IMSA’s GTLM class, once the most competitive sports car category in the world, is down to just three full-time entries from two teams. It means opportunities for drama are fewer and further between than they used to be, but it does not mean every race is a sure thing. Today’s race became far less certain earlier in the week, when WeatherTech Racing announced that outside commitments in other races would lead Porsche to send ace Kevin Estre to their No. 79 car as Cooper MacNeil’s co-driver. A safety car with an hour to go put Estre directly behind the two leading Corvette C8.Rs. What happened next is why GT racing exists.
Estre had a narrow window to pass the No. 4 Corvette for second. So, he swung with everything he had and grabbed the position. He would eventually move past the No. 3 Corvette for the race lead, but Nick Tandy struck back in the No. 4 Corvette in a move that left the Porsche bouncing off the track. IMSA chose not to penalize Tandy, who would go on to win the race by 20 seconds ahead of his Corvette Racing teammate and 40 over the WeatherTech Porsche.
Tandy did not mince words after the crash in a post-race interview. As he told NBC, “The Porsche should have won this race, but when you lose your brain and start driving stupid, stuff happens.”
For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.