First IMSA podium of 2016 for Lucas at Road America

First IMSA podium of 2016 for Lucas at Road America

Both Lucas Luhr and his team-mate John Edwards haven’t much luck so far this season and it looked like it could be another difficult weekend for the pair in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, as the #100 car was dropped to the back-end of the field after receiving a penalty during qualifying.

Lucas took the start of the race and after 23 laps the 2011 GT1 World Champion handed over to co-driver Edwards.

A caution neutralised the race with 13 minutes to go and the green flag only came back out with around five minutes remaining. It was set-up to be a tense conclusion and with two laps to go, Edwards who was in fifth did a great job to pass two cars and claim the duo’s first podium of 2016.

The result was also the BMW Team RLL’s 60th podium since they made their racing debut back in 2009.

Luhr was pleased with the result and relieved that his luck had finally changed for the better.

He said: “At last, we have a good result, even if it was a little bit lucky at the end. But over the weekend we have been on pace and had performance, apart from in qualifying. I think finally the monkey is now off our back. For everybody in the 100 crew this is great, as we were getting frustrated. For all of us today was the day.”

The next race is the GT only event at Virginia International Raceway (August 26-28) for round nine of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.