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IMSA: Porsche GT Team defends championship lead with lectern result

In a competition over dual hours and 40 minutes, Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) scored seventh place in a No. 911 sister car. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche still binds a convincing lead. In a GTD class, Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) and his teammate Zacharie Robichon (Canada) brought home feat in a Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Pfaff Motorsports.

The competition took off during midday in temperatures of around 25 degrees Celsius and sunshine. As a start drivers, Vanthoor headed into a competition from fourth on a grid with Pilet starting from sixth. The eventuality on a 6.515-kilometre circuit in a US state of Wisconsin incited into a vital gamble. Both vehicles pitted during opposite times to be prepared for contingent counsel phases. Uncharacteristically, there were no yellow phases and a competition finished though incident.

The Porsche GT Team managed to continue a considerable strain of lectern results: so distant this season, during slightest one of a dual Porsche crews has climbed a lectern during each round. Scoring third and seventh place during Elkhart Lake as good as with 5 victories underneath a belt, a Porsche GT Team has shielded a lead in a manufacturers’ classification. In a drivers’ category, Bamber and Vanthoor have extended their lead by 14 points, with Tandy and Pilet progressing second.

The competition in a GTD class

Pfaff Motorsports claimed feat in a GTD class, in that patron teams margin a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Porsche Young Professional Campbell and Robichon put in flawless drives to kick their 14 rivals. Porsche Young Professional Dennis Olsen (Norway), who common a cockpit with Anthony Imperato (USA), achieved eighth place for Wright Motorsports. Park Place Motorsports got hold adult in an collision and subsequently, a Porsche works motorist Patrick Long (USA) and Patrick Lindsey took a dwindle in 15th.

The subsequent turn of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be hold from 23 to 25 Aug on a Virginia International Raceway.

Comments on a race

Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “We knew that Road America would be one of a many formidable races of a year for us. So we’re unequivocally gratified with this lectern result. Porsche has managed to urge a lead and Laurens and Earl have extended a opening to their pursuers even serve in a drivers’ championship. The group now has dual weeks off. Then we’ll be behind in full force in Virginia.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Third place on this racetrack is a good outcome for us. We haven’t been quite successful here in new years. Still, we managed to serve enhance a lead in a drivers’ classification. That was a extensive bid from a whole team. Pitting as late as probable valid to be a pivotal to success today.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Road America is not a strongest circuit. We didn’t have a gait to win. In this regard, we’ve achieved a limit here. We came third on what is allegedly a weakest racetrack and finished in front of a toughest rivals. What’s more, we have serve extended a lead. That roughly feels like a victory.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Over a final 6 years, we’ve encountered on normal 4 counsel phases during this competition in Elkhart Lake. For this reason, we had to separate a timing of a array stops to be prepared for all eventualities. Unfortunately, a plan didn’t work out. Seventh place is disappointing. We mislaid several points in a drivers’ standings to a teammates during a top, though we’re still in second. Now it’s time to take a vacation. We’ll strike behind in Virginia.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Both of a cars were on opposite strategies. Unlike a teammates, we pitted early in expectation of a reserve automobile phase, that never eventuated. we consider that contingency have been a initial time we’ve competed here though a singular counsel phase.”

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “I’m anxious about my initial win in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. That was a unequivocally tough win. Zach did a illusory office and put us in second place during his initial stint. After we overtook a Lamborghini and changed into a lead, we had to preserve fuel nonetheless still say my advantage. We did it. Our Porsche 911 GT3 R was ideally setup for a track. Now it’s time to celebrate.”

Race result

GTLM class
1. Briscoe/Westbrook (AUS/GB), Ford GT, 77 laps
2. Hand/Müller (USA/D), Ford GT, 77 laps
3. Bamber/Vanthoor (NZ/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 77 laps
7. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 76 laps

GTD class
1. Campbell/Robichon (AUS/CDN), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 75 laps
2. Sellers/Lewis (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 74 laps
3. Foley/Auberlen (USA/USA), BMW M6 GT3, 74 laps
8. Olsen/Imperato (N/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 74 laps
15. Long/Lindsey (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 52 laps

Full results: http://imsa.alkamelsystems.com

The qualifying

The Porsche GT Team has competent on positions 6 and 8 for a eighth turn of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship during Road America. Due to a thunderstorm unconditional by Elkhart Lake (Wisconsin/USA), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) in a No. 912 automobile and Patrick Pilet (France) in a No. 911 automobile behind holding adult Saturday’s 15-minute subordinate session. Setting a time of 2.01.038 minutes, a motorist organisation Vanthoor and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) heads into Sunday’s competition from position six. Pilet lapped a 6.515-kilometre circuit in 2:01.836 minutes. He takes adult a competition from a eighth grid mark with his teammate Nick Tandy (Great Britain).

