The Porsche GT team took its third win in a row at the fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Factory drivers Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor had fierce opposition in the GTLM class at Lexington, celebrating their second victory following Long Beach.
Bamber said, “The day was perfect for us. It’s incredible that our run in Mid-Ohio continued seamlessly. We’re leading the championship, but that doesn’t mean we’re leaning back.
“The competition will certainly not make it easy for us. Before the next IMSA race, we first have to tackle Le Mans in mid-June. Hopefully, everything will continue to go just as brilliantly there for us, too.
Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy also took to the podium in third place, extending the Porsche squad’s championship lead, this despite a jump start by Pilet and the resulting drive-through penatly; this was the first time this season that both 911s appeared on the podium together.
In GTD, works driver Patrick Long and the German Marco Seefried finished the race in fourth place in the #73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R.
The 911 RSRs will now travel to Europe as they join their WEC counterparts to tackle the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France next month. The cars will then be shipped back to the United States for the six-hour race at Watkins Glen.
1. Bamber/Vanthoor (NZ/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 116 laps
2. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 116 laps
3. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Corvette C7.R, 116 laps
1. Heistand/Hawksworth (USA/GB), Lexus RC F GT3, 114 laps
2. Farnbacher/Hindman (D/USA), Acura NSX GT3, 114 laps
3. Sellers/Hardwick (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 113 laps
4. Long/Seefried (USA/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 113 laps
12. Hargrove/Robichon (CAN/CAN), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 107 laps