By the time August rolls around the Tudor United Sportscar Championship season is already well underway, often making the 14 turn, 4.048 mile Road America a pivotal round in the series. This is the time of the season where teams need to look to extend a lead in points or gain points back. As always it looked to be another exciting round.
Friday consisted of two very wet practice sessions.
Not every team took part in these sessions; since the race was going to be dry there was no point in risking the possibility of crunching a car, but the ones that did were struggling for grip in the tricky conditions.
In GT-Daytona it was Patrick Lindsey in the #73 Park Place Porsche that took pole; but in GTLM Earl Bamber in the #912 Porsche North America 911rsr that took pole and set the class track record at 2:02.384.
In the Prototype Challenge class it was the hometown driver James French that took pole in the #38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09. In P1 it was Joey Hand in the 01 Ganassi Ford DP; the first pole of the season for them and their first since last year’s round at Long Beach.
After a great start to the race the #01 Ganassi Ford DP had a boost issue and was quickly overtaken by the trailing cars. A yellow for the #97 Turner Motorsports BMW proved to be useful for the 01, allowing them to make the repairs they needed but as for the #97 BMW it was the end of the day.
The #007 TMG-AMR Aston Martin of Kuno Wittmer and Christina Nielsen was out in front in GT-Daytona; but the bad news for them was they were around 10 minutes short on fuel and had to relinquish the lead to the #33 Viper Exchange Dodge Viper.
The #911 Porsche North America 911RSR had taken the lead after the #912 sister car had to make a unscheduled pit stop for what was thought to be a loose hood. This had been a hell of a run for #911 after having to start from the back of the field as penalty for an overnight engine swap.
The battle for the final two spots on the podium between the #62 Risi Ferrari and the #912 Porsche proved to be the most entertaining. The #62 was the defending race winner and with older tires was at a disadvantage. The #912 took the lead on the final lap and they would have to settle for the 3rd.
The #10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP of Wayne Taylor racing was in the lead when the bad luck bug bit them for the second year in a row in Wisconsin. A suspension failure caused them to come in for the fix, handing the lead to the #31 Whelan Corvette DP of Action Express.
The #31 Whelen Corvette DP of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran that beat out its team car and taking the overall win, with this win it put them only 2 points behind the championship leaders. With Bruno Junqueira and Chris Cumming winning the PC class in the #11 RSR entry, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet winning GTLM in the #911 Porsche and Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the #33 Viper Exchange Viper winning GT-Daytona.
Remaining Tudor USCC schedule VIR being held last weekend.
17-19 September 2015: Circuit of the Americas
1-3 October 2015: Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta
If you’re in those areas be sure to check them out.