Motorsport News

October 3, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Monday, October 3, 2016

Next Porsche Motorsport Event.
Pirelli World Challenge
Event. Pirelli World Challenge at Monterey, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Dateline. Monterey, California
Date. SprintX - Race 1 Saturday, October 8
  Sprint - Saturday, October 8
  SprintX - Race 2 Sunday, October 9
Track Length. 2.238-mile, 11-turn
Race Duration. Sprint - 50-Minute Race
  SprintX - Two, 60-Minute Races
Class. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R))
  GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. SprintX
  GT/GTA. 5 and 6 of 6
  Sprint
  GT/GTA. 20 of 20
  GT Cup. 19 of 19
Next Round. 2017 - Pirelli World Challenge of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Temporary Street Course, St. Petersburg, Florida, March 11-12, 2017
                       
Porsche Profile.

Event Story Lines


Raise a Toast to the Champs. Porsche Pair Wins Endurance Championship.

Team Seattle Alex Job Racing drivers Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) captured the 2016 IMSA Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Championship (TPNAEC) for the GTD class. The duo, driving the No. 23 Porsche 911 GT3 R - one of the first two of the cars purchased worldwide - narrowly took the title by one-point after four rounds. The top-four championship contenders ended the season separated by only four markers. The "championship within a championship" takes places at the four major endurance races in North America: the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Six Hours of The Glen and the Petit Le Mans. Each race is then subdivided into segments, 12 total over the season, with participants earning points for the position they are running at the conclusion of each segment. Porsche finished second in the Manufacturer Championship in GTD, just one point off of Audi.

Long Looking for Second PWC Title. Porsche 911 GT3 R Readies for MRLS.

Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) rejoined the Pirelli World Challenge this season for the first time since winning the GT Driver Championship in 2011. With the new Porsche 911 GT3 R, North America's only Porsche factory driver looked in excellent position to repeat that feat after five year-hiatus from the continent's premier sprint-format sports car racing series. However, entering the finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, the 2016 season has thrown more challenges than the already demanding ones presented in professional motorsport.

Unexpectedly, Long was forced to drive for two different teams in pursuit of his second PWC title after his original team ceased operation prior to the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park weekend in May. The veteran driver seemingly didn't miss a beat putting together a program with Porsche mainstay Wright Motorsports in time for those races in Canada and promptly won both rounds on the legendary Canadian track. Entering the finale - Round 20 - Long has three victories for the German marque's latest GT3 configured edition of the iconic 911. Long earned the 911 GT3 R's first international victory in the first race of the season at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in March and followed that with the twin wins at CTMP (Rounds 8 and 9).

Long is nine points out of the lead for the Drivers' Championship. Sunday's 50-minute race will determine the 2016 champion as well as Manufacturer titlist. The storied German automaker is one marker behind McLaren. The highest placing Porsche 911 GT3 R, of the eight entered in the GT and GTA classes, scores the points towards the title. In the GTA class, cars identical to their GT class brethren but piloted by drivers who make their living outside of the sport, Patrick Long's teammate, Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York) has the No. 16 Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R in second-place in the standings entering the final 50-minutes of 2016. Schein's multiple race wins all came after Long's No. 58 Porsche Consulting entry joined the John Wright-owned program.

In GT Cup, the one-make class that runs with GT and GTA using Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) is 132 points ahead of rival and fellow Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah).

GMG! That's A Lot of Porsches. California Team Enters a Porsche In Each Eligible PWC Class.

GMG Racing, based in Santa Ana, California, has entered a Porsche in every class eligible to the German manufacturer at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. GMG is a longtime entrant of Porsches in numerous series including multiple classes of Pirelli World Challenge and will be the first team worldwide to race the new-for-2017 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR in competition. The GT4 class car was announced earlier this year and is an improved version of the Cayman GT4 Clubsport developed to meet the FIA GT4 class regulations that the World Challenge GTS class will race to in 2017. World Challenge has allowed the car to compete this season. It marks the first time that Porsche has had an official Motorsport racecar in the GTS class.

GMG entries in Monterey include:

Sprint Race.

