Second win of season for 911 RSR and championship lead

Comments on the race

Steffen Höllwarth, Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship: “What a race. That was not for weak nerves. Laurens and Earl drove a flawless race and always stayed at the front. The final stint, when the freshly-shod BMW launched an attack and slowly reeled our car in, felt like an eternity. But Laurens kept his cool in the car. It’s fantastic how he brought the car home with just over a second to spare. It was like in the movies. It’s a pity that our #911 car was off the pace and lost ground after getting the second set of tyres. Still, this was a banner day for Porsche. Two wins from four races in the USA – that’s an interim result we can all be proud of. Porsche now leads manufacturer’s classification in both the IMSA and WEC championships. This gives us an additional boost heading to the 24 Hours of Le Mans.”
Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR # 912): “We’ve waited for a year and a half for this day. We were often so close to winning, but then something foiled it. Today it was finally our turn. Earl drove a great first stint and conserved as much fuel as possible. After the first pit stop we took the lead. I tried to control the race while keeping a close eye on the tyres. That wasn’t easy, but it worked.”
Earl Bamber (911 RSR #912): “Winning here feels fantastic. It’s our first victory together in the USA, and it’s well deserved. I’m thrilled for the whole team, especially the guys looking after the #912 car. They’ve waited a long time for this win. Today the winner’s champagne tasted particularly delicious.”

Porsche 911 RSR (911), Porsche GT Team- Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR (911), Porsche GT Team- Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “Nick’s first stint was great. He did precisely what was needed to put us in the lead. I don’t quite know why our performance dropped off later, but we’ll take a good look at this and fix the problem before the Watkins Glen race.”
Nick Tandy (911 RSR #911): “Congratulations to our teammates. It’s great how they won this gripping race. For us, everything ran according to plan initially, we were in the lead until the first pit stop. But then we lost pace and dropped back. Today was a great success for the entire team.”

Complete race results of round 4 of the IMSA Weathertech championship on next page