Porsche reigns at Road America

August 9, 2015

Porsche reigns at Road America

August 9, 2015

roadam_race_gallery_8_9_15_26Porsche scored its third consecutive race win and its second in a row for Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet at Road America today in the GTLM class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Not only did they take the overall win, but the team scored a 1-2 finish with Earl Bamber and Jorg Bergmeister finishing in the runner-up spot.

Bamber and the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR stormed out to a nearly 10 second lead in Sunday’s race before the sole caution flag of the two-hour, 40-minute race appeared.

Meanwhile fellow Porsche 2015 Le Mans winner Tandy came from the back of the field in the No. 911 Porsche and prevailed in a long duel with Giancarolo Fisichella’s to join Bamber at the front of the factory dominated GTLM class at mid race before taking a 1-2 finish for the German manufacturer.

In the process Tandy broke the Road American GTLM class race lap record a staggering 2.478 seconds with a 2:02.789 clocking.

“It was a crazy weekend,” Pilet said.

“We were always in front and unfortunately I had a problem with the car and I couldn’t qualify. We had to change the engine for the race and it was good choice.

“I had to push really hard on the first lap. I had to get by the GTD cars to get close to the GTLM cars. We had a really good car on the brakes, so I had a good feeling with the car. I just managed the tires, it is quiet difficult, but everything went perfect.

“We had a yellow at the right moment. Especially when I restarted in front of the Ferrari but I was able to overtake the Ferrari in the pit exit. I was scared at the last lap, we had a small mistake on the straight, but overall I’m very happy with the win.

All eight cars toppled the track record for the GTLM class from last year in today’s race.

“The car improved every year, we improved a lot. So does the tire,” Pilet said.

“The BMW looked a bit slower this weekend, I don’t know if they used a new spec. For us, we ran really well with the new Michelins.

“We ran a lot of downforce, we didn’t feel it was needed to be fast in the straight lines. It was completely different than anyone else. I was surprised about the grip, it was amazing.”

Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen finished fourth to extend their championship lead by four points over the fifth place BMW or Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner.

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