IMSA: Porsche extends array lead with win and lectern place

Posted on 06. May, 2019 by in Porsche Canada

Last year, a span in a No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR won a foe on a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) dull off a clever group outcome with third place in a ca. 510 hp 911. Thanks to these results, Porsche has succeeded in fluctuating a lead all classifications of a IMSA championship.

In contrariety to a giveaway use and qualifying, a foe in a U.S. state of Ohio took place in sunny, dry conditions. The Porsche GT Team implemented a knowledge with a automobile and tyres ideally and setup both Porsche 911 RSR for a altered continue conditions. As a foe progressed, a drivers were means to denote their strengths over a prolonged distance. Vanthoor (Belgium), who took adult a fourth foe of a deteriorate from a second grid spot, handed his 911 off to Bamber (New Zealand) after around 50 mins while using in second place. Thanks to a consistently high speed and ideal strategy, a New Zealander swept into a lead shortly afterwards. The No. 912 automobile hold on to a lead to a flag. 

However, a foe for their works motorist colleagues in a No. 911 automobile incited into a rollercoaster ride. When a foe went green, Pilet done a burst start. Although a indirect drive-through chastisement relegated a automobile distant down a grid, a energetic assign by a margin followed. Tandy came out on tip after an heated duel with a BMW shortly before a dwindle and brought a No. 911 over a line in third place. For a initial time in North America this season, both Porsche 911 RSR racers finished on a podium. 

In a GTD category, a bureau motorist Patrick Long (USA) and his German teammate Marco Seefried resolved a foe in fourth place during a circle of a No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by a patron patrol Park Place Motorsports. The group opted for an optimal plan with a late array stop during a usually reserve automobile proviso of a race. With his resources of experience, a American Long used his uninformed tyres to pass many rivals. Bad fitness tormented a patron group Pfaff Motorsports. Putting in a clever stint, Zacharie Robichon (Canada) was on march to measure second place in a 500+hp GT3 automobile from Weissach. His teammate Scott Hargrove shielded this lectern fixation over prolonged stretches, however, with usually 5 mins left to a flag, a clever opening finished in a sand during a initial corner. The array 9 automobile was eventually personal in twelfth place. 

In a manufacturers’ classification, a Porsche GT Team now ranks initial after 4 rounds with 135 points and a 15-point advantage. The bureau pilots Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor lay during a tip of a points in a drivers’ classification, with their group colleagues, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy, on third.

The dual Porsche 911 RSR contesting a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be ecstatic to Europe during a finish of May. On 15/16 June, a vehicles will, like final year, join a bureau cars from a FIA World Endurance Championship to tackle a 24 Hours of Le Mans (France). Both vehicles will be behind in North America by 30 Jun in time for a six-hour foe in Watkins Glen (USA).

GTLM class
1. Bamber/Vanthoor (NZ/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 116 laps
2. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 116 laps
3. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Corvette C7.R, 116 laps

GTD class
1. Heistand/Hawksworth (USA/GB), Lexus RC F GT3, 114 laps
2. Farnbacher/Hindman (D/USA), Acura NSX GT3, 114 laps
3. Sellers/Hardwick (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 113 laps
4. Long/Seefried (USA/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 113 laps
12. Hargrove/Robichon (CAN/CAN), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 107 laps

Full results:

Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “That was a ideal foe with a marvellous result. We had a fastest automobile over a distance. Our engineers did a good office with a setup. With Earl and Laurens all is operative ideally during a moment. But a office foe of a sister automobile was usually as strong. Victory, lectern place, heading all classifications and a fact that a colleagues in a FIA WEC have usually clinched a universe championship yesterday – it doesn’t get softened than this. Now we’re looking brazen to a subsequent good challenge: a 24 Hours of Le Mans.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “The day was ideal for us. It’s implausible that a run in Mid-Ohio continued seamlessly. We’re heading a championship, though that doesn’t meant we’re disposition back. The foe will positively not make it easy for us. Before a subsequent IMSA foe we initial have to tackle Le Mans in mid-June. Hopefully all will continue to go usually as brilliantly there for us, too. 

