August 2010 – Road America

Sorry I haven't written sooner, but life has been a whirlwind since Lime Rock. First there was the introduction of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid in New York, then a second place overall finish at Spa with Matmut, followed by a tough ALMS race at Mid Ohio where we had to settle for fourth. Then it was on to Pebble Beach and some time with the 918.

We had a great run to second at Road America yesterday, extending our points lead from eight to 18 points, but it was absolutely the hardest hour of racing I've ever experienced. On the final restart, we were in the lead, and it was tough watching the #90 BMW pass me on the outside as we got to start-finish. I knew I had to keep my head down because I had Magnussen in the Corvette, Bruni in the Ferrari and Oliver Gavin’s Corvette behind me—three of the best road racers in the world.

From there, it was about holding them back while I tried to gain on the BMW. It was an hour of the craziest lines and raw, flat-out driving—we were running at such high speeds and we were all searching for inches of racetrack to try and advance. I've never been thrilled with second but I guess there's always a first time for everything—we are all delighted with the result yesterday.

It was a pretty incredible battle, with four GT manufacturers all duking it out for the entire duration of the race. To stay ahead of the #3 and #4 Corvettes and put a points gap on the #62 Ferrari is just what we needed. We're always aiming for wins, but yesterday was a satisfying result. Credit where credit's due though—every time we came in the pits, we annihilated the competition—which is testament to the work our crew puts in. And, as always, Thomas Blam's strategy calls were impeccable. I think we were as low as seventh place at times, but Jörg rallied back to second place as the pit stops cycled and others faded.

We have two rounds to go, and we have to absolutely push to the limit on every lap, in every session. Mosport is going to be tough for us—like Road America, it's very high speed and might suit some of our competition better, but we defied the odds yesterday, so why not try to do the same this coming weekend?

In the meantime, I promised to post some video on my test at the Lausitzring with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid and I haven't forgotten about that. Stay tuned; we should have that up in the next few days.

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