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Porsche 911 RSR Wins Long Beach IMSA Race

 

In just the third round of IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Porsche’s 911 RSR team has grabbed three pole positions and two race victories in the GTLM category this season. It would be difficult for the team to be starting the season from any better position, as they now lead the points championship in the fierce category of sports cars. This weekend’s race at Long Beach was an incredible spectacle for all of the fans to see take place on track, and Porsche worked the strategy and speed inherent in the cars to lead nearly from start to finish. Both cars suffered from rear diffuser and underbody floor damage during the course of the race. This caused the Polesitting #911 car of Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy to drop back to fifth in the race, while the #912 of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor overcame adversity to take a dominant win.

In stark contrast to the two previous races this season, the 24 hours of Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring, the Long Beach race was a simple 100 minute sprint. Nick Tandy got away to an excellent start, pulling Vanthoor with him in second place as they split apart from the pack. A safety car shortly before the halfway point of the race saw that advantage disappear, and the two 911s fell back to second and third after the restart when a Ford GT edged by into the lead. Shortly after the restart Bamber (taking over for Vanthoor) put an excellent pass on his teammate Pilet for second place, and a few laps later made this pass for the lead of the race.

 

Possibly because of contact or the bumpy nature of the street course, both Porsche undertrays started to fall apart after the halfway point. Luckily, up front, the leading Porsche had stretched out enough of a gap to maintain that while everyone behind fell into fuel saving mode to make it home without issues. Symptoms on the #911 car showed up earlier in the race, and as a result it was swamped by both Corvettes and a Ford GT. The Ford didn’t make it back to the flag, as it ran out of fuel at turn 8 and the stumble caused the head Corvette to shove it from behind into a wall. Because the #912 had been passed by the leading prototypes one time more than the Ford had when they got to the finish line, it was still awarded 5th.

Comments on the race
Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “What a thriller! At first everything ran according to plan. We defended the first two positions and managed to eke out an advantage. Ford gambled on the strategy and hoped for a safety car phase – which then eventuated. They took the lead. But our No. 912 car reclaimed the lead and brought it home. The sister car could no longer match the pace on the second set of tyres. We have to take a look at why. Last year Earl and Laurens retired while in the lead, now they’ve made up for that with this victory.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “That was a really crazy race. Laurens kept our car on P2 at the start. At one point someone hit the rear of the car and we sustained some damage that was worrying. After the pit stop I was running in third. I then overtook Patrick and the leading Ford shortly afterwards. After that it was all about somehow getting the car to the finish. I prayed that the diffuser wouldn’t fall off. It didn’t – I’m pleased!”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Nick got away well at the start and managed to easily retain his lead. We experienced a little bad luck with the safety car and lost the top spot during the pit stop. During my stint I had difficulties with the tyres. Everything was perfect in qualifying, but not in the race. I’m thrilled for my victorious colleagues who put in an exceptional drive despite the defect diffuser. The overall result is good for Porsche’s position in the manufacturers’ classification.”

Race result
GTLM class
1. Bamber/Vanthoor (NZ/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 72 laps 
2. Garcia/Magnussen (E/DK), Corvette C7.R, 72 laps
3. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Corvette C7.R, 72 laps
5. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 71 laps

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’73 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7… Du outlaw Matching Number !

Rassurez vous, je ne vais pas vous rejouer le refrain de la 911 Carrera RS 2.7, soit vous cliquer sur le lien, soit vous rodez un peu la fonction recherche. Par contre celle dont je vais vous parler, elle est unique… faite sur mesure. Mais pas de outlaw, ni de prépa en mode barbare. Non, […]

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Porsche Celebrates 50 Winning Years Of 917 History With A Special Museum Exhibition


Starting in mid May, and running through September, the Porsche Museum will host an exhibit to honor the 50th anniversary of the 917. The exhibit will be named « Colours of Speed — 50 Years of the 917 ». As part of that exhibit, Porsche will be rolling out a never-before-seen 917 concept study (above) to commemorate the history of the Le Mans champ.