GTA Class. No. 14 Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Brent Holden (Newport Beach, California)

GT Cup Class. No. 17 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas)

GTS Class. No. 4 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR, James Sofronas (Villa Park, California)

SprintX Race.

GT Class. No. 14 Porsche 911 GT3 R, Alec Udell and Brent Holden

James Sofronas, Owner/Driver, GMG Racing.

"When we made the decision to return to Porsche as our primary marque for competition in 2016, it was built firmly on the ability to create a vertically integrated platform that could cater to customers and drivers of all ages and skill levels. Obviously, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is arguably the most storied car in the sport, and with the diversity of venues to race in around the globe, it's an incredible machine that we've supported since the company's beginnings. Of course, the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 R presents an aspirational machine for those looking to compete at the top-level, but on the other end, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport presents a whole new gateway and opportunity for the beginning competitor. The Clubsport is an amazing car, and more importantly it presents a very manageable entrée in to racing and track-days with a car that is fun for the pros, but also very well catered to the less experienced driver. This presents the missing link for a group like ours that services racing experiences at all levels, and it's great to have a new 'first step' vehicle for customers. The ability to show up at a venue such as Pirelli World Challenge and demonstrate how we can efficiently and effectively run all three of Porsche's signature vehicles makes me realize how much I appreciate being aligned with such a great manufacturer."

Porsche at Petit. 911 RSR Earns Top-Five In Last North America Race; Park Place P2

At the 19th Annual Petit Le Mans on the storied Road Atlanta racetrack, a difficult season for Porsche in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship came to a close. After a sensational overall victory for the Porsche North America works team at the prestigious ten-hour race in 2015, which earned Porsche the championship titles for manufacturers, drivers and teams, the Porsche 911 RSR missed out on a podium result at its last race in North America. In the GTLM class, which with five manufacturers is the most strongly represented, the fastest 911 RSR driven by Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) finished fifth. In the sister 911 RSR, the defending IMSA GTLM champion Patrick Pilet (France), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria) were running in a promising third with four hours to go. After completing 223 laps on the demanding 2.54-mile circuit in Georgia, the 911 RSR became entangled in a collision with a prototype challenge class car and was thrown out of contention. The team work diligently to honor the car's past success returning it to the track in the final minutes to take the checkered flag.

While the farewell performance did not run according to plan, this did not diminish the impressive successes of the 911 RSR. Since its debut in 2013, this racecar has contested a total of 73 races around the globe including the WeatherTech GTLM Championship, in the FIA World Endurance Championship as well as the European Le Mans Series. It has secured 21 victories, including two this year in the IMSA WeatherTech Series, and eight championship titles. Some of these victories were secured at the most illustrious long distance classics such as Le Mans, Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans, making the 470 hp 911 RSR, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, the most successful GT race car of recent years. Like the outgoing racecar, the 911 RSR successor will also celebrate its race debut in North America at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 28-29, 2017.

In the GTD class, in which customer teams field the 500 hp Porsche 911 GT3 R, Park Place Motorsports scored second-place with drivers Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) as well as the Americans Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California) and Matthew McMurry (Phoenix, Arizona). For the 911 GT3 R, which notched up its first win worldwide at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, this was its sixth podium result in its maiden race season.

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

"We experienced an exciting race today. It's a shame that we lost our number 911 contender through no fault of our own. But the team fought hard and didn't waste any time in getting the car back on its wheels so that it could at least drive the last two laps. And the number 912 could have scored a better result, too. Still, we rank third in the manufacturers classification against strong opposition. We are thrilled for our customer team, Park Place Motorsports, who took up the race with their 911 GT3 R from second on the grid and turned it into a second-place on the podium after a tough fight."

arco Ujhasi, Overall Project Manager GT Works Motorsport.

"Our strategy was good, but we were handicapped by several incidents. With our 912 car, we were no longer in a position to close the gap afterwards. And then the caution phase didn't allow us a chance. The accident with the 911 car, which left the car badly damaged, was annoying. But it is simply part of the sporting spirit to repair the car so that it can at least go out and turn the last few laps. The season was not easy for us. But with our revamped car from last year we still managed to deliver creditable performances against strong opposition with their new vehicles. Two victories, six podiums - at the end of the day it was a decent season. We'll be back next year with our new car to take up the challenge."

