Porsche sec­ond at La­guna Seca IMSA epic

Works RSR just 2.4 sec­onds off vic­tory in penul­ti­mate race of the year

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Porsche’s works ef­fort in the US nar­rowly missed out on a sec­ond IMSA Sports Car Cham­pi­onship vic­tory of the sea­son after a thrilling race on the sto­ried La­guna Seca cir­cuit in Cal­i­for­nia, the venue which only weeks later played host to Rennsport Re­union VI.

Start­ing from 7th po­si­tion on the grid in the GTLM class, the #912 works car of Lau­rens Vanthoor and Earl Bam­ber bat­tled through a hec­tic field over the two hour and 40 minute race, made en­ter­tain­ing by vastly dif­fer­ent fuel strate­gies be­tween teams, not to men­tion the many cau­tion pe­ri­ods.

Dur­ing one cau­tion pe­riod at the half­way mark the #912 team de­cided to pit Earl Bam­ber early, hand­ing the lead over to Lau­rens Vanthoor. The Bel­gian had to com­plete the race on one tank of fuel and a sin­gle set of tyres while keep­ing the rest of the field at bay. A near-flaw­less drive from the works driver en­sured the car took sec­ond place be­hind the BMW M8 GTE, fin­ish­ing just be­hind it in a closely con­tested fin­ish.

The sis­ter #911 car of Nick Tandy and

Pa­trick Pilet, which qual­i­fied for the race in 6th po­si­tion, was forced into early re­tire­ment right from the start after col­lid­ing with a dam­aged pro­to­type car.

The teams will now head to Road At­lanta over the week­end of 10-13th Oc­to­ber for the ten-hour sea­son fi­nale, dubbed ‘Pe­tit Le Mans’. Porsche sits 3rd in the man­u­fac­tur­ers stand­ings, 21 points be­hind Ford, while driver and team ac­co­lades look un­likely this year.

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