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July 05, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Tuesday, July 5, 2016

 

Next Porsche Motorsport Event.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
Dateline. Bowmanville, 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. Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Date. Saturday, July 9
Track Length. 2.459-mile, 10-turn
Race Duration 2 Hours, 30-minutes
Class Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. 5 of 10
Next Round. Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, Connecticut, July 23
                       
Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

Four For Five In Six. Porsche 911 GT3 R Continues Podium String At Watkins Glen.

Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at the picturesque Watkins Glen International racetrack in the Finger Lakes region of the state saw the Porsche 911 GT3 R take its fourth podium in the five IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class races held to-date. Sunday's six-hour endurance race, a classic North American event, saw the No. 23 Team Seattle Alex Job Racing 911 GT3 earn thirdplace against a heated class of fellow GT3-regualted cars entered by multiple manufacturers. The No. 23, prepared by longtime Porsche stalwart Alex Job Racing andregularly driven by Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) as well as endurance race addition Ian James (Great Britain), has been responsible for the three most current podium finishes including a victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Black Swan Racing earned Porsche's newest rear-engined racecar its first global podium at the season-opening round, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, in January. The success maintains the German marques position atop the GTD class manufacturer standings tied with longtime Italian rival, Ferrari.

Mario Farnbacher, Driver, No. 23 Team Seattle Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
"We really had nothing for the Ferrari and the Audi. They were very quick here today. I pushed very hard, but really didn't have the pace they had, especially down the straight. The Heart of Racing car was really good. The competition was very fast in the highspeed corners. At the end, the Viper was also very fast in a straight line. I was able to keep pressure on him and at the end two LMPC cars were fighting and the Viper wascaught behind, I saw a tiny gap, squeezed in and took the position exiting Turn 1."

Alex Riberas, Driver, No. 23 Team Seattle Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"Tremendous job by the Alex Job Racing and The Heart of Racing team all day. The
guys did a great job in the pits and with the strategy today. We had our chances. We led the race for many laps. We had a good car with some good pace. I had a tire puncture which forced us to modify our strategy or we would have, maybe, had a little better opportunity to go for the win. We will keep pushing and keep bringing trophies home with an eye toward the championship."

Ian James, Driver, No. 23 Team Seattle Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"We led the race for a long time. We were at the front all day. Mario and Alex did a great job, I led a lot of laps during my stints and we were a factor in the race all six hours. A couple of the caution periods affected our positions, but third on the day is very good here against this tough GTD competition."

Porsche 911 RSR.

In the strongest manufacturer-supported class, GTLM, five automobile manufacturers challenge for class wins. The two 911 RSR run by the Porsche North America factory squad finished the positions nine and ten. Driving the 470 hp racers were Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), the winners of the Long Beach race, as well as Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). In the manufacturers' championship, Porsche as the defending champions still rank second.

Steffen Höllwarth, Program Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship.

"The gap to the top was big already in qualifying. Although we improved in the race, we didn't manage to close that gap. Still, a big compliment to the team and the drivers who did their very best under difficult circumstances. With perfect pit stops we constantly managed to make up positions. For this reason we don't need to stick our heads in the sand. In a week we'll be tackling the next race in Canada and that's what we'll be concentrating on now."

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

"That was very probably my toughest race in the USA up until now. We fought and again we had a sensational crew of which I'm proud. We will now do everything so that things go better for us next week in Canada."

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

"It was a tough weekend, but the team worked together brilliantly. This makes me optimistic for the future. I'm confident that the next races will not all go like this one."

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

"The team worked really well and tried everything to prepare the 911 RSR perfectly for the race. Our pit stops were sensational. Unfortunately it wasn't enough for a better result."

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

"The whole team was very focused on working together. Unfortunately they weren't
rewarded for this with a better result. But we won't give up. We're still within striking distance of the championship."

Caymans Sweep-Up The Glen. Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Take Top-Three.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport took its third-straight win and second consecutive podium sweep, in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Championship on July 2 at Watkins Glen International. The No. 12 Bodymotion Racing entry, at the hands of Cameron Cassels (Canada) and Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey), have won each round since taking the car's inaugural victory at Sebring International Raceway in March.