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “What a smashing race! After a giveaway use in soppy conditions, it was formidable to find a suitable setup for a altered conditions. But a group used a outrageous knowledge to do it perfectly. Our automobile was a strongest in a GTLM difficulty over a distance. We’ve won Long Beach, we’ve won in Mid-Ohio – this year and final year – we’re on a illusory roll. As distant as I’m concerned, Le Mans can come now.

More comments in the press release.

The Porsche GT Team has continued a good run in subordinate for turn 4 of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In a hunt for tip times for a foe in Lexington, Ohio (USA), a Belgian Laurens Vanthoor incited a second quickest path in his Porsche 911 RSR with a starting array 912. After claiming stick position during Daytona, Sebring and Long Beach, a 911 from Weissach once again starts from a initial grid row. In a No. 911 sister car, Patrick Pilet (France) achieved a eighth quickest time. 

The subordinate during a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course took place underneath formidable conditions. After sleet in a morning, a lane gradually dusty during a 15-minute session. With any lap, a lane condition softened and times got quicker notation by minute. Laurens Vanthoor, who shares a No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR with Earl Bamber (New Zealand), was usually beaten to stick in a final seconds after a retaining duel. His bureau motorist colleague, who shares pushing duties during a circle of a No. 911 automobile with Nick Tandy (Great Britain), never utterly got a tyres into a ideal handling operation and was so incompetent to quarrel for a tip position. 

In a GTD class, a new Porsche 911 GT3 R once again underlined a outrageous potential. Zacharie Robichon took an early lead in a hunt for times, usually to be beaten to stick by another aspirant during a unequivocally finish of a session. However, due to a belated drive-through penalty, a fastest path time was cancelled. As a result, a automobile was relegated from second to fifth place. For a race, a Canadian shares a cockpit of a No. 9 automobile with his compatriot Scott Hargrove. Marco Seefried (Germany) gifted bad fitness during a circle of a matching 500+hp GT3 automobile fielded by a patron group Park Place Motorsports. The German encountered a reservoir on his initial drifting path and slid onto a grass. This resulted in a red-flag duration and a team’s fastest path times were deleted. Because of this, a No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3 R, that is common by works motorist Patrick Long (USA), starts from position 15. 

Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, Porsche 911 RSR (912), IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Mid-Ohio, 2019, Porsche AG

The subordinate during a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course took place underneath formidable conditions

GTLM class
1. Müller/Bourdais (D/F), Ford GT, 1:19.124 minutes
2. Bamber/Vanthoor (NZ/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:19,339 minutes
3. Krohn/Edwards (FIN/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 1:19.623 minutes
8. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:20.098 minutes

GTD class
1. Heistand/Hawksworth (USA/GB), Lexus RC F GT3, 1:24,281 minutes
2. Keating/Bleekemolen (USA/NL), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 1:26,109 minutes
3. Montecalvo/Bell (USA/USA), Lexus RC F GT3, 1:26,451 minutes
5. Hargrove/Robichon (CAN/CAN), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 1:27,113 minutes
15. Long/Seefried (USA/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, no path time

Full results:

Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “The improving conditions done this subordinate stirring to a final second. Laurens was in a lead until a finish of a session, though afterwards a Ford snatched stick position from us. It’s a initial time we’ve not started from stick this season, though a starting position for a array 912 automobile is still unequivocally good. We have to take a demeanour during a sister automobile to see given a tyre temperatures never utterly reached a optimal window during a right time. The foe will be unequivocally interesting. Slicks haven’t been used many so distant this weekend. Race day is ostensible to be dry, so tyre government will be a essential factor.” 

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “The lane didn’t offer many grip, so it took conflict mode and many quick laps to get a tyres adult to a compulsory temperature. we had to go flat-out in any path – it was like a race. In my opinion, we have a ideal starting mark for turn four. More than second place wasn’t probable today. We aim to go for feat in a foe so that we can enhance a tip position in a championship.” 

