IMSA: Victory in a GTD class, fourth and fifth for a Porsche 911 RSR

Posted on 06. Aug, 2018 by in Porsche Canada

On a Road America racetrack in a US state of Wisconsin, New Zealander Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium scored fourth place in a #912 Porsche 911 RSR after a violent race. The sister automobile with drivers Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France) took a dwindle in fifth place. In a GTD class, Porsche works motorist Patrick Long (USA) and Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen from Denmark (both Wright Motorsports) distinguished their initial win together in a Porsche 911 GT3 R.

For Porsche fans, a competition during Elkhart Lake incited into an romantic rollercoaster ride. Grid positions 4 and 8 essentially dampened expectations, however interjection to a ideal plan during a early theatre of a race, start motorist Tandy changed into a lead of a GTLM field. The UK competition motorist remained during a front until an hour before a finish. After a tighten duel with a posterior vehicle, a #911 automobile was handed a drive-through penalty. At a finish of a 2:40-hour race, Tandy eventually reached a finish line in position five.

Vanthoor and Bamber also treated spectators to some retaining competition action. Taking off from fourth on a grid, Vanthoor fell behind as distant as eighth place with a #912 automobile over a march of a race. However, notwithstanding a array of counsel phases, a dual worked their approach adult by a GTLM ranks and missed out on a lectern spot.


Patrick Long, Christina Nielsen, l-r, Wright Motorsports, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, turn 8, race, Elkhart Lake, 2018, Porsche AG

Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen

Long and Nielsen put in a flawless expostulate in their Porsche 911 GT3 R. The span had already posted stick position during Saturday’s subordinate on a 6.515-kilometre circuit. With an unblemished expostulate on Sunday, they achieved their lass feat in a category for GTD vehicles. This outlines a 542nd Porsche win in a 49-year story of IMSA. Competing for Park Place Motorsports, Patrick Lindsey and Porsche bureau motorist Jörg Bergmeister were thrown out of row after hit with a lane barriers.

Round 9 of IMSA SportsCar Championship will be hold during a Virginia Raceway from 17-19 August.

In a 15-minute subordinate event of a IMSA SportsCar Championship, Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor incited his fastest path in a time of 2:03.114 minutes. Nick Tandy from Great Britain planted a #911 sister automobile on a eighth mark in a hotly contested GTLM subordinate on a 6.515-kilometre racetrack. In North America’s premier sports automobile championship, Vanthoor and a New Zealander Earl Bamber share a cockpit for Sunday’s race. For turn 8 of a season, Tandy shares pushing duties with his teammate Patrick Pilet from France.

In a GTD class, Porsche works motorist Patrick Long (USA) distinguished his second stick position of a deteriorate for Wright Motorsports. He is assimilated in a cockpit for a competition by Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (DK). The second Porsche 911 GT3 R is fielded by Park Place Motorsports, for whom drivers Patrick Lindsey and Porsche bureau motorist Jörg Bergmeister competent on P6.

GTLM class
1. Hand/Müller (USA/D), Ford GT, 2:02.479 minutes
2. Briscoe/Westbrook (AUS/GB), Ford GT, 2:02.650 minutes
3. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 2:02.746 minutes
4. Vanthoor/Bamber (B/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:03.114 minutes
5. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 2:03.170 minutes
6. Krohn/Edwards (FIN/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 2:03.331 minutes
7. Sims/De Phillippi (GB/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 2:03.645 minutes
8. Tandy/Pilet (GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:03.673 minutes

GTD class
1. Long/Nielsen (USA/DK), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 2:06.593 minutes
2. Marcelli/Baumann (CAN/A), Lexus RC F GT3, 2:06.850 minutes
3. Sellers/Snow (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 2:07.226 minutes
4. MacNeil/Jeannette (USA/USA), Ferrari 488 GT3, 2:07.317 minutes
5. Keating/Bleekemolen (USA/NL), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2:07.561 minutes
6. Lindsey/Bergmeister (USA/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 2:07.944 minutes
7. Legge/Parente (GB/P), Acura NSX GT3, 2:08.280 minutes
8. Foley/Auberlen (USA/USA), BMW M6 GT3, 2:08.402 minutes
9. Potter/Lally (USA/USA), Audi R8 LMS GT3, 2:08.947 minutes
10. Marks/Aschenbach (USA/USA), Acura NSX GT3, 2:12.272 Minuten
11. Hawksworth/Heinemeier Hansson (GB/DK), Lexus RC F GT3
12. Piovanetti/Negri (USA/BR), Ferrari 488 GT3
Full formula are accessible at: http://results.imsa.com

With a Road America competition on 5 August, a IMSA SportsCar Championship takes a brief outing into a past. The storied 6.515-kilometre circuit tighten to Elkhart Lake in a US state of Wisconsin is regarded as a hearth of American sports automobile racing. The Porsche GT Team fields dual 911 RSR in a GTLM category opposite clever antithesis from BMW, Ford and Chevrolet. In a second season, a 510 hp 911 RSR has won dual races so distant in North America’s premier sports automobile competition series: a 12 Hours of Sebring and during Mid-Ohio. In a GTD class, Porsche’s patron teams Wright Motorsports and Park Place Motorsports contest with a 911 GT3 R.

Road America, that was non-stop in 1955, is a longest circuit on a IMSA SportsCar Championship calendar and is one of a few courses to have defended a strange layout. Sports fans courtesy a storied racetrack, on that Porsche distinguished a double GTLM category feat in 2015, as “America’s National Park of Speed”. They make their approach to Elkhart Lake from all corners of a country. The ancestral march is dual hours by automobile north of Chicago on Highway 67.

The cockpit of a #911 Porsche 911 RSR is common by a 2015 Road America winners, Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain). This season, a span won a 12 Hours of Sebring. The winners of a Mid-Ohio race, Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand), who recently climbed a lectern in third during Lime Rock, share pushing duties in a second 911 RSR (#912). In a GTD class, a Porsche patron group Wright Motorsports competes with a 911 GT3 R. In a cockpit of a #58 automobile are a works motorist Patrick Long (USA) and Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (Denmark). Park Place Motorsports (#73) tackles a competition with bureau motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Lindsey (USA).

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.

The competition takes off on Saturday, 5 August, during 13.35 hrs internal time (20.35 hrs CEST) and runs over 2:40 hours. The competition 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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