Recent Balance of Performance adjustments consigned Lucas Luhr and BMW Team RLL to only a sixth place finish in round eight of this season’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship campaign at Road America last weekend (August 7-9).
Neither of the squad’s Z4s were a match for the other GTLM frontrunners around a circuit that has traditionally suited the car. Indeed, on this occasion it was one-to-two seconds per lap shy of the class pace throughout Sunday’s two-hour 40-minute encounter.
Nevertheless, Luhr and co-driver John Edwards battled gallantly to rescue a solid points’ finish from their afternoon. A solid qualifying effort helped them line-up fourth, which Edwards maintained over the opening 14 laps before a strategic pit-stop during the race’s only caution period dropped the American one place to fifth.
He pitted again with roughly an hour remaining where Luhr was waiting to take over. The German re-joined the race in seventh and held off faster drivers before moving up to fourth with 30 minutes left on the clock. And that’s where he’d have finished were it not for a late splash and dash fuel stop dropping him down to sixth.
After a series of strong TUSCC results this season, not to mention his recent 24 Hours of Spa victory, Luhr was left feeling frustrated with the #24 machine’s uncharacteristic lack of pace.
“Two seconds a lap time difference, even more sometimes, no matter what that is not correct,” he said afterwards. “Something needs to be done. On our side, I think we did what we could. Maybe we missed a little bit because we got washed out on Friday’s practice, but for sure we didn’t miss two seconds.”
Round eight of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be held at Virginia International Raceway, in Alton, Virginia, on August 23rd.