May 23, 2016
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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Monday, May 23, 2016
Pirelli World Challenge
Upcoming Event. Lime Rock Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix presented by Bentley, Lime Rock Park
Dateline. Lakeville, Connecticut
Date. Race 1. Friday, May 27
Race 2. Saturday, May 28
Race Duration. Two, 50-Minute Races
Class. GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. GT/GTA. 10 and 11 of 20
GT Cup. Nine and Ten of 20
Next Round. GT/GTA/GT Cup, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 23-26
Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines
Wright On Target. Porsche Customers Sweep Canadian Tire Motorsports Park PWC
Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Wright Motorsports has been a Porsche customer team for many years with entries in Pirelli World Challenge, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and more. However, never has the Ohio-based team been more impressive than at the Pirelli World Challenge Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) May 20-22.
The only hiccup for the two-car team owned by John Wright (Batavia, Ohio) was in the first session when a faulty timing transmitter cost the team a practice time. From there, everything went to plan as Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) captured the GT class pole position in his first race driving the No. 58 Porsche Consulting Porsche 911 GT3 R. His new teammate but longtime friend, Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York) did likewise in the GT Amateur (GTA) class piloting the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Saturday’s Race, the first of the two-race weekend, saw Long lead from “green-to-checkered flag.” The caution-free race was a strong statement that his switch from EFFORT Racing, who he opened the season with, to Wright, would not hamper his championship aspirations. The Californian is chasing his second World Challenge Driver Championship having taken his first in 2011. Schein would also lead start-to-finish sweeping the two classes the 911 GT3 R is eligible for, GT and GTA.
Sunday’s Race 2 - Round Nine of the 20-race Pirelli World Challenge schedule - started with threatening weather and Long and Schein on their respective class pole positions, thanks to setting respective fastest race laps in the first race on Saturday. CTMP’s daunting Turn 3 was wet causing series officials to call for a yellow flag start. Once the 50-minute race went green, Long charged away from the field and, despite a mêlée behind him that would lead to a lengthy caution period, the longtime Porsche works driver maintained the top spot for the second straight day, as did Schein.
In total, Wright Motorsports scored four class wins, four fastest race laps and led every lap in the both race classes.
For Schein, the GTA victory on Saturday was his first in the Pirelli World Challenge. To date, the New Yorker has made six series starts with two wins, a second-place (Barber Motorsports Park) and two third-place finishes (Circuit of the Americas and Race 2 at Barber). Long has been a driving coach to Schein throughout his career but having North America’s only Porsche factory driver under the Wright banner brought clear and immediate benefits.
New for the weekend was the introduction of twin SprintX races. These 60-minute races echo pieces of endurance racing with the same classes - and many of the same cars - as in the regular Pirelli World Challenge events. However, teams race with two drivers per entry versus the single-driver format of the standard events. This standalone championship also features mandatory driver and tire changes. Porsche was represented by a single entry in the GT class with the No. 14 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 R. The blue-and-white rear-engine entry was piloted by veteran Colin Braun (Stanley, North Carolina) and amateur Brent Holden (Newport Beach, California) to good showing in Saturday’s Race 1 finishing with a podium, third. In Sunday’s morning’s Race 2, Braun took the early lead holding it until the mandatory 90-second pit stop came nearing the close of the pit window at 35-minutes. Holden took over and held the lead until he was passed on the main straight. He would cross the finish line in second-place capturing the team’s second-straight podium.
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
The GT Cup class mimics the 21 one-make championships that Porsche builds 911 GT3 Cup cars for worldwide. Utilizing the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup regulations, the season has come down to a battle between Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah) and Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas). Urry entered the weekend leading the points in the No. 20 TruSpeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car just ahead of Udell’s No. 17 GMG Porsche. But it was Canada’s Chris Green who threw a wrench into the two United States’ residents’ plans to keep the battle between them. Green’s No. 09 PFAFF Motorsports 911 GT3 Cup took the pole position for both races and, using local knowledge to lead both 50-minute events. A punctured left-rear tire cost him Saturday’s round giving Udell another win on the year. The two battled for fastest race lap, which sets the grid for Race 2, setting identical fastest laps. Green was giving the pole because his second fastest lap barely bettered Udell’s second quick time. At the start of Race 2 Green got away from the field and, with the championship in mind, Udell focused more on staving off Urry. Green took the victory with Udell and Urry trailing in second and third.
