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June 23, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Thursday, June 23, 2016

 

Next Porsche Motorsport Event.

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
Track Length. 4-miles, 14-turn
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


Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

Unprecedented. Porsche at Le Mans.

Shocking! Historic! Unprecedented! No adjective is enough to describe what we saw in the closing minutes of the 84th Running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Only two of the high-tech hybrids raced trouble-free for 23-hours and 54-minutes: the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid and the No. 5 Toyota Hybrid. Only one went the full 24-hours. With six minutes remaining the leading Toyota reported a loss of power, the car eventually coming to a stop just beyond the start-finish line on what would be the race's final lap. Porsche pole-sitter Neel Jani (Switzerland) passed the stationary car to drive to the checkered flag in a twist no one had ever seen before at the granddaddy of all sports car races. The victory is Porsche's 18th overall win at Le Mans. That extends the German marque's record at the great race over the second-highest winning total, Audi, who has 13.

The highlight of the GT classes for Porsche came in the LMGTE-Am class. North America's only Porsche factory driver, Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California), added another Le Mans podium to his resume this weekend in the Pro-Am category. The No. 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR - by regulations the car runs to 2015 specifications - fought in the top-three throughout the race with the three contenders swapping positions one, two and three regularly. With 32-minutues remaining, Long's teammate, David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark), was passed for second-place giving Ferrari a one-two in the LMGTE-Am results. The No. 88 took third. Long, a two-time winner of Le Mans, finished second with Dempsey-Proton Racing here last year.

The two factory 911 RSRs; the No. 91 driven by Porsche North America regulars Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) as well as Kevin Estre (France) and the No. 92 driven by IMSA WeatherTech Championship drivers Frédéric Makowiecki (France), Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) had their share of problems. The No. 91 Porsche Motorsport entry suffered a radiator puncture that led to an engine failure while the No. 92 had a suspension failure near the race's midpoint, causing it to retire unclassified.

Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Starting from overall pole position, the duel for the win became truly heated after midnight between Porsche and Toyota, but no one would have expected such an ending. Before the final lap, Toyota seemed posed to come out on top but then the prototype stopped on track. One lap later it was the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) that took the checkered flag first in front of some of the 263,000 spectators that attended the event. It was the same trio that had achieved the maiden win for the 662 kW (900 PS) prototype in 2014 in Brazil.

The success is the 18th overall victory for Porsche at the world's most famous sports car race. In 2015, drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Nico Hülkenberg (Germany) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) won with a Porsche 919 Hybrid. The first ever overall Le Mans victory for Porsche dates back to June 14th, 1970 and was achieved by Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood in a 917 KH Coupé.

The second Porsche 919 Hybrid, car number 1, shared by reigning endurance world champions Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia), had a long stop for repairs at night, fought back and finished 13th overall, fifth in class. Porsche was rewarded in Le Mans with a total of 71 points for the manufacturers' standings of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). For the Le Mans 24-Hours twice as many points are awarded as for the other eight, six-hours races of the championship. Porsche leads the manufacturers' standings with 127 points ahead of Audi (95) and Toyota (79). In the drivers' standings, Dumas, Jani and Lieb have now 94 points in total and lead by 39 points.

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.

"First of all, I would like to express my respect for the sensational performance which Toyota gave in this race. It was a great fight with them. Shortly before the finish we had settled for second place until we suddenly claimed our second Le Mans victory in a row. I would like to thank our great team in Weissach, our team here in Le Mans and all Porsche employees and fans which have supported us here."

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal.

"We certainly feel for our colleagues and friends from Cologne [the Toyota team's German headquarters]. To give away such a great race this way on the last lap is something you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy. But this is the sport with all its highs and lows and that's also why we love it. It was a strong fought victory. We had to put Toyota under pressure and went flat out for the entire race. Also our drivers were on the edge. The frequency with which the leader changed was extreme. Since we have started development and preparation for the 919 Hybrid we have delivered a strong performance. This goes for our colleagues at home in Weissach as well as for the race team. As happy as I am for the number 2 crew, I feel sorry for the guys from the number 1 car. Without the failure and the long repair they would have been able to fight for the win as well. To win Le Mans is the highlight of the season and it is difficult to believe we have managed it twice now in what is only our third year. Now we look forward. We take a lot of points from here and now we want to defend both world championship titles as well."

Romain Dumas, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

"For sure we feel sorry for Toyota. It was a great race. But of course if you get the chance to win Le Mans, you won't say 'no thank you.' It's impossible to realize right now what just happened. This year, the lap times were a bit slower due to the regulation changes."

