Bitter Words Thrown at the Rolex 24

Filipe Albuquerque has expressed a stinging sentiment in regards to his spin-out and 1st place loss to Ricky Taylor – do we smell a rivalry brewing?

This year’s Rolex 24 was a grab-bag of excitement. We got to see Jeff Gordon take another stab at the event, and Ricky Taylor snag 1st place for their team. Yet, not all are quite happy with the way things shook down.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 28:  The #5 Cadillac DPi of Joao Barbosa, of Portugal, Christian Fittipaldi, of Brazil and Filipe Albuquerque, of Portugal, races on the track during the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on January 28, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JANUARY 28: The #5 Cadillac DPi of Joao Barbosa, of Portugal, Christian Fittipaldi, of Brazil and Filipe Albuquerque, of Portugal, races on the track during the 24 Hours of Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on January 28, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

Filipe Albuquerque, current driver at Morad racing, was spun out by Ricky Taylor with seven minutes left in the race. Taylor attempted to pass Albuquerque in a turn right after the tri-oval, and clipped the rear left tire of Filipe, sending him spinning out of the track. The Morad driver recovered quickly, catching up Taylor before the final minutes of the race to steal second for himself and his team.

Many are perplexed by the lack of official response to the action – I’m one of them. The move was too bold, and without enough width to ensure a safe pass Taylor took an unnecessary risk that put a stupid end to an excellent battle for first. Shit, there’s even footage of his dad facepalming during the “pass”.

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Yet none have potentially more to say on the subject than Albuquerque himself. And say he did:

“It was a good fight until I got hit, to be honest. There is not much to say. I had some GTs ahead of me so I could not brake so late.

I closed the door and then I got spun. The officials took the decision, it is what it is, and we finished second.

A true racer, in my opinion, in the end, deep inside, I’d feel a little bit ashamed of the win. If he’s a true racer who did a mistake, just back off. Wait, don’t leave. And he left! In Tour de France, when one guy falls, the other guys wait for him. This is a big race, and we dive in and brake late. It happens. We could see Wayne Taylor, the dad, with his hands on his head.” – Filipe Albuquerque

Yeah, it could have been officiated a bit better, but sorry Filipe, this isn’t the Tour de France.