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August 22, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Monday, August 22, 2016

Next Porsche Motorsport Event.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. VIRginia International Raceway
Dateline. Alton, Virginia
Date. Sunday, August 28
Track Length. 3.27-mile, 17-turn
Race Duration. Two-Hours, 40-Minutes
Class. GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round. GTLM. 9 of 11
  GTD. 9 of 11
Next Round. Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, September 15-17
 
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Event. Continental Tire Challenge. VIRginia International Raceway
Dateline. Alton, Virginia
Date. Saturday, August 27
Track Length. 3.27-mile, 17-turn
Race Duration. Two-Hours, 30-Minutes
Class. Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. 8 of 10
Next Round. Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, August 26-28
 
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
Event. VIRginia International Raceway
Dateline. Alton, Virginia
Date. Race 1. Saturday, August 27
  Race 2. Sunday, August 28
Track Length. 3.27-mile, 17-turn
Race Duration. 45-minutes
Class. Platinum (2015-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
  Gold (2013-2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. Rounds 7 and 8 of 12
Next Round. Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, August 26-28
                       
Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

VIRginia is for GT Lovers. Porsche Defending Champs at VIR GT-Only IMSA Contest

The Porsche North America "works" team, defending series and race champions, will campaign two Porsche 911 RSR August 26-28 for round nine of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Virginia International Raceway (VIR). The two-hour, 40-minute Michelin GT Challenge at VIR is a GT-exclusive event with only the road-based GTLM and GTD classes on the bill for Sunday's premier event. The 470 hp 911 RSR from Weissach, Germany, a car closely based on the iconic 911 sports car, tackles the hotly contested GTLM class against strong opposition from BMW, Ferrari, Ford and Chevrolet. In the GTD class, successful customer squads such as Alex Job Racing and Park Place Motorsports field the new Porsche 911 GT3 R. Since the more powerful prototype classes, P and PC, are not contesting the race on the tradition-steeped racetrack close to Alton, Virginia, the GT vehicles will fight for overall victory for the first time this season.

In 2015, the factory 911 RSR won overall here as well as at the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, against the full contingent of race classes including both Prototype categories.

The first IMSA GT race on the 3.27-mile racecourse was contested in 1971 - and was won by Porsche legends Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg in their Porsche 914-6 GT. As a consequence of the oil crisis in 1973, the racetrack on the North Carolina state border closed its gates in 1974 and remained closed until 2000. The complex with hotels, restaurants and a wide range of activities from karting to clay pigeon shooting is now considered the first motorsport resort in the United States.

2015 IMSA GTLM champion Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), last year's winners, share the cockpit of the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. Their factory drivercolleagues, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France), tackle the race in the sister 911 RSR, the No. 912, which is also fielded by the Porsche North America factory squad. Former Porsche junior Alex Riberas (Spain) joins forces with Mario Farnbacher (Germany) to tackle the GTD class race in the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing.

After securing victories at the long distance classics in Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring as well as numerous championship titles, the 911 RSR has become the most successful GT racing car of recent years. The 911 RSR is marking its last season of racing as a works car. Its successor is expected to make its race debut in January 2017 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Porsche built the 500 hp Porsche 911 GT3 R for GT3 series worldwide based on the 911 GT3 RS production sports car. The car took its inaugural podium in the GTD class of the WeatherTech Series in January at the Rolex 24. The new customer racer scored its first victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May.

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport.

"When five automobile manufacturers fight for victory on the racetrack, as is the case in the GTLM category of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, the drivers are constantly pushing the absolute limits. Hence, it can be expected that the one or the other sometimes pushes a little too hard in the heat of the moment and perhaps sees a gap to overtake where there isn't one. Unfortunately such maneuvers cost us possible podium results shortly before the finish at Lime Rock Park and Road America. That really hurt. Still, we'll be back fighting hard for victory in Virginia. The fans can look forward to another gripping sports car race."

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

"Virginia International Raceway is one of those traditional racetracks deep in the heart of America that I particularly look forward to. It's fast and demanding and several passages remind me a bit of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife [world-renowned track in Germany]. This track has very few run-off zones. If you make a mistake as a driver you pay the price immediately. Last year Porsche celebrated a commanding one-two finish in Virginia. There is no greater motivation than that."

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

"I'm heading to Virginia with great memories. Last year I clinched pole position and we won the race. We led practically from start to finish. This is something quite special if you consider the extremely tough competition in the IMSA SportsCar Championship. The sports prototypes are not contesting this race, so all the competitors in the GTLM class are going for overall victory. For drivers, teams and manufacturers, this is a very special challenge."

