What a season finale in the USA: At the Petit Le Mans on the storied Road Atlanta circuit,
All good things come in fours: Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy fought hard for the fourth win of the season with the 911 RSR after Bowmanville, Road America and Virginia. This latest success after the other most important long distance classics in the USA at Daytona and Sebring marks a milestone in the career of the
The start of the 18th edition of Petit Le Mans was dominated by the spectacular chase through the field of
Prior to this, however, the race had been interrupted after just two laps by the first safety car phase. The flooded track caused huge problems for many of the drivers, regardless of the class. The organiser dispatched special trucks out on to the track, which attempted to blow the water from the circuit with massive turbines. But these measures proved no match for the torrents that formed in many places by the driving rain. As time went on, the rain became torrential and the conditions increasingly challenging.
After an hour, Nick Tandy moved into the overall lead for a few laps for the first time. In the meantime, Earl Bamber had to come in for an unscheduled pit stop. The water temperature in his 911 RSR was rising so some tape had to be removed from his radiator. His second stop was due to a puncture – after an encounter with a GTD vehicle in the opening lap. Because he was forced to come into the pits, which was actually not allowed, he received a 60-second stop-and-go penalty. This cost him four laps and robbed him of the chance for victory. Bamber was ultimately flagged off as eighth in the GTLM class.
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When the rain became heavier, even the untiring efforts of the marshals were not enough to drain the water from the track. After five hours and 21 minutes, the race was red-flagged, and the vehicles stood waiting in the pits like a string of pearls. Eventually the field was sent back out on the track to turn two formation laps behind the safety car. Patrick Pilet in the lead handed the 911 RSR off to Nick Tandy under yellow. Once the field went green, he moved from fourth to third before his pursuit was halted by the ninth safety car phase. But he didn’t let this hold him back. In the first lap after the restart, the Frenchman snatched the lead in his class, was running in first overall after 190 laps and never looked back. Because conditions were deteriorating even more, the ten-hour race was stopped after another safety car phase after 7:51 hours and 199 completed laps.
Petit Le Mans marked the last race for the American
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