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Porsche Nabbed The GTD And GTLM Pole Position For The 2020 Daytona 24

Qualifying for the Rolex 24 At Daytona went very well for Porsche Thursday afternoon, as the factory-entered 911 RSR of Nick Tandy, Fred Makowiecki, and Matt Campbell will start from pole in the GTLM class with the sister car of Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, and Mathieu Jaminet starting in second place. Further proving Porsche’s greatness, the Canadian plaid team of Pfaff Motorsports took pole position in the GTD category. The GTD category is a tough one with factory support from a bunch of different manufacturers, so drivers Zacharie Robichon, Lars Kern, Patrick Pilet, and Dennis Olsen will have their collective work cut out for them.

Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor did qualifying work for the Porsche GTLM team, and they swapped places at the top of the time sheets a few times before settling into the spots they have. In the end, Tandy snatched pole position with a time of 1:42.207 minutes ahead of Vanthoor, thus beating his own GTLM-class qualifying record, which he set at Daytona in 2019. The pair of Porsches are just a few fractions of a second quicker than the new Chevrolet Corvette C8.Rs, so this should be a good fun battle across 24 hours.

Zach Robichon was at the wheel for GTD qualifying where he turned the fasted lap in his GT3 R with a time of 1:45.237 minutes. Not only did the Canadian achieve pole position for his Pfaff Motorsports team with this result, he also set the fastest time ever in a GTD-class qualifying at Daytona. The other Porsche team, Wright Motorsports qualified tenth in an 18 car GTD grid, while the Black Swan Racing Porsche suffered a heavy impact in a wet free practice and could not take part in the qualifying session, meaning that team will start from the back of the grid.

The 24-hour Daytona classic gets underway on Saturday, 25 January, at 1:35pm local time (7:35pm CET) and can be viewed live outside the USA and Canada on www.imsa.com.

Qualifying quotes

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “We couldn’t have asked for a better qualifying result. Both of our vehicles are on the front grid row of the GTLM class. At its North American premiere, the new Porsche 911 RSR has underlined the great performance potential that we’ve already seen in the FIA WEC. The teams and drivers made perfect use of this potential and performed flawlessly. In the GTD class, a customer team starts from pole position, as well. It was here at last year’s Daytona race that the new Porsche 911 GT3 R celebrated its premiere. We’re ready to tackle the 24-hour classic.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “What a dream start into the IMSA season with the new Porsche 911 RSR. Positions one and two – a perfect qualifying result for the team. Still, the points have to be won in the race and we still have to work hard towards this. We haven’t won the GTLM class since 2014. We want to change that on Sunday.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “The duel I had with Nick was close and tough. I don’t like to lose, but Nick was slightly better today. Still, there’s no reason to complain. Both 911 RSR on the front row and the car was incredible to drive.”

Zach Robichon (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “The car was really strong in qualifying. Despite not having a lot of grip in the free practice sessions, we didn’t change anything and simply trusted the setup we’d tested at the Roar. The plan worked. The car already felt great in the out lap, and I knew that it might work. I’m very proud, and I’m pleased for Porsche and the team to have claimed pole position here at Daytona. Although the race is long and a lot can happen, things look very good.”

Qualifying result
GTLM class
1. Tandy/Makowiecki/Campbell (GB/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:42.207 minutes
2. Vanthoor/Bamber/Jaminet (B/NZ/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.049 seconds
3. Garcia/Taylor/Catsburg (E/USA/NL), Corvette C8.R, + 0.338 seconds
4. Gavin/Milner/Fässler (GB/USA/CH), Corvette C8.R, + 0.594 seconds
5. De Phillippi/Eng/Spengler/Herta (USA/A/CDN/USA), BMW M8 GTE, + 0.734 seconds

GTD class
1. Olsen/Robichon/Kern/Pilet (N/CDN/D/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 1:45.237 minutes
2. MacNeil/Vilander/Westphal/Balzan (USA/FIN/USA/I), Ferrari 488 GT3, + 0.476 seconds
3. Parente/Goikhberg/Hindman/Allmendinger (P/RUS/USA/USA), Acura NSX GT3, + 0.600 seconds
10. Hardwick/Long/Imperato/Bachler (USA/USA/USA/A) Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 1.248 seconds


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Porsche 935… Full carbone !

Coup de tonnerre à Laguna Seca en 2018. Porsche organise sa « Rennsport Reunion », et souffle ses 70 bougies. Pour l’occasion, la marque rassemble tous les modèles routiers et de course, les plus emblématiques. Mais la plus grosse surprise vient de la présentation d’une version moderne de la Porsche 935, exclusivement réservée au circuit… 77 modèles […]


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24H Daytona 2020 – Première course de la Porsche 911 RSR aux États-Unis

Lors de la manche d’ouverture de la saison du championnat IMSA SportsCar, la nouvelle Porsche 911 RSR s’aligne pour la première fois en Amérique du Nord pour les 24 Heures de Daytona qui se tiendront du 25 au 26 janvier 2020 en Floride. En Floride, deux voitures de course GT de génération 2019 seront alignées …


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992 Carrera S Versus Cayman GT4: Which Would You Take?

Dan Prosser might be one of the best spoken and most technically savvy journalists in the biz, and he can drive as well as any of them. He doesn’t begin this particular video with a very intriguing premise, however, since we can easily surmise the 992 Carrera is the better everyday car, and the Cayman GT4 is a wildchild for the weekend. When the two are priced so similarly, we need to do some real thinking about which is the better buy.

Of course, the Cayman the machine which involves—and as a result, demands—more. We could all guess that. Fortunately, Prosser’s feel and technical expertise helps shed some light on a surprising aspect of the Cayman which might sway someone deciding between the two. For something sporting a GT badge and that purposeful bodywork, it’s sweet; the Cayman won’t snot out of its driver on bumpy backroads.

In a depressing English downpour, the GT4’s Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires fare well, though they might not be in their ideal element. The suppleness of the chassis, the directness of the steering, and the linear power delivery make it a wieldable machine in inclement weather. Many might think pushing a GT4 in the rain would mean a trip into a ditch, but the car is surprisingly well-mannered.

The Cayman’s focused character is tempered with enough civility to be a good all-rounder.

So is the 992. With its opulent, spacious, supremely civilized interior, is able to blend everyday driving and spirited driving a bit better than its slimmer, adrenaline-addled sibling, but it’s no pudgy cruiser. It’s very quick, great over bad roads, and because of its slightly less focused character, it’s a « more natural, more intuitive sports car [than the Carrera S]. » A benign character is a good thing for a everyday driver, but is that what drives people to buy a sporty Porsche?

There’s no denying the Carrera’s distinguished presence.

Ultimately, these two are still sports cars, and should be judged as such. You have to ask why one would buy a sports car if it weren’t stimulating, especially if it can manage the mundane driving reasonably well. The Cayman’s sharper edges make driving it that much more of an event, and yet, it’s not so harsh that it can’t handle everyday driving. If it were my money, I’d put it on the screaming yellow thing—but maybe I’d paint it a quieter shade of green.

Though Prosser’s impressed with the Carrera’s competence, it’s in the Cayman he grins more.


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New Porsche 911 RSR celebrates race debut in North America

At the season-opening round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship the new Porsche 911 RSR lines up on the grid for the first time in North America to tackle the 24 Hours of Daytona (25/26 January).


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