IMSA: 911 RSR Wins At Long Beach
Briton, Nick Tandy, and Frenchman, Patrick Pilet, took the 911 RSR’s maiden win of 2016 in Long Beach during Round three of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. The victory was the first for a Works driver pairing in a 911 at Long Beach since 2010.
The race was relatively static during the opening laps, with Earl Bamber leading the field in the No912 car ahead of Pilet in the No911 entry, but the action for Porsche began with the first round of pit stops. One hour into the race, Pilet handed over to Tandy, and Bamber to Frédéric Makowiecki. Makowiecki in the No912 Porsche was given a stop-and-go penalty for exceeding the speed limit in the pit lane, that left the No912 car playing catch-up for much of the race. Adding to Makowiecki and Bamber’s woes, a collision with a Corvette would later force them back to the pits, leaving the No912 Porsche in seventh place overall come the end of the race.
Le Mans winner Tandy on the other hand, in the No911 entry, snatched the overall lead and took his first win of the season. As a result Porsche has made up vital ground in the manufacturers’ standings of North America’s most important sports car racing series, closing the gap to Chevrolet to just four points. In the hard fought GTLM class, IMSA’s top category, Bamber and Makowiecki now sit in second spot, but they share it with the BMW squad of Auberlen and Werner. The victorious Pilet and Tandy lie in fourth, four points behind the Ferrari of Fisichella and Vilander.
Frédéric Makowiecki said after the race: “After two third places we finally had every opportunity to win today. But we didn’t use it. The first blow was the penalty for being too fast in the pit lane. The collision in the penultimate lap was my fault. I was a touch too optimistic heading into the corner.” Nick Tandy added: “That was a fantastic race. Despite the minor setbacks, we never gave up, we believed in ourselves, and we fought to the flag. Our victory was well earned. We’ve had so much bad luck this season, so now it was our turn to shine.”
Round four of the IMSA SportsCar Championship takes place on 1 May at Laguna Seca in California.
|1. Pilet/Tandy||Porsche 911 RSR||73 laps|
|2. Gavin/Milner||Chevrolet Corvette||73 laps|
|3. Fisichella/Vilander||Ferrari 488 GT||72 laps|
|7. Bamber/Makowiecki||Porsche 911 RSR||70 laps|
GTLM – Drivers
|1. Millner, Gavin||Corvette||105 points|
|2. Bamber, Makowiecki / Auberlen, Werner||Porsche / BMW||87 points|
|3. Fisichella, Vilander||Ferrari||86 points|
|9. Pilet, Tandy||Porsche||82 points|
|1. Chevrolet||102 points|
|2. Porsche||98 points|
|3. BMW / Ferrari||88 points|
|1. Corvette Racing #4||105 points|
|2. Porsche North America #912 / #25 BMW Team RLL||87 points|
|3. Risi Competizione #62||86 points|
|4. Porsche North America #911||82 points|