The red and white show car was obviously made as an homage to the Salzberg livery, which won Le Mans overall in 1970. This is specifically a piece of art, and does not have a drivetrain or interior, but it’s quite clearly based on 918 Spyder cues, like the center-lock wheels. It’s a great combination of old and new, and would be absolutely awesome to see in person to go over those smooth lines. With the FIA WEC converting to a « supercar » standard next year, it would be totally cool to see this thing revived as a race car, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

The Porsche museum had some seriously cool 917s on display when we were there in December, but they will have a total of ten models on display for the anniversary exhibit, which is more than I’ve ever seen in one place before. The museum claims that the ten Porsches together combine for nearly 7800 horsepower of output, which is seriously awesome.

If you’re a big 917 fan, maybe you should plan a trip to Germany for the exhibit. It runs from From 14 May to 15 September 2019 in Stuttgart. Get there.


 

 
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Porsche Sends Off The GT3R In Style With A Win At The Bathurst 12 Hour

This weekend marked the final race ever for factory-supported 911 GT3Rs, and the first win for Porsche at the Bathurst 12 Hour. In winning the Bathurst 12, Porsche is on track for an incredible Intercontinental GT Challenge season. Factory racer Dirk Werner partnered with a pair of Porsche Young Professionals to take the win, Aussie Matt Campbell and Norwegian Dennis Olsen. The trio raced for EMB, a brand new team owned by factory racer and Le Mans winner Earl Bamber. The team performed well all day, but it was Matt Campbell’s astonishing and heroic final stint that really punctuated the race and brought home the trophy. Campbell moved from fourth to the lead in the final half-hour on fresh tires, and it was an absolute masterclass.

The other EMB car, driven by Romain Dumas, Sven Muller, and Mathieu Jaminet, was within sight of joining its sister car on the podium, running at the front for long periods. With three hours to go in the race, however, the car suffered a power steering failure and was forced to come into the pits for lengthy repair, ultimately retiring.

In the Class B for Porsche GT3 Cup racers, Grove Racing took a comfortable lights-to-flag victory. Ben Barker partnered with the father-son team Stephen and Brenton Grove to win ahead of the Carrera Cup Asia squad.

In order to get a feel for just how impressive Campbell’s drive was in the final hour, you simply must watch it.

The old-spec GT3 R has been quite the successful unit for Porsche, as it took an overall victory at the Nurburgring 24-hour, as well as a handful of international championships. It served well, and was relatively easy for privateers and gentleman drivers to learn and get up to speed. The new GT3 R made its debut at Daytona last weekend for the 24 Hour, but have not quite yet been delivered down under. The new GT3 R will have its time to shine in the Intercontinental GT Challenge from the next round at Laguna Seca for the California 8 Hour on March 31st.

Comments on the race
Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “What a banner day for Porsche Motorsport. Congratulations to all drivers and particularly to the team principal, Earl Bamber, who has impressed me greatly with his fortitude and meticulousness over the years. Earl is not only a world-class racing driver, he’s also a top team boss. He underlined this today. It’s perfect that the fledgling EMB team has handed us the first victory at Bathurst at the swan song of the Porsche 911 GT3 R after three very successful years. Now we are looking forward to the second race of the season at Laguna Seca. We aim to bring home the next win with the new car.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “We still had some unfinished business at Bathurst, and now it’s settled. For our proven Porsche 911 GT3 R to win at its last major race, we couldn’t have dreamed for a more wonderful finish. I take my hat off to our drivers, who had to fight in sweltering heat. And we mustn’t forget the customer team Earl Bamber Motorsport. This was the first race at this level for EBM, they tackled it with a top-class, experienced crew and promptly won. This could be the first chapter of an epic story. We look forward to further joint outings. Now we’re looking ahead and preparing ourselves for the next two big events for Porsche Motorsport: the doubleheader in Sebring with the WEC and IMSA and the next round of the IGTC in Laguna Seca.”

