The 2 had been pushing by way of visitors whereas battling for second total when the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-06 of Albuquerque made a run on Derani within the #31 Cadillac V-Sequence.R.
As they approached Flip 1, Albuquerque went to the surface and appeared to push a bumpers-length forward earlier than slight contact despatched him into the tire boundaries and out of the combat for the GTP title within the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
Derani, together with co-driver Alexander Sims, got here into the weekend because the championship leaders.
No additional motion was taken after Race Management reviewed the incident.
“Unlucky for Filipe, I believe he made a determined transfer,” Derani advised Autosport. “He is been making an attempt to win this championship for just a few years, and he actually deserves to, he is a tremendous driver.
“I believe unlucky for him, he made a determined transfer with nonetheless an hour to go. He had sufficient time to be affected person and wait somewhat bit and perhaps use visitors or there was nonetheless one other pit cease to go.
“He simply tried a transfer on the surface of Flip 1, which we have seen prior to now by no means works; final 12 months the 2 Ganassis crashed there, and so they find yourself each within the wall. It simply by no means works.
“So, it is unlucky for him as a result of clearly we might’ve most well-liked to combat all the best way till the tip, however it’s what it’s and also you make your choices and generally it pays off, generally it doesn’t.”
Albuquerque was transported to a hospital for additional analysis, however later launched and supplied an replace on his situation, sharing ache in his proper hand and again.
Derani and Sims, who had been joined by endurance add-on Jack Aitken, completed sixth within the race, which was sufficient to assert the championship.
Regardless of exiting an hour from the end, Albuquerque and co-driver Ricky Taylor ended up ending second, 21 factors behind the Motion Specific duo.