Sunday, June 1, 2014

2014 TUDOR Belle Isle

Chevrolet Sport Car Classic Detroit Chevy Dealers
Ricky Taylor brought the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP home, only 0.207 seconds ahead of Richard Westbrook, who was in the pole-sitting No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette DP.  Westbrook co-drove with Michael Valiante. Olivier Pla finished third in the No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan/Nissan, after taking over from co-driver Gustavo Yacaman.  It was a third-consecutive Detroit victory for Jordan Taylor, following victories in 2012 and ’13 in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

Taylor and Barbosa at Belle Isle
Ricky Taylor was out front but soon, Barbosa was lurking, ever closer with each lap. Taylor took the white flag but suddenly, Barbosa took the lead with a daring inside move into the Turn 3 right-hander, nudging Taylor into the wall.  Moments later, though, the left-rear tire on Barbosa’s car was shredding and then, he was spinning. Taylor sped by.

“When he put us in the wall the only thing I was thinking was either he is going to have a tire go down or I was definitely going to break because it was a hard hit,” Ricky Taylor said.  “For those last couple laps it was really tooth and nail.” 

Barbosa's tire shreds away the car!



No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia

Balzan No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Iltalia 

Balzan took the lead when Tomy Drissi pitted with 33 minutes remaining, holding off the rest of the GT Daytona (GTD) class for the final 20 laps of the one-hour, 40-minute event.  It was the second career North American sports car racing victory for Balzan and the first in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – and the first career victory for Westphal. 

“It was a nightmare out there, because there were five or six cars that could have won today,” said Balzan. “It was difficult for me to stay focused in the car.  I think I said some bad words to my engineer, I said to him, ‘please, shut up’ because I needed 110 percent of myself today.”


On this clip the GT category starts @ 1:17 time stamp.

TUDOR Championship


The Full Race 

The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic Presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers at The Raceway at Belle Isle Park featured the P & GTD classes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. 

Thanks, Guys!  This is why I enjoy this series so much, they post it!

TUDOR Championship


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