First GT Le Mans Class Victory For Porsche North America

Teammates Bamber, Makowiecki At Circuit of The AmericasCurtis, Klingmann Take Second GTD Win Of Season For Turner Motorsport Porsche North America teammates Earl Bamber and Frederic Makowiecki claimed their first career IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory and led a 1-2 GT Le Mans (GTLM) class sweep for the Porsche factory team in the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of The Americas.Both Porsches spent much of the race battling and chasing the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE co-driven by Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella before a mechanical problem removed the Ferrari from contention with under 30 minutes remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute race. With under 20 minutes remaining, Bamber drove his No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR past teammate Nick Tandy in the nearly identical No. 911 entry to take the lead.“We didn’t have as big of a fight as we hoped, but we got a 1-2 for Porsche,” said Bamber, a 2015 overall winner at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “It shows that we continue to fight every weekend. We have to maximize every effort, and when the people are there to make a few mistakes, we are there to be able to get a great result or a podium.”He pulled away over the remaining distance to win by 6.399 seconds. It was Porsche’s second GTLM class victory of the season, and first since Tandy and 2015 GTLM champion Patrick Pilet won in the No. 911 Porsche at the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach in April."I’m really happy to win here,” Makowiecki said. “So many times we were close to a win, but we missed it. We showed again today we were strong. We were consistent there in the long run. We got some contact, but we were in P2 speed with the Porsches. The car was fast in the long distance. We always did a great job, and we were really strong with our teamwork. I’m really proud of today’s achievement because we always give our maximum. Today, we finally got the result from all the hard work we’re used to putting in."One race after taking their first victory of the season, No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R co-drivers Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen completed the GTLM podium with a third-place run.Curtis, Klingmann Take Second Win of Season for BMW, TurnerBret Curtis and Jens Klingmann earned their second GT Daytona (GTD) class victory of the season and first since the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in an impressive performance for Turner Motorsport in the No. 96 Spectra Resources/United Steel/Valspar Paint/IHG Rewards Club BMW M6 GT3.Curtis started the race from eighth on the GTD grid and worked his way up to second in class before pitting under full-course caution 47 minutes into the race to hand the car off to Klingmann. The German driver rejoined the race in 10th place, but methodically worked his way forward and moved into the top five less than 20 minutes into his driving stint.Klingmann took the lead with 50 minutes remaining when leader Madison Snow made his final pit stop in the No. 48 Castrol Edge/Universal Industrial Sales Lamborghini Huracán GT3 and pulled away over the remaining distance, beating Snow’s No. 48 co-driver, Bryan Sellers, to the stripe by 15.717 seconds.“It’s tremendous,” Curtis said. “We had a really tough race at VIR a few weeks ago with high hopes of having a good result. I didn’t think we had the car to win today going into the race, but when we got in the car it was really strong and I was just hanging in there in the fast corners. I knew if I brought the car home clean and gave the car over to my co-driver, he’d have a shot of bringing it home, and he really did. He made some moves and did a great job.”Sellers and Snow took second one race after claiming their first victory of the season in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway. Third place in GTD went to No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 co-drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan, who expanded their lead in the championship standings to 32 points, 299-267, over No. 33 with the Monkey Dodge Viper GT3-R co-drivers Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen heading into the WeatherTech Championship season-ending Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino at Road Atlanta in two weeks.

View full results via Al Kamel Systems at Results.IMSA.comNOTEBOOKWith their victory, the No. 912 Porsche North America team with Frederic Makowiecki and Earl Bamber won the DEKRA Green Award. The award recognizes the most clean, fast and efficient team in the GTLM class in each race through a scoring system developed in a partnership between IMSA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and SAE International.Six different manufacturers were represented in the top-six finishing positions in GTD at Lone Star Le Mans. The race-winning No. 96 BMW was followed by the No. 48 Lamborghini, No. 63 Ferrari, the No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 co-driven by John Potter and Andy Lally in fourth, the No. 73 Park Place Racing Porsche of Patrick Lindsey and Joerg Bergmeister in fifth and the No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of David Calvert-Jones and Ben Barker in sixth.After winning the GTLM pole position on Friday, it was a tough race for the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT team of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook. The car never led the race and broke a steering rack after contact with the GTLM championship-leading No. 4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. The damage sent the car behind the wall for lengthy repairs and relegated the car to a ninth-place class result.The No. 4 Corvette team salvaged a fifth-place result from a difficult weekend in Texas. Co-drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner lead No. 67 Ford GT co-drivers Briscoe and Westbrook by 11 points, 314-303, heading into Petit Le Mans.The GTD TOTAL Pole Award-winning No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R co-driven by Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas was poised for a second-place result before running out of fuel on the final lap. As a result, the No. 23 entry finished seventh in class.