The second edition of Petit Le Mans under the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was a wet and wild affair that saw the No. 911 Porsche factory team take overall honors after a rain-shortened IMSA season finale. This history-making effort by a GTLM team to become the first GT car in Petit Le Mans history to finish first rocketed the No. 911, with drivers Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz, to also take home the championship title.
Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sébastien Bourdais of the No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP led the Prototype field and finished third overall, while the PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA machine took the Prototype Challenge class win. In GT Daytona, Patrick Lindsey, Spencer Pumpelly and Madison Snow brought their Park Place Motorsports Porsche home with a class win.
Overall, six GT Le Mans cars finished in the Top Ten at the 18th Annual Petit Le Mans, which saw the checkered flag fly at seven hours and 51-minutes into the traditionally 10-hours long race. Even with torrential rain and extreme weather conditions, which left standing water throughout the circuit, Petit Le Mans fans proved their loyalty and stayed to cheer on their teams until the finish.
Porsche Shocks The Field With Petit Le Mans Overall Victory
Pilet Earns Driver Title, Clinches GTLM Manufacturer Title
From winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans overall in a prototype to winning the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda overall in a GT Le Mans (GTLM) car, something about “Le Mans” style endurance races suits Porsche North America driver Nick Tandy.
With Tandy’s win at a rain-soaked Road Atlanta, the No. 911 Porsche North America team earned its fourth GTLM victory of the season, winning the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship team title. It also propelled his co-driver Patrick Pilet to the GTLM driver title, beating out No. 25 BMW Team RLL drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner by 10 points in the standings, 315-305. Tandy did not win the driver championship alongside his teammate because of three races missed due to overseas commitments.
John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann finished second in the 10-hour race in the No. 24 BMW/IHG Rewards Club BMW Z4 GTLM. Like the No. 911 Porsche, Klingmann finished ahead of the Prototype category, second overall.
The No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and IndyCar regular, Ryan Briscoe, earned its first TUDOR Championship podium since January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona where Corvette Racing regulars finished third. Milner and Gavin’s most recent podium came in June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans when they won the GTE Pro class overall with Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor in that very same Corvette. Their Corvette Racing teammates in the No. 3 entry, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, finished sixth in today’s race and third in the GTLM points standings.Read More at IMSA.com