CORE autosport earned a top-five finishes at Road America in a race that started in the rain and ended with a gamble on fuel strategy. Patrick Long and Tom Kimber-Smith finished fifth in the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
Kimber-Smith had his hands full with the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at the start, this being his first rain race in a Porsche. The Englishman had hoped to follow the rest of the GT field’s lead on the rain line, but got separated from the group and was forced to learn everything on his own.
While preparing the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for its fourth GT race start, CORE autosport looks forward to Road America where Porsche finished on the podium last year.
Road America is the longest circuit the ALMS travels to, 4.048 miles in total with three long straighaways, which makes aerodynamics and braking performance extremely important.
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.