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Albuquerque, Barbosa Claim Long Beach Win

Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa retake championship lead with strategic victory…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Action Express Racing has pulled off a strategic victory in Saturday’s Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, with Filipe Albuquerque and Joao Barbosa collecting their second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win of the season.

Albuquerque held off a hard-charging Ryan Dalziel for the win, following green flag fuel-only stops for both cars in the second half of the 100-minute street fight.

Pole-sitter Juan Pablo Montoya and the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac DPi-V.R of Felipe Nasr dominated the early stages, although full-service stops for both cars in the final hour, while under green, dropped them out of contention.

Albuquerque, in the No. 5 Cadillac DPi, enjoyed a ten-second lead prior to the third and final full-course caution, for debris, which set up a 23-minute shootout to the finish.

He crossed the line 4.766 seconds ahead of Dalziel’s No. 2 Nissan Onroak DPi.

It marked the team’s second win in the last three races and sees the Rolex 24-winning pairing retake the Prototype championship lead following a challenging outing at Sebring.

Dalziel and Tequila Patron ESM co-driver Scott Sharp scored a season-best second, ahead of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi of Jordan Taylor and Renger van der Zande, who completed the podium in third.

It came after Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Team Penske Acura ARX-05 faded late with a suspected issue, first giving way to his brother and then also to both Oliver Jarvis and Penske teammate Dane Cameron.

Taylor came home sixth, behind the No. 77 Team Joest Mazda RT24-P and the pole-sitting Acura DPi, which completed the top-five.

The No. 31 Action Express Cadillac DPi of Nasr and Eric Curran was seventh, after losing time shortly after its one-and-only stop with 43 minutes to go when Curran collided with the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Nick Tandy.

Both of the Mazda DPis, which were the first to take its final fuel-only stops, were unable to challenge, with Jonathan Bomarito ending up 9th.

The No. 99 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca 07 Gibson of Stephen Simpson and Misha Goikhberg was the best-placed LMP2 car in 8th, with its sister car retiring after a loss of drive with less than 30 minutes completed.

A first-lap collision triggered by Kyle Masson also led to retirement for the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca.

Porsche Issues Give Corvette Victory in GTLM

Issues for the pair of Porsche 911 RSRs handed GT Le Mans class honors to the No. 4 Corvette C7.R of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin.

Milner edged out the No. 67 Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe by 2.157 seconds to claim he, Gavin and the Pratt & Miller squad’s second consecutive Long Beach class win. 

It came after late-race drama for for the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber, which along with co-driver Laurens Vanthoor, had controlled much of the race until the Kiwi suffered a right-front suspension issue while in the class lead with 22 minutes to go.

Porsche’s sister No. 911 entry pitted moments earlier with a tire issue, dropping it one lap behind.

The class pole-sitting No. 66 Ford of Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller completed the class podium in third, ahead of the No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia, who fought back following a brief loss of power after the second restart.

The No. 25 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE, which inherited the class lead after being the only car to make a full-service stop prior to the second yellow, was one of five retirements after Alexander Sims slammed the wall with 42 minutes to go.

Sims had been running second in class at the time.

RESULTS: Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

38 Comments

38 Comments

  1. GimmeShelter

    April 14, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Awesome to see the Corvette take GTLM!!!
    (Suck it up Ford)

    • Crying is never attractive

      April 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      “Corvette Envy” starts in 3-2-1-. Just remember, every time you show envy, your penis shrinks an inch! For many of you, that will put you in negative territory!

      • GimmeShelter

        April 15, 2018 at 2:51 pm

        LOL! Your team got “got” so quit crying about male genitalia…it’s not very attractive.

  2. Binky

    April 14, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Was the online stream unwatchable for everyone or just me?

    • Tom Sawyer

      April 14, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      I watched it through Fox Sports Go, it worked fine for me…

    • Rose

      April 14, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      Not just you, it was pitiful!

    • Mart

      April 14, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      I had to switch between in car and race cam. It was horrible and unwatchable. Every 45 seconds in stopped.

    • daedalus

      April 14, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      yes it crashed for me at the 1 hour mark on imsa.tv

  3. fourloko

    April 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    solid points day for the fords (67 P2)

  4. Zone

    April 14, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Great win for corvette.

  5. Sorc

    April 14, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    LMP2 teams might as well not show up.

    • Steven

      April 14, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Cost-capped, privateer class vs. an open budget, manufacturer backed class. It is what it is.

      • Bob

        April 15, 2018 at 2:13 am

        “Manufacturer backed” more like sticker backed

        • Andy Flinn

          April 15, 2018 at 11:57 am

          Bob, you have point – but only if you ignore the engines and bodywork.

          This is not a WEC/ELMS LMP2 Gibson specfest.

      • Sorc

        April 15, 2018 at 1:09 pm

        But isn’t that what BoP is supposed to be for? I remember everybody was saying how great the BoP was working when the banana boat was fighting for wins late last season. Does that suddenly not count anymore?

