IMSA: Porsche 1-2 Finish In Texas
Porsche clinched only its second IMSA victory of 2016 when Earl Bamber and Frédéric Makowiecki won Round 10 of the series in Texas at the Circuit of the Americas. The sister 911 RSR of Briton Nick Tandy and Frenchman Patrick Pilet followed the winning Porsche home in second spot making it a Porsche 1-2 finish.
Pilet initially led the Porsche entries having made a good start following a tricky qualifying for both RSRs, he slotted the No911 entry into second place behind the leading Ferrari off the lights. Behind him Makowiecki in the No912 machine also made up a place to occupy third, hot on the sister car’s heals. Tandy took over from Pilet on lap 27, he swiftly moved into the lead with Bamber now trailing in third. With the Ferrari back in the lead of the race it was an unscheduled pit stop for the Italian crew that would eventually hand victory to Porsche.
In the closing stages of the race, which saw scorching Texan temperatures, Bamber overtook the No912 car to take the lead and a subsequent win for himself and co-driver Makowiecki. Makowiecki said: “We didn’t necessarily have the fastest car today, but we could maintain a decent pace over the entire race distance. We’ve been working towards this win over the whole season. Finally everything came together. This is precisely the motivation we need heading to the season finale at Road Atlanta.”
Head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, commented after the race: “That was an incredibly exciting race: A heated battle in which the tyres played a major role. We profited somewhat from Ferrari’s bad luck, but we then drove a clean race to the flag. All in all it was a great performance from the drivers and teams under difficult conditions. I’m very pleased.”
The eleventh and final round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship takes place on 1st October at Road Atlanta in Georgia.
|1. Bamber/Makowiecki||Porsche 911 RSR||74 laps|
|2. Pilet/Tandy||Porsche 911 RSR||74 laps|
|3. Magnussen/Garcia||Chevrolet Corvette||74 laps|
GTLM – Drivers
|1. Gavin/Milner||Chevrolet Corvette||314 points|
|2.Briscoe/Westbrook||Ford GT||303 points|
|3.Garcia, Magnussen||Chevrolet Corvette||290 points|
|4. Bamber/Makowiecki||Porsche 911 RSR||286 points|
|8. Pilet/Tandy||Porsche 911 RSR||263 points|
|1. Chevrolet||329 points|
|2. Ford||309 points|
|3. Porsche||302 points|
|1. Corvette Racing #4||314 points|
|2. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #67||303 points|
|3. Corvette Racing #3||290 points|
|4. Porsche North America #912||286 points|
|8. Porsche North America #911||263 points|