Despite the familiar result after two-hours and 30-minutes of racing on the famous track in upstate New York, the battle was fierce between Bodymotion and CJ Wilson Racing's two Cayman GT4 Clubsport entries. The No. 35 mid-engine machine owned by the major league baseball pitcher was leading the GS class race before a dramatic change of events in the closing five minutes. Tyler McQuarrie's (Danville, California) leading CJ Wilson Cayman GT4 Clubsport - which he shares with Till Bechtolscheimer (New York, New York) - got caught up with slower traffic and Hindman took advantage. The rising star took the lead and then held off McQuarrie for the remaining minutes of the race taking his third consecutive checkered flag in the Porsche. The No. 33 CJ Wilson ride of Daniel Burkett (Canada) and Marc Miller (Holland, Michigan) finished third. The remaining Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, the No. 64 Team TGM entry of Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland) and David Murry (Atlanta, Georgia), was seventh.

Cameron Cassels, Driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

"For me the race obviously ended really, really well. Expectations going into this race definitely were not the results we got today. I started focusing quite a while ago not on results but just on trying to improve my race craft and my driving. I let the team do what they have to do and Trent do what he has to do. We never had this expectation going in; for me I'm just trying to continue to progress and learn, and just get to know the team a bit better and Trent a bit better. It's going to get harder from here on in. Every win so far has been tighter and tighter and tighter. I expect that to continue."

Trent Hindman, Driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

"It was tough. That caution at the end really helped us out. The C.J. Wilson guys were unbelievably strong today, so kudos to them. They put up a hell of a fight. But at the end of the day our Bodymotion Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport held up beautifully. The Bodymotion boys gave us a great car, great strategy, great pit stops. It's difficult to put together races like that, but ultimately we were very lucky to get away with some of the things that were going on out there. We got through traffic very well."

Till Bechtolscheimer, No. 35 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

"My stint was great. After the early yellow I was able to get into a rhythm and lap quickly while trying to keep the brakes in good shape for Tyler. I really enjoyed it. It was almost as exciting watching Tyler's late race battle with the No. 12 car, almost but not quite."

Tyler McQuarrie, Driver, No. 35 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

"When I got into the car it felt fantastic. After the final pit stop the car seemed to pick up a little understeer but I was still able to mix it with Trent [Hindman] over the last few laps. We swapped positions laps after lap without touching which was great. When the No. 33 got held up I did begin to think that we had a chance at the win but we just got a little held up ourselves in traffic enough to make it impossible to get by the No. 12 on the last lap. The team did a great job and Till and I are really looking forward to our next race at Lime Rock Park."

Marc Miller, Driver, No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

"I really felt like we could run the times we needed to in the middle stint. If anyone behind us went quicker, then I knew we had enough car under us to match them or push on. After the final yellow I knew Hindman would be a threat but he and Tyler were trading places and gave me a little breathing room. We were comfortable until we came across a slower car exiting the Esses. He moved one way and then decided to take the racing line, I had get on the brakes so hard and go down three gears to make sure I didn't hit him. I knew we had lost our chance of victory after that. No driver should ever complain about finishing on the podium and we have cut into the championship lead but this one is a tough one to take."

Danny Burkett, Driver, No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

"The opening stint was great. I knew I had a quicker car than Scott [Maxwell]. I wanted to make sure that the brakes were in good shape when I handed over to Marc. It was great to lead laps again but the result is a hard one to swallow. The only real silver lining is that we don't have to wait weeks or months to get into victory lane. We will be aiming for that next week at my home race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park."

Descend on The Glen. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada Race at Watkins Glen.

Daniel Morad and Scott Hargrove added fuel to their growing rivalry by splitting overall< victories in the combined Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama rounds July 1-2 at Watkins Glen International.

Morad, from Toronto, won an incident-strewn race July 1, with Hargrove second.
Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada won July 2 on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile circuit, with Morad second. Hargrove and Morad are first and second, respectively, in the Platinum Cup standings this season in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

Porsche GT3 Canada drivers won all four combined rounds this season. 2014 Canadian Platinum Cup champion Hargrove also triumphed in both rounds June 10-12 at Montreal.

Chris Green, from Montreal, won the Platinum Cup class July 1 in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. 2015 Porsche GT3 Canada Platinum Cup champion Green is competing in a limited schedule of USA events this season.

Andrew Longe, from Naples, Florida, earned his first career Platinum Cup victory in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama on July 2.

Teammates Michael Levitas and Sebastian Landy each stood atop the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Gold Cup podiums. Martin Harvey swept the Gold Cup class in both races for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada.

After two consecutive joint events, the two series will return to separate competition for the rest of their respective seasons.

