Porsche Works Driver Patrick Long started Round 1 at Circuit of the Americas in the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge series GT class race on pole after an impressive qualifying session the day prior. After a heated battle with the No. 5 Nissan GT-R of Bryan Heitkotter, Long would go on to take the win in Race 1 in the #31 Porsche 911 GT3 R, just a week after the team had taken delivery of the new car.
Race 2, however, was a different story. Heitkotter and the other cars surrounding Long seem to get a better jump at the start, and as Long begins to lose ground, he gets shunted from the rear by Heitkotter’s team mate James Davison in the #33 Nissan GT-R. Davison was given a stop and 10-second hold penalty for the contact afterwards.
“I had a big hit at the start from behind,” said Long after the incident. “I haven’t seen the video yet, so it’s hard to process the emotion. The main thing is that Porsche builds us a safe race car. I’m okay, I just feel for our guys. The whole crew worked their tails off for us this weekend. We’re in a race against time for St. Petersburg, but we’ll turn our focus forward. It’s a long championship and we’ve got a great project here and I think we’re going to come back from this stronger than before.”