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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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BMW is back in 2016
Oct02

BMW is back in 2016

BMW has confirmed it will return to IMSA competition in 2016 with the new WeatherTech SportsCar Championship-spec M6. While the BMW M6 GT3 will contest race events and series with FIA GT3 regulations as of next season, BMW Motorsport is also working on a new challenger for the elite class of North American GT racing: the BMW M6 GTLM. The plan is to return for an eighth season with BMW Team RLL and field the newly developed racing car...

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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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