Strong performance of the 911 RSR goes unrewarded

More comments on the IMSA Weathertech round 3 in Long Beach

IMSA Weathertech Long Beach 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): “It wasn’t Porsche’s day today. It’s a shame for our teammates in the #912 car. They drove a great race but unfortunately weren’t rewarded for it. For us the start of the race was pretty hectic. I had a hefty nudge in the second corner when everyone suddenly stopped in front of me. Overtaking is really hard on this circuit so I wanted to conserve as much fuel as possible. That proved to be the right strategy. We had a very short pit stop, but couldn’t make the most of this advantage because when Nick tried to rejoin the race, he was blocked by a car in front of him. Now I’m looking forward to Mid-Ohio.”
Nick Tandy (911 RSR #911): “When I wanted to leave the pits after our stop, another car got in the way. We could have rejoined the field in second place. If this had happened, the outcome would definitely have been different for us. The additional pit stop that cost us a lap then finished us off. Still, our 911 RSR was fast and the team, as usual, gave us great support.”
Earl Bamber (911 RSR #912): “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.”
Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR # 912): “My start was really good. We’d actually put a plan in place this morning because the start in Long Beach is very important due to the fact that overtaking is not easy on this narrow racetrack. This plan worked well. At the start, I immediately overtook the Ford polesitter and then tried to control the race without risking too much. That worked up until the pit stop. Earl then did a great job until a technical defect put the final spoke in the works.” 

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