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

"With our one-two finish last year we underlined that Virginia is a racetrack that suits Porsche. Even though the situation in the championship is slightly different for us this year, I think we can still deliver a good performance on this challenging circuit. At the races in Lime Rock Park and Road America we noticed a significant improvement. I hope we can continue to make good progress to be back at the top in Virginia."

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

"The Virginia International Raceway is the fifth new racetrack for me this year. I find it very interesting to be able to get to know these demanding and storied racecourses in the USA. It's a fantastic experience and an exciting challenge."

Spread The Wealth. Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Leading CTSCC Points Through Teamwork.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport made its world debut earlier this season at Daytona International Speedway in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) with a podium finish - third-place - in the hands of CJ Wilson Racing drivers Daniel Burkett (Canada) and Marc Miller (Holland, Michigan). Since, as many as six Cayman GT4 Clubsports have been entered in at least two of the first seven rounds of the tenrace championship. Four of those six have earned podium results in the highly competitive road car-based series. For a first year offering, the car has proven immediately competitive and consistent across all of its teams.

The GS class field had only two Cayman GT4 Clubsports on the grid in January. An increase to five cars at Sebring, Florida in March saw the No. 12 Bodymotion pairing of Cameron Cassels (Canada) and Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey) start a threerace win streak that went on to include Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May (the first podium sweep for the car) and Watkins Glen International in June. The No. 33 machine returned as highest finisher at the next two rounds during the month of July at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and Lime Rock Park, each time taking second-place. At the most recent round at Road America, the No. 64 TeamTGM entry, shared by Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland) and Guy Cosmo (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida), took top-marque honors of the five cars entered with a third-place finish.

The mid-engine Porsche, which shares the bulk of its parts with the road-going Cayman GT4, currently has Porsche second in the CTSCC GS class manufacturer standings. It is three points back, 236 to 233 markers, to Ford and comfortably ahead of Aston Martin entering the last three races of the season.

Ted Giovanis, Owner/Driver, TeamTGM, Nos. 46 and 64 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

"From the beginning of the 2016 season, the Clubsport GT4 Caymans have proven to be worthy competitors in our series. They have only gotten better with further development as the season has progressed. The car's balance and weight are the most important aspects as they combine to make the platform very nimble and so agile. But then again, the brakes are a plus too! We are excited to continue learning the car as we wrap up the 2016 season and look onto 2017."

Home Stretch. GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championships Hit Final Stretch at VIR.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series is entering the home stretch of the 2016 championship season with Rounds 11 and 12 on Aug. 26-28 at VIRginia International Raceway.

Competitors in one of Porsche's 20 global single-make Cup Challenge series have completed 10 of their 16 races for the 2016 championship, and battles for the points lead in all categories are heating up.

Jesse Lazare, 2015 Porsche Young Driver Academy attendee and the top-returning driver from last season, has taken a commanding lead in the Platinum Cup standings over the rest of the field in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche. Lazare, from Montreal, leads Lucas Catania, from Cazenovia, New York, by 26 points, 173-147. Catania led through the first six rounds in the No. 26 NGT Motorsport entry before relinquishing it after Round 7 at Watkins Glen.

Only four drivers have claimed an overall victory this season, including Lazare with seven. Catania, Wright Motorsports driver Andrew Longe and Pfaff Motorsports' Chris Green have each earned one victory apiece. But consistent finishes in all 10 rounds from Catania and Longe, from Naples, Florida, have kept them within 26 and 29 points of Lazare in the standings, respectively, a gap easily bridged with six rounds left.

Jeff Mosing, also a standout in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, has been at the top of the Platinum Masters leader board for most of the season in the No. 01 Porsche fielded by Texas-based TOPP Racing. He is locked in a tight battle with fellow Masters competitor Fred Poordad.

Texas resident Mosing has six wins this season, including a sweep of the last two rounds at Road America. Fellow Texan Poordad has two wins and has yet to finish outside of the top five in class in the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche. The duo has split class wins since the opening two rounds at Sebring International Raceway, where Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama competitor Marco Cirone swept the weekend.

Competition in the Gold Cup class is also tight, with the top three drivers all in championship reach and within six points of each other.

Michael de Quesada, from Tampa, Florida, has led the class in his first season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama since sweeping the opening weekend at Sebring in the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports Porsche. De Quesada leads the Gold Cup class with 170 points, followed by Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, with 167 and Michael Levitas, from Baltimore, with 164. Landy swept both rounds at Road America to power into title contention in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche.

