Following the unprecedented accident at the start of the Grand Prix of Baltimore, which rendered the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR beyond repair, the sports car world has been watching CORE autosport to see what its next move would be.
For the past week, the team has been hard at work building a new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (type 997) from the ground up. Porsche Motorsport’s swift response and delivery of the new tub enabled the CORE autosport crew to execute a carefully organized plan of attack. After nearly 500 man-hours, the car was loaded onto the team transporter bound for Circuit of the Americas today.
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.
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.
After making its GT debut in Round Three of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, CORE autosport returns for its second race with the No. 06 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
The team’s first outing in GT at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, resulted in a seventh-place finish for Patrick Long and Tom-Kimber Smith following several frustrating on-track incidents with other cars. The pace of the car was on target to run with the leaders, however, leaving the team encouraged for this weekend’s race at Lime Rock Park.