Patrick Long, Driver, No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“From a points’ prospective, it was a strong weekend for Porsche and me. It gives us a fighting spirit for the championship with the top three guys. We were able to put together a strong car for qualifying, and we continued to dial the car in all weekend. The Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R was even better on Sunday than it was on Saturday. We continued to work hard all weekend; we knew our competition was doing the same. They were two very different races. The first one was a hot and long race where we had to manage traffic. On Sunday half of the track was wet, and it was a cutthroat sprint. The top three cars traded qualifying laps during the course of the race. We had the car to beat, and it was a storybook debut for us. The team put their heads down and turned out two terrific cars for Michael and I. It was an amazing weekend. We tried to make every single lap pay off.
With EFFORT Racing taking a sabbatical for the rest of the year, it was a very quick turnaround to try and find a home. Fortunately, John Wright, Bobby Viglione [engineer] and Michael Schien stepped up and said they had a space in the truck and ‘we would like to have you in the team’. I have worked with all of them over the past three seasons so it has been easy to get up to speed with them on a personality standpoint. We all hit the ground running. Porsche Consulting also came on board. As a management consultancy company they help other companies excel not only in the automotive industry but many other areas, including aerospace and industrial goods. So it was a very good fit for what we are doing here.
There were a lot of people who wanted to know if Michael Lewis and I wanted to come race with them. That’s the spirit of the Pirelli World Challenge and, specifically, the Porsche family of teams. We look after each other. Porsche takes this type of racing very seriously. The competition and customer portion of it.”
Michael Schein, Driver, No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“It was a picture perfect weekend for us; for myself, the team, for Pat. I am thrilled. It was a great run for the Wright Motorsports with a double wins both days. I knew I had the pace to keep it up front. I worked with Patrick in the past but his presence this weekend helped me right away. I was all for him to join our team. Having someone with his talent and experience to talk to about information.”
John Wright, Owner, Nos. 16 and 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"The situation I found myself in last week with Patrick Long's program and the last-minute decision to add it to our current program shows me the depth and strength in the personnel of Wright Motorsport to execute in the manner they did, both on and off track. I am very proud of Mike Schein's performance as well. He has worked very hard, and now it paying off!
I want to thank Porsche Consulting for partnering with us on Pat's program this past weekend. I did not know of this group existing within the Porsche family until this program came together, and how their resources can be used to help companies streamline manufacturing techniques, etc. This division helped Porsche become the profitable company it is today.”
Chris Green, Driver, No. 09 PFAFF Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
“We came in as the underdogs. No one knew who this kid from Canada was. Yesterday we had a really great car and a really great race and then we had the tire problem. Today, we had the car dialed in and it was phenomenal. PFAFF Motorsports guys did such a great job. Hats off to them. The Pirelli World Challenge is really a lot of fun so I am hoping to come back for more.”
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Takes Green Flag. Rookie Robichon Breaks Through at Series Season Opener
Series rookie Zach Robichon took the Platinum Cup championship lead with his first career victory in Round 2 and a third-place finish in Round 1 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama on May 20-22 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
2015 Platinum Cup runner-up Daniel Morad won Round 1 by .308 of a second over 2014 Platinum Cup champion and fellow Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Scott Hargrove on May 21, with Robichon just .845 of a second behind Morad in a thrilling race.
Robichon avoided a first-lap melee between Hargrove and Morad in Round 2 on May 22 and pulled away to a 20.308-second victory over 16-year-old Michael de Quesada.
Three-time reigning Platinum Masters champion Marco Cirone swept both rounds in that class, while Shaun McKaigue and Bruno Chapinotti each earned victories in Gold Cup competition.
Andrew Danyliw won both rounds in Silver Cup, featuring the new Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4. That car is making its Porsche global single-make series debut this season in the Canadian series.
