IMSA: Porsche GT Team chases third win of a season

Posted on 07. Sep, 2018 by in Porsche Canada

At a Laguna Seca Raceway, a dual competition cars from Weissach will go adult opposite manufacturers BMW, Chevrolet and Ford. Porsche pursues a third win of a deteriorate in a GTLM class. The Porsche patron group Wright Motorsports aims to continue a lectern strain in a GTD difficulty with a Porsche 911 GT3 R after claiming a initial IMSA feat this deteriorate during Road America in Elkhart Lake on Aug 5. The group Park Place Motorsports fields another 911 GT3 R in this class. Unlike during a new spin in Danville, a competitors in a antecedent difficulty will be behind on a grid for a Monterey race.

The 3.601-kilometre Laguna Seca Raceway in a dunes of California is one of a many perfectionist racetracks in North America. The barbarous Corkscrew dilemma is not a usually plea thrown during drivers and engineers: in further to a generally prohibited and dry pavement of a circuit, they also need to cope with a 55-metre betterment change, that is widespread over eleven infrequently tight, infrequently quick turns. Moreover, in new years a competition over usually dual hours and 40 mins has mostly proven to be a game-plan thriller.

The cockpit of a No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR is common by Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), a winners of a 12 Hours of Sebring. The winners of a Mid-Ohio race, Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand), share pushing duties in a No. 912 sister car. In a GTD class, a Porsche patron group Wright Motorsports competes with dual 911 GT3 R. In a cockpit of a #58 automobile is a works motorist Patrick Long (USA), who grew adult in Thousand Oaks, and Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (Denmark). So distant this season, a span has notched adult one feat in a GTD difficulty interjection to their new win during Elkhart Lake. Park Place Motorsports tackles a competition with bureau motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Lindsey (USA) pity a 911 GT3 R.

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 back axle, puts out around 375 kW (510 hp). The quite vast back diffuser total with a top-mounted back 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.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “The deteriorate is sketch to a close: Laguna Seca is a penultimate spin and my personal favourite. However, in a new past, a racetrack has proven to be formidable territory for Porsche. we wish we can spin a insights we’ve gained given final year with a new 911 RSR into a good result. We’ll do all we can to interpretation a deteriorate with a good performance.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “We’re streamer to Laguna Seca good prepared. In open we finished a successful exam here and we managed to collect a good understanding of profitable information with a setup. It’s critical on this storied racetrack that a automobile is not usually quick though that it’s easy to handle, since a circuit is a genuine plea for a drivers.”

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “To tackle a turns ideally during Laguna Seca we mostly have to do a bit of kerb-hopping. But if we go too distant over a kerbs your tyres collect adult grains of silt and that costs we time in a subsequent corner. In this regard, we’re awaiting a severe circuit. Thanks to a mutated aerodynamics this year, a 911 GT3 R will be really clever generally exiting a Corkscrew. With a patron teams, we should be means to quarrel for a podium.”

The competition takes off on Sunday, 9 September, during 14.05 hrs internal time (23.05 hrs CEST) and can be noticed live outward a USA and Canada on www.imsa.com.

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.
 

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