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Derani Leads Opening Hour at The Glen

Pipo Derani leads opening hour at Watkins Glen…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

Pipo Derani leads the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen after a frantic opening hour that has seen Wayne Taylor Racing’s four-race win streak come to a halt.

The No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi holds nearly a 15-second lead over the pair of Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, with the sister, No. 22 ESM Nissan of Johannes van Overbeek running in fourth.

While the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier JS P217 Gibson of Olivier Pla took over the lead on Lap 14, the LMP2 entry has dropped to fifth after losing more than 15 seconds during its first pit stop and driver change to Jose Gutierrez.

The big story, however, has been early trouble for the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac of Ricky Taylor, who lost seven laps due to suspension and steering repairs after issues on the opening lap.

It’s essentially eliminated the Taylor brothers, who entered the weekend undefeated in Prototype competition, out of contention for a fifth straight win.

Alexander Sims leads GT Le Mans, in a 1-2 run for BMW Team RLL, while Andy Lally is out front in GT Daytona in the No. 93 Michael Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3.

The Prototype Challenge class, meanwhile, is led by the No. 38 Performance Tech Oreca FLM09 of James French.

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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