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Brumos Racing Sees Positives Despite Tough Run at Barber’s Porsche 250

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The 2013 Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park will be a race long remembered by Brumos Racing — not for their results on the track, but for the opportunity to work with the Racing for Children’s group. Brumos drivers and crew were able to spend time during the week with many of the pediatric hospital’s patients and their families, and Brumos raced in a special livery with handprints of children covering the Brumos #59 Porsche 911 GT3. Although the track at Barber is a challenging one for Porsches, the drivers and crew were determined to give it their all in hopes of repeating last year’s podium finish.

Unfortunately, a repeat podium was not in the cards, as the team suffered a series of setbacks. Limited track time in a weekend shared with the IndyCar Series, combined with cold and rainy pre-race weather, offered little chance to find a workable setup for the warm and sunny race day. Braking problems during qualifying caused a lock up for Andrew Davis that spun him off course, damaging a tire. Unable to make a change, the Brumos #59 was forced to end the session in 12thplace.

Davis fought his way back in his opening stint and was able to gain ground, but braking issues persisted. Leh Keen ran into problems in the closing stint as the brakes locked up again. The resulting tire damage brought him back in to pit for new tires. Given the shortened 2 hour race format, time ran out before Keen could regain position, but he hung on to end the day with a top ten finish.

Andrew Davis described the day as a tough one for Brumos and for Porsches in general, saying, “We just weren’t as competitive as we wanted, with braking issues and a lack of grip, so we struggled to keep pace. I am really proud of the Brumos crew, as always, because they kept fighting. But more importantly, it was a chance for us to help Racing for Children’s. We may have struggled on track, but these kids have struggles far beyond racing and to see that they are still so positive, happy and full of life – they are real fighters. To bring a little joy for the children and their families at this event was really our goal, so despite our problems on track, we felt like we had a successful weekend because we were able to help promote Racing for Children’s.”

For Leh Keen, it was an uphill battle throughout his stint. “In general, we struggled,” he said. “With the rain the past few days and no race morning warm-up because of Indy cars on track, we never got to truly test the car on a dry track. We just didn’t find the right setup and that kind of caught us out there in the end. Barber has always been a tough track for Porsches and that was the case again today, unfortunately, but all in all, we had an amazing weekend. Raising awareness for Children’s of Alabama, having all the kids in our car, driving them around the track, seeing the hospital and spending time with them was really special. Although we didn’t make it to the podium, we do hope we were able to make people aware of the wonderful things they are doing there to save lives.”

Their 10th place finish for the Porsche 250 puts Brumos in 5th place in the Rolex Series GT Team standings. The next race on the schedule will be at Road Atlanta on Saturday, April 20th. Brumos Racing will retain the special Racing for Children’s livery for that race.

Source: Brumos Racing

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Video: 50 years of Porsche in motorsports

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Porsche has been racing longer than most of our readers have been on this planet — no joke.

To refresh your memory, or offer some visual education for you youngsters, Porsche has compiled a 100 second video covering its last 50 years of racing. As expected, there is plenty of eye candy on- and off-road including the Porsche 917, Rothman’s 959 and a late-model GT3 R Hybrid (of which I had the pleasure to drive!). Follow the link, and thank us in the comments.

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Porsche to introduce a new turbocharged flat-4 engine within the year

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Porsche hasn’t built a four-cylinder engine for decades, but our sources at the automaker have hinted that the company is working on a new turbocharged flat-four engine to serve as the brand’s entry-level sports car powerplant. The powerful, yet very fuel efficient, engine is expected to debut within the next year — perhaps as soon as the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

While details about the new boxer powerplant have not been released, the all-aluminum engine is expected to be based on the current 3.8-liter flat-six (shown above) found under the rear decklid of the Carrera S, yet with two of its cylinders lopped off. Fitted with Porsche’s Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), VarioCam Plus and a single turbocharger, the free-revving 2.5-liter flat-four will likely develop upwards of 350 horsepower and 360 pound-feet of torque as it spins towards a 7,500 rpm redline. Expect the engine to be mated to the automaker’s seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) gearbox, with reprogrammed algorithms to make use of the engine’s impressive low-end torque. A traditional six-speed manual gearbox is still under consideration.

The new turbocharged 2.5-liter will find its home in the Boxster and Cayman. Purists need not to worry, as the smaller and lighter engine will be more powerful and more fuel efficient than the current naturally aspirated 2.7-liter flat-six mid-mounted in the Cayman/Boxster (rated at 275 horsepower and 213 pound-feet) and it will even outperform the 3.4-liter flat-six in the Cayman S/Boxster S (rated at 325 horsepower and 273 pound-feet). Expect Porsche’s yet-to-be-announced “Baby Boxster,” an entry-level model due in 2015, to also make use of the powerplant, but without the turbocharger.

