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Taylor, Cooper Dupe the Field to take SprintX Win

After a timely full course yellow that put nearly the whole field a lap down, Michael Cooper and Jordan Taylor drove their No. 8 Cadillac ATS-V.R to the Sprint X Round 3 win; the marque’s first Pirelli World Challenge win of the season.  They were chased by Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long in the Wright Motorsports No. 58 Porsche and the sister No. 3 Cadillac of Ricky Taylor and Johnny O’Conell.

PWC Sprint X CTMP Race 1 Results

Jordan Taylor was able to cruise to a comfortable victory after a well-time caution came out while Michael Cooper was yet to pit. The Cadillac was able to dip into pit lane for a timed driver change and return to the racing surface before the safety car-regulated field was able to catch up. The race restarted with Jordan Taylor leading from behind the majority of cars on track.

Despite starting from pole, the yellow flag came out at the wrong time for Long in the Porsche. The 911 was the car to beat through the first half of the race, holding the fastest lap for a majority of the 60-minute feature. Long defended against an early fight from Daniel Morad in the CRP Racing Mercedes AMG GT, who started in second. The two raced through Turns 1 and 2 side-by-side, but Long was able to gain the whole-shot by the next corner. He continued on to build up a 1.5-second lead over Morad before turning to the pits for a driver change.

After most of the field had pitted, Niccolo Schiro made contact with the back Ben Barnicoat, sending the McLaren 650S into the tire-barrier on the outside of Turn 10. The incident ended the No. 9 McLaren’s day and turned the field upside down as the No. 8 Cadillac had yet to pit.

Bergmeister and Ricky Taylor led the field to green as second and third while Jordan Taylor started from the rear in the top spot.

Morad’s Mercedes lost a couple of spots in pit lane after a lengthy driver change. Ryan Dalziel returned to the track behind Jonny Kane in the No. 6 McLaren in seventh. After getting around Kane, Dalziel found himself attacked by Spencer Pumpelly in the No. 4 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS. Pumpelly was able to get around the Mercedes with an exciting pass in the infamous Turn 10 for a top five finish.

James Sofronas and Laurens Vanthoor took the win in the Pro-Am class, finishing eighth overall. A late-race pass on Mark Wilkins’ NSX GT3 gave the Porsche a one-car buffer back to Jan Heylen and Michael Schein.

Allesandro Bressan and Yuki Harata won in the GT Cup class in their Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo while Ernie Francis Jr and James Pesek took the top spot for the GTS Class.

Tomorrow’s race, Round 5 of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship is set for 3:40 PM Easter, after the Touring Car and GTS Races. The race will be streamed live on world-challenge.com/streamvideo and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Sunday, May 28 at 6:30pm Eastern.

Dusty Michael

As a mechanical engineer, Dusty’s passion is for sports cars and endurance racing. In his opinion, there’s nothing better than a race car closely based on a model that you can go out and buy from the manufacturer showroom. He’s very particular about his writing utensils and appreciates a great, cruelty free pomade.