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

"It was another difficult race for us. Still, I'm very proud of the team. They supported us with great pit stops. As expected, we didn't have the fastest car at the beginning of the race, but we were confident that we'd gain ground over the course of the race with better grip. Despite this, we were running in the top five for quite some time, and we were even up to third-place after one of the fast and perfect pit stops. What happened then is simply part of motor racing. We can't change it. Now we'll work hard on our new 911 for 2017 to get it fit and ready for the season-opener at Daytona."

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

"The wrong decision of another driver cost us a possible top result today. He wanted to overtake at a place where you normally can't overtake. It took me completely by surprise. After our 1-2 victory in Texas the entire team worked very hard to wind up the season well at Petit Le Mans. That makes it all the more sad that it didn't work out as we'd imagined."

Richard Lietz, Driver, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.

"Petit Le Mans is always an adventure. I was delighted to be part of the action. After my stint the car was running well on the right tires, but unfortunately Nick got shunted off by a prototype. It's a pity because our time would have come in the closing phase. That was a difficult season, but I'm feeling optimistic for 2017 and I'm convinced that the team will return even stronger."

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

"It was rather strange to race my 911 RSR for the last time. At the same time I'm looking forward to its successor. Next season we aim to bring home wins and titles with it. Today we couldn't fight for the top spots. Ultimately, it was just a matter of getting to the finish without problems."

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

"That wasn't exactly an ideal finale. We've achieved quite a bit this year by scoring two wins and six podiums. But all in all Petit Le Mans was symbolic for the whole season - we often couldn't match the pace of the opposition. I hope and I'm confident that this will change with our new car in 2017."

Michael Christensen, Driver, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR.

"As expected, that was a difficult race. After the qualifying we knew that it wouldn't be easy. When you're lacking the pace it's simply hard, especially trying to overtake in traffic, which then costs you additional time."

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

"It is great to be on the podium again. It didn't look that good for us at the beginning of the race but we kept the nose clean. The Park Place Porsche was pretty good. We could not quite keep the pace of the top two or three guys but a podium is a great way to finish this season and I look forward to the next one."

Patrick Lindsey, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"Obviously, next weekend is the big weekend for me [Editor: Lindsey will be married on October 8]. It was good to bring a clean car home and spray some champagne. We're happy. It has been a hard fought year. I think we will carry this momentum into next year and look forward to 2017 with Porsche."

Matt McMurry, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"It was a great weekend. We had a mostly clean and consistent race. It was really exciting to watch Jörg bring it home the last hour. It was pretty intense but it was a great weekend!"

Podium Porsche. Cayman GT4 Clubsport Earns Podium in Every Event.

The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport came into the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) at Daytona International Speedway in January as the first mid-engine Porsche GT racecar since the 911 GT1. Twenty years later, the racing variant of the Cayman GT4 road car entered the season-finale having scored a podium finish at every event, earned four race victories and was second in the manufacturer point standings.

Daniel Burkett (Canada) and Marc Miller (Holland, Michigan) pushed the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing entry as hard as they could throughout the two-hour, 30-minute Road Atlanta 150 to try and help give the German marque an inaugural title. The CTSCC GS class is for street car-based racecars. In the end, the Shelby GT350R-C eventually edged out the one-time class winner for the race victory and Porsche from its first CTSCC Manufacturer title. Two places behind the No. 33 was its team car, the No. 35 CJ Wilson entry of Tyler McQuarrie (Danville, California) and Till Bechtolsheimer (New York, New York). Locally based TeamTGM brought home sixth with owner/driver Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland) and Guy Cosmo (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida). The winningest Cayman GT4 Clubsport of the season, the No. 12 Bodymotion car, had an off-track incident and retired from the race eighth in class. Earlier in the season, Cameron Cassels (Canada) and Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey) earned the first wins for the car, stringing together victories at Sebring, Monterey and Watkins Glen.

Lazare-Morad Cap Season. GT3 Cup Challenge USA Concludes with Thrilling Action at Road Atlanta

The final two rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season Sept. 28-30 at Road Atlanta highlighted the depth of talent and level of competition in one of Porsche's 20 one-make series worldwide.

