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Action Express Cadillac Fails Post-Race Tech

No. 31 car of Pipo Derani, Olivier Pla found to be underweight after impressive charge…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

The No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R has been moved to the rear of the DPi finishing order in Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle after failing post-race technical inspection.

The Pipo Derani and Olivier Pla-driven entry, which finished fourth on the road, did not meet the minimum weight requirement.

It has promoted the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 of Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque to fourth and the Richard Westbrook and Tristan Vautier-driven JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac to fifth overall and in the DPi class.

While on a two-stop strategy, Derani mounted an impressive recovery drive in the final 40 minutes, setting the fastest race lap in the process.

The Brazilian appeared to be on track for a third place result until a late-race challenge from the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac of Earl Bamber, who managed to get around the Whelen Engineering-sponsored machine with less than five minutes to go.

The post-race adjustment in the results also has an effect in the DPi points standings, with the No. 60 MSR Acura pairing of Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist now with only a ten-point lead over Taylor and Albuquerque.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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