vendredi 24 juin 2016

Porsche 911 RSR resumes the title chase at Watkins Glen


As the defending champions in the GTLM class, the most well-supported category with five manufacturers, the Porsche North America factory team campaigns two Porsche 911 RSR in the only six-hour race on the calendar of North America’s most important sports car racing series. The most successful GT car of the 2015 season was based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and last year celebrated a double victory at Watkins Glen. This race counts towards the North American Endurance Cup, a competition also encompassing Daytona, Sebring, and Petit Le Mans. Porsche currently leads this special long-distance category.

The race

The 5.472-kilometre-long Watkins Glen International racetrack, nicknamed by experts and fans as “The Glen”, is located in the US State of New York. It was built around a forested hilltop and opened in 1956. From 1961 to 1980 the Formula 1 circus also pitched its tents near the tranquil town of Watkins Glen for the United States Grand Prix.

The Porsche drivers

Driving the Porsche 911 RSR with the starting number 911 is the reigning IMSA GT Champion Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) who scored their first win of the season at Long Beach in April. At the wheel of the #912 contender are Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). Last year the duo clinched second at Watkins Glen. So far this year they have netted third place at the rounds in Daytona, Sebring and Laguna Seca. The fifth works driver at Watkins Glen is Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) who competes for the Porsche customer squad Park Place Motorsports.

The Porsche vehicles

For 2016, the winning racer from Weissach received modifications to the aerodynamics to comply with the new regulations. The position of the rear wing was moved further to the back, with the rear diffuser now considerably larger. Moreover, the fastest ever nine-eleven received a new factory design. The 911 GT3 R was built by Porsche based on the 911 GT3 RS production sports car. In January 2016, it celebrated its racing debut at Daytona mounted with the new, ultra-modern, four-litre flat-six engine with direct fuel injection. The first win in the IMSA SportsCar Championship the 911 GT3 R took at Laguna Seca.

The schedule

The six-hour race takes off on Sunday, 3 July, at 10.10 hours local time (16.10 hours CEST) and will be broadcast live outside the USA on www.imsa.com.

Porsche Press Release