Porsche tops GTLM Friday morning in Long Beach

April 12, 2019

Porsche tops GTLM Friday morning in Long Beach

April 12, 2019

Sebring winners Porsche GT Team opened their Long Beach weekend in good form.

Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet share the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, and set a best time of 1:17.549 in the GT Le Mans class at the 1.968-mile street course.

Tandy described how much the track evolves over the course of the two-hour session. This kicks off the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix.

“Yeah actually it wasn’t so bad at the start considering we’re the first cars on track. That’s always a big problem. We know this every year though,” Tandy said.

“By the end the racing line is pretty clean. We knew the track evolution, and we saved our new tires right to the end of the session when the track was at its best.

“You can see from the start to end of a two-hour session, you pick up two and a half seconds. The way the car reacts with the track, and the way the tire reacts with the track surface is everything. We make the tire work with the surface as it changes.”

“I love it here. It’s the only street circuit we do in GTLM, and it’s always fun to come to different places like the Nordscheleife or a street circuit like Long Beach. This is a place we’ve been successful at and should suit the short wheelbase. It’s historically one of our strongest circuits. So we need to make the most of it and get on with it.”

The Long Beach track constantly evolves over the weekend. The IMSA cars are essentially some of the world’s fastest “street sweepers” during the practice session. 

With other series and other tire brands present, there is a significant change in evolution from morning to afternoon before the second practice at 4:45 p.m. PT.

Qualifying then occurs later in the afternoon, at 5:40 p.m. PT for GTLM.

Results are linked here.

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