GTD class win for GT3 R as works RSRS fal­ter

Mixed re­sults in IMSA Sportscar Cham­pi­onship

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Porsche’s 911s en­dured a week­end of mixed emo­tions at round eight of the IMSA Sportscar Cham­pi­onship at the sto­ried Road Amer­ica race track. The fac­tory RSR squad of Earl Bam­ber and Lau­rens Vanthoor in the #912 car just missed out on the podium with a fourth-place fin­ish, while team­mates Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet crossed the line in fifth, their #911 car lead­ing the field with an hour of rac­ing to go be­fore a drive-through penalty was in­curred.

De­spite the dis­ap­point­ment in Wis­con­sin, Porsche’s fac­tory drivers re­main in a re­al­is­tic hunt for in­di­vid­ual ti­tles in GTLM: Earl Bam­ber and Lau­rens Vanthoor cur­rently oc­cupy fifth place in the driver’s cham­pi­onship, their haul of 225 points just 16 shy of the lead­ers. Their Weis­sach team­mates Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet are sixth, a mere seven points back.

Mean­while, the rear-en­gined GT3 R fared much bet­ter at Road Amer­ica, with Wright Mo­tor­sports’ Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen (the lat­ter form­ing part of the Ebi­mo­tors team from our ex­tended 24 hours of Le Mans fea­ture in is­sue 168) en­joy­ing a lights-to-flag vic­tory in GTD. The re­sult was the 542nd win for Porsche in the his­tory of the IMSA.

Road At­lanta’s re­sults leave Porsche third in GTLM’S four-team man­u­fac­tur­ers’ stand­ings (the fifth out­fit, Fer­rari, only com­pet­ing at Se­bring and Day­tona), only 19 points off lead­ers Ford. In GTD, Porsche lies eighth out of eight man­u­fac­tur­ers. Be­fore To­tal 911 went to print there were four rounds re­main­ing of the 2018 IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Cham­pi­onship.

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