Even as Porsche has dug into VW Group’s corporate parts bin for the engine in its Cayenne V6, the oil-burning powerplant under the hood of the new Cayenne Diesel and the 2.0-liter inline-four expected to power its upcoming Macan compact crossover, this all-new engine should remain a Porsche exclusive, much like its current family of flat-six powerplants used in the 911 model range.

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Rallye : Denis Giraudet a remis ça !


 Grand malade devant l’éternel, Denis Giraudet vient d’effectuer un retour gagnant en rallye après son accident de l’an passé en Finlande au côté d’Evgeny Novikov. C’était le week-end dernier, au rallye Grasse Fleurs et Parfum, dans le baquet de droite de Romain Dumas, lequel a mené sa Porsche 997 GT3 jusqu’à la plus haute marche du podium. Denis explique : «Matthieu Baumel, son copilote habituel étant indisponible, Romain m’a appelé. S’agissant d’un rallye asphalte, mon chirurgien m’a autorisé cet extra qui anticipait un peu la date raisonnable pour mon retour. Après neuf mois sans courir, j’appréhendais un peu, mais j’ai vite retrouvé mes marques. La sonorité dans la Porsche était fantastique, Romain est un excellent pilote, ses parents et ses copains à l’assistance étaient super sympas : autant dire que j’ai pris un plaisir fou. Si d’autres occasions similaires se présentent, sachez que je suis désormais bon pour le service ! » Dont acte. (F.Billet)

Longtemps indisponible après sa blessure en Finlande l'an passé, Denis Giraudet a repris du service dans le baquet de droite de la Porsche 997 GT3 de Romain Dumas (photo F.Billet)


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Great Roads: Clarence Drive, South Africa

There are some essential elements to defining a fine drive. A great Tarmac surface, long straights, tight cornering with a well-banked camber, spectacular vistas, and the all-important refreshment stop at the end of the drive.

Clarence Drive fulfils these elements with fervour. Starting in the seaside town of Gordon’s Bay, 60km east of Cape Town, you’re immediately impressed by the rawness of the rugged and rough steep mountain range to the left, rising sharply away from the road. The mountains form part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve where building is prohibited and Fynbos and wildlife abound. To the right the bank falls away to the ragged rocks hugging the False Bay coast and the Atlantic Ocean.

Great Roads: Clarence Drive, South Africa
The R44 is one of South Africa's best drives

The approach to the bumpy bridge over the Steenbras River requires some concentration to avoid that horrific bottoming out sound, but then the road climbs steeply with a nice double lane. Second gear is a good choice at the start of the climb, revving smoothly towards a gentle curve to the left and then the right. A short stone wall lines the road, which is more of a warning than a barrier, so caution is the better part of valour when picking the apex on these bends. Co-drivers need to keep a sharp lookout for baboons not uncommonly strolling across the Tarmac and, across the bay, whales breaching in the sunlight.

Don’t let the panorama obscure one’s driving application, though, as the road quickly runs into two hairpins, which again need second gear and a gentle ease on the power as you leave the second corner. The road then drops down quickly to sea level and speed tends to increase rapidly just as you pass the entrance to Kogel Bay beach and its super surfable waves (water temperature 12 Celsius, though). This is a good spot to kick on a bit and safely pass those annoying caravaners. The 2.5km of straight road is a treat and the GT3 certainly sits flat on this section, with the rear spoiler working overtime.

Next is another sharp incline, straight at first but then a quick turn to the left and then right, with a steep loose rock slope to the left and a sheer cliff to the right. No time to look at the view here as the road banks slightly to the right over a small rise. Too much speed and the car lifts a little, the front wheels feel a little light and its backside sits low. The top of this climb is a good 600 metres up from the crashing waves and the road then snakes gently down the next hill, giving you the time to scan ahead and plan for the next sharp corner taken real slow. In the distance is the next village, Rooi Els, that forms part of the UNESCO world heritage reserve.

When driving at a mature speed it is always prudent to consider other road users and this is especially important on Clarence Drive. The route is frequented by cyclists, motorbikes and other vehicles, and where the road narrows a little alongside the cliffs, sticking to your lane couldn’t be more important.

Approaching Rooi Els, another straight section allows a final gust of the flat six towards the final kilometre of this 20km jaunt. Off to the right is another surfers’ haven, with a lovely warm lagoon welcoming the driver into the quaint little hamlet. A welcome lime and soda refreshes even the harshest thirst before turning around and driving back along the marvellous R44, or carrying on down to Kleinmond, Hermanus and beyond. On the Bihl barometer, this rates 10/10.

Essential info

Location: 60km east of Cape Town, South Africa. 34:20:15.3S/18:50:40.6E

Length of drive: 15 miles

Points of interest: Kogelberg Biosphere; whale watching.

Food and accommodation: Bucaco Sud Guesthouse, www.bucacosud.co.za; Glen Craig Hotel, www.glencraig.co.za; Hook line and sinker, www.hooklineandsinker.co.za.

What’s your favourite 911 drive? Let us know: [email protected]

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