Tom Kimber-Smith and Patrick Long also had a tough task ahead of them in the highly competitive GT category. The No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR started from seventh on the grid and was in the middle of an all-Porsche battle when contact with a P2 car knocked Kimber-Smith back to 10th. He was able to work his way back to eighth before handing the car over to Long near the one-hour mark.
Fresh off of its first American Le Mans Series GT podium in only its second apperance in the category, CORE autosport has high hopes as it arrives at the Series’ only Canadian round.
Though it is Tom Kimber-Smith’s first trip to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, his inexperience is tempered by the proficiency of Patrick Long who has made eight ALMS starts at CTMP.
It was a banner day for CORE autosport at Lime Rock Park, as both the GT and PC teams came away with podium finishes. Tom Kimber-Smith and Patrick long captured CORE’s first GT podium in the team’s second appearance in the class, while Colin Braun and Jon Bennett earned their third-straight podium finish in PC.
Starting sixth in the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Kimber-Smith battled the heat and the traffic of the 1.474-mile road course, making an impressive move to third shortly after the one-hour mark. His handed the car over to Long soon thereafter.
Re-joining the race in seventh, Long proceeded to climb back through the field and up to third, but needed a yellow to take on a splash of fuel. The team got just what it needed with only 14 minutes remaining in the race. Long pitted for fuel and returned to the course in fourth.
Taking part in only its second ALMS GT race, the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR battled with handling issues in the intense heat, as track temperatures soared to more than 130 degrees. Unfortunately, both practice sessions were shortened by red flags. That and the dense traffic on the 1.474-mile course gave Long, Tom Kimber-Smith and crew little time to make necessary changes.
Long, who won in GT at Lime Rock last year, qualified quickest of all the Porsches with a lap of 51.732 (102.575 mph), putting him sixth on the GT grid.