Puncture thwarts Luhr’s Circuit of The Americas podium challenge

Puncture thwarts Luhr’s Circuit of The Americas podium challenge

A late puncture prevented Lucas Luhr and BMW Team RLL co-driver John Edwards from achieving another GTLM class podium finish during the latest TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday (September 19).

The crew of the #24 BMW Z4 had to settle for seventh place as a result of the unfortunate incident, which occurred towards the end of the 160-minute race.

Luhr had demonstrated competitive race pace at the wheel of the Z4 by running in first prior to the two-hour mark.

The German’s progress was then hampered when debris on the track caused a puncture nine laps before the chequered flag, which forced him into the pits and dropped the car down to seventh in the process.

Luhr and Edwards received some consolation for their poor luck by being awarded the DEKRA Green Challenge trophy, which is given to the most environmentally clean, fast and efficient GTLM entry.

The duo now lies fifth in the GTLM Drivers’ Championship with only one round of the season remaining.

Their seventh place finish, along with the #25 sister car’s victory, secured valuable points for BMW Team RLL in the Manufacturers’ title fight, moving the outfit back up to second in the standings.

“At the end we were unlucky with the puncture on our car. I think we could have finished third,” emphasised Luhr afterwards. “That is the way it is, and that is how it goes sometimes.

“I am happy for the #25 car and BMW that we came out with a win here. It was a very tough, hot and close race so whoever came out of here as the winner deserves it.”

The finale of the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship – Petit Le Mans – will take place at Road Atlanta on October 3.