Van der Zande wins Petit Le Mans after bizarre end


9:51 – Renger van der Zande has won the American long-distance race Petit Le Mans together with his teammates Scott Dixon and Ryan Briscoe.

The Wayne Taylor Racing team seemed to be heading for third place at the Road Atlanta circuit, but the numbers one and two in the race drove each other off the track in the final stages, allowing Van der Zande to take the lead and go to the could drive in black and white checkered.

The incident took place ten minutes before the end of the ten hour race. At that point, Ricky Taylor’s Acura and Pipo Derani’s Cadillac were in full battle for victory. The duel gave Van der Zande the opportunity to connect and go for a podium, but he undoubtedly had not taken into account that he would get the victory thrown in the lap.

Derani had taken the lead with ten minutes to go and less fuel on board, but Taylor didn’t want to hear about it. He attempted to overtake in the dark in Turn 6, but hit Derani in the flank. Taylor spun and was able to continue on his way with a crumpled ego, but Derani slid off the track into the gravel and couldn’t get out. The incident allowed Van der Zande to advance to P1, a position he did not relinquish in the final minutes.

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In the LMP2 class there was a great victory for debutant Job van Uitert who competed with Mikkel Jensen and John Farano in an Oreca 07. In the GTLM class Nicky Catsburg finished together with António Carcía and Jordan Taylor in the # 3 Corvette in the second place.

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