Ranger Van Der Zande completed a 50-minute fuel-saving mission, taking the lead from co-driver Sebastien Bourdais, to take the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-VR to a Belle Isle win in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
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The DPi race was divided into those who chose one-stop strategies and those who pitted twice. While Van Der Zande was squeezing every drop of fuel out of the #01 Cadillac, Pipo Derani in the #31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-VR was on a mission across the field after the team picked two plugs.
This left the No. 01 Cadillac, the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05c race car and the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-VR, who were all on the same one-stop strategy, vulnerable to charging Saab Bebo Dirani.
Al-Dirani converted a 34-second gap to the leader into a 1.633-second gap in just 45 minutes. While the Brazilian was able to win the leading and fuel-saving treble, his passing was a different story. Defending the final step of the podium, Earl Bamber in the #02 Cadillac made contact with the #31 Cadillac on two separate occasions.
While Al-Dirani eventually managed to overtake Bamber, his attempt to pass Oliver Jarvis in the #60 Acura at Turn 12 failed and left him open to Bamber’s lead. While Derani, Bamber and Jarvis eliminated, Van der Zande managed to speed from the front of the field.
The top three DPi positions will continue to cross the line within 0.8 seconds of each other.
Race #60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura of Tom Blomqvist and Jarvis finished second and moved to the top of the DPi Championship. Bamber kept third place for himself and Alex Lane. The #31 Cadillac of Dirani and Olivier finished fourth.
Wayne Taylor Racing the No. 10 Acura ARX-05c also chose a two-stop strategy, but stopped for the first time after the No. 31 Cadillac, leaving the Acura at the mercy of costly traffic. The WTR crew will take fifth, ahead of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-VR
This is the second win of the season for Van der Zande and Bourdais.
In GTD, summon a driver to replace an injured driver paired with another injured driver and achieve victory.
The Lexus of #17 VasserSullivan’s Lexus of Ben Barnicoat and Kyle Kirkwood spent the first period behind #27 in the heart of Roman de Angelis’ Aston Martin race. De Angelis had taken the lead on the opening lap of the race by passing Kirkwood.
The 100-minute race was an easy one stop for the GTDs, and the entire field came down for service and driver change almost as soon as the window was open. Aston Martin took the number 27 lead in the race, one lap ahead of the number 17 Lexus. Each team opted to only take the left-side tires, but the #17 Lexus was quicker to get in and out.
After jumping on the No. 27 Aston Martin, Barnicott drove the final hour of the race with no further changes to the race standings. De Angelis and Ross Gunn settled in second, where they started, and Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow settled Paul Miller Racing BMW M4 GT3 in third, where they also started.
For the first time in the history of sports car racing on Belle Isle, the race was completed without an entire yellow track. The 57th Winward Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 was the only retirement in the race. The No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW M4 had to serve a penalty for a tire change after qualifying and had to make an unscheduled stop for a loose wheel; They ranked 15th and last among those still running.