Race, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 9, Danville/USA
Wright Motorsports celebrated their second podium result of this year‘s IMSA SportsCar Championship on Sunday with Porsche works driver Patrick Long (USA) and Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (Denmark). After winning the Road America race with the Porsche 911 GT3 R, they followed up with another top result, scoring second in the GTD class at the Virginia International Raceway. At round nine of the GTLM class, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) secured fifth place in the Porsche 911 RSR with the starting number 912. A technical defect after about an hour put an early end to the race for the sister car shared by Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France).
Although Pilet took up the race from second on the grid for the Porsche GT Team, the first grid row did not bring any luck for the number 911 vehicle. After handing the car off to Tandy, the 33-year-old had to park the car trackside with damage to the drive train while running in the lead. The 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR driven by Bamber and Vanthoor received a drive-through penalty after an incident in the first lap. In the race over two hours and 40 minutes, the pair doggedly worked their way forward from the back of the field. At times, Vanthoor looked good for a podium result on the 5.263-kilometre circuit, and ultimately saw the flag in fifth place after 88 laps. This puts Porsche on third place in the manufacturers’ classification.
The tenth and penultimate round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship will be contested from 7 to 9 September at Laguna Seca in the US state of California.
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