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June 28, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Tuesday, June 28, 2016

 

Next Porsche Motorsport Event.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Watkins Glen International
Dateline. Watkins Glen, New York
Date. Sunday, July 3
Track Length 3.4-miles, 11-turn
Race Duration. Six Hours
Class. GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round. GTLM. 5 of 10
  GTD. 5 of 10
Next Round. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Clarington, Ontario, Canada, July 8 - 9
   
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event. Continental 150 at The Glen. Watkins Glen International
Dateline. Watkins Glen, New York
Date. Saturday, July 2
Track Length. 3.4-miles, 11-turn
Race Duration 2 Hours, 30-minutes
Class Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. 4 of 10
Next Round. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Clarington, Ontario, Canada, July 8 - 9
                       
Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

To The Point. Porsche Contenders Gain Ground in Pirelli World Challenge Championships

Pirelli World Challenge raced at the beautiful Road America track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin over the weekend of June 25-26. Rounds 12 and 13 for the GT/GTA classes and rounds 11 and 12 for the GT Cup class put a premium on horsepower at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit. For the GT/GTA class competitors utilizing the Porsche 911 GT3 R, the horsepower disparity to the turbocharged cars left the six German entries at a disadvantage to several competitors. Porsche factory driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) used racecraft to earn positive points for the weekend. North America’s only Porsche “works” driver finished ahead of championship rival Alvaro Parente in both races. Long’s No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R was well ahead of third-place championship runner Johnny O’Connell in both events.

In the GTA class, Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York) took his third career GTA class victory in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in Saturday’s Race One and second-place in Race Two, closing the gap in his championship aspirations. Flying Lizard Motorsports returned to the Porsche fold this weekend with the No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Andy Wilzoch (Aurora, Colorado) as well. Wilzoch took back-to-back podiums in GTA class finishing in third-place both days.

The GT Cup class - which utilizes Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars to the exact regulations of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Series - saw Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) take both wins from pole position in the No. 17 GMG Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The twin victories moved him out of a tie in the one-make class with fellow Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah) who finished second in both races.

Patrick Long, Driver, No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“The weekend was a tough scenario. To come away with two top-fives was a solid result. It was a championship-type weekend. I am proud of what we did with what we had.”

Endurance at The Glen. Porsche 911 RSR Resumes WeatherTech IMSA Title Chase.

After the break to allow teams to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship picks up the pace again this weekend. The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, one of the most storied sports car races, will be contested on July 3 in Watkins Glen, New York. As the defending champions in the GTLM class, the most manufacturer-supported category in the Series with five brands, the Porsche North America factory team will campaign two Porsche 911 RSRs in the only six-hour race on the schedule. The most successful GT car of the 2015 season was based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and last year celebrated a one-two finish at Watkins Glen International. This race counts towards the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, a competition also encompassing Daytona, Sebring, and Petit Le Mans. Porsche currently leads this “championship within a championship.”

The 3.4-mile-long Watkins Glen International racetrack, nicknamed “The Glen”, is located in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. After its early beginnings as a street circuit through the village in 1948, the permanent track was built around a forested hilltop and opened in 1956. From 1961 to 1980 the Formula 1 circus also pitched its tents near the tranquil town of Watkins Glen for the United States Grand Prix.

Driving the No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR is reining IMSA GT Champion Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) who scored their first win of the season at Long Beach in April. At the wheel of the No. 912 contender are Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). Last year the duo clinched second-place at Watkins Glen. So far this year they have netted third-place at the Florida rounds in Daytona, Sebring as well as at Monterey, California.

For 2016, the 470 hp winning racer from Weissach, Germany received modifications to the aerodynamics to comply with the new regulations. The position of the rear wing was moved further to the back, with the rear diffuser now considerably larger. Moreover, the fastest ever nine-eleven received a new factory livery design.

Four Porsche 911 GT3 Rs will fight for GT Daytona (GTD) honors in the prestigious Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. The Pro-Am style class mandates the use of cars homologated to the international GT3 regulations and a mix of full professional drivers, like Porsche factory driver Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports entry. This is the first year the rear-engine, direct-injected Porsche has competed at the track. Last year, the Porsche 911 GT America, which represented Porsche in the class at the time, finished second in GTD.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport.

“After Le Mans we’re now turning our attention to another classic - this time in the USA. The traditional six-hour race in Watkins Glen is an important chapter in America’s sports car racing history and every year it poses a new challenge. With the extension of our successful partnership with CORE autosport, we have set the tone and the course for the future in the popular IMSA SportsCar Championship. This is sure to be an additional motivation at Watkins Glen, as well.”

Marco Ujhasi, Overall Project Leader GT Works Motorsport.

“Given that the Watkins Glen racetrack now has a new surface it was important that we went testing there prior to the race. Despite the whole timing pressure with Le Mans, we did this. Thanks to Patrick [Pilet] and Earl [Bamber] we were able to collect a raft of useful data and experiences, which we will use in the setting up of our 911 RSR for this demanding circuit.”

Patrick Pilet, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.

“A year ago when Porsche clinched all GTLM-class championship titles we hadn’t won any races prior to Watkins Glen. This time we’re travelling there with the Long Beach win under our belts. Everything is running according to plan. In the rain race of 2015 I got away well and immediately took the lead. I’d also like to do this again this year - regardless of whether it’s wet or dry.”

Nick Tandy, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.

