Laurens Vanthoor Tag

By IMSA Wire Service In the grand tradition of great collaborations, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship fans are witnessing another in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. They’ve become known as #Bamthor. It’s the new nickname taking hold in social media for the co-drivers of the No. 912 Porsche GT Team 911 RSR, Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor. The name is taking on a life of its own after the duo’s back-to-back victories in the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach last month and the Acura Sports CarRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LEXINGTON, Ohio– The GT Le Mans and GT Daytona class pole position battles came down to a fight for optimal track conditions and Sebastien Bourdais and Richard Heistand played that game perfectly to earn pole positions for their respective classes ahead of Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Bourdais piloted his No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT around to a fastest lap of 1 minute, 19.124 seconds around the 2.258 mile permanent road course toRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer LONG BEACH, California– Helio Castroneves brought Acura Team Penske their first pole position of 2019 ahead of Saturday’s BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. The 2001 Long Beach Indy car winner set a fastest lap of 1 minute, 11.332 seconds, averaging 99.321 mph around the 1.968 mile street circuit in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi. Felipe Nasr qualified second in the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi with a lap of 1 minute, 11.550 seconds. Castroneves qualified fourth lastRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer SEBRING, Fla. — Records were sure to fall in qualifying for the 67th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring and fall they did. Breaking the old IMSA pole record by over one and a half seconds, Dane Cameron wheeled his Acura ARX-05 DPi around the 17-turn, 3.74 mile circuit with a pole lap of 1 minute, 45.865 seconds to average 125.837 mph to put Cameron and co-drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud up front. The old pole record for the race was a 1Read More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer SEBRING, Fla. — The No. 47 Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini Huracan GT3 entry for the 67th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring crashed during Thursday’s second practice session at the 3.74 mile circuit. Coming out of the first turn, Don Yount was getting up to speed after having just completed his second flying lap but then he hit a bump that unsettled the car. That unsettling caused Yount to go off track and hit the wall heavily coming through Turn 2. “I got on theRead More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Each December, Porsche and BMW racers from all over the world gather at their respective manufacturer’s headquarters in Germany to celebrate the past season of competition, while the manufacturers take advantage of the opportunity to also detail plans for the next season. This year, these special celebrations took place on consecutive evenings. This past Friday night was the BMW Motorsport Season Review in Munich, where the manufacturer’s driver lineup for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was unveiled among other global motorsportsRead More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – This past weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans featured a host of IMSA competitors, including a few that stood on the podium Sunday afternoon. Here’s a look back at how the IMSA regulars fared: Laurens Vanthoor No. 92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR Class: GTE Pro Result: 1st Vanthoor joined co-drivers Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre in winning the GTE Pro class for the Germany-based No. 92 Porsche team. It was the first Le Mans victory for all three drivers andRead More
By IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It’s been a great couple of months for Belgian driver Laurens Vanthoor, who co-drove to the GTE Pro class victory in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans with Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR. Vanthoor picked up his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory on May 6 in the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, taking the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class win with co-driver Earl Bamber – a two-time overall Le Mans winner –Read More
By IMSA Wire Service LONG BEACH, Calif. – Joey Hand saved his best for last in qualifying for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. The 100-minute race will be televised live on FOX network at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT Saturday. Live IMSA Radio coverage also is available on IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio. On his final lap of the 15-minute qualifying session, Hand threw down a new track record lap for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class around the 1.968-mile, 11-turnRead More
By Christopher DeHarde, Staff Writer The Roar Before the 24 gives teams in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship the opportunity to test out their machines ahead of the season-opening Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona at the Daytona International Speedway road course. The end of the testing period is marked by a qualifying session that determines pit road and garage space selection. Prototype It was a near-perfect Cadillac sweep of the top three positions of the seven practice sessions. Out of 21 positions, Cadillac-powered DPi machines occupied 18 of those positionsRead More