The two-car Porsche GT Team has come on clever given returning from a normal midseason mangle for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams to contest in a 24 Hours of Le Mans, and both cars delivered on Saturday afternoon during Lime Rock Park. The group finished 1-2 in a two-hour and 40-minute Northeast Grand Prix in Connecticut.
Leading a approach in a competition that featured a WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes were 2015 WeatherTech Championship GTLM champion Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner in a No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR.
Pilet crossed a ribbon 14.5 seconds forward of Laurens Vanthoor in a No. 912 Porsche that Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni started from a stick position. It was a initial feat for a insubordinate new Porsche 911 RSR, a initial one to be configured with a engine in front of a back axle.
The No. 911 Porsche ran inside a tip 3 positions via a race. Werner competent third, though jumped to second during a start of a competition and ran behind Bruni for a initial 49 mins before holding a lead when Bruni came in for his initial array stop.
Werner pitted dual laps after to spin a automobile over to Pilet, who rejoined a competition in third place, though one mark forward of Vanthoor in a No. 912. Pilet took a lead for a initial time an hour and 17 mins into a competition once a initial pit-stop cycle was completed.
Pilet mislaid a lead when he done his second and final array stop, though reclaimed a tip mark for a final time when Antonio Garcia pitted a No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R from a lead. He would not be challenged a rest of a approach en track to his eighth IMSA race victory.
“It means a lot,” Pilet said. “Since a initial competition of a season, we’ve fought for a feat though never achieved that. It was good given everybody worked so hard. It went well-spoken all weekend given initial practice. Both cars were unequivocally quick, generally a 912. We managed to get a unequivocally good gait during a prolonged runs and we knew it was a pivotal here to be clever during a prolonged runs and it went perfectly.”
Laurens Vanthoor finished second in a No. 912 Porsche that Gianmaria “Gimmi” Bruni started from a stick position.
It was Werner’s ninth career feat in IMSA story — including prior wins in both a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series — and his third in a WeatherTech Championship. Werner assimilated a Porsche GT Team this deteriorate after spending a past several seasons with BMW Team RLL.
“For me personally, it’s a good day,” Werner said. “I only assimilated Porsche as a bureau motorist and to be a initial together with Patrick, yeah, it’s a really good feeling. But it’s for a group and it feels good given they put in all a work, generally building a automobile for such a prolonged time; we consider it’s over a year now.
“The automobile has been driven and tested and it’s honeyed given a final integrate of races we consider we were already good adequate to win, though we always had a small something go wrong. So now we am really happy, generally a 1-2 for Porsche, and in GTD also to have dual podiums. It’s a ideal day.”
It was a initial win for a Porsche GT Team given final September’s competition during Circuit of The Americas, that also was a final time a group swept a tip dual spots in GTLM.
A extreme conflict for a final lectern mark between Martin Tomczyk in a No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM and Garcia in a Corvette went to Tomczyk and his co-driver, John Edwards, by a slim margin. Garcia and co-driver Jan Magnussen wound adult fourth in a No. 3 entrance forward of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, who dull out a tip 5 in a No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT.
The No. 67 Ford GT also claimed a DEKRA Green Award. The endowment was grown in a partnership between IMSA, a Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International. It recognizes a cleanest, fastest and many fit GTLM automobile in any race.
Next adult for a WeatherTech Championship is a Continental Tire Road Race Showcase during Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on Sunday, Aug. 6. The two-hour and 40-minute competition will embody all 4 WeatherTech Championship classes.