The IMSA SportsCar Championship leaves Florida and heads to the West Coast of the United States: After the season-opening races at Daytona and Sebring, North America’s most popular sports car championship contests round three in Long Beach, California. With a duration of just 1:40 hours, this is the shortest race on the series’ calendar. On the challenging, completely walled and fenced street circuit in the harbour area, the Porsche North America factory squad will again campaign two 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR in the hotly-contested GTLM class.
The race on the 3.167-kilometre street circuit with the postcard-perfect backdrop of sun, sea and palms is America’s equivalent to the Monaco Grand Prix. And like in the Principality at the Cote d’Azur, there is no shortage of celebrities at the Pacific Coast – especially with Hollywood just around the corner.
The Porsche drivers
Four works drivers tackle the Long Beach event with the Porsche 911 RSR. The number 911 cockpit is shared by the reigning IMSA GT champion Patrick Pilet (France) and Le Mans overall winner Nick Tandy (Great Britain). Sharing driving duties in the #912 contender are Le Mans overall winner Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). The kiwi and the Frenchman took home third place from the first two races of the season at Daytona and Sebring.
The Porsche 911 RSR
The new factory finish is not the only change that the 911 RSR received for the 2016 season. The 470 hp winning racer from Weissach, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and characterised by systematic lightweight design, underwent modifications to the aerodynamics to comply with the new GTLM regulations. The GTD class, in which Porsche customer teams run the new Porsche 911 GT3 R, is not contested at the Long Beach event.
Porsche Press Release