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August 30, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

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Porsche Celebrates in Mexico. Porsche 919 Hybrid Captures Overall WEC Win:

The reigning world champions Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) won the thrilling six-hour race in Mexico City, Mexico. By winning the fifth of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), with the 919 Hybrid, Porsche further extended its lead in the manufacturers' standings. The trio of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) finished in fourth-place in the race on Saturday, September 3 and extended their lead in the drivers' world championship. The fastest race lap on the 2.67-mile (4.304 kilometer) Formula One track was achieved by Brendon Hartley in 1:25.880 minutes on lap 114.

In total, this is the 11th victory for the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid prototype since its 2014 debut. In the current season the 919 has won four races, including the Le Mans 24 Hours. For Bernhard/Hartley/Webber it is their sixth WEC success. Porsche now leads the manufacturers' standings with 201 points ahead of Audi (158) and Toyota (112). Dumas/Jani/Lieb lead the drivers' standings by 41 points.

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.
"This was one of the most thrilling races I have ever seen - because of the enormous competition and also due to the changing track conditions. First and fourth means we've got a lot: another race win plus extending the lead in both the manufacturers' and the drivers' world championship. Many thanks to everybody! Now we return home to Weissach to make in-depth preparations for the coming race in Austin. In two weeks we want to push our mission further to defend both titles."

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal.
"What a race - once again all three manufacturers were on the podium. We managed to extend our lead in both championships, which means another step on the way to our mission of defending both World Championship titles. Congratulations to the entire team for this challenging weekend and race. Today it was difficult to get all the decisions right. For the number 1 car it worked perfectly and they deserved to win the race. For the number 2 crew our strategy didn't work out in the changing weather conditions. On top of that, we had an incident when a LMP2 car touched the rear of our car. Afterwards we focused on bringing home points for the championship. Also on this special circuit we have proven that our car can win a race. This makes us confident for the remaining rounds of the championship."

Timo Bernhard, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
"Sports car racing couldn't be any better! I was third in the car and opened a good gap on the number 8 Audi. During my second stint in the last third of the race the final 20 minutes especially turned out to be very difficult. In sector three, as it was suddenly wetter than the lap before and I made a small mistake. Luckily I didn't touch anything and was able to continue. It was outstanding how the team prepared the 919 Hybrid for these special conditions, the new track and the altitude."

Brendon Hartley, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
"What a race! I'm very happy about this race win. It was a good start; I was able to overtake Marc in turn one for P3. You could see the Audis were struggling a bit. I was unlucky with traffic, and so Di Grassi was able to make a gap of ten seconds. But then I was able to get in front of Lotterer, and it was a good battle. Later I took the lead. The stop-and-go penalty threw me back to third for a while, but the car was feeling mega and the boys did fantastic pit stops."

Mark Webber, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
"Another race win for Porsche and the number 1 crew. During my stint in the first third of the race I had a great battle with Lucas Di Grassi, and he was hunting me down for almost the entire stint. The call of the day was to manage traffic and find a rhythm. Also the track was pretty changeable. Not only when it rained, but also earlier. Sunshine was not what we wanted today. We had set-up the car in a way that it would become better the cooler the track became. Also the difficult decisions on tires worked well for us, the team once again did a great job."

Romain Dumas, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
"I did the third stint in our car and managed to make up a few seconds. However, some of that was lost again at the pit stop because we stopped with both cars at the same time and, therefore, I had to be pushed back. Again in the final stint of the race I did my best and managed to catch up. But in the end for us more than 12 points weren't possible today."

Neel Jani, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
"Unfortunately we have out-braked ourselves today. Because of weather forecasts not becoming reality, we were on the wrong tires for the conditions more than once. Today we could have gained more than 12 points in the drivers' championship because our strongest rival dropped back. It is a missed chance. Nevertheless, I'm happy for the sister car and for Porsche's points in the manufacturers' championship."

Marc Lieb, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
"Having started second, finishing fourth is not what we had hoped for. The start wasn't easy. The Audis played very well together and I was surprised by Brendon. On my first stint especially I had difficult situations in traffic. Later in the race, when we had drizzle and rain, the track conditions were tricky. Several times our tire choice wasn't right. For us there was more within reach today and, therefore, we feel a bit disappointed."

All points standings: http://www.fiawec.com/courses/classification.html
All results: http://fiawec.alkamelsystems.com


Long's Mexican Adventure. North America's Only Works Driver Earns WEC Win in Mexico.

North America's only Porsche factory driver, Patrick Long, helped Abu Dhabi Proton Racing win the LMGTE-Am class at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez circuit in Mexico City, Mexico on Saturday, September 3. The Manhattan Beach, California-resident earned his second career FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) victory co-driving the No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR with Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi) and David Heinemeier Hanson (Denmark). It was the team's maiden victory in the worldwide endurance sports car series.

Chasing closely behind in the "Pro-Am" style class was another "works" driver very familiar to fans on this continent, Wolf Henzler. The German joined Christian Ried (Germany) and Joel Camathias (Switzerland) in the No. 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR to secure third-place after a gripping six-hour race. Gulf Racing rounded off the top-five performances from Porsche customer teams with the all-British line-up of Ben Barker, Michael Wainwright and Adam Carroll clinching fourth-place.

In the LMGTE-Pro class, the situation was looking promising for third-place for the Porsche factory driver duo of Richard Lietz (Austria) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) in the No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing 911 RSR, but as rain set in near the midpoint of the race, they dropped down the field after making an unfortunate tire choice. The pair took the flag in sixth-place. Round Six of the FIA World Endurance Championship will be contested in Austin, Texas on September 17.

