IMSA: Podium for Porsche 911 GT3 R during a Virginia International Raceway

Posted on 20. Aug, 2018 by in Porsche Canada

Wright Motorsports distinguished their second lectern outcome of this year‘s IMSA SportsCar Championship on Sunday with Porsche works motorist Patrick Long (USA) and Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (Denmark). After winning a Road America competition with a Porsche 911 GT3 R, they followed adult with another tip result, scoring second in a GTD category during a Virginia International Raceway. At spin 9 of a GTLM class, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) cumulative fifth place in a Porsche 911 RSR with a starting array 912. A technical forsake after about an hour put an early finish to a competition for a sister automobile common by Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France).

Although Pilet took adult a competition from second on a grid for a Porsche GT Team, a initial grid quarrel did not pierce any fitness for a array 911 vehicle. After handing a automobile off to Tandy, a 33-year-old had to park a automobile trackside with repairs to a expostulate sight while using in a lead. The 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR driven by Bamber and Vanthoor perceived a drive-through chastisement after an occurrence in a initial lap. In a competition over dual hours and 40 minutes, a span doggedly worked their approach brazen from a behind of a field. At times, Vanthoor looked good for a lectern outcome on a 5.263-kilometre circuit, and eventually saw a dwindle in fifth place after 88 laps. This puts Porsche on third place in a manufacturers’ classification.


GTLM class
1. Sims/De Phillippi (GB/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 88 laps
2. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 88 laps
3. Krohn/Edwards (FIN/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 88 laps
4. Hand/Müller (USA/D), Ford GT, 88 laps
5. Vanthoor/Bamber (B/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR, 88 laps
6. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 88 laps
DNF Briscoe/Westbrook (AUS/GB), Ford GT, 42 laps
DNF Tandy/Pilet (GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 40 laps

GTD class
1. Marcelli/Baumann (CAN/A), Lexus RC F GT3, 86 laps
2. Long/Nielsen (USA/DK), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 86 laps
3. Legge/Farnbacher (GB/D), Acura NSX GT3, 86 laps
4. MacNeil/Jeannette (USA/USA), Ferrari 488 GT3, 86 laps
5. Keating/Bleekemolen (USA/NL), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 86 laps
6. Sellers/Snow (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 86 laps
7. Potter/Lally (USA/USA), Audi R8 LMS GT3, 86 laps
8. Hawksworth/Heinemeier Hansson (GB/DK), Lexus RC F GT3, 86 laps
9. Marks/Aschenbach (USA/USA), Acura NSX GT3, 86 laps
10. Foley/Auberlen (USA/USA), BMW M6 GT3, 85 laps

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Steffen Höllwarth (Porsche Program Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “That was a day with some-more lows than highs. Our array 912 automobile done strike with another automobile in a initial lap, that resulted in repairs to a edge and we had to lift out prematurely. On tip of that, there was a drive-through penalty. In a finish we finished fifth. We implemented an assertive plan to put a 911 among a frontrunners. After about an hour there was a technical forsake in expostulate train. But it wasn’t all negative: Our strategies were great, and a group put in ideal array stops. We’ll be behind in full force during Laguna Seca.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “I gained a position right during a start, though afterwards someone strike a behind of my car. We were handed a drive-through chastisement and that threw us to a behind of a field. Laurens afterwards had to understanding with a after-effects of a collision and couldn’t do improved than fifth place.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Everything was fine during a start of my stint. Earl, however, was nudged in a initial path and I’m certain that’s what caused a damage. After pushing for a while, a diffuser played adult some-more and more. That was disastrous, of course, since a downforce during a behind spindle got increasingly less. In a finish a automobile was probably undriveable and I’m gratified that we indeed done it to a finish.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “The engineers put a good set-up automobile on a lane for us today. Everything came together perfectly. we gathering economically to preserve fuel so that we could stay out longer. Our plan worked perfectly, as well, since we were using during a front when we had to retire unfortunately.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Obviously we’re unequivocally unhappy that we couldn’t measure any points. We could have indeed won, since a group implemented a superb plan that propelled us to a front. While we was in a lead we unexpected beheld that something was wrong and we mislaid power. And that was a end.”

Patrick Long (Porsche 911 GT3 R #58): “At my final array stop we was fibbing eighth. we asked my group who else indispensable to come into a pits before us. They said: nobody. we pulled my seatbelt even tighter than common and went for it. I’m gay with second place. We’ve had a rather rough start to a season, though now we’re on a roll.”

Christina Nielsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #58): “I consider this circuit is a many perfectionist on a calendar, so second place is a unequivocally good result. Had we been a bit improved during a array stop we competence have been means to quarrel for victory. Still, I’m unequivocally confident with this result.”

In a subordinate for a IMSA SportsCar Championship, a Porsche 911 RSR with a starting array 911 was driven by Patrick Pilet. On a lane soppy with rain, a Frenchman achieved his fastest time on a final lap. With 1:56.170 minutes, he cumulative position dual in a tighten session. On Sunday, he joins army with Nick Tandy (Great Britain) to tackle a competition over dual hours and 40 minutes. Earl Bamber planted a automobile with a starting array 912 on P8 with a time of 1:57.874 minutes. The New Zealander will expostulate a initial army during spin 9 of a championship before handing a automobile to his teammate Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium).

