The Portuguese Filipe Albuquerque and João Barbosa (Cadillac) won this morning the Long Beach Grand Prix of the American Championship.
Filipe Albuquerque of Coimbra and João Barbosa left the 4th position of the grid for this third round of the IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship in Long Beach, California, with a duration of 100 minutes.
The strategic decision to stop before the opponents, with about 40 minutes to go before the final, to change drivers, proved decisive.
With the anticipation of the stop, Albuquerque managed to escape some traffic and gain enough advantage to win. "In the last laps the rear tires were worn out and the rear was loose everywhere," explained the Coimbra driver, who left the pair formed by American Rick Taylor and Brazilian Helio Castroneves (Acura) in 2nd , to 740 thousandths of a second.
Filipe Albuquerque and João Barbosa are now in 3rd place in the championship with 89 points.