Despite showing muscle during practice for the 8 Hours of Bahrain, the No. 2 Cadillac Racing V-Series.R didn’t perform to expectations during the final WEC race of the season on November 4th, 2023.
Three drivers shared duties behind the wheel of the No. 2 Cadillac Racing V-Series.R, including Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook. Lynn posted the best practice time in the Hypercar division, setting the stage for a blisteringly fast run during Saturday’s eight-hour race.
However, almost immediately after the drop of the green flag, Bamber, who had control at the time, locked up his brakes heading into the first turn, tapping the rear bumper of the No. 7 Toyota of Mike Conway. The incident put the Cadillac Racing machine off the pace as Conway’s Toyota spun out. The V-Series.R race car was penalized for the contact and forced to serve a 60-second stop-and-go penalty for getting into the Toyota before continuing on, a blow to the team’s efforts.
Halfway through the race, the No. 2 Cadillac Racing machine was running in 11th place under Lynn’s control once again, two laps down after serving an early race penalty. The controls were swapped back to Westbrook, who could not gain any position and continued to run 11th, though he was able to lay down some fast laps as he eyed the final two hours of the race.
That was where the No. 2 V-Series.R team would stay, ultimately crossing the line in 11th, as the race car just didn’t have the speed to make up for the contact with the Toyota and the ensuing penalty.
Overall, the Cadillac Racing team secured a fifth-place result in the Hypercar class, outperformed by two Toyotas and two Ferraris respectively.