A suspected brake issue prevented Lucas Luhr from claiming his first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship podium for BMW Team RLL in today’s Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach (April 18).
The German, partnering John Edwards, ultimately came home fifth after running as high as second before the problem hampered his efforts over the closing stages of the 100-minute race around the temporary street circuit.
Edwards had lined up on the outside of the front row but was immediately demoted to third by the fast-starting #62 Ferrari. He would remain there for the next 32 laps before handing over to Luhr, who emerged from the pits in second thanks to BMW Team RLL’s handiwork.
Although initially able to track the leading Ferrari, the car’s subsequent brake issue ultimately dropped it out of podium contention.
Luhr and Edwards remain fourth in the Drivers’ standings ahead of the championship’s fourth round of the year at Long Beach on May 3. Points for fifth and the sister car’s victory have helped BMW Team RLL move up to second in the Manufacturers’ championship.
“First of all it is obviously a good day for BMW,” reflected Lucas afterwards. “The Z4 has won a race in 2015, so that is good and well done to Bill [Auberlen] and Dirk [Werner] for that.
“I struggled, especially at the end, and I nearly hit the wall twice. I don’t know exactly what happened as we have to investigate it. It is too early now to say after the race what happened, but it is like this in racing sometimes and it is just not your day. For our car, or for me personally, it was not so good today, but next time things can get better. The most important thing is that a BMW is on top.”