Philip Bloom, from New York, continues to stay in the hunt in his first season in the series. Bloom is fourth with 142 points in the No. 11 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

Round 11 is scheduled to start at 5:10 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Aug. 27. Round 12 will begin at 11:05 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Both rounds are 45 minutes. There will be two practices Friday, with qualifying at 10:05 a.m. Saturday.

Racing Legend Closes Career in a Porsche. First Female F1 Winner Wilson Takes Final Competition Laps in Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA.

The August 14 checkered flag at Utah Motorsports Campus marked the close of a remarkable racing career for Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA driver Desiré Wilson.

Wilson, who went from racing micro midget cars in her native South Africa to becoming the first woman to win an F1 race, closed out her competitive career with a podium performance on a track that was designed by her husband Alan.

Wilson moved from seventh on the grid in Saturday's race to finish second in her Porsche 911 GT3 Cup returning on Sunday to score a hard-fought fifth in her final race.

Wilson piloted 140 different kinds of cars in her career, which took her into Indy car, IMSA and Le Mans competition through the decades, including winning the Monza 1000 Km and Silverstone 6 Hr World Championship Sports Car events overall. She counts the Porsche 956 prototype at the top of her favorite cars to have raced and has recently been an active Porsche pilot driving four different GT3 machines in the last few years. The time behind the wheel of the German machine culminated with her final run in a Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Diamond Class Porsche 911 GT3 Cup machine.

Desiré Wilson, Driver, No. 38 Air Power Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

"I just thought that it was time for me to step back from competing. It's been a remarkable journey, and I'm grateful to have had the opportunities that I've had in the sport. I might get back into a car and do some lapping, but this is it for me as far as competition. I have no second thoughts. The best thing a driver can do is walk away when things are going well; the worst thing is to think 'if only...'. I'm just very grateful to have had an amazing career."

Porsche Entries at VIRginia International Raceway.
Total Car Count. 28 Porsche Motorsport-produced cars are competing at VIR this weekend.
 
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
GTLM Class - Two (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)
 
GTD Class - One (1) Porsche 911 GT3 R.
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Mario Farnbacher (Germany)/ Alex Riberas (Spain)
 
IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
GS Class - Four (4) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.
No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Cameron Cassels (Canada)/ Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey)
No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Daniel Burkett (Canada)/Marc Miller (Holland, Michigan)
No. 46 TeamTGM Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland)/ Guy Cosmo (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
No. 64 TeamTGM Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland)/ Guy Cosmo (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)
 
IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
21 Total Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car entries
Platinum Class - 15 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. 2016 Model Year.
Gold Class - Six (6) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. 2015 and Earlier Model Year.


Where to Watch.

All IMSA Series information is additionally available on the IMSA App
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Qualifying. Saturday, August 27, 11:55 a.m. ET www.IMSA.tv
Race. Sunday, August 28, 1:30 p.m. ET FS1
 
IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Saturday, August 27, 1:50 p.m. ET www.IMSA.tv
 
Live Race Video Streaming - All IMSA Series.
www.IMSA.tv
 
Audio Streaming - All IMSA Series.
www.IMSA.tv
 
Live Timing and Scoring - All IMSA Series.
www.IMSA.com

 

Social Media.
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Model Hashtag.
Porsche 911 RSR. #911RSR
Porsche 911 GT3 R. #911GT3R
Porsche 919 Hybrid. #919hybrid
   
Event Hashtag.
Michelin GT Challenge At VIR #OTGP
   
Series Hashtag.
GT3 Cup Challenge USA. #GT3USA
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. #GT3Canada

 

Upcoming Porsche Events

World Endurance Championship.
Event. Six Hours of Mexico
Dateline. Mexico City, Mexico
Date. Sunday, September 4
Track Length. 2.67-mile, 17-turn
Race Duration. Six-Hours
Class. LMP1 Hybrid (Porsche 919 Hybrid)
  LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR)
  LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round. 5 of 9
Next Round. Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, August 26-28
 
Pirelli World Challenge.
Event. Pirelli World Challenge at the Utah Grand Prix
Dateline. Sonoma, California
Date. Race 1. Saturday, September 17
Date. Race 2. Sunday, September 18
Track Length. 2.25-mile, 11-turn
Race Duration. Two, 50-Minute Races
Class. GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. GT/GTA 18 and 19/20
  GT Cup 17 and 18/19
Next Round. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, October 7-9


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