A common complaint about many major racing series is that the racing isn’t competitive or close enough. Well, it’s hard to say that about the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship, because all four of the series’ different titles are on the line at Petit Le Mans this weekend.
The Prototype, Prototype Challenge, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona class champions will all be decided during the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The Prototype class is led by Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook, who carry 279 points, while Action Express Racing drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa trail in second with 273 points. AER’s second entry of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran is tied with them for third.
Meanwhile in GTLM, BMW Team RLL drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner lead Porsche North America drivers Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet by three points, 279-276. Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia are third with 269 points, while the competitive Ferrari of Pierre Kaffer and Giancarlo Fisichella is fourth with 266 points.
The most intense battle for the championship is in the lowest tier class, GT Daytona. TRG-Aston Martin Racing’s Christina Nielsen is close to becoming the first female driver to win a championship in a major international sports car competition, with her and co-driver Kuno Wittmer leading Audi drivers Christopher Haase and Dion von Moltke by 1 point. Third is Scuderia Corsa Ferrari drivers Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, who are just four points out of the lead, followed by ViperExchange.com Racing’s Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen.
The Prototype Challenge championship is led by CORE autosport drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun, who are defending their 2014 PC title. They have a total of 289 points, leading Mathiasen Motorsports drivers Mike Guasch and Tom Kimber-Smith by 12 points and third place’s Chris Cumming and Bruno Junqueira of RSR Racing in third by 14.
See how the four championships play out when Petit Le Mans goes green Saturday October 3rd. FOX Sports 2 will prove live coverage from 11 a.m. ET, and the broadcast will later switch over to an IMSA.com live stream.