For Immediate Release
The Tudor United Sportscar Championship, the result of this year’s merger between the two prominent sportscar racing championships in the US; American Le Mans Series and Grand Am, has come to a close this past weekend at the Petit Le Mans. Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga has played home to the USA’s tribute to the famous French Endurance race for quite some time, and it was the finale for Scuderia Corsa and Jeff Westphal in their first year of the Tudor Championship.
Westphal had been to Road Atlanta last year with Grand Am, scoring a 3rd place, yet this would be his first Petit Le Mans, a 10 Hour endurance race that finishes in the dark similar to Sebring’s famous 12HR event. “I was very excited for my first Petit, especially in a Ferrari for Scuderia Corsa. We’ve had an up and down year together with some wins, and some DNF’s, so I am hoping that our great average lap pace will put us in a good position for hours 9 & 10.” Said Jeff
With the Tudor Championship being a multi class, and multi manufacturer event, the series employs something called B.O.P. Balance of Performance is the way in which the officials regulate the horsepower, weight and performance of each manufacture of vehicle to provide their interpretation of equality. However in the last two events of the year, the flood gates have opened for Porsche cars, so the championship winning Ferrari of 2013 would be stifled in it’s allowed performance at the moment. “The BOP right now is not balanced, we are 1 second off the Porsche’s and a few other cars that make way more aero grip than us, they have just flat out been given too much recently. All the data is there to support the imbalance, yet nothing is being done. Unfortunately, that’s life in our multi class series at the moment.” Explained the Californian
Scuderia Corsa would qualify 13th, and finish in 9th after Westphal drove the car to race high of 4th position, but co-drivers ran into issues with traffic allowing the #63 Ferrari to go 2 laps down from the leaders after Westphal hoisted the car in the top 5. “I am disappointed with our result ultimately, because I knew we didn’t have the car to win by sheer speed, but I thought we could’ve thrown the dart and stuck in the top 5 for the race, which would have been a nice accolade considering the regulations. Having said that, I am looking forward to what next year holds for Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari, and myself!” elated Westphal.
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