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “That was a unsatisfactory subordinate for me. In a final dual prohibited laps, usually as a lane was during a best and things got serious, unexpected a change wasn’t as good as it had been. For this reason we couldn’t do softened today. Race day is likely to stay dry. So far, no one has adequate knowledge on slicks, so this will be a possibility to make adult positions during a race. If we conduct a tyres well, anything is possible.”

More comments in the press release.

After scoring wins during a normal North American racetracks of Sebring and Long Beach, a sports automobile manufacturer would now like to serve extend a lead during a foe on a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. After a long-distance races during Daytona and Sebring followed by a Long Beach scurry race, turn 4 of a deteriorate is a initial eventuality of a year that will run over a customary 2 hours and 40 minutes.

The winners of a Sebring foe Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) share a No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. The span now ranks second in a drivers’ classification. The sister automobile driven by Bamber and Vanthoor binds an even softened position. The New Zealander and a Belgian lead a championship forward of their bureau motorist colleagues after winning a Long Beach travel race. While a GTD category was absent during a prior turn on a Pacific coast, a Porsche 911 GT3 R now earnings to a competition. The patron teams Pfaff Motorsports (No. 9) and Park Place Motorsports (No. 73) any margin one of a 500+hp GT3 vehicles from Weissach.

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located about 100 kilometres south of a shores of Lake Erie, where many of North America’s automotive attention is based. The 3.364-kilometre circuit was non-stop in 1962 and has hosted sports automobile races ever since. In 2006 and 2007, Porsche clinched dual altogether victories with a RS Spyder on a healthy turf highway march featuring many aspect changes. Last year, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) won a fiercely rival GTLM category here. Due to a northern plcae – around a same embodiment as New York – fanciful continue conditions should be approaching in early May.

For a third racing deteriorate in North America, a Porsche 911 RSR has undergone serve optimisation essentially in a setup. Depending on a distance of a restrictor, a engine, that is positioned in front of a back axle, puts out around 375 kW (510 hp). The vast back diffuser total with a top-mounted back wing provides aerodynamic potency and poignant downforce. The 911 GT3 R was newly grown for a 2019 season. Improvements in a areas of aerodynamics and kinematics were evenly implemented from a insights garnered from a many foe outings of a predecessor. The six-cylinder engine in a back of a GT3 patron racer produces over 368 kW (500 hp).

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “Of march we wish to continue a good run from a past weeks. The foe among a manufacturers in a GTLM category is fierce. We recently gave an considerable proof of usually how clever a multiple of a squads and a Porsche 911 RSR is. We were winning over prolonged distances and during a scurry race. Now we’re travelling to Mid-Ohio as final year’s winners – and that gives us even some-more confidence. We aim to say a front mark in a championship and hopefully extend a lead.”

Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “After a wins during Sebring and Long Beach we’re travelling to a Mid-Ohio foe feeling unequivocally motivated. This racetrack presents us with new challenges. The march is a genuine churned bag with many parsimonious turns and prolonged straights. It requires automechanic hold and a setup contingency be a good concede between a lot of downforce and adequate tip speed. Our feat final year underlined that a Porsche 911 RSR is good matched to a track. Although we’ve been winning during a prior races, we’ve always had a intensity to move home lectern formula with both cars. we wish we can do this in Mid-Ohio.”

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “The Mid-Ohio lane is not usually abounding in tradition though is also unequivocally challenging. The blueprint allows opposite racing lines in some places, though a lap-time differences are not significant. The pivotal to success is a clever subordinate outcome given this slight circuit doesn’t offer many overtaking opportunities. If we start adult a front we can control a race. We wish a patron teams’ dual Porsche 911 GT3 R cars to be in this earnest position.”

More comments in a press release.

The foe takes off on Sunday, 5 May, during 13:40 hrs internal time (19:40 hrs CEST) and can be noticed live outward a USA and Canada on  

The IMSA SportsCar Championship is a sports automobile foe array that has been contested in a USA and Canada given 2014. The array originated from a partnership of a American Le Mans Series and a Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in 4 opposite classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona), Dpi (Daytona Prototype international) and LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2). The Porsche 911 RSR runs in a GTLM class, and a Porsche 911 GT3 R contests a GTD class.

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