GT Le Mans title fight heats up after five-race ‘gauntlet’

August 28, 2018

GT Le Mans title fight heats up after five-race ‘gauntlet’

August 28, 2018

GT Le Mans competitors can breathe this week. Sort of.

This week marks the first time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams and drivers have had more than one week in-between races since June.

There’s still a second week to go this week before teams reconvene in Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the second-to-last race of the year.

This follows the most recent five race-in-eight weekend stretch. This stretch tested the majority of Michelin technical partner teams across five classic road course venues.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing nearly swept all five races, before BMW Team RLL snapped the “Blue Oval’s” GT Le Mans class win streak at VIRginia International Raceway.

Yet it’s Corvette Racing that has ascended to the top of the driver’s standings.

Meanwhile Ford’s run of form though has helped it significantly in the manufacturer’s championship.

Through only four races, both championships were fairly tight. But as expected things spread out once IMSA ran the “gauntlet” of these last five races. The Watkins Glen International, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Lime Rock Park, Road America and VIR tracks have shaken up the title combatants.

Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia seek their third title together with Corvette, and gained the points lead at VIR. They have six straight podium finishes, but are still yet to win this year!

To bring it home, they’ll have to hold off both pairs of Ford teammates. Right rear toe link (No. 66 Ford, Road America) and clutch (No. 67 Ford, VIR) issues sidelined each of the cars the last two races. This has taken either car out of the points lead.

Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook have three wins in the No. 67 car while Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller have two wins in the No. 66 car.

Ford has a five-one edge on Corvette in wins. However Ford will still have to scale back the points lost in either of the next two races to add a driver’s title to a potential manufacturer’s title.

Here’s how the points have shifted in the driver and manufacturer standings over the last five races.


Drivers First 4 Last 5 Now
Garcia/Magnussen 111 158 269
Westbrook/Briscoe 121 144 265
Mueller/Hand 112 148 260
Gavin/Milner 111 141 252
Bamber/Vanthoor 114 137 251
Tandy/Pilet 108 133 241
Sims/De Phillippi 109 132 241
Edwards/Krohn 98 122 220


Manufacturers First 4 Last 5 Now
Ford 125 170 295
Chevrolet 123 160 283
Porsche 126 148 274
BMW 120 147 267

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