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Nouveaux designs des Porsche 911 RSR pour les 24 Heures du Mans 2019

La Porsche GT Team alignera sur la grille de départ des 24 heures du Mans des voitures de course avec des décorations spéciales. Des décalcomanies distinctives seront apposées sur les deux Porsche 911 RSR de 510 ch portant les numéros 91 et 92 en championnat FIA WEC pour honorer un premier titre de champion du …

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Two Days, Three Wins: Porsche Wins IMSA’s 12 Hours of Sebring

Two victories were not enough for Porsche this weekend. Porsche followed Friday’s dual WEC wins at Sebring with a win in Saturday’s IMSA event. Following a hard-fought 12-hour race where the team yo-yo’d from first to last and back, Tandy, Pilet and Makowiecki (#911) crossed the finish line just under two seconds ahead of the second-place Ford GT. In the current hotly-contended GTLM environment, with intense competition from Ford, Chevrolet, and BMW, this achievement is nothing short of remarkable, and indicative of Porsche’s exemplary strategy and driver team. This victory is the first time in IMSA history the same driver team has won Sebring in consecutive years. The #912 sister car of Bamber, Vanthoor, and Jaminet finished the race in fifth.

Even Porsche’s seasoned Vice President of Motorsport Fritz Enzinger was awed by his teams’ performances:

“I’ve been in motorsport for a long time, but I’ve never experienced anything like this. Within 48 hours we won a 1,000-mile race and a twelve-hour race with our factory teams at one venue. That’s phenomenal. I was impressed by how focussed every single person worked. That’s what sets Porsche apart. And we mustn’t forget the successful performances from our customer teams. It was one of the best motor racing weekends I’ve ever experienced – just brilliant.”

Qualifying

Porsche’s success in the IMSA event began in qualifying, with the Brumos-liveried #911 and #912 dominating the front row. Pilet and Vanthoor posted the fastest lap times in qualifying for the second round of the 2019 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship. This is the first time two 911 RSRs have started on the first row at Sebring.

Pilet took advantage of his fresh tires on his first fast lap, posting top times in all sectors of the course. In the #912 car, Laurens Vanthoor was slightly off the pace during his first fast lap, but qualified in second following his second fast lap. The pair qualified 0.143 seconds apart, with the top three qualifiers being separated by approximately 0.25 seconds.

For the stats hungry, we do have a unique opportunity to compare the qualifying results of Porsche’s IMSA and WEC entrants on the same track within a short span. Patrick Pilet’s 1:55.89 second best lap bested Christensen’s 1:57.384 fastest lap by about 1.5 seconds, with even the slower of the two IMSA cars out-qualifying the top WEC car.

In the GTD class, Zacahrie Robichon qualified third in the Pfaff Motorsports 911 GT3 R, which he shares with Lars Kern and Scott Hargrove. Nicholas Boulle, sharing driving duties in the Park Place Motorsports 911R with Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey, qualified 14th.

Race Report

Where the previous day’s WEC event ended in rain, the IMSA event began with a downpour. Not only was grip compromised, but visibility was limited by torrential Florida rain. Early race conditions saw the top-qualifying RSRs lose positions until conditions improved around the six-hour mark. The #911 car ultimately falling to last place in class, before a combination of a top-notch driver team, effective pit strategy, and sheer gumption saw the car return to the lead.

The reigning GTLM champions, the #3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen attempted a bold fuel strategy in the race’s closing phases, only to be counteracted by a lengthy late-race caution. Denying the Corvette any opportunity to climb the grid in the race’s final laps.

Over the latter half of the race the #911 car clawed its lead back, with Tandy ultimately crossing the line 1.951 seconds ahead of the second place Ford GT. The #912 car finished two laps down in fifth position. Following Sebring Tandy, Pilet and Makowiecki now lead the IMSA driver standings. Per Patrick Pilet:

“It somehow feels unreal. We started from pole position, and then we were running last, and now we celebrate our second Sebring victory in a row – unbelievable! Our team is simply something very special. We never gave up, we always believed that we had a chance and now we’re standing here as winners. It’s indescribable.”

The Pfaff Motorsports GT3 R led the GTD field for about half of the race. A lengthy pit stop due to a faulty sensor placed the #73 car in the pits for an extended period, ultimately losing the lead and resulting in a 10th place finish. The Park Place Motorsports entry driven by Long, Boulle, and Lindsey ran a very strong race, climbing from their 14th place qualifying position to a 6th place finish.

Perhaps Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport, summed up this weekend best:

“Perhaps we should rename the event the “Porsche Super Sebring” race weekend. Three pole positions, three victories – what more could you want. Our team did everything right. Ultimately, when things went down to the wire, we were there. The key moment was when we reclaimed the lead after a perfectly timed pit stop. Our strategy was to wait and strike at the right moment. Now it’s time to celebrate!”

Results

GTLM class
1. Pilet/Tandy/Makowiecki (F/GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 330 laps
2. Hand/Müller/Bourdais (USA/D/F), Ford GT, 330 laps
3. Garcia/Magnussen/Rockenfeller (E/DK/D), Corvette C7.R, 330 laps
5. Bamber/Vanthoor/Jaminet (NZ/B/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 330 laps

GTD class
1. Ineichen/Bortolotti/Breukers (CH/I/NL), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 320 laps
2. Potter/Lally/Pumpelly (USA/USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 320 laps
3. MacNeil/Vilander/Westphal (USA/FIN/USA), Ferrari 488 GT3, 320 laps
6. Long/Lindsey/Boulle (USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 320 laps
10. Kern/Robichon/Hargrove (D/CDN/CDN), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 318 laps

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Porsche Flies Brumos Colors At Daytona and Sebring

We are loving these throwback liveries. Porsche’s modern liveries are rather understated; the typical black, red, and white schemes used today are far less vivid than schemes of the past. Porsche began using throwback liveries on the 911 RSR last year, with the Truffle Hunter and Rothmans schemes debuting at Le Mans. For Petit Le Mans in October, the throwback liveries came from the brand’s 1990s GT1 effort. Now, for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona and the upcoming 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche is sporting the livery of some American Porsche legends: Brumos.

The Legend of Brumos

With four victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Brumos Porsche was one of the most successful teams in the history of the event. The team’s first wins came in 1973 and 1975 with Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg with a 911 RSR. In 1978 Gregg won the event again, this time alongside Rolf Stommelein and Toine Hezemans in a 935/77. The team’s final Daytona win came in 2009 with a Porsche-powered Riley.

Three-time Le Mans winner, Brumos driver, and all-around Porsche legend Hurley Haywood remains a Porsche brand ambassador to this day. In Mr. Haywood’s words; “Brumos was a real icon in motor racing thanks to its many successes. The name was known around the world,” says Haywood. “No matter if we competed in Porsche sports cars or Daytona Prototypes with Porsche engines, Brumos was always one of the premier teams.”

With 48 IMSA wins and no less than 15 championships, the team’s red, white, and blue scheme has been a symbol of success for decades. The most recent title came in 2011 with Andrew Davis and Leh Keen in a 911 GT3. Brumos’ racing operations initially ceased in 2013, and following Daytona and Sebring in 2015, Brumos’ racing operation closed for good.

The two RSRs entered in the Sebring and Daytona races will carry numbers 911 and 912, carried over from last year. Car #911 will be piloted by Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, and Frederic Makowiecki, and #912 will be driven by Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, and Mathieu Jaminet.

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Des Porsche 911 RSR aux couleurs de Brumos Racing à Daytona et Sebring

L’équipe Porsche GT envoie ses deux 911 RSR participer cette année aux 24 Heures de Daytona et aux 12 Heures de Sebring, avec un design légendaire. Les voitures de course de Weissach développant 510 ch arboreront les couleurs de la brillante équipe Brumos lors des deux courses les plus longues de la saison. L’équipe de Jacksonville …

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Porsche flies the Brumos Racing colours at Daytona and Sebring

The Porsche GT Team sends its two 911 RSR to contest this year’s 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring sporting a legendary design: The sports cars from Weissach will fly the colours of the successful Brumos team at the two longest races of the season.

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