Lucas Luhr bounced back from the disappointment of Watkins Glen to finish second in class at the latest TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday (July 12).
The German, along with BMW Team RLL co-driver John Edwards, took the chequered flag 15.5s behind the winning Porsche after fighting back from an early pit-stop issue. The duo’s second podium of the season sees them remain third in the GTLM Drivers’ standings.
Luhr started Sunday’s two-hour forty-minute race from third in class and remained on the bumper of team-mate Dirk Werner throughout their opening stint. It came to an end earlier than planned on lap 33 during the race’s only caution period when BMW Team RLL, like their rivals, pitted the #24 Z4.
But the slight delay incurred by a twisted shoulder harness ensured Edwards was slow away from his box and dropped two places as a result. Such was his pace that both were regained by the time he stopped again on lap 76. With the team not opting to switch its drivers the American headed back out and, once all of the lead contenders had stopped, found himself 10s behind BMW team-mate Bill Auberlen.
But as Auberlen struggled with his car’s balance over the closing laps so the gap slowly began to reduce. By the penultimate your Edwards was primed to pounce, and duly obliged to score his and Luhr’s second rostrum of the campaign following their victory together at Laguna Seca in early May.
As well as its second place, the #24 Z4 was awarded the DEKRA Green Challenge trophy as the most environmentally clean, fast and efficient GTLM competitor in the race.
“It was good starting P3 and coming in P2,” said Lucas. “Overall I think it is quite a good team result. If the two guys at the end would have been a little bit nicer to each other both could have stayed in front of the Corvette, which I think would have been an even better team result. If you see the way we started the weekend and now have finished second I will take that. Let’s bring on the next one.
“Everybody is focused and we all have the same goals, which are win the manufacturer and team championships, and if it happens to be a driver championship as well, whoever it is, then it is an awesome result. We cannot lose our focus, that is what we have to keep in mind and that is what is the most important thing.”
Round seven of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be held at Road America on August 9th.