//
you're reading...
Recent Posts, Uncategorized

PORSCHE AND SEBRING, TWO LEGENDS: PORSCHE GT TEAM BRINGS NEW 911 TO 12 HOUR CLASSIC

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is the longest running and toughest sports car race in the North America. The 65th running of this classic event at the Sebring International Raceway on the legendary airfield circuit in the heart of Florida will be held on March 18. The Porsche GT Team tackles round two of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a pair of 510 hp 911 RSR in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. With 18 overall victories and 70 class wins, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of the storied and notoriously bumpy racetrack.

The Porsche werks team also travels to Sebring as the points’ leader of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, a competition encompassing the four long distance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. Each event is broken into individual sections that pay points toward an overall championship. By virtue of its running position during these sectors at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, Porsche leads the GTLM class for this championship within a championship.

The 12 hour classic race is as legendary as its winners. Immortalized on the victors’ list are racing greats such as Hurley Haywood, Juan Manuel Fangio, A.J. Foyt, Hans Hermann, Jacky Ickx and Mario Andretti. Hollywood stars Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, who finished second overall in 1970 with a Porsche 908, have also fulfilled their racing dreams on the Sebring International Raceway. Built on a former military airfield, the circuit with its 17 corners is 3.74-miles long and hosted the inaugural race on New Year’s Eve, 1950.

Six Porsche works drivers contest the GTLM class with the new 911 RSR for the Porsche GT Team. Sharing the cockpit of the No. 911 vehicle are Patrick Pilet (France), Dirk Werner (Germany) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France), who kicked off the season with second-place at Daytona. In the No. 912 car are Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), Kévin Estre (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria).

The Porsche 911 RSR, which celebrated its race debut in January at Daytona, is a completely new development: the suspension, body structure, aerodynamic concept, engine and transmission have all been designed in Weissach from scratch. Depending on the size of the restrictor, the engine, which is now positioned in front of the rear axle, puts out approximately 510 hp. Thanks to the particularly large rear diffuser combined with a top-mounted rear wing, the level of downforce and the aerodynamic efficiency were significantly improved over the 2016 model. The new factory design of the 911 RSR with the basic colors white, red and black has further developed the clear and dynamic design language of Porsche Motorsport.

Porsche is the manufacturer with the most Sebring victories. The first of 18 outright victories for Porsche on the Sebring International Raceway came in 1960 courtesy of Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien in the Porsche 718 RS/60. Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Emmanuel Collard, driving the Porsche RS Spyder, clinched the most recent overall win in 2008. Porsche’s list of successes also includes 70 class wins at this race – also a record. The most recent success was in 2015 with the Porsche 911 GT America fielded by the Alex Job Racing customer team. Prior to that, in 2014, Jörg Bergmeister, Michael Christensen and Patrick Long scored class victory at the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR.

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

“Our new 911 RSR celebrated a successful race debut at the season-opening round in Daytona. From this we gained a great deal of important insights that we now want to turn into an even better performance against very strong opposition. This alone will not be easy because this airfield course is a very special racetrack that puts huge demands of drivers and cars. However, as the most successful manufacturer in the history of the classic race, we have a reputation to uphold. With our customer teams, who started the season at Daytona with a GTD-class win, we’ll do our very best to achieve this.”

Marco Ujhasi, Director, GT Motorsport.

“After Daytona, Sebring is the second classic of the season. This race is a brutal challenge. It’s only half as long as Daytona, but much harder because of the heat and the incredibly bumpy track. We’ve completed many test kilometers in Sebring with our new 911 RSR and line up on the grid very well prepared. And the prospects look good for a gripping fight for victory, particularly in the GTLM class.”

Frédéric Makowiecki, Driver, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“Sebring is very special and alongside Le Mans it’s my favorite race. The masses of fans know their stuff when it comes to motorsport and they display the sort of spirit that I very much like. I’m looking forward to enjoying a huge motorsport party and I hope that we have reason to celebrate when it’s all over.”

Patrick Pilet, Driver, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“Sebring is a very intense race. Unlike Daytona, where you have to keep something in reserve over the first two-thirds of the race in order to have a strong car for the final hours, in Sebring you pull out all stops right from the start. It’s one of the big races in the USA that I haven’t yet won. So the motivation to win is huge, particularly as I’m convinced that the circuit is very well suited to our 911 RSR.”

Dirk Werner, Driver, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“I like this demanding track. With all the bumps it’s not only the drivers who face a huge challenge. The stresses on the cars are greater than at almost any other race. I’ve never won at Sebring so in that regard I still have a score to settle.”

