On a arise of a three-day central tests on a Daytona International Speedway in Florida, a dual Porsche 911 RSR foe cars lonesome a sum of 2,120 kilometres underneath fanciful conditions. The concentration of this complete work for a bureau group was on improving a setup, on tyre comparisons as good as tests for a arriving 24-hour foe on a storied racetrack. The season-opening turn of a North American sports automobile array takes place on 26/27 January.
Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and a dual Frenchmen Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki common pushing duties in a ca. 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR with a starting array 911. Last year a contingent won a continuation races during Sebring and Road Atlanta. For a tests, their code colleagues Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) common a cockpit of a No. 912 sister car. Regular motorist Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) missed a “Roar Before The Rolex 24” due to a birth of his initial child. The Le Mans leader will be behind in a cockpit for a start of a deteriorate in late January.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R done a successful entrance during a exam days and will face unbending foe in a GTD category in a 2019 IMSA deteriorate for a initial time. At a central Daytona tests, a patron teams Pfaff Motorsports, Park Place Motorsports, NGT Motorsport and Black Swan Racing gained vicious insights for a initial U.S. tour of a ca. 500 hp foe car. Over a dual exam days, a 4 matching 911 GT3 R lonesome a sum of 484 laps on a 5.73-kilometre racetrack.
The dual Porsche 911 RSR foe cars lonesome a sum of 2,120 kilometres
Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “That was a successful test. We’re unequivocally informed with a car, it’s a third tour during Daytona for a latest 911 RSR. The tyres are new for us this year. The IMSA array has now adopted a tyres from a WEC. This, of course, requires some adjustments. We managed to parasite all a boxes on a exam list. We gifted rain, sunshine, high and low temperatures – we can’t have it improved than that for a test.”
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “The new Porsche 911 GT3 R has upheld a initial exam in a USA. For a patron teams and their drivers, a importance on day one was primarily about removing informed with a new car. On day dual we done good swell in terms of a setup. The path times were clever and a coherence over longer distances looked good as well. With a patron teams we consider we should be good prepared for a foe week during a finish of a month.”
Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): The exam was an vicious credentials – for both a foe and a whole season. After a winter mangle we all had to get behind into a normal rhythm. We not usually worked on a setup, though above all we used procedures such as array stops and motorist changes. It’s vicious to do this during a ‘Roar’ so that we can totally concentration on a finer sum of a automobile during a foe week.”
Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Testing during Daytona is always intensely vicious given a racetrack has surprising characteristics. It’s vicious to have a best probable tip speed on a oval passages, though though being hampered too most by deficient downforce in a infield. These exam days were intensely vicious for this setup work. Our automobile done a good sense on me. We were quick and unequivocally consistent, and so we’re good prepared for a foe weekend.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Finding a tip probable tip speed is not as easy as it sounds. As shortly as we revoke a downforce to boost speed on a straights, we mostly have difficulty braking for a parsimonious corners. The behind gets twitchy and a motorist has to work unequivocally hard. During a exam we worked on anticipating a best concede and we found a unequivocally good solution. So far, a 911 RSR has coped brilliantly on this unequivocally well-developed circuit.”
Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Although a winter mangle was unequivocally short, we still have to work your approach behind into a procedures. This relates as most to a mechanics and engineers as it does to us drivers. We got behind into a unequivocally good stroke during a test, and it didn’t take prolonged during all for all to tumble into place again. We’re prepared and good prepared to start a foe week during Daytona.”
Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “I gathering a 911 RSR during a finish of a 2018 season, though a automobile is still flattering new for me. For this reason a importance over these exam days was to continue familiarising myself with a automobile and a racetrack. Everything went unequivocally well. The automobile handles a opposite sectors unequivocally good and a gait was also first-class over longer distances.”
Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “New team, new car, new drivers – as we can suppose a list of tasks was rather long. We sorted out some simple things on a initial day and afterwards went on to work intensively on a setup. We done good swell though we still have to exercise some other commentary before a start of a foe week.”
Patrick Lindsay (Porsche 911 GT3 R #73): “A lot is new, though still somehow familiar. The new automobile immediately feels like a Porsche. we know a prior indication and we mostly expostulate a 911 RSR. For me, a new GT3 R feels like a ideal multiple of a two. The brakes are as absolute as those in a WEC car, it’s unequivocally user accessible – it’s simply good fun. At a ‘Roar’ we worked on a setup and familiarised ourselves with a car’s many sum and a tyres. Bring on a foe week.”
Sven Müller (Porsche 911 GT3 R #99): “We took things delayed initially, initial using in a brakes, afterwards operative on a setup and contrast a tyres. We gained a lot of insights and we’ll now use these for a foe week to make a automobile even better. There were many new things for a group and a drivers to learn during a exam days and that was exciting.”
Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 GT3 R #540): “There were so many new things to discover: car, tyres, racetrack. We worked by a tasks evenly and done good progress. That’s precisely what exam days are for. We’ll also use a initial sessions of a foe week for setup work so that we get a best probable start into a 24-hour classic. At Daytona a name of a diversion is to have a automobile that is predicted and easy to handle. We’re on a right track.”
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.