Motorsport News

June 1, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Upcoming Event.            Chevrolet Sports Car Classic
Dateline.                           Detroit, Michigan
Circuit.                             Belle Isle Street Course, Temporary Street Course
Track Length/Turns.       2.3-miles/14-turns
Date.                                 Saturday, June 4
Race Duration.                1-Hour, 40-Minutes
Class.                                GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round.                              GTD. 4 of 20
Next Round.                     GTLM and GTD. Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, June 30 – July 3


Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

Porsche Continues World Challenge Podium Streak. Lime Rock Sees 911-Based Racers Win Three Races and Podium In Five.

Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Wright Motorsports went from strength-to-strength at back-to-back Pirelli World Challenge weekends. Having swept the top spot in both races last weekend, the Ohio-based team came directly to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut ready to continue the trend in GT and GTA class competition. The short circuit, with the added chicane, in the United States didn't suit the Porsche 911 GT3 R as well as the long, fast track in Canada, but that did not prevent Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York) from winning the GTA class of Race 1 on May 27 in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. He finished second on Saturday keeping his season of podium performances going.

North America's only factory driver, Patrick Long of Manhattan Beach, California, was not to replicate the performance the No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R had the previous week but nearly did. He put on a driving clinic chasing down the leader of Race 2 but came just short in the inspired drive finishing second. On Friday, Long, who travels next to the 24 Hours of Le Mans to compete, was seventh in class.


Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
The one-make GT Cup class continues to be one of the most hotly contested, back-and-forth championships on the track. Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah) earned the class win on Friday driving the No. 20 TruSpeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car with fellow Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) just behind. As has become custom in this championship within a championship, the two swapped positions on Saturday with the No. 17 GMG Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car taking the top step while Udell was next to him in second-place. Corey Fergus (Columbus, Ohio) took third in both 50-minute races.

The Pirelli World Challenge will now take a brief break after several weekends of competition. North America's premier sprint format sports car racing series travels to the legendary Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on June 25-26.


24 Hours of Nürburgring. Five Class Victories for Porsche Customer Teams at the Eifel Classic.
At the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife circuit of the legendary Nürburgring, Porsche customers performed strongly. Despite rain, fog and even hail, which at times caused extreme track conditions at Germany's largest motorsport event, the teams celebrated five class victories witnessed by more than 200,000 fans. With the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, the Black Falcon Team TMD Friction won the SP7 class with Rent2Drive-racing winning the SP6 class. Manthey Racing (SP-X) and Raceunion Teichmann Racing (Cup3) also clinched class victories with the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, with the Black Falcon Team TMD Friction squad proving unbeatable in the "V6" class with the Porsche 911 Carrera.

However, the charge of the 911 GT3 R fielded by the Porsche works team Manthey Racing came to an abrupt end on Sunday morning. With almost five hours left to the 44th running of the Eifel classic, the 500 hp racer from Weissach came to a standstill in its 100th lap. At this point, Michael Christensen from Denmark had been running in fifth place with the number 912 Porsche. His teammates Richard Lietz (Austria), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) experienced the retirement from the pits. With rain just setting in, they had hoped to improve their position in the closing stages of the race. On Saturday, when the race was restarted after a three-hour break due to storms over the wet racetrack, Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) had managed to overtake no less than eight competitors.

The Porsche factory squad faced adversity right from the start, with Nick Tandy (Great Britain) hitting a barrier with the No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R in just the second lap. The Manthey Racing mechanics had already put in a nightshift to repair the vehicle after an accident in qualifying and had managed to get it back on its wheels shortly before the warm-up on Saturday morning. The best Porsche team in the overall classification was Falken Motorsport, with drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany), Martin Ragginger (Austria), Peter Dumbreck (Great Britain) and Alexandre Imperatori (Switzerland) planting the 911 GT3 R on ninth place.


Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport.
"My congratulations go to our customer teams who defied all odds in the race over 24 hours and celebrated class victories under difficult conditions. For our works team, it was unfortunately not such a successful weekend, in spite of a highly motivated and extremely dedicated performance from drivers and crews. They took all the setbacks, such as the slide in qualifying and the early retirement of our number 911 contender, in their stride and without complaint and continued to do what they could towards achieving a common goal. The 912 was the only car that at times could match the pace of the leaders. We were running fifth and were well prepared to make the most of the rain. But it was not to be. I can promise our fans that we will be back and we will do better. A big compliment to Monaco: Our Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli has won the 250th race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Although he is only 19 years old, he withstood the enormous pressure and gave an immaculately performance in the race, which he had worked hard for in qualifying. To show such composure on a street circuit is impressive."


