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Porsche’s Results And Photos From Virginia International Raceway

Porsche attacked Virginia International Raceway with the team’s typical verve, but similar to their efforts at Silverstone in the WEC race, the IMSA teams had an up and down weekend with some good results and some quite poor. In the GT Daytona category, the Wright Motorsports team from central Ohio scored a well-deserved podium position. The factory team again fielded two cars in the GTLM class, one of which finished fifth in class, while the other fell out of the race from the lead with what Porsche is calling a « technical defect ».

The GTD action came hot and fast for the Wright Motorsports team of Christina Nielsen and Patrick Long, and ended with the team scoring their second podium of the season, coming home in second after a frenetic last lap. You can see that drama unfold in the short video below.

 

In the GTLM class, all looked good for the first hour or so, as Porsche fought their way to the front. The #911 car took the start from second on the grid with Patrick Pilet in the car. Near the end of the race’s first hour, Pilet moved into the lead as the formerly leading Ford GT pulled into the paddock behind the wall with a clutch issue. Within minutes, however, Pilet’s car was also failing. He pulled off the track from the lead and watched as his engine burst into flames. Thankfully no one was hurt. The sister car of Bamber and Vanthoor had an incident on the first lap and were awarded a drive through penalty as a result, dropping them immediately to the back. They spent the next two hours and forty minutes trying to recover from that lap one mistake, and could do no better than fifth.

Comments on the race

Steffen Höllwarth (Porsche Program Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship):

“That was a day with more lows than highs. Our number 912 car made contact with another vehicle in the first lap, which resulted in damage to a rim and we had to pull out prematurely. On top of that, there was a drive-through penalty. In the end we finished fifth. We implemented an aggressive strategy to put the 911 amongst the frontrunners. After about an hour there was a technical defect in drive train. But it wasn’t all negative: Our strategies were great, and the team put in perfect pit stops. We’ll be back in full force at Laguna Seca.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912):

“I gained a position right at the start, but then someone hit the rear of my car. We were handed a drive-through penalty and that threw us to the back of the field. Laurens then had to deal with the after-effects of the collision and couldn’t do better than fifth place.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “The engineers put a well set-up car on the track for us today. Everything came together perfectly. I drove economically to conserve fuel so that we could stay out longer. Our strategy worked perfectly, as well, because we were running at the front when we had to retire unfortunately.”

Patrick Long (Porsche 911 GT3 R #58): “At my last pit stop I was lying eighth. I asked my team who else needed to come into the pits before us. They said: nobody. I pulled my seatbelt even tighter than usual and went for it. I’m delighted with second place. We’ve had a somewhat bumpy start to the season, but now we’re on a roll.”

Race Result GTLM class

1. Sims/De Phillippi (GB/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 88 laps
2. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 88 laps
3. Krohn/Edwards (FIN/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 88 laps
4. Hand/Müller (USA/D), Ford GT, 88 laps
5. Vanthoor/Bamber (B/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR, 88 laps
6. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 88 laps
DNF Briscoe/Westbrook (AUS/GB), Ford GT, 42 laps
DNF Tandy/Pilet (GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 40 laps

Race Result GTD class

1. Marcelli/Baumann (CAN/A), Lexus RC F GT3, 86 laps
2. Long/Nielsen (USA/DK), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 86 laps
3. Legge/Farnbacher (GB/D), Acura NSX GT3, 86 laps
4. MacNeil/Jeannette (USA/USA), Ferrari 488 GT3, 86 laps
5. Keating/Bleekemolen (USA/NL), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 86 laps
6. Sellers/Snow (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 86 laps
7. Potter/Lally (USA/USA), Audi R8 LMS GT3, 86 laps
8. Hawksworth/Heinemeier Hansson (GB/DK), Lexus RC F GT3, 86 laps

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Porsche’s Results And Photos From The Six Hours Of Silverstone

Porsche had an extremely up and down day in England on Sunday during the six hours of Silverstone. This race saw a second win in a row for the GTE-Am category Dempsey Proton Racing squad of Matt Campbell, Christian Ried, and Julien Andlauer, as well as an additional 911 RSR in third place on the podium. In the GTE-Pro category, however, the day looked fine and dandy when Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni brought their car to the finish in second place behind the winning Ferrari, but they were disqualified in the post-race tech shed when their ride height was found to be a bit below the allowance. Making up for that car’s exclusion from the race was the consolation prize of Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre being promoted up from their fourth position finish to the final podium spot.

The weather was warm and partly cloudy when the race got underway, and despite the country’s propensity for wet weather, the race managed to stay dry for the full six hours. Estre managed to make a great start from the grid as a crash at the front sidelined many competitors and he took full advantage. The car later fell back a handful of positions with a tire puncture while Christensen was at the wheel. With some good pit strategy the team was able to recover to the front and occasionally grab the lead again. By the end of the race, however, a big battle with the #67 Ford GT ensued. There was a lot of beating and banging between the two cars, and certainly no love lost. The Ford shoved its nose up the back of the Porsche ahead, and while it was attempting to make a pass stick, Estre kept the pressure on and some side-to-side contact was also made. Ultimately, the Ford came out the better of the deal and with just a few laps remaining moved into third (which would later turn into second).