“It’s great that the season continues at last for us in the USA after a two-month break. I love traditional racetracks like Watkins Glen. Legendary drivers like Jim Clark and Graham Hill have won Formula 1 races here. It’s also a great pleasure to drive our 911 RSR on this circuit.”

Earl Bamber, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.

“It bucketed down last year in Watkins Glen. That was a really crazy race. I got the chance to test on the new track surface recently. The grip is definitely better, and there are sure to be faster lap times in the race. Fans can look forward to some exciting duels.”

Frédéric Makowiecki, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.

“So far this season we’ve contested four races in the United States - and we finished three of them in third-place. I think it’s time for the first victory. Our team used the Le Mans break to test on the Watkins Glen circuit. That was important because the track has been resurfaced. We’re heading into the race well prepared.”

Jörg Bergmeister, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“Watkins Glen is a real sports car classic in the USA and for me a highlight of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. The weather can play a decisive role; it’s often very changeable in this region. But I’m sure that we have good chances in dry and wet conditions.”

All For One. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenges Together Again At Watkins Glen.

Racing at Watkins Glen International marks the halfway point of the season for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

The second of two combined events this season for the series takes place June 30-July 2 on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile circuit in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York as part of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. The two series raced together for the first time two weeks ago at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

2014 Canadian Platinum Cup champion Scott Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, swept Rounds 3 and 4 on June 10-12 at Montreal to take a two-point lead, 66-64, over Zach Robichon in the Platinum Cup championship standings of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

Rounds 5 and 6 of the series 12-race season take place at Watkins Glen. This is the first-ever event in the United States for the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2016 USA championship represent the halfway mark for the 16-round season. Jesse Lazare, from Montreal, closed the gap to first place in the Platinum Cup standings to just one point behind Upstate New York-based driver Lucas Catania after sweeping both rounds at Montreal, boosting his win total to five this season.

Catania, from Cazenovia, New York, is hoping to do the same at his home track of Watkins Glen to retain his Platinum Cup driver championship lead, which is down to just 104-103 after a season-low fifth-place finish in Round 6 in the No. 26 NGT Motorsport Porsche.

Race 1 starts at 4:45 p.m. (ET) Friday, July 1, with Race 2 following at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, July 2. There will be two practices Thursday with qualifying at 10 a.m. Friday.

 

Porsche Entries.

Porsche Entries On Site at Watkins Glen International.

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Six (6) Porsche entries in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen

GT Le Mans Class (2) Porsche 911 RSR
No. 911 Porsche North America              
Patrick Pilet (France)/Nick Tandy (Great Britain)

No. 912 Porsche North America              
Earl Bamber (New Zealand)/Frédéric Makowiecki (France)

GT Daytona Class (4) Porsche 911 GT3 R

No. 22 Alex Job Racing                            
Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)/David MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/Gunnar Jeanette (Salt Lake City, Utah)

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

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

No. 540 Black Swan Racing                    
Tim Pappas (Boston, Mass.)/Nicky Catsburg (Netherlands)/Andy Pilgrim (Boca Raton, Florida)

 

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge

Grand Sport (GS) Class (5) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

No. 12 Bodymotion Racing                      
Cameron Cassels (Canada)/Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey)

33 CJ Wilson Racing
Daniel Burkett (Canada)/Marc Miller (Holland, Michigan)

35 CJ Wilson Racing
Tyler McQuarrie (USA)/ Till Bechtolsheimer (USA)

46 Team TGM
Ted Giovanis  (Highland, Maryland)/David Murry (Atlanta, Georgia)

64 Team TGM
Ted Giovanis  (Highland, Maryland)/David Murry (Atlanta, Georgia)
           

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama           
37 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are entered for the combined Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Series (USA and Canada)
Platinum Class 26 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (current generation), Gold Class Eleven (11) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (type 997)

Full entry list: http://sportscarchallenge.imsa.com/sites/default/files/event-weekends/2016/emedit_event_weekend/em_sahlen039s_six_hours_of_the_
glen/2016_porschegt3cup_wgi_preevent_entrylist.pdf

 

Where to Watch.

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast (All times ET)
Sunday, July 3
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
 
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
TBA
 
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Sunday, July 10
9:00 a.m. FS1
 
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.
Watkins Glen #Sahlens6HRS
   
Series Hashtag.
GT3 Cup Challenge USA. #GT3USA
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. #GT3Canada

 

Upcoming Porsche Events

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
Dateline. Clarington, Ontario, Canada
Date. Sunday, July 10
Track Length. 2.459-mile, 10-turn
Race Duration. Two-Hours, 40-Minutes
Class. GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round. GTLM. 6 of 10
  GTD. 6 of 10
Next Round. Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut, July 22-23
 
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event. Continental Tire Challenge. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
Dateline. Clarington, Ontario, Canada
Date. Saturday, July 9
Track Length. 2.459-mile, 10-turn
Race Duration. Two Hours, 30-minutes
Class. Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. Five of Ten
Next Round. Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut, July 23
 
Pirelli World Challenge
Event. Pirelli World Challenge At Honda Indy 200, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Date. Race 1. Saturday, July 30
  Race 2. Sunday, July 31
Track Length. 2.258-mile, 13-turn
Race Duration. Two, 50-Minute Races
Class. GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)/td>
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. Sunday, July 24
Track Length. 3.2-miles, 17-turn
Race Duration. 6-hours
Classes. LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR, LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round. Four of Nine
Next Round. Six Hours of Mexico, Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico, September 3

 

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