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“It Was Pretty Clear What Happened!” Derani On PLM Late Race Clash

Tensions running high in DPi title battle

Pipo Derani and Ricky Taylor have not spoken since their incident at Petit Le Man but while he is open to a conversation with Taylor, Derani feels there is nothing that needs to be said between the two.

“I haven’t spoken to him at all apart from what was said at the track, and I don’t think there’s much to say there. I think it is what it is, we move, we still have two races to go. If there is any question from him or anyone else, he can definitely come and talk to me, but I have nothing to say,” Derani said.

“It was pretty clear what happened, and I think everyone saw,” Derani added.

Race control did not issue a penalty for the contact that sent Derani in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi, who was leading the race with under ten minutes to go, into the gravel.

The incident allowed Renger Van Der Zande in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. to take the lead and ultimately the race win, Taylor recovering from a spin to finish second in the #7 Penske Acura – Derani would be scored fifth . Derani and Taylor spoke with each other on the pitlane after the race was over.

“That’s not a real place for an overtake, it’s quite a quick corner. I knew he was on the outside and he just tried [at the] last minute to [make a] really desperate move into that space that was there on the inside,” Derani described.

“The fact is, both moves that I did on him, I made sure that I was side-by-side, front axle to front axle, and that’s something he didn’t do,” Derani said. Derani also referenced the contact between Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque at the end of the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“He’s done that in the past,” Derani said. “He definitely didn’t learn anything from it.”

Taylor, after Petit Le Mans, said he hated the way the race ended and did not mean to take out Derani and the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R.

“I hate the way that it ended and in no way did I mean to take out the #31 car. It’s Petit Le Mans. Everyone wants to win this race and I saw an opportunity to do that for my team,” Taylor said.

Both Derani and teammate Felipe Nasr expect the Acuras to be quick at Laguna Seca this weekend.

Nasr said the Whelen Engineering team is working on improving every aspect of the car for the final two races of the season, one of them, the grueling 12 Hours of Sebring. The #31 Cadillac team is third in the team’s championship, 12 points behind the #10 Cadillac who leads the way.