Neel Jani, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

"I feel heartbroken for the Toyota drivers. I think every racing driver knows how this feels. I still have no words to describe winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This is really surreal. Still we drove a very good race with very few mistakes and pushed the car to the maximum. This win is really, really special."

Marc Lieb, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

"It was not at all an easy race with regards to traffic and slow zones. The last quadruple stint I did was really on the edge. Even the first three stints were quite difficult with overtaking in the traffic and taking risks. In the last one I then also had to save fuel, and especially the front tires that began to lose performance. I gave everything I had - and now I think I have to digest what all has happened today."

Timo Bernhard, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

"Congratulations to our sister car and the Porsche Team, it is a well deserved win. They fought for the lead for 24 hours and were very close in the end. Of course I feel sorry for everybody at the Toyota Team. To lose a race this way is brutal. We were not lucky either and I also feel sorry for Mark, Brendon and our crew. The guys were relentless and did an excellent job to fix the 919 Hybrid and get it up and running again. We had quite a bit of misfortune this year but have to be able to handle that. Our car was really fast, we easily could go at the speed of the leaders and at least we have won more points for the manufacturers' championship for Porsche. Next year we come back. I don't give up and want to win here with Porsche."

Brendon Hartley, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

"On the final stints in our car it was important to get the driving time in for all drivers to collect some points. Our Porsche was feeling very good. We are all a bit upset that we had problems earlier on. But everyone in the team showed fighting spirit and then we kept our fingers crossed for the sister car."

Mark Webber, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.

"I am very proud of the team, proud of the mechanics who worked so hard. It's an honor to drive for Porsche in Le Mans again. It wasn't our day, we were unlucky with the water pump. That was the big problem for us, we lost a lot of time. But Timo's and Brendon's drives were awesome. In the end we all prayed for car 2 and of course I'm happy for our teammates and Porsche. But what has happened to Toyota today, is really hard to take and you have to feel for them."

 

CORE Returns. Porsche Motorsport and CORE autosport Back In IMSA GTLM for 2017.

In its worldwide GT motorsport campaign, Porsche continues to rely on strong partners. The stage was set on Thursday during the 24 Hours of Le Mans when the contracts were renewed with CORE autosport and Manthey Racing after many years of successful collaboration. With Manthey Racing, Porsche recently won the 2015 GT championship titles for manufacturers, drivers and teams in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, and parallel to this the three GT titles in the IMSA SportsCar Championship in the USA and Canada with CORE Autosport.

Manthey Racing will continue to run race operations for Porsche Motorsport in the Sports Car World Championship WEC, with CORE Autosport doing the same in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Porsche Head of Motorsport.

"With the Le Mans 24-hour race, we chose a very special event to extend the contracts with our key GT-motorsport partners officially and in good time. With Manthey Racing and CORE autosport we will continue our close ties to two of the very best teams in the campaigning of our GT vehicles. Together, we have achieved a great deal in recent years and we want to achieve even more in the future."

Jon Bennett, Owner, CORE Autosport.

"Everyone at CORE is thrilled to continue our relationship with Porsche. Our partnership started with a Rolex 24 at Daytona victory and continued with multiple championships. We are prepared to offer more of the same."

Nicolas Raeder, Managing Director, Manthey Racing.

"We're proud that Porsche will stand behind our team in the coming years and thus trusts us to contest the WEC on behalf of Porsche Motorsport."

To The Point. Pirelli World Challenge Championships Start to Focus.

The Pirelli World Challenge is just beyond its halfway point for the season-long championship chase. As such, teams have begun to focus even more intently on every point marker toward the ultimate goal. Entering the June 25-26 Kholer Grand Prix of Road America weekend at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin track, Porsche and its customer teams are deep in the hunt for each available championship cup.

In the Manufacturer Championship - where points are awarded to the highest-finishing car for each brand - Porsche leads McLaren by seven points. Cadillac is third with 68. Porsche's international GT3 class contender, the 911 GT3 R, is the principle entry for the GT and GTA classes.

Because GT and GTA raced at Long Beach, which the GT Cup class did not, the Porsche 911 GT3 R is racing in Rounds 12 (Saturday, June 25) and 13 (Sunday, June 26). The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars will be making their 11th and 12th starts of the 20-race season within those same races.