Rounds 7 and 8 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama are scheduled for July 15-17 on the streets of Toronto. Rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will take place Aug. 5-7 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Porsche Focuses Up. Porsche Pilots Look Forward to Dauntingly Fast Canadian Track.

The racing calendar of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is keeping drivers and teams running at high revs. Just one week after the six-hour race at Watkins Glen International, North America's premier endurance sports car racing series now heads to Bowmanville, Canada, not far from the metropolis of Toronto, for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix on July 10. The two-hour, 40-minute race, round six of the championship, is the only event in Canada. The Porsche North America factory squad tackles the race at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as the defending champions with two Porsche 911 RSR. The 470 hp racer based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car contests the GTLM class - against the might of five automobile manufacturers.

The first sports car race on the track previously known as Mosport International Raceway, Canada's oldest racetrack, was contested in 1961. Stirling Moss won the inaugural race in a Lotus 19. The Canadian Formula 1 Grands Prix were held here on the storied 2.459-mile (3.957 kilometer) circuit from 1967 to 1977. In the races of the American Le Mans Series and its successor series the IMSA SportsCar Championship, Porsche has celebrated a total of eight GT victories since 1999 - four of which were achieved by factory driver Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) with 911-based racecars.

The reigning IMSA GTLM Champion Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) travel to Bowmanville, Ontario with the Porsche North America works team as last year's winners. The pair share the cockpit of the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. At the wheel of the No. 912 contender are Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric
Makowiecki (France). The fifth works driver is Bergmeister who contests the GTD class driving a Porsche 911 GT3 R with one of four Porsche's American customer teams Park Place Motorsport.

Steffen Höllwarth, Program Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship.

"After Watkins Glen we only have a few days to prepare for the race in Canada. We will use this time to ready ourselves as much as possible for the very fast and demanding circuit. Last year we won at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. But it will be very difficult to repeat this result."

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

"We're looking forward to this racetrack. Our victory here in 2015 marked the start of a series of successes which ultimately led to Porsche, our team and me winning the titles. The track is definitely one of the fastest in the world. It's very bumpy and there are virtually no run-off zones. That makes it difficult. But our 911 RSR performed very well there last year, hence we're taking up this challenge feeling very confident. Victory on such an extraordinary circuit is really something major, quite simply because you need a lot of courage to win here."

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

"The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is my all-time favorite racetrack in North America. Last year we won the race from pole position, so it's great turf for Porsche. The special thing about this track is that just about every corner flows into the next one without any straights in between. That poses a very special challenge and differentiates this fast circuit from most others. When the corners merge together rather than just a corner followed by a straight, it's the driver who makes more of a difference. I like such challenges."

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

"I think it's great to contest another race just a week after Watkins Glen - and on such a fascinating and traditional racetrack. The only Canadian round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship is one of the highlights of the season for me. For us the fight for the title continues in the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We're only halfway through the season - and there are still many opportunities for us to earn important championship points."

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

"This will be a completely new experience for me. I've actually never driven on this racetrack. I've heard from my teammates that it's very demanding and above all very fast. I'm really excited and can hardly wait to drive the 911 RSR there. Of course it would be wonderful if we could repeat last year's victory for Porsche. But that will undoubtedly be a tough fight."

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

"This is a very special track, ultra-quick with relatively few run-off zones. It's huge fun to drive here but you have to use your head and always know what you're doing. This circuit is merciless if you make even the smallest mistake. Turn 2 is critical. You come over a crest and if you brake too late you can quickly end up in a wall of tires."

Porsche Entries.

Ten (10) Porsche Entries On Site at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Six (6) Porsche entries in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix

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)

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)

Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Grand Sport (GS) Class (4) 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)

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

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

Where to Watch.

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast (All times ET)
Sunday, July 10
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Fox Sports 1 (FS1)
 
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
TBA
 
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Sunday, July 17
1:00 p.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
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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. Northeast Grand Prix. Lime Rock Park
Dateline. Lakeville, Connecticut
Date. Saturday, July 23
Track Length. 1.50-mile, 7-turn
Race Duration. Two-Hours, 40-Minutes
Class. GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round. GTLM. 7 of 10
  GTD. 7 of 10
Next Round. Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 4-7
 
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event. Northeast Grand Prix. Lime Rock Park
Dateline. Lakeville, Connecticut
Date. Saturday, July 23
Track Length. 1.53-mile, 7-turn (series not use the chicane)
Race Duration. Two Hours, 30-minutes
Class. Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. Six of Ten
Next Round. Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 4-7
 
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. 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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