Montoya wins IMSA title at Petit Le Mans, Action Express win race

David Malsher
Montoya/Cameron clinch IMSA title at Petit Le Mans
Montoya/Cameron clinch IMSA title at Petit Le Mans

Action Express Racing won the Petit Le Mans after a dramatic late yellow, while Acura Team Penske's Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya sealed the IMSA SportsCar title.

Title contenders Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr and Eric Curran won the race, but still missed out on the title by five points as Montoya took his first title in his second full season and Cameron followed up his 2016 success.

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A full-course caution caused by Toni Vilander spinning the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari into the gravel led the five leading DPi cars to make a splash-and-dash shortly before the end.

Following the restart with 24 minutes to go, suddenly the erstwhile leader, the #5 AXR Cadillac DPi-V.R of Mike Conway, Filipe Albuquerque and Joao Barbosa, pulled in with an exploded brake disc.

That left Derani up front, fending off the Jordan Taylor-steered Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac, Ricky Taylor's #7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 and the second Penske car of Cameron, Montoya and Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud - the four finishing in that order.

Derani (pictured below) had a late scuffle with the #912 Porsche of Earl Bamber at Turn 10A, but held on for victory in the #31 Cadillac he shared with Nasr and Curran.

Montoya/Cameron clinch IMSA title at Petit Le Mans
Montoya/Cameron clinch IMSA title at Petit Le Mans

The #77 Mazda RT24-P should have been in the hunt too, having delayed its final stop and having therefore led up until the yellow, but a misfire on the restart left Oliver Jarvis helpless and he fell down the field, behind Montoya's lapped title-winning Acura.

Jarvis eventually finished sixth behind the leading JDC-Miller Cadillac in fifth, while the stricken #5 AXR Cadillac was classified seventh ahead of the CORE autosport Nissan DPi on the team's final outing in the DPi class.

Neither of the two LMP2s were running at the finish, but the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca of Dalton Kellett, Gabriel Aubry and Matt McMurry was credited with class victory.

GTLM: Risi Ferrari wins on IMSA return

James Calado did a brilliant job for Risi Competizione to edge away from Ryan Briscoe in the Ford GT in the closing stages, winning by 7.795s while Porsche took the title.

Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra drove a near-spotless race, staying within range of the Fords when they were at their peak through the middle third of the race with Scott Dixon leading, before Pier Guidi pounced on Dixon's co-driver Richard Westbrook.

Tom Blomqvist, Connor De Philippi and Colton Herta took third in the #24 BMW M8 GTE, inching away from the Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen/Mike Rockenfeller-driven #3 Corvette in the C7.R's swansong outing.

Montoya/Cameron clinch IMSA title at Petit Le Mans
Montoya/Cameron clinch IMSA title at Petit Le Mans

Porsche duo Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor won the GTLM title despite a muted run to fifth place for the #912 along with Mathieu Jaminet, having only needed to finish eighth to be sure of the title, ahead of the #911 driven by Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Frederic Makowiecki.

GTD: Auberlen wins for Turner after late drama

There was last-lap drama in GT Daytona as Felipe Fraga in the Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 ran off the track and out of fuel while Bill Auberlen was on his decklid in the Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 pushing for the lead.

Victory for the Auberlen/Robby Foley/Dillon Machavern-piloted car meant that Auberlen has now scored 60 IMSA wins - equalling the record held by the now-retired Scott Pruett.

