40'12,926 10,793
8 85 T. van der Helm
R. Westbrook
JDC-Miller Motorsports
Porsche
74 1:40'16,425 1 lap /14.292
9 77 Laurin Heinrich
Seb Priaulx
AO Racing
Porsche
74 1:40'28.354 1 lap /26.221
10 14 Jack Hawksworth
Ben Barnicoat
Waters Sullivan
Lexus
74 1:40'31.239 1 lap /29.106
11 23 Ross Gunn
Alex Riberas
The heart of the racing team
Aston Martin
74 1:40'33.223 1 lap /31.090
12 15 Parker Thompson
F. Montecalvo
Waters Sullivan
Lexus
74 1:40'33.819 1 lap /31.686
13 1 Bryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Paul Miller Racing
BMW
74 1:40'44.260 1 lap /42.127
14 65 Joey's hand
Dirk Müller
Ford Multimatic Motorsport
Ferry
73 1:40'47,978 2 laps /45.845
15 35 Daniel Serra
Albert Costa
Conquest races
Ferrari
72 1:38'11.000 I don't run
16 9 M.Kirchhöfer
Oliver Jarvis
Motorsports Pfaff
McLaren
71 1:36'57.349 I don't run
17 4 Tommy Milner
Nicky Catsburg
Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports
Chevrolet
69 1:40'48,643 6 laps /46.510
18 5 Gianmaria Bruni
Bent Viscaal
Proton competition
Porsche
65 1:27'07.954 I don't run
19 3 Antonio Garcia
Alexander Sims
Corvette Racing by Pratt Miller Motorsports
Chevrolet
59 1:40'47.282 16 laps /45.149
20 64 Harry Tincknell
M.Rockenfeller
Ford Multimatic Motorsport
Ferry
51 1:40'49.244 24 laps /47.111
21 25 C. D. De Phillips
Nick Yelloly
BMW M RLL Team
BMW
33 39'49.265 I don't run

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