Like Le Mans – though in a USA: Major continuation exam for Porsche during Sebring

Posted on 14. Mar, 2019 by in Porsche Canada

Two of a Porsche 911 RSR will competition over some-more than 1,000 miles during spin 6 of a Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, with another dual matching automobile models rebellious a twelve-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. The supposed #SuperSebring competition weekend requires a vast bid from Porsche in terms of organization and logistics – allied to Porsche’s largest ever GT goal during Le Mans in 2018.

“The Sebring weekend is a vast endeavour for Porsche Motorsport. We have to ride a whole WEC organization including a cars and all a apparatus over a Atlantic. That alone presents a logistical challenge,” says Fritz Enzinger, Vice President of Motorsport. “On tip of this, a IMSA group competes during a same plcae on a same weekend. Two bureau cars have to tackle any of these dual critical continuation races successfully. Everything has to be right.” The Sebring weekend also serves as credentials for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, where Porsche will again margin 4 works cars opposite 5 other manufacturers in a fiercely rival GTE-Pro category. 

Almost 24 hours of racing

“This will positively be one of a many heated competition weekends of a year. The schedules of both array are so parsimonious that we can usually use few organization on both sides. Basically, a dual races supplement adult to a marathon of over roughly 24 hours. That’s really on a standard with Le Mans, generally on this intensely perfectionist racetrack. We’ll have a 30-strong organization for any of a WEC and IMSA series, and an additional 15 people for a GT3 and GT4 patron competition programme in a USA,” says Pascal Zurlinden, Director of GT Factory Motorsport. “The multiple of both works teams is already operative brilliantly. One instance of this: While a IMSA group was contrast in Sebring, a WEC patrol used Core Autosport’s seminar to set adult a dual 911 RSR. They have all that’s indispensable there. That’s how teamwork should be.”  

“The team-work between a dual teams, a sell of information and information, and not slightest a ideal organization of gangling tools are essentially important,” says Fritz Enzinger. “When we contested Le Mans in 2018 with 4 works cars we finished adult with a double victory. So we know how it works. Now “across a pond” we aim to denote a ideal synergy between a teams – in a competition over twelve hours and another over 1,000 miles.” At a competition weekend in Florida, dubbed #SuperSebring, a sum of 17 drivers from Porsche’s 25-strong motorist patrol will share pushing duties in a bureau cars and customers’ 911 racers. 

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Porsche Motorsport): “The competition weekend in Sebring is really special for us. With a WEC and IMSA array being run as a corner event, a bid is huge. Like during a vital Le Mans tour final year, optimal teamwork is essential. We’re not a usually manufacturer to margin bureau cars in both series. The communication and sell of information between teams will be pivotal factors. The fact that we’re apparently good during this was clearly demonstrated by a success during Le Mans in 2018. I’m certain that we’ll also be in a quarrel for feat in Sebring.” 

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “Thanks to a glorious formula from a initial 5 races of a stream season, we’re travelling to Florida as leaders of a manufacturer’s and drivers’ championships. We wish to continue this good run. Our feat final year during a IMSA competition in Sebring has clearly shown that a Porsche 911 RSR is really rival on this special racetrack. We are fervent to spin this into another win and enhance a championship lead in a WEC.”

WEC #91: Gianmaria Bruni (I), Richard Lietz (A)

WEC #92: Kévin Estre (F), Michael Christensen (DK)

IMSA #911: Patrick Pilet (F), Nick Tandy (GB), Frédéric Makowiecki (F)

IMSA #912: Earl Bamber (NZ), Laurens Vanthoor (B), Mathieu Jaminet (F)

With 18 altogether victories, Porsche is by distant a many successful marque during a twelve-hour competition in Florida. The sports automobile manufacturer dominated a storied event, that was contested for a initial time in 1952, quite in a 1970s and 1980s. Between 1976 and 1988, Porsche netted 13 undisguised victories in a row. Racing legends Hans Herrmann and Jo Siffert scored a initial win for Porsche during Sebring in 1960. The many new altogether win was in 2008 interjection to Timo Bernhard (Germany), Romain Dumas (France) and Emmanuel Collard (France) during a circle of a Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder.

For a third racing deteriorate in North America, a Porsche 911 RSR was serve optimised essentially in a setup. Depending on a stretch 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 competition outings of a predecessor. The six-cylinder engine in a back of a GT3 patron racer produces over 368 kW (500 hp).


911 RSR, Sebring, 2019, Porsche AG

In a Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), that was initial contested in 2012, sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest in 4 classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. They all contest together in one competition though are personal separately. The Porsche GT Team contests a GTE-Pro class, while a patron teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Racing fight for honours in a GTE-Am class.

The IMSA SportsCar Championship is a sports automobile competition 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. 

FIA WEC
Round 6 of a deteriorate during Sebring gets underway on Friday, Mar 15, 2019, during 16:00 hrs internal time (21.00 hrs CET) and is contested over a stretch of 1,000 miles. 

IMSA
The competition takes off on Saturday, 16 March, during 10.40 hrs internal time (16:40 hrs CEST) and can be noticed live outward a USA and Canada on www.imsa.com

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