Richard Lietz, Driver, No. 912 Team Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"It's unbelievable the freak weather conditions you can experience on the Nordschleife during a 24 hour race. We had it all – rain, hail and fog, sometimes all at once. Luckily my engineer Andrea warned me via radio that hail was on its way and urged me to drive even slower than I already was in the face of the severe weather front and the wet track. Without her fiery Italian warning, I too would probably have ended up in the barriers. Still, it wasn't quite enough for us today. But we know exactly what we have to do to come back even stronger next year."


Frédéric Makowiecki, Driver, No. 912 Team Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"We were well prepared for the race. But of course you can't predict the weather. Still, we had a good package with which under normal circumstances we could have achieved a podium result. It's a pity that our strong team effort wasn't rewarded."


Jörg Bergmeister, Driver, No. 912 Team Manthey Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"Unfortunately that wasn't quite the weekend we'd all anticipated. Nevertheless, it was still a lot of fun to contest this exceptional race with the 911 GT3 R. We've definitely gained some important insights which will help us to progress. The motto for us now must be to return in 2017 and do it better."


Next Event. Island is Calling. Porsche 911 GT3 R Back In IMSA GTD Competition.
Porsche's newest GT3 car, the 911 GT3 R, will have its opportunity to shine a little brighter on June 4. Round Four of the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) class will see the more street-oriented cars join the Prototypes as the only GT-based cars entered. The more factory-focused GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, which includes the Porsche 911 RSR, will not compete on Detroit's Belle Isle temporary street course.

Leading the charge for the German marque will be the No. 23 Team Seattle/ Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain). The pairing won the last GTD class race, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, in early May. The victory was the first official endurance-style victory for the 911 GT3 R. Alex Job Racing also brings the No. 22 WeatherTech 911 GT3 R for drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois) and Leh Keen (Atlanta, Georgia). The No. 71 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California) and Porsche factory driver Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) will compete on the island circuit with Bergmeister being the only "works" driver on hand in Detroit this weekend. The No. 540 Black Swan Racing 911 GT3 R sees Tim Pappas (Boston, Mass.) and Nicky Catsburg (Netherlands). Black Swan captured the car's inaugural podium at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.


Mario Farnbacher, Driver, No. 23 Team Seattle/ Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"The whole team is excited to go back to the street race in Detroit. Usually a rear engine car should be an advantage at slower tracks with tight turns. With the improved downforce of the new Porsche GT3R and overall good balance that will help as well. I have positive thoughts heading into the race. Our main focus is long term and getting the maximum number of points per race. However, another win and being on the podium in Detroit for a third time would be cool too."


Alex Riberas, Driver, No. 23 Team Seattle/ Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"Mario, Ian and the team have a lot of data on the Detroit circuit. I have driven in the Porsche Cup series in Monaco, so I am familiar with street races. I have also been looking at in-car video of the circuit. We have limited on track running, so I will walk the track a couple of times and be ready to go. The Heart of Racing team won there last year and we are coming off of a win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, so two in a row would be great!"


Porsche Entries.

Porsche Entries On Site at Belle Isle.

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Four (4) Porsche entries in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

GT Daytona Class (4) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 22 Alex Job Racing
Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)

No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing
Mario Farnbacher (Germany)/Alex Riberas (Spain)

No. 73 Park Place Motorsports
Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California)/ Jörg Bergmeister (Germany)

No. 540 Black Swan Racing
Tim Pappas (Boston, Mass.)/Nicky Catsburg (Netherlands)


Where to Watch.

Television Race Broadcast (All times ET)

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Saturday, June 4
GTD Race        12:30 p.m.        Fox Sports 1 (FS1)

Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
NA

Porsche Cars North America In-Car Camera
http://www.imsa.com/camera/imsatv

All IMSA Series
Live Race Video Streaming:
IMSA.com
FOX Sports Go

Live Qualifying Streaming:
IMSA.com

Audio Streaming
IMSA.com

Live Timing and Scoring:
http://scoring.imsa.com/


Social Media.

Porsche Cars North America.           @Porsche
Porsche North America.                   @PorscheNARacing
Porsche Motorsport – GT Cars.       @PorscheRaces
Porsche Racing – 919 Hybrid.         @Porsche_Team

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

Event Hashtag.
Detroit Belle Isle GP      #DetroitGP

Series Hashtag.
GT3 Cup Challenge USA.    #GT3USA


Upcoming Porsche Events

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

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event.                   Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Watkins Glen International
Dateline.              Watkins Glen, New York
Date.                     Sunday, July 3
Race Duration.    Six Hours
Class.                    GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
                              GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round.                  GTLM. 5 of 20
                              GTD. 5 of 20
Next Round.        Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, July 8 – 9

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 20
                              GT Cup. 11 and 12 of 20
Next Round.        GT/GTA/GT Cup, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, July 29-30


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