IMSA: RSR Misses Out On Podium
Following a second place at the season-opening IMSA round at Daytona, and a third place finish at round two in Long Beach, Porsche might have hoped for a similar result in Texas…
At the start of the fourth round of the IMSA series in Austin, Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner got off the line well in the No911 911 RSR, Pilet avoiding a first corner incident where several cars came together. The sister No912 entry of Laurens Vanthoor and Wolf Henzler was not so lucky, forcing it to pit for repairs. Henzler, who replaced Kévin Estre at Austin in order to allow the Frenchman to contest the WEC round at Spa, rejoined the race in fifth spot. However, the damage incurred led to long repairs in the team garages, putting the duo out of contention by the time they rejoined the race. Completing a total of just 10 laps to the other car’s 71, the No912 car was classified in eighth place.
Having made it up to third spot, then second following an overtake, the No911 car was fairing better. After almost an hour of racing Pilet was in the lead, but things were not set to stay that way. When Werner took the wheel of the RSR, he was first shunted by a GTD class car, then handed a 60-second penalty which he duly served in the pit lane. This dashed Porsche’s hopes of a possible podium finish, Pilet finally saw the flag in fourth place.
Commenting after the race, Patrick Pilet said, “This race was pretty disappointing. We had the best chances to do well here, but it was our own fault that it didn’t succeed. We make mistakes that shouldn’t happen. I hope things go better for us at the next race in Watkins Glen.” Stand-in driver Wolf Henzler, said: “I didn’t imagine my first race this season with the 911 RSR would be like this. In the very first corner after the start, a Ford and a Ferrari had a big encounter and that set off a chain reaction. When I sped up right behind a Corvette, it suddenly spun. I couldn’t avoid it and we collided. Our 911 RSR was so badly damaged that the resulting repairs cost us all chances of a good result.”
Round five of the IMSA SportsCar Championship takes place at Watkins Glen on 12th July following a break after the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
|1. Garcia/Magnussen||Chevrolet Corvette||71 laps|
|2. Auberlen/Sims||BMW M6||71 laps|
|3. Edwards/Tomczyk||BMW M6||71 laps|
|4. Pilet/Werner||911 RSR||71 laps|
|8. Vanthoor/Henzler||911 RSR||10 laps|
GTLM – Drivers
|1. Garcia/Magnussen||Chevrolet Corvette||126 points|
|2. Müller/Hand||Ford GT||118 points|
|3. Pilet, Werner||911 RSR||110 points|
|8. Vanthoor||911 RSR||102 points|
|1. Chevrolet||133 points|
|2. Ford||127 points|
|3. Porsche||118 points|
|1. Corvette Racing #3||124 points|
|2. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #66||118 points|
|3. Porsche GT Team #911||110 points|
|7. Porsche GT Team #912||101 points|