Early end to Long Beach Grand Prix

Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande took to Long Island with just the two of them for the third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The VISIT FLORIDA Racing team were in search of their second podium this season with the Gibson Riley challenger and after the disappointment of the 12 Hours of Sebring there was little else on their mind. However, the bad luck had not finished from Sebring as the team were forced to abandon the race after only the first practice session, not even participating in qualifying or race day.

There was a lot of potential pace in the VISIT FLORIDA Racing challenger and Goossens and van der Zande were showing excellent pace during the first practice session. They had been taking it in turns to set laps around the legendary street cuircuit. It was van der Zande who was on board the #90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Gibson Riley when disaster struck.

A brake failure saw the Dutchman unable to stop at the braking zone for Turn 1. He was able to slow the car down but not significantly enough, leading to a high speed crash into the tyre barriers.

Luckily the machine absorbed most of the energy, seeing van der Zande able to get out of the car quickly and receive an all clear from the IMSA medical staff. But this saw the end of the #90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing’s weekend as the damage it suffered was too much for the team to be able to repair in time for the race.

With what is hopefully their last bad weekend behind them, VISIT FLORIDA Racing now look ahead towards the fourth round of the season at the Circuit of the Americas taking place on the 4th-6th of May.