Rounds 3 and 4 are June 10-12 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, supporting the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One race. It will be the first combined event with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, with both series running on track simultaneously.
All cars raced with a decal to encourage donations to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts for the wildfires in Alberta.
Porsche Point of View.
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America.
“This weekend’s results illustrate how the Porsche family comes together. Wright Motorsports, Michael Schein and Porsche Consulting stepped-up to bring Patrick Long into the No. 58 program. How fitting that it was followed by victories for both Patrick and Michael.”
“Chris Green came here, to his home track but to a whole different series, and was welcomed in by the GT Cup class and performed exceptionally well against the regulars. Additionally, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama season opened with very tight competition and the introduction of the new Silver Class for the Cayman GT4 Clubsport. All-in-all a great weekend of racing that is indicative of the Porsche Motorsport family.”
Next Event. Memorial Day Battle In Connecticut. Porsche Takes Pirelli World Challenge Fight to Lime Rock.
There is little time for the Porsche family to celebrate its sweep of both Pirelli World Challenge races at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. The series heads back to the United States to headline at the traditional Memorial Day weekend of racing at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut. The 1.5-mile, seven-turn track - as of this writing series officials are determining which of Lime Rock’s configurations will be utilized - will see testing for the GT, GTA and GT Cup classes begin on Tuesday, May 24. The twin 50-minute races will be held on Friday, May 27 and Saturday May 28 respectively.
Eight Porsche teams are entered for the two-race weekend. Headlining in the rear-engined racers based on the seventh-generation of the iconic 911 design will be Wright Motorsports with its pair of Porsche 911 GT3 Rs for Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York). They will be looking to back-up their GT and GTA class victory sweep of both races in Canada. GMG enters GT Cup point leader Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas). Udell’s No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is looking to return to winning-ways having taken the first race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park but narrowly missing to one-time entrant Chris Green in Race 2 at the Canadian’s home track.
Hoping to upend the apple cart of last weekend’s winners will be Andrew Davis (Athens, Georgia) in the No. 76 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R. The veteran Porsche racer and 2015 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Champion is looking for his first GT win of 2016.
Udell will again take-up his career-long battle with fellow Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah). Prior to Green’s one-off appearance, Urry’s No. 20 TruSpeed Porsche has been the only entry other than Udell’s to take a win in the all Porsche 911 GT3 Cup class. Not out of the challenge in the class will be the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics car of Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland) and the No. 00 Motorsports Promotions 911 GT3 Cup of Corey Fergus (Columbus, Ohio).
Pirelli World Challenge
Total Car Count. 8 Porsche entries
GT Class (3) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 14 GMG Racing James Sofronas (Villa Park, California)
No. 58 Wright Motorsports Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California)
No. 76 Calvert Dynamics Andrew Davis (Athens, Georgia)
GTA Class (1) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 16 Wright Motorsports Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York)
GT Cup Class (4) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
No. 17 GMG Racing Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas)
No. 20 TruSpeed Autosport Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah)
No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland)
No. 00 Motorsports Promotions Corey Fergus (Columbus, Ohio)
Where to Watch.
Pirelli World Challenge
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Sunday, May 29
12:00 p.m. (Noon) ET CBS Sports Network
Lime Rock Park
Sunday, June 5
4:00 p.m. ET CBS Sports Network
Live Race Video Streaming
Live Qualifying Streaming
Live Timing and Scoring
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Upcoming Porsche Events
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
FIA World Endurance Championship
Event. 24 Hours of Le Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe
Dateline. Le Mans, France
Date. Saturday-Sunday, June 16-19
Race Duration. 24-hours
Classes. LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR, LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round. Three of Nine
Next Round. Six Hours of Nürburgring, The Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany, July 24
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
Pirelli World Challenge
Event. Road America Grand Prix, Road America
Dateline. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Date. Race 1. Saturday, June 25
Race 2. Sunday, June 26
Race Duration. Two, 50-Minute Races
Class. GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. GT/GTA. 12 and 13 of 22
GT Cup. 11 and 12 of 22
Next Round. GT/GTA/GT Cup, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, July 29-30
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