GTLM Porsche Wins Petit Le Mans

by Jake Kilshaw

A bizarre Petit Le Mans ended prematurely following multiple yellow and red flag periods, and it was the #911 Porsche North America 911 RSR that won the race overall, with drivers Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz.

Following the five hour mark (read part one report here), little green flag running took place, as the race was dominated by over an hour of red flags. When the racing finally got going again, Nick Tandy was able to pass Eric Curran‘s #31 Action Express Racing car to take the overall lead once again, and he stayed in that position until the chequered flag was called, seemingly out of nowhere.

Whilst it looked as if the Prototype championship would go to the #31 team of Curran and Dane Cameron, they lost positions just minutes before the race ends, and so their sister #5 team of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi become back-to-back championship winners. They finished the race third overall, but as lead Prototype. Between the Porsche and them was the #24 BMW Z4 GTLM of John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann.

Second place in Prototype and fourth overall was awarded to Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Pruett, Joey Hand and Scott Dixon, who finished ahead of the #31 Corvette DP. Championship favourites heading into the race, Racing, finished down in 12th overall following Mike Rockenfeller‘s crash earlier which put them out of the running.

Prototype Challenge honours went to PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports who had a dominant weekend, arguably highlighted by Tom Kimber-Smith, but Mike Guasch and Andrew Palmer of course also played a vital role. In GT Daytona, the #73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche of Patrick Lindsey, Spencer Pumpelly and Madison Snow battled various competition all race long, but emerged victorious eventually.

With regards to the championships, although all standings are unofficial, Barbosa and Fittipaldi won in Prototype for Action Express Racing; Jon Bennett and Colin Braun won Prototype Challenge with CORE Autosport; Porsche North America lead GTLM but with only Patrick Pilet; and it was Scuderia Corsa victorious in GTD.

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