Porsche is answerable for two of the most important upsets of the century in North American sports activities automotive racing. The primary, on the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona, was produced as the previous Grand-Am Rolex Collection launched its new Daytona Prototype components which, due to absences of velocity and reliability, made an general win doable with a Porsche 966 GT3-RS.
As DPs faltered or failed, second-tier GT automobiles moved up the working order till The Racer’s Group held a commanding lead and gained with a 56-mile margin of victory to the closest prototype. And whereas Daytona 2003 is remembered for the alarming general win for a GT automotive, it additionally got here on the daybreak of a brand new prototype class, the place struggles for the unproven DP fashions had been something however a shock.
The second general win, taken 5 years in the past at Petit Le Mans, was the actual shocker because the manufacturing facility Porsche GT Staff mollywhopped your entire discipline with sheer tempo. Run below heavy rainfall for a lot of the 10-hour contest, the rear-engine Porsche 911 RSRs had been completely suited to the treacherous circumstances. And because of Michelin’s presence in IMSA’s GT Le Mans class, the remainder of the grid — saddled with uncompetitive rain tires from official sequence provider Continental — had been in for a humbling day and night time at Highway Atlanta.
So, with the 2020 version of Petit Le Mans right here to take pleasure in, let’s take a protracted and detailed look again on the 2015 race the place England’s Nick Tandy, France’s Patrick Pilet, and Austria’s Richard Lietz made historical past whereas embarrassing DPs, LMP2s, and 30-plus entries who had been helpless to cease the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR from conquering all comers.
NICK TANDY: “Clearly, we had the forecast and we may see there was a probability of rain for the race day, similar as everybody else. However going by apply you are likely to all the time attempt to set a automotive up for dry circumstances, primarily. Since you by no means understand how the forecast can change and you may all the time run a moist race with a dry setup, however it’s very tough to…