HPDE Frustration: Corvette Grand Sport Blocked By Porsche GT2

The 2019 Corvette Grand Sport is a very punchy car. With 460 horsepower from its 6.2-liter LT1, it sprints to 60 in just 3.8 seconds. Furthermore, its ability to corner at 1.10 g, as well as its sub-140-foot braking distance from 70 mph, make it a genuine weapon on the circuit.

However, put it up against a 997 GT2, and it looks just a little underpowered. More power, more torque, and about 300 pounds lighter, the Porsche has the measure of the Chevy on the straights — and at Laguna Seca, there are a few longer ones. That said, Vivek Kumar’s command of his Corvette helps close the gap enabled by Porsche power, but then finds himself crawling all over an oblivious driver who won’t give way.

Later on the brakes, much faster to the apex, and using the full width of the course, Kumar is able to claw back any gap facilitated by the Porsche’s superior speed.

This is a situation many aspiring track rats are familiar with, especially when running in the slower run groups. That (when combined with strict passing rules) can cause a frustrating scenario like the one Mr. Kumar found himself in.

While Kumar and his Corvette were clearly the faster duo, a point-by was required for a pass. It seems the man in the Porsche forgot this, hence the awkward side-by-side crawl from Turn 5 to Turn 6 (1:09). A pass down the inside would’ve solved some of his problems, but under the typical track day rules, this sort of maneuver is verboten.

In the following lap, Kumar took the matter into his own hands and crept by when the Porsche’s driver lifted at the base of the climb to Turn 6. Because he acknowledged the passing rules, gave the Porsche plenty of space, and passed when it became clear the other driver forgot the proper procedure, the marshals couldn’t have protested.

With his abilities, Kumar should try running in an open group, where he won’t be subjected to rules designed to keep the greener drivers from colliding. He certainly has the skills to embarrass the less talented supercar owners.

About the author

Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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