This weekend’s 10-hour Petit Le Mans finale might be a shootout between Porsche, Acura, BMW and Cadillac with all three GTP titles up for grabs between a number of contenders at Street Atlanta.
The manufacturing unit Porsche 963 squad has received three of the eight GTP occasions thus far, with Nick Tandy and Mathieu Jaminet main its cost – regardless of having a race victory at Watkins Glen taken away in post-race scrutineering.
They sit third within the drivers’ championship, 5 factors behind the championship-leading Motion Specific Cadillac of Alexander Sims and Pipo Derani, and two factors behind Wayne Taylor Racing’s Acura of Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor – with one of the best positioned of that trio of crews probably to safe the title.
“We’re in a winner takes all state of affairs, which is the way in which we prefer it,” PPM boss Jonathan Diuguid advised Autosport. “We do that to succeed collectively and that’s what we’ll attempt to do that weekend.
“We’ve clearly checked out all of the totally different situations with respect to that, whether or not it’s producers’, groups’ or drivers’ factors, and to be trustworthy all of the situations line as much as one factor: We have to end forward of our opponents.
“Within the producers’ championship, we’d like a Porsche in entrance of all of the Cadillacs, after which we’ll be capable to obtain that. So far as the groups’ and drivers’ goes, we’d like the #6 automotive [Tandy and Jaminet] primarily, based mostly off factors, in entrance of Cadillac, Acura and BMW.
“All factors result in one finish, and that’s to win the race. And that’s our focus. We will end 1-2 in any order, and it doesn’t matter.
“So the one workforce order might be to complete 1-2 and we’ll work it out from there.”
#6 Porsche Penske Motorsports, Porsche 963, GTP: Mathieu Jaminet, Nick Tandy
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Porsche leads the constructors’ championship by eight factors from Cadillac, whereas the Motion Specific Caddy heads the groups’ factors by three factors from WTR’s Acura, with Porsche in third however, once more, solely 5 factors off the highest spot.
Diuguid acknowledged that Porsche provides no precedence to any of the three accessible titles, however admitted that the producers’ crown has been on the forefront of its considering in current occasions.
“By way of making use of weight on the championships, they’re all accessible to win,” he added.
“Clearly the producers’ championship has been our focus for the previous few occasions, and now we’ve discovered ourselves ready to win all of them.
“Should you have a look at the final two occasions we’ve carried out at a really excessive stage with each automobiles. We simply hope to proceed that into Atlanta and we’ll take the situations as they arrive.”