Patrick Long, Driver, No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
"The big challenge at this race was to find the perfect strategy. Our 911 RSR was fast and reliable for all track conditions over the distance. That made the difference today. I'm very proud of my teammates. Khaled and David drove an immaculate race and they didn't make a single error. We've known all along that we're a strong trio and, no matter what happens around us, we can win. I'm thrilled for them and the entire team about this win."

Khaled Al Qubaisi, Driver, No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
"That was nerve-racking. The final phase was particularly stressful. We were often very close to winning in the past, but something always happened to prevent it. Today everything came together. I'm happy and grateful for our first victory in the WEC. That's fantastic for the whole team."

David Heinemeier Hanson, Driver, No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
"That was really crazy race. The rain towards the end made things more exciting than we would have liked. We made less mistakes under these difficult conditions compared to our competitors and we took a well-deserved win. It's great to finally climb to the top of the podium."

Richard Lietz, No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
"My first stint was good with consistent lap times. The balance of our 911 RSR was great and we were fast. Before my second stint it started to rain and we had to make a difficult decision regarding the tires. With the benefit of hindsight, it would definitely have been better to opt for 'wets' [wet-weather, grooved Michelin rain tire] and then change to new slicks. However, we decided to stick with the used Michelin rubber and this unfortunately proved to be the wrong decision."

Michael Christensen, No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
"The first half of the race went very well and our 911 RSR turned consistently fast laps. But once the rain started we unfortunately made the wrong choice with our tires. Because of this we lost time and positions. Afterwards, we no longer had a chance to make a comeback and fight for a podium position."

Wolf Henzler, No. 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR.
"That was a very eventful race. We were looking good in the fight for victory, but towards the end we had to pit again to switch drivers and that put us back to third-place. It's a pity really, because everything was running smoothly. The team was super, our pit stops were perfect and the lap times were great, too. Now we're heading to Austin where we aim to do everything right. Hopefully it'll also be good enough for a victory."


Canada Clinch. Morad, Cirone, McKaigue, Danyliw Take Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Titles.

Their journeys were all different, but Daniel Morad, Marco Cirone, Shaun McKaigue and Andrew Danyliw clinched 2016 season class championships in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

Morad, from Toronto, earned his first Platinum Cup championship with four victories in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. He edged 2014 Platinum Cup champion Scott Hargrove, 205-200, in the final standings after a fierce duel all season between the two young Canadian stars.

Hargrove, from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, led the series with six victories this season in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche. Zach Robichon, from Ottawa, Ontario, was the top rookie in the series, finishing third in points with two victories in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

Cirone, from Toronto, held off Tim Sanderson to win his fourth consecutive Platinum Masters championship in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. Cirone prevailed, 226-222, over Sanderson in the final standings. Cirone led the class with six victories.

Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, fell just short in a late-summer surge that saw him win five of the last six races in the 12-round series in the No. 07 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche.


Races Won, Titles Taken. Canada GT3 Cup Crowd Celebrates Finale at CTMP.

Seven drivers earned class victories in the final weekend of the 2016 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama season Sept. 2-4 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Clarington, Ontario, a mirror of the tremendous competitive balance of the series all season.

2014 Platinum Cup champion Scott Hargrove won Round 11 overall in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, with top series rookie Zach Robichon taking the checkered flag first in Round 12 in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. Daniel Morad clinched his first Platinum Cup championship in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

Hargrove and Morad are former participants in the Porsche Young Driver Academy.

Marco Cirone won the Platinum Masters class in Round 11 en route to his fourth consecutive Platinum Masters championship in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. Tim Sanderson held off Cirone for class victory honors in Round 12 in the No. 07 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

Shaun McKaigue clinched his second Gold Cup championship by winning Round 11 in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche. Bruno Chapinotti prevailed in a fierce duel with McKaigue to win Round 12 in the DFC Motorsport Porsche.

Andrew Danyliw was the only driver to sweep both rounds at CTMP, dominating en route to the Silver Cup championship for Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars. Danyliw won all six Silver Cup races this season in the No. 38 SCB Racing Porsche.

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Upcoming Porsche Events

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Lone Star Le Mans, Circuit of the Americas
Dateline. Austin, Texas
Date. Saturday, September 17
Track Length. 3.4-mile, 20-turn
Race Duration. Two-Hours, 40-Minutes
Class. GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round. GTLM. 10 of 11
Round. GTD. 10 of 11
Next Round. 19th Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia, September 28-October 1, 2016
 
Pirelli World Challenge.
Event. Pirelli World Challenge at Sonoma, Sonoma Raceway
Dateline. Sonoma, California
Date. Race 1. Saturday, September 17
Date. Race 2. Sunday, September 18
Track Length. 2.385-mile, 12-turn
Race Duration. Two, 50-Minute Races
Class. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. GT/GTA 18 and 19 of 20
  GT Cup 17 and 18 of 19
Next Round. Pirelli World Challenge of Monterey, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, October 7-9, 2016
 
FIA/ World Endurance Championship
Event. Lone Star Le Mans, Circuit of the Americas
Dateline. Austin, Texas
Date. Saturday, September 17
Track Length. 3.4-mile, 20-turn
Race Duration. Six-Hours
Class. LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid)
  LMGTE Pro (Porsche 911 RSR)
  LMGTE Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round. 6 of 9
Next Round. Six Hours of Fuji, Fuji, Japan, October 16, 2016
 
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event. Lone Star Le Mans, Circuit of the Americas
Dateline. Austin, Texas
Date. Friday, September 16
Race Duration. Two Hours, 30-minutes
Class. Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. 9 of 10
Next Round. Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia, September 28-September 30, 2016


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