Two 911 RSR contest during mythological Road America

Posted on 03. Aug, 2018 by in Porsche Canada

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.  

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “We have a chaotic Jul with 3 really tough races in a USA and Canada behind us. Despite a huge stresses on drivers and a team, a 911 RSR gave a clever altogether performance, that unfortunately hasn’t been rewarded with a feat yet. After scoring lectern formula during Watkins Glen and Lime Rock as good as stick position in Bowmanville, we’re now confronting a subsequent large plea with a competition on a mythological Road America. It’s a genuine classical on one of America’s many pleasing racetracks. After a final feat here in 2015, we really wish to win again.”

Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport: “Road America is a normal sealed circuit with a lot of quick corners and loads of character. Teams and drivers face a formidable charge with a setup of a 911 RSR. They have to find a ideal concede to safeguard they have a required reason for a delayed corners. We’re looking brazen to this challenge.”

Sebastian Golz, Project Manager GT Customer Sport: “We’re extraordinary to see if a patron teams perform as strongly as in prior years during Road America. Spectators can strech roughly each partial of this lane and get a possibility to declare firsthand how a GT cars pull a boundary of traction in a corners. It’s a good knowledge for each sports automobile fan.”

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “Road America is my favourite racetrack in a USA. we like a tradition and character. For me, it’s America’s homogeneous to Spa. The march is fast, perfectionist and hilly, with a pleasing landscape as a backdrop. Racing there is always really intense. This was underlined in 2015 when we started from a final grid mark and went on to win.”

Nick Tandy (911 RSR #911): “This championship thrives on a contrasts, that creates it impossibly sundry and interesting. Recently we raced on a shortest lane of a calendar during Lime Rock, now we’re competing on a longest. This requires a totally opposite and extremely some-more formidable competition strategy, also in terms of probable reserve automobile phases. The fact that we’ve already won during Road America gives us an additional boost.”

Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR #912): “Road America is a genuine drivers’ racetrack. If we brave to reason off a bit longer before braking for a corners, we can simply pass in some places. we like such challenges. Races there are always hotly contested. We scored second in 2017 and missed out on feat by only six-tenths of a second. We really wish to win this time.”

Earl Bamber (911 RSR #912): “I’m looking brazen to Road America. It’s my favourite racetrack in a USA. we like that a march is quick and severe and also set in a pleasing location. Porsche has always finished good on this storied circuit. We done adult some belligerent in a championship with a lectern outcome during Lime Rock. Now we have to keep it adult if we aim to continue a quarrel for a title.”

Patrick Long (911 GT3 R #58): “At Lime Rock we took off from stick position for a initial time this deteriorate with a 911 GT3 R.  Although this good grid position didn’t interpret into a tip outcome in a race, it creates us really assured for Road America.”

Jörg Bergmeister (911 GT3 R #73): “We’ve achieved good during Road America in new years. It’s my all-time favourite racetrack in Ameria, really quick and really challenging. Fans can demeanour brazen to some retaining racing with fascinating fights for positions.”

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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