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Vautier to Sub for Barbosa at Action Express

Tristan Vautier to sub for injured Joao Barbosa at Action Express for Motul Petit Le Mans…

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Tristan Vautier has received a late call-up to take part in this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans, filling in for the injured Joao Barbosa.

The Frenchman will team up with Filipe Albuquerque and Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi.V-R after doctors did not clear Barbosa to race due to rib injuries.

Barbosa sustained the injuries in last month’s start-line accident at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which destroyed the Mustang Sampling-sponsored Cadillac DPi and left the two Portuguese drivers without any points in the race.

It marks the second injury to befall Barbosa, after missing two races this summer due to a fractured wrist from a biking accident.

“This has been a tough year for me after a great start with our wins at Daytona and Long Beach,” he said. “In my career, I never had to miss any races during a season, and this year I’m missing three because of injuries.

“But I think the team can do well this weekend with the Mustang Sampling car—no matter what we’ve raced, this track has always suited our team so there is a lot of confidence for the weekend. Tristian will be a great fit with the experience that he already has in the Cadillac Prototype.”

Vautier, who claimed pole for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, became available following Spirit of Daytona’s decision to pull its entry for the ten-hour season finale.

The Troy Flis-led team has not taken part in a WeatherTech Championship race since the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in July.

While having previous Cadillac DPi experience with SDR, it will mark Vautier’s debut with Action Express.

“I feel badly for Joao, so this is a tough circumstance to be having this opportunity and I hope he recovers as quickly as possible,” Vautier said.

“I am grateful to Troy for letting me do this, and also to the Mustang Sampling team for trusting me for this role because it is a big responsibility with the Endurance Cup still to fight for.

“Hopefully the experience I have in the Cadillac Prototype will help us get the result that we are looking for.”

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 Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John



  1. kv

    October 9, 2018 at 11:38 am

    ARX may form an alliance with SDR as it would be a shame to waste the talent at SDR !Vautier can redeem himself for wasting a half million $ DPI by securing the championship !

    • Eyehhs

      October 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      I dont man. SDR has never been a team that has had huge sucsess other than in 2015. SDR is done sadly i think

  2. David Chaste

    October 9, 2018 at 2:12 pm

    The only way to redeem himself is to be fastest , faultless, save fuel, and make up ground whenever he’s in the car.

    Form an alliance with SDR? AXR has all the resources it needs. To go after penske you can’t have unnecessary baggage. Besides if they need a partnership there are better funded Cadillac teams out there…Juncos, JDC, WTR (if they dont get the Aston GTE deal).

  3. Louis

    October 10, 2018 at 7:27 am

    If he drives impatiently like he did at Sebring i see another big crash coming. He’s already wicked quick just some patients on his side and he would be absolutely amazing.

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