The GTE-Am category was similarly enthralling. The Dempsey Proton crew started the race from second position behind the Project 1 squad of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti. The Project 1 team led the race for over four hours of perfectly timed racing, but an error during a pit stop called for a stop and go penalty that dropped them back to fifth. The team spent the final two hours of the race working their way back up to third for a well-deserved podium. When the Project 1 car fell back, the Dempsey car moved up into the lead and stayed there until the checkered flag fell. It was pretty resoundingly a Porsche-dominated race in the Am class.

Comments on the race

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport):

“Unfortunately we were informed after the race that an irregularity was detected in the ride height. That threw our number 91 car out of the classification and advanced the number 92 car to third place. We’re still leading the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications. Now we need to focus on the next tasks.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): 

“Our race started well and I moved into first place after the start and built up a comfortable lead. Unfortunately, Michael was hampered by tyre problems during his stint. We had to call him in earlier than planned and change our strategy. This enabled the Ferrari to overtake us in the pits. At the end, our tyres weren’t fresh enough to attack again. Still, I’m satisfied with our result.”

Julien Andlauer (Porsche 911 RSR #77):

“In my first stint I didn’t do such a great job – I stressed the tyres a little too much while pursuing the leader. After talking with the engineers my second stint went much better. We definitely had luck on our side when the penalty was handed to our rivals. Still, we were in the right place when it mattered. In the end we performed strongly as a team and can be proud.”

Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #56):

“That was a race with a lot of highs and lows. We held the lead over long stretches, but then came into the pits under safety car conditions. Unfortunately we received a 75-second stop-and-go penalty, which threw us down to fifth place. Luckily I managed to work my way up to third place in the last lap – a conciliatory result for us.”

GTE-Pro class Race result 

1. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 172 laps
2. Priaulx/Tincknell (GB/GB), Ford GT, 172 laps
3.. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 172 laps
4. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 171 laps
5. Tomczyk/Catsburg (D/NL), BMW M8 GTE, 171 laps
6. Mücke/Pla (D/F), Ford GT, 170 laps
7. Rigon/Bird (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 157 laps
8. Sorensen/Thiim (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 155 laps

GTE-Am class Race result

1. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 168 laps
2. Yoluc/Adam/Eastwood (TR/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 168 laps
3. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 168 laps
4. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 168 laps
5. Mok/Sawa/Griffin (MAL/J/IRL), Ferrari 488 GTE, 167 laps
6. Wainwright/Barker/Davison (GB/GB/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 167 laps
7. Ishikawa/Beretta/Cheever (J/MC/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 167 laps
8. Roda/Roda/Cairoli (I/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 167 laps
9. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 158 laps

 
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Does this 944 Deserve to be a Hot Wheels Car?

Back in 1978 Hot Wheels released a 924 in 1:64th scale, as is tradition for them. It had blackwall tires, and the same 5-spoke styled plastic wheels seen on most Hot Wheels of the day. About a decade later Matchbox released a 944 Turbo. I had one, it was green, the Porsche crest was huge across the hood, and the doors opened. It was a neat car. Compared to 911s, transaxle cars have always been thin on the ground in the Die Cast world. Hot Wheels’ latest endeavor, the Legends Tour, invites custom car builders to throw their vehicles into the ring for a chance to become a unique Hot Wheels car. 15 finalists will be chosen to join the Hot Wheels stand at SEMA 2018. In Las Vegas one will ultimately be selected to become an actual Hot Wheels model.

Brian Bergeron’s 944 is not for purists. All that truly remains of the original 1987 Porsche bodywork is the pillars, and every other panel has been modified, replaced, or otherwise altered from Porsche’s original vision. The car is fitted with a 944 Turbo S transaxle, the strongest variant, a blessing because this car is no longer powered by a 140 horsepower 2.5-liter inline-four. Brian performed an LS swap, helping to give the car the grunt to back up the aggressive looks.

Purity notwithstanding, does this 944 have what it takes to be a Hot Wheels car? Hot Wheels’ more bespoke cars have a reputation for true absurdity. From cars like Twin Mill and Deora, the latter was also based on a real custom car, Hot Wheels’ exclusive Die Casts are pretty extreme things, and Brian’s 944 faces some stiff competition from the other finalists.

From a Dodge bus based camper to the craziest Rambler wagon I’ve ever seen, Brian’s car has a tough road ahead of it.

We wish Brian well, though. The world needs more transaxle Porsches in small scale.

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450 ch pour la 911 Project Gold

Porsche 911 Project Gold

À quelques jours de sa présentation programmée pour le 24 août prochain, Porsche dévoile de nouvelles infos de la 911 Project Gold. Nous savions déjà que cette 911 « restomod » serait basée sur la 911 993 Turbo, dernière 911 à être propulsée par un 6 cylindres boxer à refroidissement par air. Nous ne savions pas cependant si cet […]

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Photos espion – La Porsche 718 Boxster Spyder s’élance sur le Nürburgring

La revoici avec une capote rouge sur l’Enfer Vert !

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