Bad luck for fac­tory RSRS at Long Beach

Lead­ing works 911 re­tires early in short­est race of the sea­son

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Af­ter a dom­i­nant start to its IMSA Sportscar Cham­pi­onship cam­paign in the GTLM class, Porsche Mo­tor­sport North Amer­ica had to con­tend with an early re­tire­ment af­ter the #912 car of Earl Bam­ber and Lau­rens Vanthoor suf­fered a bro­ken sus­pen­sion. Bam­ber was lead­ing the GTLM field when he parked the works RSR in the pits with just 22 min­utes of the 100-minute street race re­main­ing. The sis­ter #911 car of Nick Tandy and Pa­trick Pilet took the che­quered flag in sixth.

Start­ing from the front row of the grid for the first time this sea­son, Lau­rens Vanthoor promptly took the lead from lap one at Long Beach, de­fend­ing the lead be­fore hand­ing over to Bam­ber dur­ing a safety-car pe­riod af­ter 38 min­utes. Tak­ing to the field in sec­ond place be­hind the lead­ing BMW, Bam­ber reeled the Mu­nich car in and soon re­took the lead for Porsche, promptly mak­ing head­way be­tween his mid-en­gined RSR and the rest of the field.

How­ever, it was not to be Bam­ber’s day, a bro­ken sus­pen­sion putting paid to what would have been an em­phatic re­sult. The New Zealan­der said af­ter the race: “Our 911 RSR ran very well on this track. The guys did one quick pit stop and we were hold­ing a com­fort­able lead, but then some­thing went wrong with the sus­pen­sion and that was the end of our race. It’s a shame for the team, but such things hap­pen. Now we’ll be back to at­tack in Mid-ohio.”

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