The Tire Rack.com Battle on the Bricks lived up to its name today as drivers from various classes competed fiercely, resulting in a thrilling conclusion to a grueling race.
The event, held on September 17, 2023, saw some exceptional performances, with Porsche Penske Motorsports taking top honors in the GTP class.
Here are the unofficial results and highlights from the race:
GTP Class: Porsche Penske Motorsports Dominates
The GTP class witnessed a showdown between top teams, but it was Porsche Penske Motorsports that emerged victorious. The duo of Nick Tandy and Mathieu Jaminet, driving the Porsche 963, displayed outstanding teamwork and driving skills. They completed 113 laps in a total time of 2 hours, 41 minutes, and 0.878 seconds, maintaining an impressive average speed of 116.142 mph.
Their performance was marked by precision, as evidenced by their best lap time of 1 minute and 15.600 seconds. This incredible effort secured them the top position on the podium.
However, it was no easy victory for the Porsche Penske Motorsports team. The pair of Matt Campbell and Felipe Nasr, also driving a Porsche 963 for the same team, pushed them to the limit. Campbell and Nasr completed the same number of laps but finished just 17.421 seconds behind the winners. Their fastest lap time was 1 minute and 15.524 seconds, and they secured the second position in the class.
LMP2 Class: ORECA Dominates the Field
In the LMP2 class, it was all about the ORECA LMP2 07 cars. The team from TDS Racing, represented by Steven Thomas and Mikkel Jensen, showcased their prowess by completing 110 laps. They had a fast best lap time of 1 minute and 16.619 seconds and maintained an average speed of 114.597 mph. This stellar performance earned them the top spot in their class.
LMP3 Class: Duqueine D08AWA and Ligier JS P320 Shine
The Duqueine D08AWA and Ligier JS P320 cars put on a spirited show in the LMP3 class. Anthony Mantella and Wayne Boyd piloted the Duqueine D08AWA to victory, completing 107 laps with a best lap time of 1 minute and 21.420 seconds, averaging 107.840 mph.
Meanwhile, Gar Robinson and Josh Burdon driving the Ligier JS P320 for RileyLMP3 also completed 107 laps, but they couldn’t catch the leaders, finishing 12.755 seconds behind.
GTDPRO and GTD Classes: Intense Competition
The GTDPRO and GTD classes saw close competition with various teams vying for the top spot. In the GTDPRO class, the Porsche 911 GT3 R from Pfaff Motorsports, driven by Klaus Bachler and Patrick Pilet, secured victory. They completed 104 laps with a best lap time of 1 minute and 24.031 seconds, showcasing their skill.
In the GTD class, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 from WeatherTech Racing, piloted by Daniel Juncadella and Jules Gounon, triumphed after completing 104 laps. They maintained an average speed of 103.906 mph.
Earlier in the day:
The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race 2 saw intense competition among some of the finest drivers and teams in the world of motorsports.
Ryan Norman of Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport made a statement by piloting his Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo2 to victory in the Pro class. Norman not only secured the top spot but also posted the best lap time of the race, clocking in at 1:24.845 with an impressive average speed of 103.487 mph. This performance earned him pole position and reaffirmed his status as one of the series’ top drivers.
Norman faced stiff competition from Kyle Marcelli and Daniel Formal of Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport, who finished just 0.709 seconds behind him. Their Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo2 showed a quick pace.
In the ProAm class, K. Tandon and L. Berkeley of NTE Sport LLC showcased their prowess by securing first place in their category, finishing just 3.134 seconds behind the overall winners. Their Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo2 outperformed the competition in their class, highlighting their driving skills and teamwork.
Another performance came from A. McIntosh and G. McGee of Precision Performance Motorsports, who secured the top spot in the Am class. Their Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo2 demonstrated consistency, earning them a victory.
However, not all drivers had a smooth race. Car #50 received a 10-second time penalty for a false start, while Car #86 also faced a similar penalty. Car #24 had a more significant setback, with a 30-second post-race time penalty for incident responsibility.
In terms of circuit records, the Pro class lap record was set by Ryan Norman with a blistering lap time of 1:24.845, achieving an average speed of 103.487 mph. In the ProAm class, Alexandre Premat recorded a lap time of 1:25.986 at an average speed of 102.114 mph. The Am class saw Tayler Hoffman clocking a lap time of 1:26.453, averaging 101.562 mph. Lastly, in the LBCup class, Graham Doyle posted a lap time of 1:28.063, with an average speed of 99.705 mph.
The roar of engines and the screech of tires filled the air at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup of North America delivered thrilling action in Race 2 Saturday morning.
Riley Dickinson, driving for Kelly-Moss Racing, showcased skill and speed as he took the checkered flag in a race that lasted 40 minutes.
Dickinson’s performance not only secured first place but also posted the best lap time of the race, clocking in at 1:25.516 with an average speed of 102.675 mph. His run on the track earned him pole position and established him as the driver to beat in this highly competitive field.
Coming in second place was Will Martin of JDX Racing, who finished just 5.127 seconds behind Dickinson. Martin’s Porsche 992 showed impressive pace throughout the race, but it wasn’t quite enough to catch the race leader.
In third place was another JDX Racing driver, Alex Sedgwick, who crossed the finish line just 6.534 seconds behind Dickinson. Sedgwick’s driving earned him a spot on the podium.
The Pro-Am class saw Efrin Castro of Kelly-Moss Racing deliver finish in 11th place overall and securing the top spot in his category. Castro posted a best lap time of 1:26.909 with an average speed of 101.029 mph.
In the Am class, Scott Noble of MDK Motorsports displayed a strong showing, finishing 16th overall and claiming first place in his category. Noble posted a best lap time of 1:27.863.
Despite the thrilling race, there were a few setbacks for some drivers. Car #20 received a 10-second post-race time penalty for incident responsibility.
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