IMSA: Disappointment for Porsche At Road America
Porsche narrowly missed out on a potential victory and podium result at Wisconsin’s famous Road America track during Round Eight of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
During qualifying the factory 911 RSRs showed improved pace, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet qualified the No.911 machine on the front row, with Earl Bamber and Frédéric Makowiecki starting their No.912 car in fifth spot. Pilet made an excellent start snatching the lead at the beginning of the race, he was joined at the front during the first hour by the No.912 car.
But it was a final yellow flag caution period set the race up for grandstand finish, Tandy went for it in an attempt to steal victory but ended up going off the track relegating the No.911 car to seventh spot: “Obviously I’m disappointed to have lost an almost certain podium position shortly before the finish. But the entire race was really tough with lots of contact,” he said. “After the final caution phase, it would have been almost impossible to have fitted a piece of paper between the Ford, the Ferrari and me. I was determined to use my chance to win, which proved a little too ambitious and ended with my spin.”
In what is being touted as the closest race of the 2016 IMSA season so far, Bamber and Makowiecki also lost out on a potential podium finish in the melee towards the end of the race, crossing the line in fourth place. Overall Project Manager GT Works Motorsport, Marco Ujhasi, said: “We put the pressure on right from the start and we could turn consistently fast laps. Everything that we had planned actually worked. A podium result would definitely have been possible. All in all, this race was a ray of hope. We’ll continue to fight.”
After 8 of 11 races both the Porsche drivers and teams sit outside the top three in the GTLM class points’ standings. Porsche trails both Chevrolet and Ford in the Manufacturer standings.
Round nine of IMSA SportsCar Championship will be held on 28 August on the Virginia International Raceway at Alton in the US state of Virginia.
|1. Gavin/Milner||Chevrolet Corvette||70 laps|
|2.Briscoe/Westbrook||Ford GT||70 laps|
|3. Edwards/Luhr||BMW M6||70 laps|
|4. Bamber/Makowiecki||Porsche 911 RSR||70 laps|
|7.Pilet/Tandy||Porsche 911 RSR||70 laps|
GTLM – Drivers
|1. Gavin/Milner||Chevrolet Corvette||264 points|
|2.Briscoe/Westbrook||Ford GT||251 points|
|3.Garcia, Magnussen||Chevrolet Corvette||223 points|
|4. Bamber/Makowiecki||Porsche 911 RSR||219 points|
|7.Pilet/Tandy||Porsche 911 RSR||204 points|
|1. Chevrolet||262 points|
|2. Ford||249 points|
|3. Porsche||237 points|
|1. Corvette Racing #4||264 points|
|2. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #67||251 points|
|3. Corvette Racing #3||223 points|
|5. Porsche North America #912||219 points|
|7. Porsche North America #911||204 points|