Kévin Estre, Driver, No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“Sebring is a really cool race with masses of spectators and a great atmosphere. They celebrate St. Patrick’s Day big time here so everyone’s already in a great party mood. We’ve done some extensive testing in Sebring and the car feels very good.”

Richard Lietz, Driver, No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“Sebring is one of my favorite tracks. It’s very challenging and the many bumps make it extremely difficult for drivers to clock consistently fast lap times. The tests with the 911 RSR there were very encouraging. I think Sebring is a very good race track for our new car.”

Laurens Vanthoor, Driver, No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

“I only know this race from television and from the stories my teammates have shared. It has a great history and I’m looking forward to being a part of that. I got to know the course during our testing here. It was an impressive experience.”

Three for GTD. Trio of Porsche 911 GT3 R Customer Teams Look for 12 Hour GTD Title.

While the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class has the heaviest factory involvement of any division in the 65th Running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, the GT Daytona (GTD) class has equally intense competition. The 911 GT3 R is the chassis of choice for Porsche customer teams in the Pro-Am style category with 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona class-winners Alegra Motorsports leading the way. Closely on its heels are Park Place Motorsports and CORE autosport.

The 911 GT3 R celebrated its race debut a year ago in Daytona mounted with the new ultra-modern, four-liter, flat-six engine with direct fuel injection. Porsche had designed the more than 500 hp customer sports racer for worldwide GT3 series on the basis of the 911 GT3 RS production sports car and it immediately found a home in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship paddock. Both the No. 73 Park Place machine – shared by Porsche factory driver and Sebring-expert Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California) and 2016 Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Matt McMurry (Phoenix, Arizona) – and the No. 54 CORE autosport machine – driven by Jon Bennett (Charlotte, North Carolina), Colin Braun (Harrisburg, North Carolina) and Nic Jönsson (Buford, Georgia) – are full-season contenders. The No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R will only contest the four Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Championship (TPNAEC) rounds (Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans). However, it was the endurance race-focused team owned by two-time Rolex 24 At Daytona class champion Carlos de Quesada (Tampa, Florida) that earned the car its first North American 24-hour race victory earlier this season.

A slightly different lineup than chased down the Daytona checkered flag will share the car for the last 12 hours of the “36 Hours of Florida” – as the two Florida endurance classics are collectively called. Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen (Denmark) reprises his role as pro in the car. He will be joined by Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Daniel Morad (Canada), Michael de Quesada (Tampa, Florida) and veteran sports car champion Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta, Georgia). Pumpelly joined the team at Daytona playing an integral part in their Rolex 24 win. However, then it was from the timing stand calling strategy for 24 hours. He returns to the cockpit at Sebring.

Sebastian Golz, Project Manager, GT Customer Sport.

“The 911 GT3 R’s win at Daytona was a perfect start into the season for our customer teams. In contrast to Daytona, the primary focus in Sebring is not so much on top speed, but on brake wear. The balance between brake wear and brake performance plays a major role, because one extra pit stop to change the brakes costs precious time and this could make the difference between victory and defeat.”

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

“To have any chance on this track you have to drive flat-out right from the start. Sebring is completely different from Daytona. The race is just half the duration, but twice as difficult. And the fans are great too. The mood that they create is better than at virtually any other race.”

Michael Christensen, Driver, No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

“Sebring is a real classic. Winning this race in 2014 was one of the highlights of my career. Driving at the limit on this bumpy track for hours on end is very demanding on drivers. But it’s also great fun. And after our success at Daytona the team is, of course, feeling very motivated.”

 

Full Lap. Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Returns to Site of First CTSCC Win.

It was here at Sebring International Raceway where the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport saw its first international success. The racecar, which shares over 80% of its parts with the road-going Cayman GT4, had debuted in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) last year at Daytona. However, it took one more race before the car won its first event. The winning program, Bodymotion Racing, scored that first victory with drivers Cameron Cassels (Canada)/ Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey). That pairing captured the next two rounds of the GS class as well.

Hindman and Cassells are back to defend their title in the No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. They will be joined in the Visit Sebring 120 on Friday, March 17 by the No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports America Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport driven by Cameron Lawrence (Windemere, Florida). The No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport of Till Bechtolsheimer (New York City, New York) and Marc Miller (Grand Rapids, Michigan) as well as the No. 35 CJ Wilson Racing car raced by    Russell Ward (Seabrook, Texas) and Damien Faulkner (Ireland) bring a formidable team that showed with podiums and victories in the mid-engined Porsche’s inaugural CTSCC season in 2016. The No. 46 TeamTGM entry of driver/owner Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland) and Guy Cosmo (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) showed strength in 2016. Cosmo lives nearby and counts Sebring as one of his home tracks.

