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IMSA: Porsche 911 RSR on stick position in Virginia

The qualifying

Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) lapped a 5.263 kilometre circuit with a ca. 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR in 1:40.630 mins and cumulative stick position for a team. Nick Tandy (Great Britain) put a automobile with starting array 911 on sixth. Vanthoor’s stick position is a fifth for a Porsche GT Team so distant this season.

In a shutting stages of a subordinate a circuit, that is located nearby a city of Alton in a US state of Virginia, authorised increasingly quick laps. Vanthoor’s timing valid to be optimal and enabled a Belgian to put in a fastest time with a array 912 vehicle. Tandy was on a quick path in a sister automobile when he ran far-reaching on a soppy weed and done hit with a tyre stack. The Briton will tackle Sunday’s 2:40 hour foe with Patrick Pilet (France) while Vanthoor shares pushing duties with Earl Bamber (New Zealand).

Canada’s Zacharie Robichon set a time of 1:45.826 mins pushing a 500+hp Porsche 911 GT3 R in a GTD-class and takes adult a foe for a Pfaff Motorsports patron group from initial place in class. Robichon shares a cockpit with Scott Hargrove (Canada). 

Patrick Lindsey (USA) took a 13th starting place for Park Place Motorsports. The group owners shares a automobile with Porsche bureau motorist Patrick Long (USA).

Qualifying quotes

Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “At benefaction a foe in a GTLM category is brutally tough with a margins super tight. There was good and not so good news from this qualifying. The lane dusty adult after a brief showering before a subordinate took off and became faster and faster during a session. Laurens put in a ideal path during a ideal time. Nick pushed, though afterwards he done a little error. Well, this happens. Car array 912 will have a transparent lane in front of it, for starting array 911 we’ll work out a plan to get a automobile to a front during a race. Congratulations to Pfaff Motorsports on a stick with a 911 GT3 R!”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “In these continue conditions a subordinate was like a float on a knife’s edge. We were not unequivocally certain how a lane would change after a rain. But in a finish holding a risk was rewarded. Earl and we are streamer a championship. With this stick position we took a initial step to make certain that we stay on tip of a classification.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “I done a little mistake and went on a soppy weed beside a lane and landed in a tyre stacks. That’s irritating though not a finish of a world. We’ll find a approach to get by a domain once a foe is on. The good news is a automobile was quick and a teammates are on pole.”

Zacharie Robichon (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “Those lane conditions were difficult. After a sleet a aspect dusty adult with any path and a group did a ideal pursuit generally with a timing. It’s fun to expostulate a Porsche 911 in these fanciful condition. we am happy that we scored a initial stick position for Pfaff Motorsports in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”

Qualifying result

GTLM class
1. Bamber/Vanthoor (NZ/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:40.630 minutes
2. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Corvette C7.R, 1:40.708 minutes
3. Briscoe/Westbrook (AUS/GB), Ford GT, 1:40.786 minutes
6. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:41.615 minutes

GTD class
1. Hargrove/Robichon (CDN/CDN), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 1:45.826 minutes
2. Montecalvo/Bell (USA/USA), Lexus RC F GT3, 1:46.150 minutes
3. Heistand/Hawksworth (USA/NL), Lexus RC F GT3, 1:46.524 minutes
13. Long/Lindsey (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 1:56.158 minutes

The preview

With 5 victories as good as lectern finishes during any IMSA foe so distant this season, a works motorist crews, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) in a No. 912 car, as good as Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) in a No. 911 vehicle, now arrange initial and second respectively in a GTLM class. Porsche leads a manufacturers’ sequence with a 21-point advantage. 

In serve to a bureau squad’s dual ca. 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR, a dual patron teams Park Place Motorsports and Pfaff Motorsports will domain a Porsche 911 GT3 R any in a GTD category during a 2:40-hour race. Like during Lime Rock, no vehicles in a faster DPi and LMP2 antecedent categories will contest in Virginia. Thus, a Porsche GT Team will be chasing altogether feat on a 5.263-kilometre circuit on Sunday. 