The Team chase is more confusing for Porsche teams with EFFORT Racing having put their program on hold for the remainder of the season. The highest current Porsche team racing is the Calvert Dynamics operation in seventh, 374 points back. The addition of a second Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Laguna Beach, California's Michael Lewis to that team will help buoy those efforts. This was the case for Wright Motorsports when Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) joined the Ohio-based team beginning with the most recent round.

The Driver Championship is becoming more heated with each race. Long, North America's only Porsche factory driver, is currently second in the standings behind Alvaro Parente by 64 markers and ahead of Johnny O'Connell by 44 markers. In GTA class, Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York) is closing the gap on the point leader, Martin Fuentes. Schein is 400 points back in third.

The one-make GT Cup class does not have a manufacturer division as all competitors use the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. The back-and-forth fight between Porsche Young Driver Academy graduates Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) and Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah) is a stalemate going to the 4-mile Road America circuit. The pair is tied at 1,054 and 228 ahead of Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland). GMG Racing is ahead of TruSpeed Autosport 1,040 to 1,012 in the Team Championship chase.

Back In the Saddle Again. Michael Lewis Returns to Pirelli World Challenge.

Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California) will return to the Pirelli World Challenge starting with this weekend's Road America Grand Prix. Calvert Dynamics announced Lewis, who won two races earlier in the season driving a Porsche 911 GT3 R, will campaign the No. 98 Calvert Dynamics/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R at Road America (June 23-26) and Mid-Ohio (July 29-30). Lewis joins the stable with Andrew Davis (Athens, Georgia) in the GT class. Team owner and driver Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland) races in the GT Cup class with a 911 GT3 Cup car.

Michael Lewis, Driver, No. 98 Calvert Dynamics/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"We're back. Discount Tire, Circle Porsche, Curb Records, and Calvert Dynamics, thank you. For Road America and Mid Ohio, we're going to have some fun and represent our partners in the most professional way. It's simple - let's go racing. Racing is a big family and it's really nice to be able to work with so many great people who are, well, family. Thank you to Dr. Preston Calvert for this opportunity, and I look forward to teaming up with Andrew Davis to get our Porsches on top. For these two races we will be running the famed No. 98, which has much history with Curb Records and the Agajanian family.

Preston Calvert, Driver/Owner, Calvert Dynamics.

"We are happy to be able to welcome Michael Lewis to our team for the Elkhart Lake and Mid-Ohio rounds of the season. He will bring his excellent racing ability and dedication to our paddock, along with his engineer, Stefan Pfeiffer, and crew members with whom he has been working this year. We are proud to have Michael racing in the Calvert Dynamics livery, and we look forward to successful results from both of our outstanding GT drivers."

Andrew Davis, Driver, No. 76 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"I had the privilege to work with Michael a few times as he was transitioning from open wheel race cars into Porsche GT machines. I was instantly impressed with both his attitude and his ability, so it's no surprise to me that he has already become a race winner in the Pirelli World Challenge. I feel that having a solid teammate will help to strengthen our current effort to optimize performance in our No. 76 Porsche GT3 R."

Porsche Entries.
Pirelli World Challenge
Road America.
Total Car Count. 11 Porsche entries

GT Class (4) 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)
No. 98 Calvert Dynamics/Curb-Agajanian Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California)
 
GTA Class (2) Porsche 911 GT3 R
&No. 16 Wright Motorsports Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York)
No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Andy Wilzoch (Auroa, Colorado)
   
GT Cup Class (5) 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)
No. 08 GMG Racing Alex Welch (Englewood, Colorado)

 

Where to Watch.

 

Pirelli World Challenge
Sunday, July 3

3:00 p.m. (Noon) ET CBS Sports Network

Live Race Video Streaming
http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo

Live Qualifying Streaming
http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo

Audio Streaming

Live Timing and Scoring
http://worldchallenge.growsites.net/

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.
24 Hours of Le Mans #LeMans24
   
Series Hashtag.
GT3 Cup Challenge USA. #GT3USA
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. #GT3Canada

 

Upcoming Porsche Events

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. Pirelli World Challenge At Honda Indy 200, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Dateline. Lexington, Ohio
Date. Race 1. Saturday, July 30
  Race 2. Sunday, July 31
Track Length.  
Race Duration. Two, 50-Minute Races
Class. GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. GT/GTA. 14 and 15 of 20
  GT Cup. 13 and 14 of 20
Next Round. GT/GTA/GT Cup, Utah Motorsports Campus, Tooele, Utah, August 12-14
   
FIA World Endurance Championship
Event. Six Hours of Nürburgring, Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit
Dateline. Nürburg, Germany
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

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