A weekend that promised much ultimately ended in disappointment for Lucas Luhr at Watkins Glen on Sunday (June 28) after co-driver John Edwards’ accident cut short the #24 BMW Team RLL crew’s hopes of back-to-back TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTLM class victories.
Having initially lined up third, Edwards’ fast opening stint in mixed conditions not only underlined the Z4’s raw pace but also helped him move to the head of the class before handing over to Luhr on lap 46.
The German maintained the lead over the next hour, revelling in the car’s balance, before pitting once more. But two laps later it was all over when Edwards, who had climbed back aboard just moments before, was caught out by the track conditions and spun into the tyre wall approaching the circuit’s ‘boot’ section. The car was retired soon after.
With this year’s GTLM title battle so finely poised, Luhr was frustrated to have missed out on what would have been a decent points haul and possible victory at the six-hour event.
“To be honest it was a very disappointing day, just because I think we had a very strong car in both wet and dry conditions and normally I think with a car like this you could win, but we didn’t even finish the race,” he said afterwards. “This is very, very disappointing, not only for me personally as a driver, but I think also for the whole team and for BMW. If you get a chance like this in a championship that is so close you have got to take it, and unfortunately John had an off and we didn’t take this opportunity.
“From experience I know on these days when you are by far the quickest car on the track don’t come that often in this tight and competitive year.
But despite the non-finish, Luhr was at least able to find some positives amidst an otherwise tough day.
“On the bright side, we know we have a very strong package, our BMW Z4 is mega, and really I have so much fun driving it,” he said. “If you ask me now what I would do to make it better I cannot tell you, so that is a good thing. Our sister car at least got on the podium, but for the next race we need to get our heads together and take the opportunity which has been given to us.”
Round six and the start of the second half of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be held at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, on July 12th.