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “This finale was breathtaking. We focussed our entire race strategy on this last stint. The team prepared for it perfectly, and the drivers implemented it perfectly. At the end we fitted fresh tyres, filled the tank and put Matt Campbell in the car – then full attack to the finish line. This victory at the last big race is a fair reward for the very successful Porsche 911 GT3 R. Such a farewell before the car heads into the Museum rounds off the success story perfectly. The EBM team did a sensational job, as well. The squad was put together at short notice with unflagging commitment and great meticulousness. The fact that they promptly scored a victory is phenomenal and a consequence of the professional work.”

Earl Bamber (Team Principal EBM): “We only began putting the team together at the beginning of December. Since then we’ve invested a huge amount of work into this project – not just me, but my brother Will and many other supporters, as well. Our goal was to be able to offer the drivers two equal cars at the very highest level. We succeeded. The No. 911 led over long stretches but then fell back. But we had a second iron in the fire. The No. 912 stepped up to the mark. What Matt achieved in his last stint is film worthy. The fact that we now send this car into the Museum with a victory makes it all the more emotional. I’m completely over the moon.”

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 GT3 R #912): “I knew without doubt in the finale where the strengths of our car lay – and I then used them consequently. I eyed up my competitors, I made my overtaking moves resolutely and never backed off. That was an important key to this victory and I’m overjoyed. Bathurst is a legendary race, and it’s my home race. It was the first GT3 race for Earl Bamber’s team. To win at the first outing and in this manner is simply brilliant.”

Dirk Werner (Porsche 911 GT3 R #912): “This is a great victory. I’ve waited a long time for such a success at a major race. There are so many special stories from this race. It was the maiden GT3 race for Earl’s team, it was the last race for the Porsche 911 GT3 R and not least there was Matt Campbell’s performance, he really turned up the heat at the end. It was an incredible achievement from everyone involved. I’m absolutely thrilled.”

Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #912): “Incredible! That one word actually sums it all up. We all worked hard for this win. Ultimately, it was about Matt’s performance in the final stint. How he fought for the lead was nothing less than amazing. I still can’t quite put my feelings into words. I guess it first has to all sink in.”

Romain Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “We were fast, constant and strategically well positioned with our Porsche 911 GT3 R. I drove a double stint early this morning with one set of tyres. That would have given us the benefit of fresh tyres at the end. Unfortunately we couldn’t reap the rewards of the entire team’s hard work. The fact that something breaks at such a gruelling long distance race is simply part of racing. You can’t do anything about that.”

Brenton Grove (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #4): “We did a flawless job. There’s not one scratch on our car after twelve hours of racing. And that’s exactly what makes the difference in this race. We were totally concentrated, we simply let the heavy GT3 traffic go, and got the most of our car in the gaps that appeared. That’s how you score a class win at Bathurst.”

Race result
1. Werner/Olsen/Campbell, Porsche 911 GT3 R #912, 312 laps
2. Dennis/Vaxiviere/Kirchhöfer, Aston Martin #62, 312 laps
3. Buhk/Marciello/Götz, Mercedes #999, 312 laps
16. Grove/Grove/Barker, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #4, 299 laps
19. Tresidder/v.d. Drift/ Bao/Hamprecht, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #23, 279 laps
DNF Dumas/Müller/Jaminet, Porsche 911 GT3 R #911, 234 laps
DNF Studderd/Fillmore/Muscat, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #43, 134 laps
DNF Estre/Evans/Calvert-Jones, Porsche 911 GT3 R #12, 37 laps

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Je reconnais que plus les missiles du Hillclimb sont particuliers ou du moins sortis de leur contexte (Style Lada, Fiat 500 ou Peugeot 3008 par exemple), plus ils sont impressionnants et hallucinants. Mais parfois, avec un missile classique, ça marche aussi… surtout quand il est souffle comme une tornade ! Et dans l’genre, cette Porsche […]

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