Porsche winning streak continues

August 23, 2015

Porsche winning streak continues

August 23, 2015

vir_racegal2_8_23_15_30Porsche continued its winning streak in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at VIRginia International Raceway today – taking the brand’s fourth consecutive victory of 2015.

Today’s win by Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet was the third in succession for the British/French duo and followed on from Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers victory at Watkins Glen aboard their Falken Porsche.

vir_racegal2_8_23_15_2Porsche North America also scored its second consecutive 1-2 finish with Earl Bamber and Joerg Bergmeister taking the runner-up spot – repeating their race finish from Road America.

The win also propelled Pilet into the GTLM championship lead – taking a five point advantage over Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.

“It might have looked easy at the end, and there at the end it might have been, but the first two stints were really tough,” Tandy said.

“We were counting on a caution period, but we had to manage the fuel and the tire use. We knew we had to stay in front of the Risi car, but in the end they have to stop earlier than us.”

The Risi Ferrari held second place for much of the race Bamber was able to get past Pierre Kaffer and hold off a strong challenge in the run to the flag.

“I got behind the Ferrari and I didn’t have a lot of aero, so I destroyed the tires. But I saw him struggling coming out on cold tires going into four. So I made a good move on him and got around him,” Bamber said.

“I knew that the Ferrari couldn’t pass me on the last lap anyway, we were pretty under control there.”

BMW took fourth and fifth positions with Lucas Luhr and John Edwards finishing ahead of teammates Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner. Auberlen suffered a spin mid race and Werner later lost the rear bumper off his BMW.

Corvette Racing had a challenging day with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen fighting back after the no.3 Corvette’s engine shut down on Garcia at one stage exiting the Oak Tree Turn.

Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner’s race was compromised at the finish when they need an extra stop for a splash of fuel in the race which didn’t have a single yellow flag caution period.

The team’s will now prepare for the next round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas on September 19 – sharing the race weekend with the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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