NISSAN-POWERED ESM SQUAD CHARGE TO SECOND AT LONG BEACH
LONG BEACH, California, USA: Nissan engine customer team ESM scored its best result to date in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship last weekend with Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp scoring second place at the Long Beach Grand Prix.
The duo came within three laps of victory when a lapped car held up Dalziel who took over the race lead with 20 minutes to go.
Clever pit strategy allowed the Scotsman to jump to the lead on the final round of stops when the team elected not to change tyres on the final stop.
The team’s run at the front however, was not down to just clever work in the pits. Dalziel also set the fastest lap of the race in the Nissan-powered Onroak DPi.
“All around, it is a good result. If we came in this weekend thinking we were going to lead laps, be competitive and finish second, we would have been thrilled,” Dalziel said.
“We did everything we could do. The car was excellent and strategy was perfect. I feel disappointed, but we will take second.”