As always, GT promised to be a great race--and it was. The cars are bloody fast, the drivers are too, and the teams are as good as any in managing race strategies. I'm saving the Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia for its own post.
|BMW/RLL: just off the pace of Viper, Corvette, and Porsche at Road America. The Z-4 has less frontal area than the|
sedans the team ran in previous years, but looks to be more of a handful to drive.
|Flying Lizard, and several other Porsche 911 GT3 RSR teams, were fast as always.|
|If you have an engine problem like Team West, but you also have the big bucks, you don't have to solve the problem|
right now. Just swap out the engine.
It's (a bit) embarrassing to admit that I didn't get any pix of the SRT Vipers, one of which took the pole in the GT class. The explanation is simple: I've never liked Vipers much. Where the Corvette at least has a sharpness to its big-bore V-8 sound, the Vipers just sound blatty. They didn't sound or look fast in qualifying--which is a tribute to their speed: they made it look easy. (By contrast, the BMW Z-4 drivers were provoking and then chasing oversteer in Canada Corner, where I watched qualifying.) In the race, a Viper overhauled a Corvette in the last half-hour, so the finishing order was Viper-Corvette-Corvette-Viper-Porsche.
I did get a few Porsche GT3 Cup Car shots:
|There's more lattitude (and variability) allowed in rear wing adjustment than I'd have guessed.|