Detroit United SportsCar: Curran/Cameron win for Action Express

Dane Cameron and Eric Curran combined to give Corvette a hometown United SportsCar Championship win with their victory for Action Express on the streets of Detroit on Saturday

Detroit United SportsCar: Curran/Cameron win for Action Express

The duo triumphed in an eventful race that was far closer than their 18.6-second winning margin suggested.

Indeed, it could have been a Corvette 1-2-3-4 but for a flurry of late incidents.

Joao Barbosa was running right behind Cameron in the final minutes of the race in the sister car, and with the next-closest rival another 10s down the road, the pair seemed set to fight all the way to the flag.

That went out the window when Barbosa spun just a couple of laps before the end, and by the time he got his car pointed in the right direction, Oswaldo Negro had passed him in his Michael Shank Racing Ligier.

Barbosa was forced to settle for third, ahead of Ganassi's Joey Hand.

Corvette's other strong challenger came in the form of the Wayne Taylor Racing car shared by Jordan and Rickey Taylor.

Jordan had jumped Christian Fittipaldi to take the lead on a restart mid-way through the race, but his hopes were dashed when he was forced to serve a late drive-through for tipping Townsend Bell into the barriers.

Renger van der Zande combined with Mirco Schultis to win the PC class for Starworks, while Ian James and Mario Farnbacher picked up the GTD honours. The GTLM class did not participate in this round.

The mixed weather and slippery conditions were responsible for a few incidents during the afternoon, including a spin by Bruno Junqueira that inadvertently collected Tom Kimber-Smith as well.

But the worst came after the flag, when four GTD class cars spun at the first corner after crossing the finish line.

In the wake of the crash, Jan Heylen was taken to the infield medical centre for an assessment.

RESULTS - 59 LAPS:

Pos Class Driver Team Car Gap
1 P E.Curran, D.Cameron Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 1h40m49.112s
2 P J.Pew, O.Negri Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ligier/HPD 18.631s
3 P J.Barbosa, C.Fittipaldi Action Express Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 19.207s
4 P J.Hand, S.Pruett Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley/Ford 20.391s
5 P R.Westbrook, M.Valiante visitflorida.com Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 21.513s
6 PC R.van der Zande, M.Schultis Starworks Motorsport ORECA/Chevrolet 45.524s
7 P R.Taylor, J.Taylor Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette/Chevrolet 46.080s
8 P T.Long, J.Miller Speedsource Mazda 46.593s
9 PC M.Goikhberg, S.Simpson JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet 1m01.774s
10 PC J.French, J.Vance Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet 1m17.299s
11 GTD I.James, M.Farnbacher Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 2 Laps
12 GTD C.Nielsen, J.Davison TRG-AMR Aston Martin 2 Laps
13 GTD C.Haase, D.von Moltke Paul Miller Racing Audi 2 Laps
14 GTD C.MacNeil, L.Keen Alex Job Racing Porsche 2 Laps
15 GTD P.Lindsey, S.Pumpelly Park Place Motorsports Porsche 2 Laps
16 GTD M.Marsal, M.Palttala Turner Motorsport BMW 2 Laps
17 GTD J.Potter, A.Lally Magnus Racing Porsche 3 Laps
18 GTD M.Snow, J.Heylen Wright Motorsports Porsche Not running
19 PC J.Bennett, C.Braun CORE Autosport ORECA/Chevrolet 5 Laps
20 GTD B.Sweedler, T.Bell Scuderia Corsa Ferrari Not running
21 PC B.Junqueira, C.Cumming RSR Racing ORECA/Chevrolet Not running
22 PC M.Guasch, T.K.-Smith PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA/Chevrolet Not running
23 GTD B.Keating, J.Bleekemolen Riley Motorsports Dodge Not running

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