Lucas Luhr just missed out on yet another 12 Hours of Sebring podium finish earlier today (March 21) after he and BMW Team RLL co-drivers John Edwards and Jens Klingmann came home fourth in the GTLM class at round two of this year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
With ambient temperatures up to 91 degrees Fahrenheit, the endurance classic at Sebring International Raceway turned out to be a truly heated affair. The GTLM field remained closely matched throughout the event’s 63rd running and, as always, delivered gripping action for the thousands of fans lining the former USAF airbase.
Following a final full-course yellow with two hours remaining, those cars still on the lead lap were once again bunched up before entering the decisive phase of the race. With Luhr at the wheel over the final stint, the #24 Z4 GTLM crossed the line in fourth place despite suffering a problem with its power steering.
“It has been a long day,” said Lucas afterwards. “When we first came here we all thought our pace was better than it really was at the end. We have finished fourth twice now, which is not an ideal result. But we had problems at the end that meant the car didn’t steer properly.
“It was very tough and hard and I am just glad the race is over. We were there. We were on the lead lap, we stuck to our plan, but we were missing a little bit to have a fight with the others today. We go back home, see what went wrong, what was good and we will come back and hopefully we will be on the podium.”
Round two of this year’s TUSCC takes place at Long Beach on April 18.