Every year, following racing, you see the ups and downs. The highs and lows. For me as a sportscar fan, the high point definitely had to be when Nick Tandy, Le Mans Winner, took the overall win at the 18th Petit Le Mans, the final round of the IMSA Tudor United Sportscar Championship. Of course, as a Marc VDS Racing Team fan, the low point has to be when Marc van der Starten himself announced that they would be done with sportscars at the end of 2015.
Back to the focus however, is that high point, where a GTLM car overtook the usually more powerful and faster Prototypes to take overall lead during the heavy rain. A combination of excellent balance in the 911 RSR, Nick Tandy’s amazing driving, and better tyres on the GTLMs gave them the win on pure pace. During that last hour (8th) of the race, Tandy zipped by Eric Curran in the #31 Action Express Corvette DP and proceeded to post mindbogglingly fast times on the wet track.
When the race was finally called after another couple laps behind the safety car, the #911 led by 5.475 seconds over Edwards in the #24 BMW Z4 GTE. Finishing the podium was the #05 Action Express Corvette DP, the only prototype on the podium that day.
The win at Petit Le Mans crowned Porsche, which also won Le Mans, as 2015’s Champions. Porsche, would also go on to win the WEC Manufacturer’s title.
As a surprising fact, because the race was shortened to 8 hours, Richard Lietz never drove the #911, despite that he stood on the podium alongside Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet.
Overall, I’d think it was a pretty good year for Porsche (and Tandy).