Barbosa, Fittipaldi win Sahlen's 6-Hour

Stephen Borgna
Jaoa Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi celebrate their Sahlen's 6-Hour win at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon.

 Action Express Racing had a monster day at Watkins Glen International Sunday afternoon - going 1-2 in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Joao Barbosa took the No. 5 Corvette DP to the front with 40 minutes left in the race and never looked back. It’s Barbosa’s third victory at The Glen.

His team now takes sole position of the Prototype points position by seven markers.

Barbosa, driving with Christian Fittipaldi, was engaged in a battle for the top spot against fellow Action Express driver Dane Cameron.

“It was probably one of the fastest-paced races I’ve done in a while,” Barbosa said. “The track really suits this kind of racing. You’re able to keep up the momentum and the pace for a long time.”

Cameron and teammate Eric Curran finished second 1.292 seconds behind. He battled for the spot with Konica Minolta’s duo of Ricky Taylor and Jordan Taylor late in the race.

“It was a great day for Action Express,” Cameron said. “Our goal is to be one-two every weekend.”

Taylor overtook Cameron for second with about a half hour to go. Cameron ultimately retook the spot. Taylor finished fourth in the number 10 Prototype Corvette DP after he was overtaken by Michael Shank Racing’s Olivier Pla.

Pla finished third driving the number 60 Ligier JS P2 with John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr.

Starworks Motorsports’ Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow finished first in the Prototype Challenge class driving the number 8 ORECA FLM09.

“I think we were really quick; the car was really good,” van der Zande said.

Van der Zande qualified first in the class Saturday afternoon.

Chip Ganassi Racing finished first and second in the GT Le Mans class. Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe finished first in the number 67 Ford GT while Chip Ganassi’s Joey Hand and Dirk Muller took second in the class in the number 66 Ford GT.

“I’m glad we got the win,” Briscoe said.

“It’s just such a good period for us,” Westbrook said. “The confidence is so high.”

Paul Miller racing’s Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen finished first in the GT Daytona class driving the number 63 Ferrari 488 GT3.

“To start (July) off like this feels absolutely amazing,” Nielsen said. “... The car handled extremely well. It was a pleasure to drive.”

“I’m really proud, we’re having fun and we’re a very good team,” Balzan said.

Drivers said The Glen’s new surface heightened their experience.

“For sure, the new pavement is amazing.” Curran said. “... Hats off to Watkins Glen for the big repave. Big improvement and a lot of fun. It made my favorite race track even better.”