The object was still resplendent on a storied racetrack shortly before a start of a qualifying, when unexpected dim clouds collected overhead, lightning flashed and raindrops began to fall. The likely thunderstorm, however, upheld by a track. The plan for a somewhat damp lane that a group had put in place did not play out as expected. The dual Porsche 911 RSR will now have to launch a office by a margin over 2:40-hour event. So distant this season, during slightest one of a dual Porsche crews has climbed a podium, and a Porsche GT Team has notched adult 5 victories from 7 races.

The subordinate eventuality for a 15-strong GTD difficulty margin was condensed by 5 mins due to a weather. In a red-flagged session, a Canadian Zacharie Robichon posted a fourth quickest time during a circle of a Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by a Pfaff Motorsports patron team. Anthony Imperato’s automobile campaigned by Wright Motorsports landed on P9. The owners of a Park Place Motorsports squad, Patrick Lindsey, planted his 911 on eleventh place.

Qualifying quotes

Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “Positions 6 and 8 are positively not a acceptable outcome, generally in light of a fact that we were a fastest in all 3 use sessions. It was vicious to be out there with a right tyre vigour when a lane offering a many grip. The others managed this a small improved than us today. We’re confronting a vital catch-up office tomorrow.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “My subordinate path was unequivocally good. Our setup was improved than in giveaway practice. Although a lane was a small damp, we managed to be six-tenths of a second faster than in a prior session. Still, it was usually good adequate for sixth.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “That subordinate wasn’t easy for us. We went out in sleazy conditions only after a brief sleet showering and therefore practiced a tyre vigour a small too high. The initial path was fine, though afterwards a tyres got too comfortable and didn’t offer a hold we needed.”

Qualifying result

GTLM class
1. Blomqvist/De Phillippi (GB/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 2:00.344 minutes
2. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Corvette C7.R, 2:00.663
3. Krohn/Edwards, BMW M8 GTE, 2:00.767
6. Bamber/Vanthoor (NZ/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:01.038
8. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:01:836

GTD class
1. Keating/Bleekemolen (USA/NL), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2:05.250 minutes
2. Sellers/Lewis (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 2:05.663
3. Holton/Plumb (USA/USA), McLaren 720S GT3, 2:05.723
4. Campbell/Robichon (AUS/CDN), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 2:05,890
9. Olsen/Imperato (N/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 2:06.432
11. Long/Lindsey (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 2:06.886

The preview

The Porsche GT Team heads to a storied Road America racetrack in a US state of Wisconsin this entrance weekend (2-4 August) to competition turn 8 of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. With 5 wins and a 24-point lead in a manufacturers’ championship, a group is aiming for some-more lectern formula with a works drivers in a array 911 car, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy, as good as Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor (No. 912). In further to a bureau squad’s dual Porsche 911 RSR contesting a GTLM class, 3 patron teams will margin 3 Porsche 911 GT3 R in a GTD class. Aside from Park Place Motorsports und Pfaff Motorsports, Wright Motorsports aims to build on final year’s success during Road America. Last year, John Wright’s patrol won there. As a winners of a prior turn during Lime Rock, Pfaff Motorsports also travels to Elkhart Lake feeling confident.

The race

At 6.515-kilometres in length, a Road America racetrack, that was non-stop in 1955, is a longest lane on a IMSA SportsCar Championship calendar. The racetrack is located dual hours by automobile north of Chicago in Elkhart Lake, a city in a US state of Wisconsin with a competition of around 1,000. Traditional highway races were hold here in a fifties. In 2015, Porsche distinguished a one-two feat in a GTLM difficulty during Road America. Last year, Porsche’s works motorist Patrick Long (USA) and Christina Nielsen (DK) clinched feat in a Porsche 911 GT3 R campaigned by Wright Motorsports.

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 difficulty after victories during Long Beach, Mid-Ohio and Bowmanville, Canada. In a GTD class, 3 Porsche 911 GT3 R will compete. The patron group Pfaff Motorsports (No. 9) tackles a competition with Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) and Zacharie Robichon from Canada. 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 No. 91 Porsche 911 GT3 R campaigned by Wright Motorsports is common by Porsche Young Professional Dennis Olsen (Norway) and Anthony Imperato (USA).

The schedule

The competition over 2:40 hours takes off on Sunday, 4 August, during 2:35pm internal time (9:35pm 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): “We’re all vehement about competing during a Road America racetrack. The march is unequivocally quick with several blind sections, that creates it unequivocally perfectionist for a drivers. We’ve haven’t had a lot of success there in new years. However, we’d like to acquire as many points as probable and extend a championship lead even more.”

Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “Road America is a genuine drivers’ circuit. That’s because everybody likes to competition here. The march is one of a some-more normal racetracks and a blueprint has remained unvaried given a fifties. In a setup, we need to find a good concede between low downforce on a prolonged straights and high downforce in a parsimonious corners. After a common opening final year, we still have a measure to settle during this track.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “I have good memories of Road America. The march is one of my favourites on a IMSA calendar. It’s a wily march for Porsche, though we’ve enjoyed a clever deteriorate so far. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to a competition and we wish we can urge a points change in a championship.”

More comments in a press release (downloads).

This is a IMSA SportsCar Championship

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.