Motorsport News

May 9, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Monday, May 9, 2016
                                   

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines
Porsche Prototype Podium. Porsche 919 Hybrid Leads World Championship.
The second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) was a tough test for the Porsche Team. Despite a problem with the hybrid system, the trio of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) finished second with their Porsche 919 Hybrid in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium and extended their lead in the drivers’ championship. After two tire punctures, the sister car of Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) spent more than one-and-a-half hours of the six-hour race in the garage for repairs. In the end it finished fifth in the LMP1 category for hybrid cars. In the manufacturer standings, Porsche leads now with 54 points ahead of Toyota (45) and Audi (41).
Hartley took the green flag in the No. 1 919 Hybrid from the pole position and built-up a solid lead until his first pit stop after 23 laps. The car maintained the lead until pit stops but regained the top spot through the pit stop sequencing until the first of two punctures dropped the car down the standings. Despite extended stops to repair damage, the three drivers attacked the six-hour race to bring the car home in 27th-place overall and fifth in the LMP1 hybrid class.
The No. 2 Porsche, starting on the outside of the front row, suffered from an early hybrid system problem keeping it from using the car’s full electrical power. Despite the reduced power, Dumas, Jani and Lieb drove to second-place at the checkered flag.

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.
“The opening round at Silverstone wasn’t easy but here in Spa it was even more difficult, although we were starting from the front row with both cars. Having achieved a second-place finish despite the technical problems early in the race on the number two car proves again: giving up is never an option in endurance racing. Car number one was very unlucky in the race. In the world of theater, people say a bad dress rehearsal is a happy omen for the premiere. This is how we consider our race day in Spa now with regards to Le Mans. We will not leave a stone unturned and painstaking prepare for the 24 Hours. Many thanks to the entire crew here on site and in Weissach for their efforts.”
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal.
“Congratulations to Audi for a hard fought victory. It was clear today that all three manufacturers operate their technologies to the limit. For the first time since our LMP1 program began we now go to Le Mans leading in both world championships, the manufacturers’ as well as the drivers’ standings. For our car number 1 crew it is bitter to be left almost empty handed after two rounds because of massively bad luck in the races. In Silverstone they had an accident, here it was a puncture with huge consequences. Crew (for car) number 2 did a superb job despite the early problem with the hybrid system and achieved an almost sensational second-place finish. With the new low downforce package we had, again, the fastest car on track. Now we have to improve the reliability in details and get ready for Le Mans.”
Timo Bernhard, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“Today we definitely had the pace to win that race. The battle with Sébastien was good fun. Our strategy was all right and I believe I would have left him behind in the end. But in motorsports you just cannot control everything. Most probably I ran over debris in the last chicane where there had been accidents. Then I had to do a complete lap with the damaged tire and that caused more damage, highly likely including the broken front gearbox. We now fully focus on going to Le Mans for the season’s highlight.”
Mark Webber, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“The guys did a great job in getting the car back on track. Again we learned a lot, but it was a tough day for our car crew. For the team it’s great what car number two has achieved despite their problems.”
Romain Dumas, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“In the end I was taking the car round the track really carefully. It wasn’t easy at all today. The championship points are a reward for the mechanics who worked extremely hard here and kept repairing our cars.”
Neel Jani, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“This was very special today. Without the full power from the hybrid system, traffic is difficult and you have to take care of the brake temperatures a lot. We have been treating our 919 as carefully as we could and then we were repeatedly promoted as others got in trouble.”
Marc Lieb, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“It was a bit frustrating not to have the full hybrid power after lap six. We were quite busy in the cockpit driving to finish the race under those circumstances. The car is set up for the strong four-wheel drive when accelerating from the corners. But we managed to bring the car home and were rewarded with big points.”

Porsche Customer Teams Add To Championship Purse. Late Stop Robs American of Podium
The Porsche 911 RSR narrowly missed out on its first podium result of the season at the second round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). At the wheel of the Dempsey Proton Racing-campaigned 911 RSR, which Porsche built based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, Richard Lietz (Austria) with teammate Michael Christensen (Denmark) scored a fourth-place in the GTE-Pro class during the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Lietz is the defending World Champion in the class.
Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) was even closer to claiming a podium spot. Driving the 911 RSR of the Abu Dhabi Proton Racing customer team, America’s only Porsche “works” driver was running in second in the GTE-Am class with three laps to the finish. His spirited chase through the field, however, remained unrewarded when he was shunted off the track. Long was forced to make a pit stop with two laps remaining and was classified sixth with Khaled Al Qubaisi (United Arab Emirates) and David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark).
The 911 RSR campaigned by the KCMG team also looked to be on track for the podium over much of the distance. Ultimately, Wolf Henzler (Germany), Christian Ried (Germany) and Joel Camathias (Switzerland) settled for fourth-place in the GTE-Am class. The 911 RSR run by Gulf Racing finished fifth with the all-British team Ben Barker, Michael Wainwright and Adam Carroll sharing driving duties.

