You may have noticed certain cars and teams in the TUDOR United Sportscar Championship have been excelling as of late, while other teams, like Corvette Racing, haven’t been racing as well as they normally do. Porsche’s Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet have won the last three races, while usual front runners like Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia or Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner are nowhere to be found.
This is due to IMSA’s Balance of Performance rules. Similar to what happened last year, Corvette Racing’s C7.R seems to have been hit pretty hard with BoP adjustments in recent months, relegating them to mid-pack. The two factory-backed Porsches, meanwhile, have won the last three races in a row, and the Ferrari 458 of Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer has been right there with them for much of the time.
Now, IMSA fans have started a Change.org petition calling on the series to adjust their BoP rules so the races are no longer fixed in one teams favor due to them having more power or less weight in their car than another team. Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin would probably back the petition up, as he voiced much of the same frustrations they are following Corvette Racing’s fourth and seventh place finish at Road America earlier this month, where the Porsche’s pulled up to two seconds on the competition at one point.
“..But there were definitely two races in the (GTLM) race today,” Gavin said. “There was the Corvette/BMW race, and then there was the Porsche/Ferrari race. When it is like that it is just very demoralizing and very frustrating that you can’t have everybody in the class racing overall for all of the positions. We knew from the very start that we didn’t have a chance to finish on the podium unless either one of the Porsches or the Ferrari broke down. I hope the series is going to look at and do something about that before we go to VIR, otherwise the rest of the season is going to be very frustrating.”
So if you agree with Gavin, you may sign the Change.org petition at this link. A Change.org petition may not be the best way to get the attention of IMSA officials, but if enough race fans sign it, it just may have a positive affect.