Lucas Luhr remains in contention for the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship title, despite a frustrating weekend at the fourth round of the 2016 Series, the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda, at Laguna Seca Raceway last Sunday (May 1).
Luhr’s BMW Team RLL was one of the teams who had not had the opportunity to test the latest-specification Michelin tyres that were used for the first time at the spectacular 3.6km Laguna Seca circuit in California.
The lack of track time on the new rubber put both BMW M6 GT3s at a significant disadvantage to most of the GTLM field, but Luhr and co-driver John Edwards worked hard to make up for this by finding a strong race set-up during Friday’s pair of free practice sessions.
After qualifying 10th, Luhr dug deep to maximise the performance of the BMW during the race at a circuit where he was a winner in the same series last year.
Despite the disappointment of the 10th-place finish, Luhr has complete faith in Team RLL’s ability to bounce back at the next round of the series, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on July 3. The German will join the team for a pair of tests at the legendary Watkins Glen circuit over the coming weeks in preparation for the event.
Of particular significance is the knowledge that victory at the former US Grand Prix venue could promote Luhr and Edwards as high as second in the drivers’ championship from their current ninth spot.
“The weekend started in disappointing fashion and ended that way too,” Luhr said. “In terms of our performance, neither BMW was able to fight or compete with the others.
“I think the break over these next few weeks will do us a lot of good and I’m sure we’ll get things sorted out. As always in racing, time is ticking a little bit against us, but there is no point having our heads down. We have to put our heads together, improved and come back stronger.”