Earl Bamber knew he had only a lap or two to catch and overtake leader Nick Tandy in the final seven minutes of Sunday afternoon’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTLM feature at Virginia International Raceway. Driving the No. 912 Porsche 911 GT, the New Zealander suddenly had new life when a full-course caution bunched the field and brought him within sight of Tandy, one of his Porsche teammates.
Until that moment, Bamber had all but abandoned hope of winning the two-hour, 40-minute race that was contested in ideal weather conditions. He was several seconds behind, and Tandy was showing no signs of putting a wheel wrong and throwing away the lead in his No. 911 Porsche 911. But a 12-minute caution to replace a dislodged tire barrier — Katherine Legge, uninjured, hit it a ton in turn 9 — gave Bamber at least a glimmer of hope as the clock ticked down. To read entire article, click here.