Shortly before a subordinate event on a racetrack in a US state of Virginia, a object shone and temperatures had reached 28 degrees Celsius. However, usually before a 15-minute event began during noon, a complicated sleet fell. Due to determined showers, a dual 911 RSR went out on a 5.263-kilometre circuit on soppy tyres. The subordinate for a GTD class, that had taken place a few mins earlier, had started in dry conditions. Wright Motorsports opted for slicks for a Porsche 911 GT3 R and was usually astounded by sleet in a final laps. Porsche works motorist Patrick Long (USA) claimed a sixth grid mark with a time of 1:44.758 minutes. For a race, he shares pushing duties with Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (DK).

Steffen Höllwarth (Porsche Program Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “That was a genuine subordinate thriller. Just before a event a sleet showering threw a tool in a works. The conditions out on a racetrack were unequivocally difficult. We opted to go out unequivocally early and managed to pierce into second place in a final lap. It’s a good outcome for a array 911 car; with a array 912 we have to work a approach adult a margin during a race.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “When we gathering into a pits before a event it started to pour. There were puddles everywhere. But usually a initial and final tools of a lane were soppy – a mid-section was dry! Ultimately my final path was a best. When we start from second on a grid we have usually one idea in mind. We wish to win.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Unfortunately we didn’t furnish a best performance. Towards a finish of a subordinate we attempted to spin a faster path and we spun. Now we have some work forward of us. Starting from eighth on a grid we have to put together a good competition strategy, differently it’ll be formidable to allege adult a field.”

911 RSR (911), IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, spin 9, race, Danville, 2018, Porsche AG

GTLM class
1. Briscoe/Westbrook (AUS/GB), Ford GT, 1:55.580 minutes
2. Tandy/Pilet (GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:56.170 minutes
3. Krohn/Edwards (FIN/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 1:56.185 minutes
4. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 1:56.760 minutes
5. Sims/De Phillippi (GB/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 1:57.148 minutes
6. Hand/Müller (USA/D), Ford GT, 1:57.202 minutes
7. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 1:57.492 minutes
8. Vanthoor/Bamber (B/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:57.874 minutes

GTD class
1. Hawksworth/Heinemeier Hansson (GB/DK), Lexus RC F GT3, 1:44.107 minutes
2. Keating/Bleekemolen (USA/NL), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 1:44.323 minutes
3. Foley/Auberlen (USA/USA), BMW M6 GT3, 1:44.360 minutes
4. Marcelli/Baumann (CAN/A), Lexus RC F GT3, 1:44.516 minutes
5. Sellers/Snow (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 1:44.626 minutes
6. Long/Nielsen (USA/DK), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 1:44.758 minutes
7. Marks/Aschenbach (USA/USA), Acura NSX GT3, 1:44,797 minutes
8. Legge/Farnbacher (GB/D), Acura NSX GT3, 1:45.506 minutes
9. MacNeil/Jeannette (USA/USA), Ferrari 488 GT3, 1:45.918 minutes
10. Potter/Lally (USA/USA), Audi R8 LMS GT3, 1:55.580 minutes

The racetrack on a North Carolina state limit can demeanour behind on an eventful history: In 1971, Porsche legends Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg won a initial ever IMSA GT competition there with a Porsche 914-6 GT. As a effect of a oil crisis, a racetrack sealed a gates in 1974 and reopened in a year 2000 as America’s initial motorsport venue charity a far-reaching operation of recreational comforts to racing fans and their families.

The racer from Weissach, that has already notched adult victories during a 12 Hours of Sebring and a Mid-Ohio competition so distant this season, tackles a infamously cutthroat GTLM category opposite clever antithesis from BMW, Chevrolet and Ford. In a GTD class, Porsche’s patron group Wright Motorsports campaigns a 911 GT3 R, that recently distinguished a initial win this year in a USA during Road America. The prototypes will be absent during a princely 5.263-kilometre racetrack tighten to Alton in a US state of Virginia for a second time this season. This means that altogether feat will go to a GT car.

The cockpit of a #911 Porsche 911 RSR is common by Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), a winners of a 12 Hours of Sebring. The Mid-Ohio winners Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) share pushing duties in a second 911 RSR (#912) fielded by a Porsche GT Team. In a GTD class, a Porsche patron group Wright Motorsports competes with a 911 GT3 R. Sharing pushing duties in a #58 automobile are a works motorist Patrick Long (USA) and Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (Denmark), who recently scored their initial win of a deteriorate during Road America.

For a second competition season, a 911 RSR was optimised essentially in a setup. Depending on a distance of a restrictor, a motor, that is positioned in front of a behind axle, puts out around 375 kW (510 hp). The quite vast behind diffuser total with a top-mounted behind wing provides clever downforce and aerodynamic efficiency. The ca. 368kW (500 hp) 911 GT3 R was designed for worldwide GT3 series. The automobile is campaigned by patron teams, for whom Porsche has supposing an evo-kit in 2018.

The IMSA SportsCar Championship, a sports automobile competition array contested in a USA and Canada, was run in 2014 for a initial time. The array was shaped from a partnership of a American Le Mans Series and a Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in 3 opposite classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona) and P (Prototype). The Porsche 911 RSR runs in a GTLM class, with a Porsche 911 GT3 R contesting a GTD class.

The tenth and penultimate spin of a IMSA SportsCar Championship will be contested from 7 to 9 Sep during Laguna Seca in a US state of California.

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