Pfaff Motorsports Porsche scores IMSA GTD win in photo finish at Lime Rock Park
tire puncture slowed Olsen on the final lap, allowing Farnbacher to reel him back in. it was a drag race on the front straightaway to the checkered flag, which Olsen nipped by a mere .010 seconds.
If anyone was shocked at the results of Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, no one would be more so than GT Daytona (GTD) class winners Pfaff Motorsports.
The No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R shared by co-drivers Zach Robichon and Dennis Olsen ran in the top five for the early half of the race after Robichon qualified the car fourth. The car then moved up into second place for nearly 80 laps, with Olsen keep the leading No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 of Mario Farnbacher within a second of his sights.
With five minutes remaining, the perfect opportunity presented itself for Olsen. Two lapped cars blocked the paths of both drivers, with Farnbacher in the outside lane and Olsen on the inside. As luck would have it – which Pfaff hasn’t had much of this season – the inside lane opened up as the two dove into a corner and Olsen capitalized, sliding by and in front for the lead.
The drama wasn’t done yet, however. A tire puncture slowed Olsen on the final lap, allowing Farnbacher to reel him back in. it was a drag race on the front straightaway to the checkered flag, which Olsen nipped by a mere .010 seconds.
“It was pretty tight, all of the moves,” said Olsen. “The last one was just the Acura got held up by a bit of traffic in the front, I don’t know what was going on. I just prepared myself to get around and gambled to go between and it worked out. I think it was a millimeter on each side, but it worked out.”
With the win coming, literally, in the blink of an eye, Robichon was stunned as he reflected on his first WeatherTech Championship victory.
“I mean it was pretty stressful, definitely,” said Robichon. “Dennis did such a great job. Usually I’m not at a loss of words like this. He did a great job. He was aggressive when he needed to be, but didn’t take any unnecessary risks and I think with the traffic it all played out perfect. He didn’t put a wheel wrong…He did a great job to stay in the lead and definitely well-deserved from the Pfaff Motorsports crew.”
Farnbacher and co-driver Trent Hindman’s runner-up result still benefited the duo in the championship standings. Following their fourth consecutive podium finish, they expanded their lead to 183-153 over the winners from the series’ most recent race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park two weeks ago, Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.
Auberlen and Foley rounded out the podium at Lime Rock Park with their third top-three in as many races.
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