It had been a good start to the weekend for Lucas’ BMW Team RLL squad in the championship’s only trip north of the border as the German qualified the #100 BMW M6 GTLM in fourth, demonstrating the car’s single lap potential.
However, Luhr was struck down with power steering problems at the start of the race, which caused him to lose a position to the sister BMW. Despite valiantly holding onto fifth around, the 2011 FIA GT1 champion was forced to come into the pits after 21 laps.
Lucas’ team-mate John Edwards returned to the track after the repairs had been made, but now 11 laps down on the rest of the field, there was little chance of a comeback.
An eventual ninth place finish was a poor return on what had looked to be a podium challenge for the #100 car.
The focus now turns to the eighth round of the championship at Lime Rock (July 22-23) where Lucas will hope to turnaround this season’s bad luck.
“It was obviously a disappointing day,” Luhr said. “I had an issue with the power steering. I think it was a connector that came a little bit loose. Without power steering, especially here with these high downforce corners, you cannot steer the car.”