The third race of this season’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship has come and gone, with both Porsche North America and the Falken Tire Porsche customer team failing to place among the top three spots in the GTLM class.
Of course, it’s not as though the Porsche North America team should have been taken by surprise by any difficulty; the inaugural Tudor race series last year proved to be hugely tumultuous for every team in the running. But last weekend’s Tudor race in Long Beach, CA was particularly upsetting because of the narrow margin of defeat.
The No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR run by Porsche North America was a mere 0.2 seconds behind the third place Chevrolet Corvette.
Had the Long Beach Tudor race lasted any longer, perhaps the No. 911 car could have triumphed; Long Beach is the shortest race in the series, at just 100 minutes in duration. The No. 912 car fared worse, being involved in a collision at the first corner after the race start. After some repair work, the No. 912 rejoined the pack 15 laps down, ultimately crossing the flag in eighth place in the GTLM class.
Porsche North America will have only this week to recover from the losses sustained at Long Beach; Tudor race event number four, taking place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, is scheduled for this weekend. We’ll be watching with bated breath.