2023 GTP Petit Le Mans Pre Race Report

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 team head to MOTUL Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in the heat of an intense battle for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title – just three points behind the leader in the standings.

2023 GTP Petit Le Mans Pre Race Report

 

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 team head to MOTUL Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in the heat of an intense battle for the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title – just three points behind the leader in the standings. MOTUL Petit Le Mans serves host not only to the season’s finale, but also the iconic 10-hour endurance race.

 

Full season co-drivers Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque will be joined by IMSA Michelin Endurance Championship co-driver Louis Delétraz in their quest for the championship honors. In a championship battle that sees the top three in the points standings, including the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 team, separated by a total of five points the stage is set for nearly a race-winner-take-all decision come Saturday’s race around the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course. 

 

“Petit Le Mans will be high stakes as usual,” said Ricky Taylor. “Every year it comes down to a championship battle in the most competitive endurance race of the season. It will be great to have Louis back with us. We have all of the right pieces in place to finish the season with a win. We just have to execute when the sun goes down in Atlanta.”

 

“And just like this, our season is about to end and as always in IMSA, the championship is completely open,” said Filipe Albuquerque. “What is crazy about this year is, that all the four manufacturers can win the championship. It’s going to be an epic finale. Me, my teammates, and the team are prepared - bring on the fight!”

 

“I’m looking forward to being back with the team for Petit Le Mans,” said Louis Delétraz. “The championship fight is more intense than ever, and I think it’s clear, we want to win. We worked hard as a team to be ready and now we have to execute. WTRAndretti, Ricky, Filipe and myself are ready!”

 

“It all comes down to this final round,” said Wayne Taylor. “Although mathematically there six cars that can win this, I think that there are four cars that are really in the fight – Porsche, Whelen, us and the BMW. We all tested at Road Atlanta, and it went fairly well. I can’t allow myself to get too stressed about this because there is nothing I can do other than make sure everybody executes, does the right job, and doesn’t get into trouble. If we can do that then we have a good chance of winning this. We’ve come second in the championship the last two years at Petit and there is no driver, no engineer, no mechanic who wants to come second again, so you can be assured that we are doing everything we possibly can in collaboration with HPD and all of our partners. Looking forward to getting there and I feel confident.”

 

The MOTUL Petit Le Mans weekend will begin with a full day of practice on Thursday, October 12, beginning with the first session at 9:50 a.m. ET. Qualifying is set for 4:10 p.m. ET on Friday, October 13, live on Peacock. Green flag for the start of the 10-hour endurance event will fly at 11:40 a.m. ET on Saturday, October 14, with flag-to-flag coverage broadcast on Peacock with USA Network on air at 6:30 p.m. ET.

 

 

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The No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 effort and Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport (WTRAndretti) is supported by an outstanding lineup of partners including Harrison Contracting Company, Acura Motorsports, Honda Performance Developmentand Hammer Nutrition .