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Legge, Farnbacher Lead MSR Acura 1-2 in GTD

Legge, Farnbacher lead Meyer Shank Racing Acura 1-2 in GTD at Detroit…

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Mario Farnbacher led home a Meyer Shank Racing 1-2, securing a second-straight GT Daytona class win for the team and the Acura NSX GT3 on the streets of Detroit.

Katherine Legge started the race in the No. 86 Acura and put consistent pressure on polesitter Bryan Sellers in the No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 for Paul Miller Racing.

When Legge could not find a way around Sellers on track, the MSR team used clever pit strategy to get its two cars an advantage on track when the fuel window opened up with just over an hour to go.

While the Paul Miller crew elected to change all four Continental tires during the refueling and driver change sequence, both MSR Acuras changed just left side tires.

The time saved on the pit lane allowed both the No. 86 and the No. 93 of Justin Marks and Lawson Aschenbach to leapfrog ahead into first and second where they would finish.

It marked the second straight class victory for Legge at Detroit and the first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class win for Farnbacher since last year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Sellers and co-driver Madison Snow, who entered the weekend with a 12-point lead over Legge and her usual co-driver Alvaro Parente, settled for the final step of the podium in third.

It was the Paul Miller Racing duo’s fourth podium in as many races this season.

Jeroen Bleekemolen, driving the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3, managed to hold off Jeff Segal in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 for fourth.

The race’s only caution came 17 minutes into the race for debris on the track as a result of David Heinemeier Hansson’s hard crash in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 which ended his day prematurely.

RESULTS: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

Ryan Myrehn is an Indianapolis-based journalist and sportscaster, covering IMSA and Pirelli World Challenge. Myrehn, a graduate of DePauw University, is also the host of Sportscar365's “Double Stint” Podcast.

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