The race

The Virginia International Raceway is located nearby a city of Alton tighten to a limit of a US State of North Carolina. The circuit can demeanour behind on an eventful story and has grown from a candid circuit for highway vehicles to a complicated racetrack review with hotels and convenience activities. In 1971, Porsche legends Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg won a initial IMSA GT eventuality there during a circle of a Porsche 914-6 GT. A year after a span followed adult with another victory. Tandy and Pilet pocketed a many new win there in 2015. Bamber and Jörg Bergmeister dull off this successful tour with second place. 

The Porsche drivers

The winners of a Sebring and Watkins Glen races, Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), share a No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. The span now ranks second in a drivers’ classification. Their works motorist colleagues in a No. 912 sister car, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), lead a category after victories during Long Beach, Mid-Ohio and Bowmanville, Canada.

In a GTD class, dual 500+hp Porsche 911 GT3 R will compete. The patron group Pfaff Motorsports (No. 9) tackles a foe with Canadians Scott Hargrove and Zacharie Robichon. Porsche works motorist Patrick Long (USA) shares a cockpit of a No. 73 automobile run by Park Place Motorsports with his compatriot Patrick Lindsey. 

The Porsche vehicles

For a third racing deteriorate in North America, a Porsche 911 RSR has undergone serve optimisation essentially in a cessation setup. Depending on a distance 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 fielded by patron teams 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 foe outings of a predecessor. The six-cylinder engine in a back of a GT3 racing automobile produces over 368 kW (500 hp).

The schedule

The foe over 2:40 hours takes off on Sunday, 25 August, during 1:35pm internal time (7:35pm CEST) and can be noticed live outward a USA and Canada on www.imsa.com.

Comments before a race

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “As we saw during a final foe on a Road America racetrack, a foe among a drivers in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is intensely tough. The disproportion is in a minute details. After 8 of eleven rounds, we are still streamer a drivers’ and manufacturers’ classifications and we wish to acquire some-more points in Virginia. We’ve climbed a lectern during any foe so distant and a 5 victories underline a strength of a RSR. We also wish a patron teams a really best. Recently, a new Porsche 911 GT3 R cumulative dual victories in a quarrel in a GTD classification.”

Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “Virginia is a standard driver’s track. It requires a good understanding of pointing and there is probably no room for error. The second we wandering from a lane we finish adult in a weed and that costs a lot of time. We’re feeling really encouraged streamer to Virginia and we’d like to build on this season’s success streak. We’re branch on to a finish true of a championship and we’ll quarrel for any point.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “I have lustful memories of Virginia – we won there once. We roughly won final year, too, until we had to stop due to a technical defect.” 

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Things didn’t go so good for us during a final IMSA foe on a Road America racetrack, though Virginia International Raceway suits a doing characteristics of a RSR better. We’re anticipating for a clever race.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “I’m looking brazen to Virginia. The lane suits us. As a leaders of a drivers’ sequence we wish to build on a advantage, and we’re really aiming for a lectern spot. And for Porsche, we’d also like to explain a manufacturers’ title.” 

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “We’re streamer a manufacturers’ championship by a decent margin. Our team’s idea is to have during slightest one of a vehicles finish on a lectern during any race. We still have 3 races on a calendar and let’s see if we can conduct this. Personally, we like a Virginia International Raceway – it’s a standard American racetrack that doesn’t pardon mistakes.”

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “After a superb GTD win during Road America we’re streamer to Virginia underneath certain pressure. In 2018 we finished a foe on second place and we were even on march for feat during times. We know that a circuit suits a rear-engine 911 GT3 R and a teams can build on final year’s experiences.”

Patrick Long (Porsche 911 GT3 R #73): “The Virginia International Raceway lies in a pleasing partial of a USA and is a special location. The plea comes from a slight track, that creates it formidable to overtake. The circuit is technically perfectionist with quick and delayed passages. Since no prototypes will be racing during Virginia, I’m awaiting a scurry foe from start to finish.”

This is a IMSA SportsCar Championship

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.