      • Matt

        April 15, 2018 at 2:01 pm

        Nah, unless IMSA is going to seperate the classes, they to BoP back the DPi’s so the spec P2 teams can compete.

        • Steven

          April 15, 2018 at 3:53 pm

          IMSA isn’t gonna separate the classes so they can keep an artificial large single class even though its shown that there is two distinct classes formed.

    • Andy Flinn

      April 15, 2018 at 11:54 am

      We saw gearbox problems (#85), contact (#52 and #38), and a solid gentleman driver (#54) – who still brought the car home on the lead lap – against all-pro lineups in the DPis in a 2-hour sprint race.

      (The #54 also scored a podium finish at Daytona.)

      Sorc, how were any of those LMP2s supposed to win at Long Beach?

      People should actually WATCH these races and the outcomes before they comment.

  6. Jose

    April 14, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Name an LMP2 that doesn’t have a wankerin their driver line up.

  7. Mike s

    April 14, 2018 at 8:11 pm

    A lot of LMP2 teams are from pro am PC class. Core, PR1, the 38 car. So yeah but they can go to LeMans right now and Dpis can go cry in their beers in June. Also Contis suck a fat one. P2s will do better at a road circuit that isn’t a fake course like first 3 rounds. And are you ready for some fat BoP??? It’s coming as we all love it and hate it.

    • Jose

      April 15, 2018 at 10:03 am

      The worst thing about sports car racing are “fans” like you.

      • Travis McBee

        April 15, 2018 at 10:40 am

        Speak for yourself Jose.

        • Andy Flinn

          April 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

          Travis, Jose is right.

          Sports cars and NASCAR both started at roughly the same time in America.

          Today, even with its current issues, why is one still so much more successful than the other.

          We know why….

          • Travis McBee

            April 16, 2018 at 7:16 am

            Andy, you don’t know what people are talking about most of the time, so I suggest you zip it before someone out there really f**** you up.

        • Andy Flinn

          April 16, 2018 at 12:20 pm

          Travis, thanks for proving my point.

    • Andy Flinn

      April 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      Ha, MikeS! Sports car racing has been “fakin'” it at Daytona for more than 55 years! Sebring even longer (more than 65 years)!

  8. ttt

    April 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    the imsa schedule kinda sucks

    • Fernando

      April 14, 2018 at 10:58 pm

      I was planning to watch the race through my local Fox network. Fox ran a Larry King infomercial throughout the duration of the whole race WTF?? I hope someone from IMSA reads this! Is this how your treat the fans??

    • Jenner

      April 15, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Now that COTA is off the schedule, IMSA should move Laguna Seca back to early May after Long Beach. Make one west coast swing and move Mid-Ohio to Sept, original COTA date.

      It’ll make it easier on teams to get back to their shops and get ready for Petit after Mid-Ohio also.

      Laguna Seca probably would like it also as their events are jammed pack near the end of summer with the Monterey Motorsports Reunion, IMSA, Porsche Rennsport, and the PWC/ 8 Hrs of California all happening within about a 2 month period.

      • Matt

        April 15, 2018 at 1:59 pm

        I like your idea… I also think IMSA should give teams a breather week after the 6 Hours of the Glen, then go to Mosport the next week. As a fan, I would like to attend both races but I can’t do it on back to back weekends.

    • Andy Flinn

      April 15, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      ttt = troll squared

      • Andy Flinn

        April 15, 2018 at 12:10 pm

        Sorry, ttt, I was wrong.

        You’re triple the troll.

  9. Dave Henrie

    April 15, 2018 at 1:26 am

    My Fox affliate is off the air due to contract issues with Spectrum Cable. They haven’t shown regulare Fox in Months. Missed most of Xfiles, ALmost all of Nascar, and now Imsa. Hoping for a replay…

  10. Ron Mills

    April 15, 2018 at 7:11 am

    the best bet for trying to follow the series is to watch it the next day on Youtube.Contact IMSA through their page and complain about the streaming

    • Steven

      April 15, 2018 at 7:30 am

      Why IMSA does not give the option to give the North American fans a chance to just buy the live stream for a season like the WEC does is beyond my amazement? Fox Sports is a joke of coverage as its more about commercials than the race and live streaming is where its at in 2018. ELMS and Blancpain GT give its viewers a free live stream and they are both in HD.

      • Matt

        April 15, 2018 at 2:03 pm

        The free to air race barely had any commercials. LOL you guys are the worst bunch of whiners.

        • RobertB

          April 15, 2018 at 5:09 pm

          If they would just build the Long Beach street circuit in front of my house in Wisconsin, then I could watch it in person in my front yard. Wouldn’t even need TV. That’s not unreasonable…

  11. Sir Skidsalot

    April 17, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    The freakin’ Porches sticking their noses in everyone else’s asses messed up one of the Fords ans both of the Porches.

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