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Mazda appeared destined for its first ever IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win at Laguna Seca, but a late error by Harry Tincknell handed victory to ESM Nissan pair Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek.
Extreme Speed Motorsports boss Scott Sharp says he’s pursuing several options to keep the US sportscar team open once primary sponsor Tequila Patron withdraws at season’s end.
Tequila Patron this morning announced that 2018 is its final season sponsoring the Extreme Speed Motorsports team and the series – notably, the North American Endurance Championship.
ESM Nissan’s Pipo Derani, Nicolas Lapierre and Johannes van Overbeek conquered the 66th running of the Sebring 12 Hours to defeat last year’s winning car, the Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R by 12.427sec.
Bruno Senna has struck out at IMSA officialdom after the #22 ESM Nissan was penalized in the closing laps of yesterday’s Petit Le Mans while team partner Pipo Derani was leading at Road Atlanta.
Brendon Hartley, Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp won the 20th Petit Le Mans, but only after their ESM Nissan teammates and an Action Express Racing Cadillac were served penalties in the final half hour.
Brendon Hartley turned 49 laps in the 90-minute evening practice at Road Atlanta but it was his 23rd that put the #2 Nissan DPi machine on top of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship field by three-tenths of a second.
Ryan Dalziel drove his ESM Nissan to the top of the time charts in second practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Laguna Seca, as Risi Competizione and Michael Shank Racing starred in GTLM and GTD respectively.
Pipo Derani will contest the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with Tequila Patron ESM next year, it has been announced.
Finally, a non-Cadillac driver is leading the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
Tequila Patron ESM driver Johannes van Overbeek says the team’s initial test with the new Nissan Onroak DPi was positive although he acknowledged there was still a lot of preparation to be done before the car’s race debut.
Newly-crowned Formula V8 3.5 champion Tom Dillmann will be returning to FIA WEC's LMP2 category for the 2016 season finale at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Olivier Pla put the Michael Shank Ligier on top for the fourth straight practice session at Petit Le Mans, as Ferrari 488s headed the GTLM class.
The winner of this year’s Daytona and Sebring endurance racing classics, Pipo Derani, is targeting his own unique triple crown this weekend at Petit Le Mans – as he aims to increase his chances of a shot at the LMP1 big time.
The Tequila Patron ESM sportscar team will return full-time to the United States to compete in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.
Former Formula 1 racer Giedo van der Garde and GP2 racers Antonio Giovinazzi and Sean Gelael will contest the remaining rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship in the #30 ESM Ligier.
The field has been set for the 2016 edition of Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International.
On Saturday morning, IMSA WeatherTech teams had an hour-long final practice ahead of qualifying for the six-hour endurance classic at Watkins Glen.