A dominant weekend for Porsche at Lime Rock Park resulted in the first win for the current generation Porsche 911 RSR, two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class wins and four cars on two different podiums for the marque. Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner took the overall win by 14.5 seconds for the GT-only Northeast Grand Prix, in the No. 911 Porsche after driving flawlessly in a race that saw no full course yellow flags.
The No. 911 was chased by the sister No. 912 Porsche with Gianmaria Bruni and Laurens Vanthoor contributing to a 1-2 finish for Porsche. The No. 24 BMW Team RLL duo of Martin Tomczyk and John Edwards chased the Porsches to a third place finish, the fourth podium in a row for the BMW M6 GTLM.
After qualifying a half second faster than the field, the No. 912 led from the start with Bruni behind the wheel. An off for the Italian driver just before the first round of pit stops gave the advantage to Werner in the No. 911 early on.
The two Porsches held position through the rest of the second stint with their second and final stop ocurring with just over an hour remaining in the two-hour, forty-minute sprint race. A quick execution by the team ensured the third career IMSA victory for Werner and seventh for Pilet.
Championship points leaders, Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia were followed by Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook to the complete the top five with Chevrolet and Ford, respectively.
Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Lindsey took the GT Daytona victory for Park Place Motorsports in the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R, the first of the season for the team. Bergmeister held off the chargring Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini of Bryan Sellers in the closing moments of race.
The Alegra Motorsports duo of Patrick Long and Daniel Morad completed the podium in the No. 28 Porsche. Steven Motorsports’ Lawson Aschenbach and Andrew Davis lead Katherin Legge and Andy Lally to round out the top five with Audi and Acura, respectively.
Quick work in pit lane and an early driver change helped the No. 73 Porsche leap-frog the No. 28 Porsche and No. 15 Lexus and in the final pit stop sequence. Paul Miller Racing’s stratey followed a similar pattern with Sellers jumping to second after the final round of stops.
Despite a lack of full course cautions, Lime Rock Park’s 1.5 miles of asphalt played host to plenty of drama. It was Ford and Chevrolet making the hardest contact on Lap 27 of the race with Tommy Milner losing control of his No. 4 Corvette heading into the chicane and collecting the No. 66 of Dirk Mueller.
The Acura’s Top 5 finish came despite two early-race penalties. Contact with Corey Lewis’ Change Racing Lamborghini and Tristan Vautier’s Sun1 Energy AMG GT3 resulted in two separate drive-through penalties for Legge.
In just two weeks, the WeatherTech Championship fields head North to Road America for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. Nicknamed America’s national park of speed, the 14-turn, 4-mile natural terrain road course hosts Round 8 for the Protoype and GTLM fields, Round 7 for PC and Round 9 for GTD. With only a handful of rounds left in the season, teams and drivers will be aiming for a strong weekend at the fan – and driver – favorite track.