Patrick Long, Driver, No. 88 Abu Dubai-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“A prototype drove into my car shortly before the finish while I was running in a clear second-place. I can’t tell you how furious and disappointed I am. I’m so sorry for my teammates Khaled and David who drove a strong race today. The team deserved a podium result.”
Richard Lietz, Driver, No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“As expected, it was a difficult race. The balance of our 911 RSR was better than in practice, but the warm weather didn’t play into our hands. We fought hard. Fourth-place earns us important championship points. Now we’ll turn our whole attention to preparing for the Le Mans 24 Hours.”
Michael Christensen, Driver, No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“In the lead-up to Le Mans, every race kilometer and every pit stop is important. That’s the positive outcome of a race in which, unfortunately, we weren’t able to yield what we had planned. It’s a pity for the team. They supported us so well with quick pit stops. Now we’re all working at high revs towards Le Mans.”
Wolf Henzler, Driver, No. 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR.
“After the qualifying we tweaked the balance of the 911 RSR and that had a positive effect. The start was a bit hectic, because just after Le Source a prototype was standing sideways across the track. Luckily I got past okay. I think we performed very well today.”

Lights, Camera and One-Make Action. TV Coverage of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Expands
Syndicated network television coverage of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama events continues to expand in 2016 through a partnership between the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.
Sinclair's coverage - offered through its American Sports Network (ASN) - is expanding to include selected Tribune Broadcasting markets. The new markets will expand the series' reach to some of the largest cities in the United States, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami and Dallas.
Delayed telecasts of the IMSA-sanctioned Single-Make Series will continue to air throughout the season. Initial clearance will include more than 60 Sinclair markets around the United States, reaching 52 million households. Sinclair-owned stations are part of the free-to-air FOX, NBC, ABC, CBS, MY, CW, TV Azteca and Univision networks.
Broadcasts will begin Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 with the 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season opener at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.
Each Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama telecast will be one hour long, with focus on an individual event. In addition to the delayed TV broadcasts, the races will be live streamed via IMSA.com and the IMSA Mobile App. Additionally, they will be posted on the IMSA YouTube channel within 24 to 48 hours following the initial Sinclair/ASN broadcast.
The coverage, hosted by popular IMSA Radio personalities John Hindhaugh, Jeremy Shaw and Shea Adam, will feature highlights from the first race of each event doubleheader, followed by a telecast of the entire second race.
A digital widget will allow viewers to locate each individual Porsche GT3 Cup USA by Yokohama broadcast, with digital options for viewing for markets outside of Sinclair and Tribune's availability.

The complete 2016 broadcast schedule (dates are market-specific; check local listings or IMSA.com)
May 7-8                     Sebring International Raceway
June 18-19              Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
July 23-24                 Watkins Glen International
Aug. 20-21                Road America
Sept. 3-4                    VIRginia International Raceway
Oct. 1-2                      Circuit of the Americas
Oct. 15-16                 Road America

 

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Model Hashtag.
Porsche 911 RSR.                          #911RSR
Porsche 911 GT3 R.                       #911GT3R
Porsche 919 Hybrid.                       #919hybrid

Event Hashtag.
GT3 Cup Challenge USA.             #GT3USA

 

Upcoming Porsche Events

Pirelli World Challenge
Event.                                    Canadian Tire Motorsports Park GP presented by Audi, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
Dateline.                               Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Date.                                      Race 1. Saturday, May 21
                                                Race 2. Sunday, May 22
Race Duration.                    Two, One-Hour Races
Class.                                    GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
                                                GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round.                                   GT/GTA. Eight and Nine of 22
GT Cup. Seven and Eight of 22
Next Round.                         GT/GTA/GT Cup, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut, May 27 - 28

Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama
Event.                                    Canadian Tire Motorsports Park GP presented by Audi, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
Dateline.                               Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Date.                                      Race 1. Saturday, May 21
                                                Race 2. Sunday, May 22
Race Duration.                    Two, 45-minute Races
Class.                                    Platinum (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2014-2016 MY)
                                                Gold (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, 2010-2013 MY)
                                                Silver (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round.                                   One and Two of Six
Next Round.                         Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 10 - 12

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event.                                    Chevrolet Sports Car Classic, Raceway at Belle Isle Park
Dateline.                               Detroit, Michigan
Date.                                      Saturday, June 4
Race Duration.                    One Hour, 40-minutes
Class.                                    GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round.                                   GTD.  Four of Ten
Next Round.                         GTLM and GTD. Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, June 30 - July 3

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event.                                    Continental 150. Watkins Glen International
Dateline.                               Watkins Glen, New York
Date.                                      Saturday, July 2
Race Duration.                    Two Hours, 30-minutes
Class.                                    Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round.                                   Four of Ten
Next Round.                         Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, July 8 - 9

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