USC – Chip Ganassi Racing wins in Austin

Scott Pruett and Joey Hand won the Lone Star Le Mans event in the United Sportscar Championship at the Austin track in Texas. BMW wins in GTLM.

Published on 19/09/2015 à 22:21

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USC – Chip Ganassi Racing wins in Austin

Contested on the sidelines of the American event of the World ChampionshipEndurance, the Austin sleeve in Texas in United Sportscar Championship smiled at the crew Scott Pruett? Joey Hand lined up in the No. 01 Riley-Ford of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

Author of the pole position, Pruett offered himself a sixtieth victory in sports car events on the other side of the Atlantic this Saturday after his teammate Hand crossed the finish line with a lead of more than 16 seconds on the competition. This is the duo's first success in 2015.

Third after putting on new tires during his last stop, Hand did not tremble to regain the lead, notably against the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Jordan and Ricky Taylor who finally failed in second position. Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante (VisitFlorida.com Racing), leaders in the general classification before this meeting, finished third.

In PC, victory went to the Oreca FLM09 from Braun's CORE Autosport? Bennett who is ahead of Bruno Junqueira and Chris Cumming (RSR Racing) and James French? Conor Daly (Performance Tech Motorsports).

The GTLM category was contested until the end, and if the Porsche 911 RSRs seemed in a strong position to win, it was ultimately the BMW Z4 of Team RLL of Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner who took advantage of the passage to the pits of the two Porsche North America 911s in the final moments of the event for additional fuel to win ahead of the Ferrari 458 Italia n°62 of the Risi Competizione of Fisichella-Kaffer. Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet save third place.

In GTD, Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen impose their Riley Motorsports Viper in front of the BMW Z4 of Turner Motorsport in Marsal? Palttala and the Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra from Haase? von Moltke.

The final event of the 2015 USC will take place from October 1 to 3 on the Road Atlanta track in Georgia for the Petit event Le Mans.

The full race on video

Find the report of the Austin USC event, in issue 2030 of AUTOhebdo, available from Monday evening in digital version, and from this Wednesday on newsstands.

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