Porsche GT Team has claimed its fourth consecutive GT Le Mans class win with Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet returning to victory lane in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Tandy took his No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR to a narrow win over the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia, following a late-race stop for the sister No. 912 Porsche, which had been leading on fuel strategy.
The nine-second fuel-only stop for Earl Bamber in the final 20 minutes dropped the No. 912 Porsche to sixth and was later forced to come in again for a right-rear puncture.
Tandy managed to resist the pressure of Garcia in the closing laps, winning by 0.452 seconds.
It marked the Englishman and Pilet’s first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship class victory since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March.
The No. 67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe completed the class podium in third, despite an early race steering rack issue for the Chip Ganassi Racing entry.
Dirk Mueller brought the sister No. 66 Ford home in fourth, ahead of the No. 24 Team RLL BMW M8 GTE in fifth.
The race was marred by a massive opening lap accident by the No. 4 Corvette of Tommy Milner, who had contact with the No. 912 Porsche of Vanthoor that also collected the GT Daytona class No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Ben Keating.
Both drivers escaped injury but the cars were retired.
A flash fire for the No. 25 BMW of Connor De Philippi in the final hour added further drama to the GTLM class.
Farnbacher Holds Off Auberlen for GTD Win
Mario Farnbacher held off a hard-charging Bill Auberlen to take GTD class honors for Meyer Shank Racing.
Farnbacher passed the fuel-stricken No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Audi R8 LMS Evo of Ryan Dalziel for the class lead with 16 minutes to go, prior to Dalziel pitting, and fought off Auberlen’s Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 for the win.
It marked the first win for the Acura NSX GT3 Evo and saw Farnbacher and pole-sitter Trent Hindman’s point lead extended.
Farnbacher and Hindman shared driving duties with Justin Marks.
The No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 of Toni Vilander, Cooper MacNeil and Jeff Westphal completed the class podium in third.
RESULTS: Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen