The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Detroit’s Belle Isle street circuit this coming weekend with the ESM team looking to bounce back.
After taking victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring & scoring the runner-up position at Long Beach, the Nissan-powered ESM team battled to complete a 9th & 10th place finish for their two cars at the last round at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Last year in Detroit, a late-race fuel stop took the No. 22 ESM machine out of contention for a podium. So this weekend will the first chance for ESM’s Pipo Derani to try the Belle Isle circuit – the Brazilian joining the team on a full-time basis at Watkins Glen last year.
Deriani said :
“Detroit will be the last track on the IMSA calendar that I haven’t race at before,” said Derani. “I have always liked street circuits and the extra challenges they bring to the game. We’ll be looking forward and working hard to come back to the front of the grid after an up and down beginning to our season.”
The Detroit race is scheduled for this coming Saturday – June 2nd – starting at 12:40 pm local time.