Petit Le Mans: Post Race Quotes from KBru Comm Drivers
John Edwards // No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE
Co drivers: Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann
Lucas Luhr Qualified P4 // Started P2 // Finished P2 in GTLM and Overall
First of all, we were second overall ahead of all the prototypes, so for Michelin to be 1-2 was quite an impressive feat with such a default race. For us, it’s pretty disappointing to lose the manufacturer’s title in the last race. But at the end of the day, we just didn’t have anything for Porsche. They were two seconds a lap faster than us. As long as they didn’t make any mistakes, they had us covered easily. That was a little disappointing, but still cool to be 2nd overall in a GT car.
#45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS
Started P4 // Finished P5 in GTD
I was in the car for about an hour, if that. They were saving me for the end, and then the end never happened. I was pretty amped up and ready to go. These guys did an amazing job. It’s Flying Lizard! This team is incredible, and we had a really solid run. As predicted, we were cautious in the beginning and got ourselves through. Colin and Robert both did an amazing job behind the wheel. They were fast, consistent and clean. We were in position to strike in the end. I was all ready and excited to get in there and finish the battle. But in the end, P5, there it is. The checker flag flew early. Oddly enough, it’s not raining anymore. Anyway, the car was great. Once again, this proves that working with Audi Customer Racing is one of the smartest ways to go racing. We’re thrilled, and wish we could have bene on the podium. We will next time!
This has been my first time at Road Atlanta for Petit Le Mans. I’ve never done a race of this length to completion. It was interesting to get out there and to be in the position to have to run longer than one stint, which usually lasts an hour. Being out there for over three hours was pretty intense. It was a long time to be in the car, focused, and switched on. It was an interesting strategy, and I’m happy with how I did. I was able to set fast time for the team and keep it up front, on the lead lap, which was the goal. When I was in the car, it wasn’t so much to be first and set the fastest time. It was a long, messy race and we paced ourselves well. Mission accomplished for all of us. We were intending on going another two hours, in those last two hours, strategy changes. It was good and we were excited to switch on and go for broke with Guy and maybe me in before the end. It would have been fun to see where we would have ended up. The guys at Flying Lizard Motorsports did an awesome job on the car, and we were right on pace. We had a car for the podium, but a top five finish is great as well.
It was a great day in the car. It was obviously not the finishing position we wanted, but we were able to keep the car clean the entire time and run some quick laps. There were really tough conditions out there, and it was really challenging for all of the drivers. I’m proud of my teammates and the Audi for hanging in there. Everyone kept it on the track, which was hard to do. With the race finishing short, it was hard to hit our strategy spot on. With a little more time, we would have been able to get the car up front, as the cars ahead of us needed to pit soon. We definitely had the pace at the end of the race and had our rain set up sorted out. We were looking for a top finish.
Dion von Moltke // No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS
Co Drivers: Bryce Miller and Christopher Haase
Started P9 // Finished P10
It was a frustrating day here at Petit Le Mans. First off, I’m sorry for the fans. This wasn’t a great show. Unfortunately, it was out of our control. The weather was just too bad. We had some great Continental Tire rain tires, but it was just too much rain for us to really race here. It started off with a lot of promise for us. We qualified poorly, and found the problem. Early on, we showed a lot of speed, consistently running in the top five. As soon as the hard rains hit, we just didn’t’ have the car we needed. We had really bad aquaplaning. It looked worse than the other cars in our class. It was unfortunate end to the day, and to our championship. It’s still looking back at a good year and a good championship. I’m sorry to the fans for the show. That was sketchy. That last half hour, I couldn’t believe we went back to green. Those were not raceable conditions.