Montoya/Cameron clinch IMSA title at Petit Le Mans
Montoya/Cameron clinch IMSA title at Petit Le Mans

Race result

Pos

Class

Driver

Team

Car

Laps

Gap

1

DPi

F.Nasr, E.Curran, P.Derani

Whelen Engineering Racing

Cadillac

465

10h00m40.809s

2

DPi

R.van der Zande, J.Taylor, M.Vaxiviere

Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R

Cadillac

465

0.996s

3

DPi

R.Taylor, H.Castroneves, G.Rahal

Acura Team Penske

Acura

465

9.842s

4

DPi

D.Cameron, J.P.Montoya, S.Pagenaud

Acura Team Penske

Acura

464

1 Lap

5

DPi

S.Trummer, S.Simpson, C.Miller

JDC-Miller Motorsports

Cadillac

464

1 Lap

6

DPi

O.Jarvis, T.Nunez, T.Bernhard

Mazda Team Joest

Mazda

463

2 Laps

7

DPi

J.Barbosa, M.Conway, F.Albuquerque

Mustang Sampling Racing

Cadillac

459

6 Laps

8

DPi

J.Bennett, C.Braun, R.Dumas

CORE Autosport

Nissan

457

8 Laps

9

DPi

M.Goikhberg, T.Vautier, J.Piedrahita

JDC-Miller Motorsports

Cadillac

446

19 Laps

10

GTLM

J.Calado, A.P.Guidi, D.Serra

Risi Competizione

Ferrari

434

31 Laps

11

GTLM

R.Briscoe, R.Westbrook, S.Dixon

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford

434

31 Laps

12

GTLM

T.Blomqvist, C.De Phillippi, C.Herta

BMW Team RLL

BMW

433

32 Laps

13

GTLM

J.Magnussen, A.Garcia, M.Rockenfeller

Corvette Racing

Chevrolet

433

32 Laps

14

GTLM

E.Bamber, L.Vanthoor, M.Jaminet

Porsche GT Team

Porsche

433

32 Laps

15

GTLM

P.Pilet, N.Tandy, F.Makowiecki

Porsche GT Team

Porsche

432

33 Laps

16

GTLM

O.Gavin, T.Milner, M.Fassler

Corvette Racing

Chevrolet

431

34 Laps

17

GTLM

J.Hand, D.Muller, S.Bourdais

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing

Ford

430

35 Laps

18

GTD

B.Auberlen, R.Foley, D.Machavern

Turner Motorsport

BMW

418

47 Laps

19

GTD

C.Mies, R.Feller, D.Morad

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport

Audi

418

47 Laps

20

GTD

S.Hargrove, Z.Robichon, L.Kern

Pfaff Motorsports

Porsche

418

47 Laps

21

GTD

B.Keating, J.Bleekemolen, F.Fraga

Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports

Mercedes

417

48 Laps

22

DPi

W.Owen, R.Binder, S.Pigot

Juncos Racing

Cadillac

417

48 Laps

23

GTD

C.MacNeil, T.Vilander, J.Westphal

Scuderia Corsa

Ferrari

417

48 Laps

24

GTD

B.Sellers, C.Lewis, M.Seefried

Paul Miller Racing

Lamborghini

417

48 Laps

25

GTD

K.Legge, A.Beatriz, C.Nielsen

Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing

Acura

417

48 Laps

26

GTLM

J.Krohn, J.M.Edwards, P.Eng

BMW Team RLL

BMW

412

53 Laps

27

GTD

J.Potter, A.Lally, S.Pumpelly

Magnus Racing

Lamborghini

401

64 Laps

28

GTD

R.Heistand, J.Hawksworth, P.Chase

AIM Vasser Sullivan

Lexus

329

136 Laps

29

GTD

B.Gdovic, D.Yount, S.Michimi

Precision Performance Motorsports

Lamborghini

317

Not running

30

GTD

F.Montecalvo, T.Bell, A.Telitz

AIM Vasser Sullivan

Lexus

219

246 Laps

31

GTD

M.Farnbacher, T.Hindman, J.Marks

Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian

Acura

201

Not running

32

LMP2

M.McMurry, G.Aubry, D.Kellett

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports

ORECA/Gibson

201

Not running

33

DPi

J.Bomarito, H.Tincknell, O.Pla

Mazda Team Joest

Mazda

196

Not running

34

LMP2

C.Cassels, K.Masson, A.Evans

Performance Tech Motorsports

ORECA/Gibson

65

Not running


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