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Team RLL, Winward Lose Class Wins in Drive Time Infractions

The Heart of Racing sweeps both GTD classes after post-race audits by IMSA…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

BMW M Team RLL and Winward Racing have been stripped of their class victories in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen due to drive-time infractions.

It has promoted The Heart of Racing to a double win in both classes with its Aston Martin Vantage GT3s.

The No. 25 BMW M4 GT3 of John Edwards crossed the line first in GTD Pro, 1.712 seconds ahead of Philip Ellis’ No. 57 Winward Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo.

However, a post-race audit by IMSA found both cars to not have met the minimum adjusted drive time of 1 hour and 17 minutes in the race following the hour-long red flag period for weather.

Roman De Angelis, Ian James and Maxime Martin have been declared winners of the GTD class, marking the first time a GTD car has finished ahead of the class-winning GTD Pro entry in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition.

The team’s sister No. 23 entry of Ross Gunn and Alex Riberas, meanwhile, picked up GTD Pro class honors.

Both the Nos. 25 and 57 cars have been moved to the back of their respective classes as a result of the infractions. 

The third-place LMP3 class-finishing No. 36 Andretti Autosport Ligier JS P320 Nissan has also incurred the same infraction, moving the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports entry to the podium.

The GTD Pro order was shuffled in the final five minutes when the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 of Daniel Serra, Mathieu Jaminet’s No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R and the Kyle Kirkwood-driven No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 all made stops for fuel.

Serra and co-driver Davide Rigon was still classified second in class, ahead of Pfaff’s Jaminet and Matt Campbell in third.

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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