No. 912 Porsche North America 911 RSR driven by Patrick Long qualified fifth for Sunday's race.
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Porsche North America, the official Porsche works program in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, placed its pair of Porsche 911 RSR GT Le Mans (GTLM) class cars fifth and seventh on the grid for Sunday's Continental Tire Road Race Showcase. The qualifying effort came as the team is learning to maximize a new Adjustment of Performance package introduced here at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin's Road America racecourse. The two-hour and 45-minute event will take the green flag at the classic 4-mile American road course at 1:15 p.m. CT tomorrow.
Porsche 911 RSR
In GTLM class, North America's premier category based on sports and GT road cars which run under the rules of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, all three Porsche 911 RSRs qualified in the top-ten. As a result of an Adjustment of Performance (AoP) granted by IMSA, the rules body for the series, Porsche introduced a revised rear wing, front splitter and air restrictor for the Porsche 911 RSR at this weekend's race. Leading into today's 15-minute qualifying session, the two Porsche North America factory cars and customer Team Falken Tire have used the free practices to learn the new configuration for the racecar which is based on the seventh-generation of the iconic rear-engine sportscar. Knowing the primary objective is tomorrow's race, the engineers and drivers have focused on the race day setup - a consistent platform rather than a car which will be quick for only two to three qualifying laps.
The No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR driven by American Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, California) in qualifying and shared with Denmark's Michael Christensen in the race, ran a lap of two-minutes, 4.550-seconds to be fifth-quickest in the GTLM class. Teammate Nick Tandy (Great Britain) trailed just behind in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR he co-drives with Richard Lietz (Austria). Tandy's lap of 2:04.685 was seventh in class, 0.938-seconds behind the pole position-winning BMW Z4 GTE.
The third Porsche 911 RSR in the field, that of privateer Team Falken Tire, driven by factory driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) in qualifying today was tenth in class with a time of 2:06.527. Henzler teams with Braselton, Georgia's Bryan Sellers in the No. 17.
Porsche 911 GT America
Mario Farnbacher (Germany) turned the fastest practice lap in the GT Daytona (GTD) field in the one-hour practice session just before qualifying. He continued his fine performance to earn a second-row, fourth-place position for tomorrow's race in the 15-minute GTD qualifying session behind the wheel of the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America that he will share with Ian James (USA). Farnbacher's teammate, Leh Keen (USA), in the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America, qualified right behind in fifth place in the car he will share with Cooper MacNeil (USA).
The Porsche 911 GT America competes in the GT Daytona class (GTD). GTD was created for the 2014 season as part of the merger between the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex GRAND-AM Championship (ALMS GT Challenge and Rolex GT), and calls for production-based sports cars which allow one professional driver and one amateur driver to share the race car.
Patrick Long, No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR: "We've done a lot of research and tried to develop on simulation but we're learning every single time that we run. Even up to the last minutes of the final practice we were making changes. I was pretty happy with how the car was balanced for qualifying. I think we have a good base to work off of for the race. We'll just keep our heads down and push forward for the race. It's going to be a tough fight tomorrow."
Nick Tandy, No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR: "My qualifying lap was really good. We need to work more with the new parts on the car to get it working better but we are making improvements and learning every lap."
Mario Farnbacher, driver, No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America: "During practice yesterday, I expected more grip from the track. For the first two practices, we were fine-tuning the set-up. We had some very fast runs on sticker tires, and I turned the fastest lap in the session just prior to qualifying. In qualifying we know that the best lap on the tires is the second one and that was my quick lap. We are not the fastest car, but the Team Seattle-Heart of Racing Porsche came out the fastest Porsche in the field, so that is good for the team."
Owen Hayes, Director of Operations, Porsche Motorsport North America: "We would have liked to be up a little bit further in qualifying. However, we have our homework to do coming to a track with these new parts. We found a good balance but not the perfect balance for qualifying. It is a little bit of a new environment for us with these parts and the most important thing is to focus on the race. It's all going in the right direction. In the high downforce sections we are not looking too bad and that is what we were trying to get with the adjustment of performance. We're looking forward to the race."
The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will be broadcast in North America, Sunday, August 10 on FOX Sports 1 beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Live timing and scoring as well as a live international video feed can be found at www.IMSA.com.
GT Le Mans Qualifying Results:
1. No. 56 BMW Z4 GTE, Jonathan Edwards (USA), 2:03.747
2. No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R, Jonathan Bomarito (USA) 2:03.813
3. No. 91 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R, Marc Goossens (Belgium), 2:03.930
4. No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE, Bill Auberlen (USA), 2:03.964
5. No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, Patrick Long (USA), 2:04.550
6. No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7-R, Oliver Gavin (Great Britain), 2:04.650
7. No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, Nick Tandy (Great Britain), 2:04.685
10. No. 17 Porsche 911 RSR, Wolf Henzler (Germany), 2:06.527
GT Daytona Qualifying Results:
1. No. 007 Aston Martin V12 Vantage, James Davison (Australia), 2:09.079
2. No. 94 BMW Z4, Dane Cameron (USA), 2.09.293
3. No. 33 SRT Viper.GT3-R, Jeroen Bleekemolen (Monaco), 2.09.345
4. No. 23 Porsche 911 GT America, Mario Farnbacher (Germany), 2:09.345
5. No. 22 Porsche 911 GT America , Leh Keen (USA), 2:09.434
6. No. 73 Porsche 911 GT America, Kevin Estre (France), 2:09.471
7. No. 58 Porsche 911 GT America, Jan Heylen (USA), 2:09.555
8. No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America, Andy Lally (USA), 2:09.753
13. No. 27 Porsche 911 GT America, Andrew Davis (USA), 2:10.886
14. No. 18 Porsche 911 GT America, Alex Davison (Australia), 2:11.444
15. No. 81 Porsche 911 GT America, Damien Faulkner (Ireland), 2:11.759
16. No. 19 Porsche 911 GT America, Christian Szymczak (USA), 2:12.460
About Porsche Motorsport North America
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