Taylor brothers, BMW take Long Beach TUDOR Championship wins

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LONG BEACH, Calf. – Both the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP and No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE bagged TUDOR United SportsCar Championship class poles Friday on the streets of Long Beach.

A day later, both cars were winners in the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase, Round 3 of the season, in a caution-free 100-minute race.

In Prototype, as they did Friday in qualifying, the No. 10 car and No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford battled for overall supremacy. And as it did Friday in qualifying, the No. 10 car emerged at the head of the queue.

Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor secured their first win of the season and first since last year’s Petit Le Mans at Long Beach, to complete a dominant weekend at the front of the field. Still, it was one that was not too far ahead of the No. 01 car.

The Ganassi car had the fuel edge, with the Ford EcoBoost engine able to stretch the fuel window two laps later on the mid-race pit stop sequence. The No. 01 car pitted on Lap 39 while the No. 10 was in on Lap 37.

But while Scott Pruett handed the car over to Joey Hand with the car in win position, Jordan Taylor would not be denied following a move for the lead on Hand on Lap 43.

Taylor held onto win by 3.3 seconds over Hand, after surviving a late-race bout with traffic. The No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP came in third (Richard Westbrook, Michael Valiante).

GT Le Mans was also a close affair, with BMW Team RLL finally breaking a two-year winless drought dating back to this race two years ago, then under the banner of the American Le Mans Series.

Polesitter Bill Auberlen handed off to Dirk Werner in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE, with Werner second in class in the waning stages into the final 10 minutes.

On Lap 66, Werner passed the leading No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia, driven by Pierre Kaffer, for the class lead into Turn 9. Werner was able to take the car home to the flag by 2.911 seconds.

Corvette Racing made it into third with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Corvette C7.R. That car won the opening two races of the season at both Daytona and Sebring.

After today’s 100-minute sprint, the full complement of classes resumes on May 3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (add Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona to the field).