Porsche GT Team heading to Austin for IMSA round four


The Porsche GT Team tackles round four of the IMSA SportsCar Championship with two new 911 RSR at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin on 6 May. Last year on the 5.513-kilometre Grand Prix course in the capital of Texas, Porsche celebrated a double victory in the GTLM class. So far this season, the new 911 RSR has secured second at Daytona and third at Long Beach. As part of the supporting programme, the GT3 Cup Challenge USA will also race with the new GT3 Cup.

The race
The Circuit of the Americas (COTA) with its combination of fast and slow corners is a challenging and very popular circuit for racing drivers. Austin too is worth a visit: the city has a vibrant student atmosphere and nowhere else in the USA has as many clubs and bars with live music.

The Porsche drivers
Sharing the #911 cockpit of the RSR 911 in Austin are Patrick Pilet (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany). Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) is joined in the cockpit of the #912 sister car by a new teammate: For this race, Wolf Henzler replaces Kévin Estre (France), who contests round two of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC in Spa-Francorchamps for Porsche on the same weekend. In the GTD class, Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) drives a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Park Place Motorsports, with customer teams Alegra Motorsports, CORE Autosports and TRG also fielding their 911 GT3 R.


The Porsche vehicles
The 911 RSR is a completely new development and is campaigned by the Porsche GT Team in both the IMSA SportsCar Championship and the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC. Depending on the size of the restrictor, the motor, which is now positioned in front of the rear axle, puts out around 375 kW (510 hp). The level of downforce and the aerodynamic efficiency were significantly improved. The 911 GT3 R, mounted with the new ultra-modern, four-litre, flat-six engine with direct fuel injection, was designed by Porsche for worldwide GT3 series on the basis of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car. The 911 GT3 Cup tackles the season with a newly-developed drive. Thanks to thoroughbred motorsport technology, the compact engine with direct fuel injection delivers a peak performance of 357 kW (485 hp).

The schedule
The race starts on Saturday, 6 May, at 13.35 hrs local time (20.35 hrs CEST) and runs over 2:40 hours. Outside the USA, the race can be seen live on www.imsa.com

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