The Porsche drivers experienced just what role the weather can play during the IMSA race on the Road Atlanta.
There are many factors that play a deciding role in motorsports. Tires for example. Or the weather. Or: the relationship between weather and tires. Exactly this was what turned the race into a challenge for Nick Tandy and Frédéric Makowiecki in the Porsche 911 RSR with the number 911 as well as Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor in the twin vehicle with the number 912.
After a great qualifying, Nick Tandy started from the pole position into the 6-hour race on the Road Atlanta. Immediately, he managed to set himself apart in the hard-fought field and could defend his position. Not an easy feat – his pursuers put him under constant pressure, but the experienced driver countered impressively. The well-practiced team of drivers and box crew noticed early that the tires would not offer the desired grip throughout the entire stint due to falling asphalt temperatures. A good pit stop strategy was needed – something they had. Right to the last pit stop, the Porsche 911 RSR was at the top of the field, before temperatures fell further. Grip was becoming decidedly more difficult to get on the cooling track. During the last stint, they couldn’t defend against the continuous attacks of the competition. Nick Tandy and Frédéric Makowiecki saw the checkered flag on fourth spot.