Petit Le Mans Culminates in High-Speed Clash for IMSA Title


It’s Monday, October 16, 2023 and this is Racing Recap, your summary of last weekend’s motorsports action. Petit Le Mans provides IMSA with yet another dramatic season finale. Kyle Larson ended a whirlwind week by securing his place in NASCAR’s Championship 4 with a win in Las Vegas. In MotoGP, Jorge Martin lost his slim points lead with a crash in Indonesia.

Derani Sends Albuquerque To Hospital, Wins IMSA Title At Petit Le Mans

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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship concluded its season with its traditional finale, the Motul Petit Le Mans. The ten-hour classic at Road Atlanta was won by the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-06, the team’s final event before a hiatus from IMSA.

Just as much focus was placed on the fight for the GTP championship. Heading into Petit Le Mans, three cars had a real opportunity to take home the season-long prize. However, it was quickly narrowed down to two after the No. 6 Penske Porsche 963 was collected into a multi-car crash during the day’s early stages.

Pipo Derani left little room for Filipe Albuquerque. The pair made contact on corner exit, sending the Acura off the track and hard into the tire barrier. Albuquerque would be sent and later released from a local hospital after the impact. Race control ruled that the collision wasn’t deserving of a penalty, leaving the No. 31 with the championship. In the post-race press conference, Derani said that Albuquerque was “trying to cut him off” despite the two cars being side-by-side the entire corner.

Race Result

1. – No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura
2. – No. 01 Cadillac Racing Cadillac – +0.452 seconds
3. – No. 59 Proton Porsche – +1.077 seconds
4. – No. 7 Penske Porsche – +1.825 seconds
5. – No. 5 JDC/Miller Porsche – +2.165 seconds

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