IMSA: RSR Narrowly Misses Maiden Win
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship visited Bowmanville in Canada for Round Six of the 2017 championship. In qualifying the 911 RSR showed strong pace, taking its first pole position thanks to Dirk Werner in the No911 car. That same car would later post the fastest lap of the race (in the GTLM class) in the hands of Werner’s teammate Patrick Pilet, but that only tells half the story.
From ‘lights out’ things started to go wrong for Porsche, the No911 car fell from the lead yet did remain in close company with the front runner. Further back the sister No912 car, shared by Gianmaria Bruno and Laurens Vanthoor, had to make an unscheduled pit stop due to a tyre failure, it would never recover the time lost in pit lane.
Entering the final hour of the race Pilet closed the gap on the leader before bringing the No911 car in for its next pit stop – the idea being to perform an undercut on the leading car, putting the 911 into the lead once all the stops shook out. It worked, the Frenchman rejoined the race in first place with a five-second lead, but it was not to last.
When rain arrived Pilet had to give up his position at the front, initially falling back into third place. However, with a spirited push, he recaptured second with just a few laps left to the finish and was poised to strike for the lead again. Hopes of claiming the RSR’s maiden victory, however, were soon dashed when he lost power due to a mechanical problem just nine minutes before the finish. The No911 car’s race ended in the pits.
Pilet commented: “The entire team did another excellent today, particularly with the superfast pit stop. It wasn’t easy when it started raining in the final phase, because we were running a different tyre compound compared to our opposition. The 911 RSR performed well over the distance. We were the fastest today. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to achieve our first victory. We’ll try again at Lime Rock.”
Round seven of the IMSA SportsCar Championship will be contested on 22 July at Lime Rock in the US State of Connecticut.
|1.Auberlen/Sims||BMW M6||116 laps|
|2. Edwards/Tomczyk||BMW M6||116 laps|
|3. Westbrook/Briscoe||Ford GT||116 laps|
|6.Vanthoor/Bruni||911 RSR||116 laps|
|7.Pilet/Werner||911 RSR||108 laps|
GTLM – Drivers
|1. Garcia/Magnussen||Chevrolet Corvette||182 points|
|2. Auberlen, Sims||BMW M6||179 points|
|3. Müller/Hand||Ford GT||172 points|
|5. Pilet, Werner||911 RSR||159 points|
|8. Vanthoor||911 RSR||151 points|
|1. Chevrolet||193 points|
|2. Ford||191 points|
|3. BMW||184 points|
|4. Porsche||174 points|
|1. Corvette Racing #3||182 points|
|2. BMW Team RLL #25||179 points|
|3. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #66||172 points|
|5. Porsche GT Team #911||159 points|
|8. Porsche GT Team #912||151 points|