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Platinum Cup Champion Daniel Morad took the victory in Round 15. Morad stood on the top podium step four times this year before the penultimate USA round, but all four came in his quest for the Canadian championship in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche. This was his first USA overall win.

Marco Cirone, from Toronto, earned his third USA win this season winning in Platinum Masters after sweeping the opener in mid-March at Sebring International Raceway in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. Cirone is a four-time reigning Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Platinum Masters champion.

Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, started the race from pole and powered his way to his ninth victory of the season in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche.

Jesse Lazare earned a .413 of a second victory over Zach Robichon in Round 16 that mirrored his win in Round 1 at Sebring International Raceway in March where he led from flag-to-flag. The Round 16 victory was the exclamation point on his Platinum Cup championship-winning season.

Charlie Putman, from Casper, Wyoming, earned his first win of his partial season with a Platinum Masters class victory in the No. 40 Atlanta Motorsports Group Porsche. Michael de Quesada won the Gold Cup class race on his way to his first championship.

The race will have a delayed television broadcast Oct. 15-16 on Sinclair Broadcast Group affiliates in major United States markets.

Porsche Entries at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Pirelli World Challenge.

Total Car Count: 14 Porsche entries will be competing in the Pirelli World Challenge at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

GT Class - Three (3) Porsche 911 GT3 R.
No. 58 Wright Motorsports Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California)
No. 97 Alex Job Racing Gunnar Jeannette (Salt Lake City, Utah)
No. 98 Calvert Dynamics Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California)
 
GTA Class - Five (5) Porsche 911 GT3 R.
No. 14 GMG Brent Holden (Newport Beach, California)
No. 16 Wright Motorsports Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York)
No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Andy Wilzoch (Aurora, Colorado)
No. 54 Black Swan Racing Tim Pappas (Boston, Massachusetts)
No. 79 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois)
 
GT Cup Class - Four (4) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
No. 17 GMG Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas)
No. 20 TruSpeed Autosport Sloan Urry (Park City, Utah)
No. 00 Motorsports Promotions Corey Fergus (Columbus, Ohio)
No. 08 GMG Alex Welch (Canada)
GTS Class - One (1) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.
No. 4 GMG James Sofronas (Villa Park, California)
 
SprintX Entry List
Six (6) Porsche entries will be competing in the two of SprintX races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
GT Class - Five (5) Porsche 911 GT3 R.
No. 14 GMG Racing Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas)/ Brent Holden (Newport Beach, California)
No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Andy Wilzoch (Aurora, Colorado)/ Darren Law (Phoenix, Arizona)
No. 54 Black Swan Racing Tim Pappas (Boston, Massachusetts)/ Andy Pilgrim (Boca Raton, Florida)
No. 79 WeatherTech Alex Job Racing Gunnar Jeannette (Salt Lake City, Utah)/ Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois)
No. 98 Calvert Dynamics Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland)/ Michael Lewis (Laguna Beach, California)
 
GT Cup Class - One (1) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
No. 27 ANSA Motorsports Ludovico Manifredi (Miami, Florida) / Jonathan Summerton (Redwood City, California)


Where to Watch:
Pirelli World Challenge.
Race Broadcast. CBS Sports Network
GT
Sunday, October 16
3:00 p.m. ET
GTS
Sunday, October 23
4:00 p.m. ET
SprintX
Sunday, October 23
5:00 p.m. ET
Live Race Video Streaming http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo
Live Qualifying Streaming http://world-challenge.com/streamvideo
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. #PWCMRLS
Series Hashtag.
GT3 Cup Challenge USA. #GT3USA
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. #GT3Canada


Upcoming Porsche Events

FIA/ World Endurance Championship
Event: 6 Hours of Fuji, Fuji International Speedway
Dateline: Fuji, Japan
Date: Sunday, October 16
Track Length: 2.83-miles, 16-turn
Race Duration: Six-Hours
Class: LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid)
  LMGTE Pro (Porsche 911 RSR)
  LMGTE Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round: 7 of 9
Next Round: Six Hours of Shanghai, Shanghai, China, November 11, 2016


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