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Ready to race in the rain
Oct03

Ready to race in the rain

The morning warm-up is run and done and now teams face a long day ahead at Petit Le Mans with damp weather the order of the day. Nick Tandy may have been sent to the back of the grid for a ride height infringement on his No.911 Porsche yesterday but the British Le Mans winner was on the pace this morning – leading the overall times. Mike Rockenfeller was second fastest for the VisitFlorida.com squad but six of the top nine were...

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GTLM title race crunch time
Oct03

GTLM title race crunch time

It has been a dramatic year of GTLM action as Porsche, BMW, Corvette and Ferrari have done battle over nine rounds in 2015. Now the title is on the line in the 10th and final round. Early season driver shuffling by the German marque between its TUDOR and FIA WEC programs has resulted in Frenchman Patrick Pilet standing alone as the points leader entering the Petit Le Mans. Three wins a row at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Road...

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Rough day for Porsche pack
Oct02

Rough day for Porsche pack

Porsche has shown strong pace throughout the week at Petit Le Mans but their day went from hero to zero this afternoon at Road Atlanta with all three 911 machines forced to start from the back of the grid tomorrow. Falken Racing’s Bryan Sellers was the first to strike trouble. The reigning Petit Le Mans race winner ran off the circuit on his first flying lap, crashing in the esses – his first crash for the Derrick...

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Bamber scores pole then crashes
Oct02

Bamber scores pole then crashes

Porsche North America’s Earl Bamber scored his second TUDOR United SportsCar Championship pole at Road Atlanta today – then he went quicker, then he crashed! The New Zealander brought out the red flag in GTLM qualifying after going off in the esses. Despite losing his fastest lap for causing the red flag, Bamber’s second fastest lap was still good enough for pole. Bamber toppled his fellow Le Mans-winning teammate...

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Westbrook swims to Petit pole
Oct02

Westbrook swims to Petit pole

Richard Westbrook may be leading the 2015 prototype points battle but today the Brit scored his first pole of the year for VisitFlorida.com Racing – suitably conquering conditions which were more akin to a swim at a Florida beach. Steady rain has left the Road Atlanta track damp for most of the day and the prototype teams actually struggled for much of their session to beat the time of GTLM pole sitter Earl Bamber. Westbrook...

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The big decision: wets or slicks?
Oct02

The big decision: wets or slicks?

Teams faced a tough decision this morning at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta – play it safe and use wets on a drying track or go for slicks and go for a time and risk damaging the car. While parts of the Road Atlanta circuit were dry, the back part of the circuit still had sections which were quite damp. In the Prototype class Joao Barbosa set the pace at 1:23.232 – around 6-7 seconds slower than the quick times from...

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