ESM Captures First Win of Season on Continental Tires

ESM Captures First Win of Season on Continental Tires

05Aug 2017


P: 1st – No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPi (van Overbeek/Derani); 2nd - No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi (J. Taylor/R. Taylor); 3rd – No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPi (Sharp/Dalziel)

PC: 1st - No. 38 Performance Tech (French/O’Ward/Masson); 2nd - No. 26 BAR 1 (Alder/Jones/Yacaman); 3rd - No. 20 BAR1 (Yount/Rice/Burkett);

GTD: 1st – No. 96 Turner Motorsports BMW M6 GT3 (Krohn/Klingman); 2nd - No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R (Lindsey/Bergmeister); 3rd – No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT3 (Davis/Ashcenbach)



  • Road America marked Ricky Taylor’s fourth pole of 2017.
  • This is the fourth different manufacturer to win the GTD class in as many races.
  • Performance Tech logged their seventh win of the 2017 season.
  • This is the fourth win for ESM in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the first for the new Nissan DPi.



Take a look at some of our favorite photos from this weekend’s race – Road America



Pipo Derani, No. 22 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPi (finished P1 in P) – “It’s been a long season for us. We started very, very late and to be honest no one ever thought we were going to be able to challenge for victories. First of all it’s not only speed but reliability was a problem but it’s getting better and better. We’ve been working really hard behind the scenes and I’ve never stopped believing in this team. We had to save fuel during the race because our fuel mileage wasn’t as good as the other guys so the last two yellow’s helped. It’s nice to give those guys a victory. I knew today the re-start was probably my only chance to overtake the No. 10. and it was probably going to be very difficult because the track is very high-speed and you use a lot of downforce so my only chance was on the re-start. I was able to pull away and use the wind stream to pull away from him. The only way to go was the outside and I had to try something.”


Ricky Taylor, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi (finished P2 in P) – “Great points day first of all, coming off of Watkins Glen and Mosport. I think we should be well over 20 points ahead in the championship but as far as my stint goes it was just about controlling the pace and trying to save a bit of fuel if we could. Obviously once all the primary drivers got in at the end, the job was more difficult for Jordan (Taylor, co-driver) so towards the end of my stint the job was to stop saving fuel and try to build a bit more of a gap. Those last couple yellows at the end were tough for us. I think without those, Jordan could have held the lead and we had a good plan going but we’re really happy with the result.”


Jordan Taylor, No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi (finished P2 in P) – “Ricky had a very strong sting to begin with. We knew we had a good car and could control the race from the front but when those yellows starting coming we knew it was going to be a completely different game. With the changes that have come over the year we knew re-starts would be our downfall. I knew Derani (Pipo, driver No. 22) wanted the lead and I wasn’t going to risk it. There was no point in taking too much of a risk for that for three points. We were able to get seven points on the No. 5 and four on the No. 31 so it was a good day for us.”


Ryan Dalziel, No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan DPi (finished P3 in P) – “It was looking pretty rough for the first couple days before race day. Thankfully the rain didn’t come but we had a good rain car. Seemed like our car worked good with the Continental rain tires in Mosport so we knew if the rain came we would probably be pretty competitive. But rain throws so many curve balls in that no one wants to deal with so hopefully the fans enjoyed the show. We had a win with our sister car and a third for us. A little disappointed, we lost some time in the pits so I feel like we threw it away from our side but happy for the team.”


James French, No. 38 Performance Tech ORECA FLM09 (finished P1 in PC) – “It feels pretty excellent to feel honest. Really, really happy to check it off the bucket list. The car was fantastic and Pato did an excellent stint. We almost got caught up with that yellow but we had a good pace and went on to win.


“On cold tires I had an advantage on the first three corners over a GTLM.”


Patricio O’Ward, No. 38 Performance Tech ORECA FLM09 (finished P1 in PC) – “I wasn’t really sure what happened with all the strategy stuff. One of the safety cars at the end put us in a worse strategy position than we wanted to be. They told me to take care of the car and that’s what I tried to do. I’m really happy we got the win here because it’s James’ (French, co-driver) home race.”


Jesse Krohn, No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 (finished P1 in GTD) – “It’s my sixth race in IMSA so I’ve been waiting for a win to happen. It’s a great team and they can get the job done as long as we can have a team race. This is a really, really big win for me.”


Jens Klingmann, No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 (finished P1 in GTD) – “Last year we finished P7 and I wasn’t that optimistic because the BOP (balance of performance) is the same so we are quite the same, performance wise, as we were last year. Then in practice we realized we were competitive. The race might have looked a bit easier than what it was but the first caution didn’t play into our hands. Bergmeister (Joerg, driver No. 73) was getting closer and I knew he had a good pace because he showed in practice he had a good pace on old tires. The last restart was the key because there was one PC between us and just trying to control the lead from there. Sometimes you’re luck and today we were lucky. Championship is still open and top three is the minimum goal for us.”


Andrew Davis, No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS GT3 (finished P3 in GTD) – “We expected rain with the weather forecast but obviously it stayed dry and was a little bit warm so track temps were up but the Continental tires performed well. We put them to the test here at Road America with lots of high-cornering loads and high-braking but the Stevenson Audi ran well and we were able to keep the tires underneath to get another podium finish for Lawson (Aschenbach, co-driver) and I so it’s a good point’s day for us. Very happy!”



The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship visits VIR for a GT shootout on August 25-27.