For 2017, Manthey Racing developed an upgraded car that made the Cayman eligible under the international GT4-spec regulations. That new car was christened the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR and was a popular choice by a new group of teams. Giovanis’ TeamTGM brings one of the new editions in addition to its standard Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The No. 4 will be co-driven by Giovanis and Hugh Plumb (Unionville, Pennsylvania). Other MR entries are the No. 28 RS1 of Dillon Machavern (Burlington, Vermont) and Dylan Murcott (Ancram, New York) as well as the No. 38 BGB Motorsports entry raced by James Cox (Nokomis, Florida) and John Tecce (Gladwyne, Pennsylvania).

Event:
65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway
Dateline:
Sebring, Florida
Date:
Saturday, March 18
Track Length:
3.74-miles, 15-turn
Race Duration:
12-Hours
Class:
GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round:
GTLM. 2 of 11
GTD. 2 of 12
Next Round:
Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Street Circuit, Long Beach, California, April 8, 2017

IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event:
Visit Sebring 120, Sebring International Raceway
Dateline:
Sebring, Florida
Date:
Friday, March 17
Track Length:
3.74-miles, 15-turn
Race Duration:
2-Hours
Class:
GS/GT4 (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR)
GS (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round:
2 of 10
Next Round:
Advanced Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, May 4-6, 2017

IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
Event:
65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway
Dateline:
Sebring, Florida
Date:
Race 1. Thursday, March 16
Race 2. Friday, March 17
Track Length:
3.74-miles, 15-turn
Race Duration:
Two, 45-minute races
Class:
Platinum (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, MY 2017)
Gold (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, MY 2014-2016)
Round:
1 and 2 of 14
Next Round:
Grand Prix of Birmingham, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama, April 22-23, 2017

Porsche Entries at Sebring International Raceway.

Total Car Count. 42 Porsche Motorsport-produced cars are competing at Sebring during the 65th Running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring weekend across three series: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Total Car Count: Five (5) Porsche entries will be competing in the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

GTLM Class – Two (2) Porsche 911 RSR.

No. 911 Porsche GT Team

Patrick Pilet (France)/ Dirk Werner (Germany)/ Frédéric Makowiecki (France)

No. 912 Porsche GT Team

Kévin Estre (France)/ Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium)/ Richard Lietz (Austria)

GTD Class – Three (3) Porsche 911 GT3 R.

No. 28 Alegra Motorsports

Michael Christensen (Denmark)/ Daniel Morad (Canada)/ Michael de Quesada (Tampa, Florida) / Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta, Georgia)

No. 54 CORE autosport

Jon Bennett (Charlotte, North Carolina)/ Colin Braun (Harrisburg, North Carolina)/ Nic Jönsson (Buford, Georgia)

No. 73 Park Place Motorsports

Jörg Bergmeister (Germany)/ Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California)/ Matthew McMurry (Phoenix, Arizona)

IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
Total Car Count: Eight (8) Porsche Motorsport-produced entries will be competing in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Sebring.

GS Class – Eight (8)
GT4 Spec – Three (3) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR
Grandfathered GS Spec – Five (5) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport
No. 4 Team TGM

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR

Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland)/ Hugh Plumb (Unionville, Pennsylvania)

No. 12 Bodymotion Racing

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Cameron Cassels (Canada)/ Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey)

No. 21 Muehlner Motorsports America

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Cameron Lawrence (Windemere, Florida)/ TBD

No. 28 RS1

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR

Dillon Machavern (Burlington, Vermont)/ Dylan Murcott (Ancram, New York)

No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Till Bechtolsheimer (New York City, New York)/ Marc Miller (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

No. 35 CJ Wilson Racing

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Russell Ward (Seabrook, Texas)/ Damien Faulkner (Ireland)

No. 38 BGB Motorsports

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR

James Cox (Nokomis, Florida)/ John Tecce (Gladwyne, Pennsylvania)

No. 46 TeamTGM

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport

Ted Giovanis (Highland, Maryland)/ Guy Cosmo (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)

IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.
Total Car Count: 29 Porsche Motorsport-produced entries will be competing in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

Platinum Class – 19 – 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Gold Class – 10 – 2014 – 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Source. Porsche

Advertisements

Discussion

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Google Translate

Flickr Photos

Mazda MX-5 MAX5 Racing Silverstone 2017 Sportscar Racing News

Sauber Mercedes-Benz C11 Group C Silverstone Classic Media Day 2017 Sportscar Racing News

Ford GT40 Silverstone Classic 2016 Sportscar Racing News

Team Parker Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Carrera Cup GB Media Day Silverstone 2017 Sportcar Racing News

More Photos

Archives

%d bloggers like this: