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IMSA – Porsche remporte tous les titres lors de la finale de la saison 2019 au Petit Le Mans

La Porsche GT Team a conclu la saison du championnat IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar en remportant les titres constructeur, pilote et équipe. Lors de la dernière manche de la saison à Road Atlanta (États-Unis), les deux Porsche 911 RSR arborant les couleurs Coca-Cola se sont classées 5e et 6e. Cette course a marqué la 50e et …

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Une Porsche 911 RSR au design Coca-Cola au Petit Le Mans 2019

A l’occasion de la dernière manche du championnat IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar – le Petit Le Mans – le 12 octobre 2019 à Road Atlanta (États-Unis) et afin de célébrer les 50 ans de l’IMSA, Porsche engage une Porsche 911 RSR d’usine avec une livrée Coca-Cola. Une livrée spéciale Coca-Cola Pour les 10 heures du …

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Une nouvelle livrée hommage pour les Porsche 911 RSR en finale de l’IMSA

Après avoir porté haut les couleurs de “Pink Pig”, jusqu’à la victoire en GTE Pro aux 24 Heures du Mans 2018, redonné vie au Brumos Racing via les bandes rouges et bleues caractéristiques de l’écurie américaine ou encore ressuscité la déco Mobil 1 des 911 GT1 de la fin des années 1990, la Porsche 911 RSR ajoute une nouvelle parure historique à sa panoplie.

 
Porsche 911 RSR Mobil 1

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Célébrant à sa manière les 50 ans de l’IMSA, le coupé de Weissach arborera cette fois une livrée Coca-Cola lors de la finale 2019 du WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Des lettres blanches sur fond rouge qui évoquent celles dont étaient recouvertes les voitures du Bob Akin Motor Racing dans les années 1980.

Après l’impressionnante 935, notamment détentrice d’un podium aux 24 Heures de Daytona en 1982, la 962 ainsi bariolée aura particulièrement marqué les esprits avec une victoire au 12 Heures de Sebring en 1986. Le patron d’écurie-pilote Bob Akin était alors accompagné de Hans-Joachim Stuck et Jo Gartner.

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Porsche’s Coca Cola Classic Liveries Return Petit Le Mans

While not as iconic as the Gulf-liveried 917, the Coca-Cola cars from the 1980s tug at the heartstrings of the dedicated Porschephile. As a part At this year’s final round of the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship at Road America, Porsche’s works 911 RSRs will wear that classic red and white livery made famous though IMSA GTP roughly thirty years ago. Coca-Cola’s headquarters are located in Atlanta, as are Porsche North America, so bringing back some of motorsport history for Petit Le Mans.

“The anniversary season for IMSA comes to an end with a big highlight. It’s fantastic that two such strong brands like Porsche and Coca Cola are working together. We definitely want to continue our shared success story that began in the 1980s. It would be a dream come true if we could secure the title with a top result – especially considering that it will be the last race outing for this version of the Porsche 911 RSR in the IMSA series,” says Pascal Zurlinden, Porsche’s Director of Factory Motorsports.

In the early eighties, Bob Akin’s red and white 935 was a regular front-runner with multiple podiums. Though never winning a race, their consistency was enough to win the IMSA GTP class in 1983. The following year, the same team returned with a 962 decked out in that iconic livery.

The Bob Akin Porsche on its way to victory at the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring.

After so many attempts in the fiercely contested category, Akin finally enjoyed victory in one of his Coke-liveried cars in 1986. Along with Hans Stuck Jr. and Jo Gartner, Akin secured the win 1986’s 12 Hours of Sebring. However, the brilliant red scheme was associated with success long before Akin stood on the top step of the podium.

As this year’s Petit Le Mans is the last race the current iteration of the Porsche 911 RSR is participating in, there’s a fair amount of pressure to do well. With Porsche’s factory team entering the Porsche tackles the season finale as the leader of the manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications, it would be a special sendoff if their Coke-liveried RSR, covered in confetti, clinches the win.

The stylish livery looks refreshingly simplistic.

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Porsche’s Results And Pictures From Petit Le Mans

This weekend marked the final round of the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta’s famed Petit Le Mans. The ten-hour race in northern Georgia was bound to be a tough one from the start, but Porsche was more than ready for the challenge. The mid-engine 911 RSR competitors donned a throwback livery in the form of 1998’s Le Mans-winning 911 GT1 with Mobil oils white, blue, and red. Both cars looked spectacular as the green flag flew, and they were both incredibly quick. The team ran a largely flawless race, and managed to take the victory they so desperately wanted, their third win of the season.

The #911 car was the one to cross the finish line first in the GTLM class, having run into almost no issues all race long. This is the age-old Porsche strategy of running consistently quick lap times while staying out of the pits as much as possible to place higher. It worked at Le Mans, and it worked at Petit Le Mans. Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, and Fred Mako put in an incredible effort to win over the competitive GTLM field with BMW, Ferrari, Ford, and Corvette doing everything they can to win themselves. With about three hours remaining on the race clock, Mako moved the #911 into the lead of the class, and maintained that lead through his stint. He then handed off to Tandy, who brought the car home in the lead with a margin of over 11 seconds.

Meanwhile, the #912 team car of Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, and Mathieu Jaminet spent much of the opening few stints at the front of the pack as well, despite having slowed for a punctured tire early on in the endurance race. A mistake, which incurred a drive-through penalty, cost the team any shot, however. Losing that time in the pits was too insurmountable to make back up, and they ultimately finished down in 6th, one minute behind the winning sister car.

In GTD, Porsche’s Wright Motorsports team suffered similar to the #912, having run up front early, but falling out with a drive-through penalty. Patrick Long, Christina Nielsen, and Robert Renauer put in as strong a drive as a trio can, but could do no better than just off the podium in fourth, one lap down. Meanwhile, the Park Place Motorsports car retired before the end of the race.

Comments on the race

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars):

“Our strategy worked perfectly. Right from the start, we focused on having a car at the end of the race that was very fast in cool conditions. Patrick laid the foundations for this success with a strong double stint. Nick and Fred then brought it home. But you need the right tactic, too, and that worked perfectly. Petit Le Mans was a huge race. This victory fits perfectly with the successes that came just in time for Porsche’s 70th anniversary. If someone had written a film script for such a scenario, no one would have believed it to be real. But it worked and that’s just terrific!”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport):

“It was a gripping race with highs and lows. Minor errors on the racetrack cost us some time, but with perfect strategies and tyre choices we made it to the front of the field. After victories in Sebring and at Le Mans and now Petit Le Mans – the entire team simply did a perfect job, and today we extended the contract with the squad for another three years. Now we’ll prepare for next season.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911):

“Such moments underline why we systematically work together as a unit throughout the year. In such races you’re rewarded for this. We always believed we could win. When Nick climbed into the car for the final stints, I said to him: “Do it like at the Nürburgring. Go flat out and give it all you’ve got.” That’s exactly what he did. Everything came together. I’m incredibly proud of the whole team. To score so many victories at major races in one season is simply a dream.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912):

“This race actually went like the second half of the season: We had every chance to win, but we walked away empty handed. Congratulations to our teammates in the 911. It was a tremendous achievement for Patrick, Nick and Fred.”

Race results

GTLM class
1. Tandy/Pilet/Makowiecki (GB/F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 419 laps
2. Milner/Gavin/Fässler (USA/GB/CH), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 419 laps
3. Krohn/Edwards/Mostert (FIN/USA/AUS), BMW M8 GTE, 419 laps
4. Sims/De Phillippi/Auberlen (GB/USA/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 419 laps
5. Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon (AUS/GB/USA), Ford GT, 419 laps
6. Vanthoor/Bamber/Jaminet (B/NZ/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 419 laps
7. Hand/Müller/Bourdais (USA/D/F), Ford GT, 418 laps
8. Magnussen/Garcia/Fässler (DK/E/CH), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 417 laps
9. Vilander/Molina/Bertolini (FIN/E/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 416 laps

GTD class
1. MacNeil/Serra/Jeannette (USA/BRA/USA), Ferrari 488 GT3, 407 laps
2. Legge/Parente/Hindman (GB/P/USA), Acura NSX GT3, 407 laps
3.Sellers/Snow/Lewis (USA/USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 406 laps
4. Long/Nielsen/Renauer (USA/DK/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 406 laps
13. Henzler/Pumpelly/Pappas (D/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 122 laps

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