The Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) crossed a finish line during a eight-hour competition on a Laguna Seca Raceway in California after 306 laps. Black Swan Racing fielded a second 911 GT3 R: Works motorist Patrick Long from America assimilated army with his compatriot Tim Pappas and Jeroen Bleekemolen from a Netherlands in a patron competition racer from Weissach and reached a dwindle in tenth place.
The California 8 Hours, hold for a second time given 2017, again served as a deteriorate culmination of a Intercontinental GT Challenge – a array contested on 4 continents. A sum of 32 competition cars including 16 GT3 vehicles headed off on a 3.601-kilometre dune circuit nearby Monterey on Sunday underneath balmy skies. After subordinate on a tenth grid mark on Saturday, Dumas, Makowiecki and Werner put in a flawless and unchanging opening and gained 6 positions in a race. Long, Pappas and Bleekemolen posted a worthy fifth in qualifying, putting a American-Dutch contingent only 0.188-seconds off stick position.
Blck Swan Racing and Wright Motorsports (l-r)
Tenth in a competition put Pappas on second place in a new sequence for Bronze drivers. Black Swan Racing contested all 4 rounds of a deteriorate and scored points any time. The best formula were achieved by Pappas with a former Porsche works motorist and stream Head of Customer Racing Marc Lieb as good as Luca Stolz and Bleekemolen: At a season-opening turn in Bathurst, Australia, a organisation climbed a lectern after scoring third overall.
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “The changes to a setup before to a subordinate didn’t compensate off for a array 911 car, though by a start of a competition a automobile was good again. Unfortunately, a differential emanate done it formidable for us to say a high gait over a whole distance, though interjection to a good plan and good teamwork, we still managed to allege adult a field. For Black Swan Racing, a teenager off done a competition a small some-more difficult, though in this case, too, a outcome was strong: Second in a altogether sequence for gentlemen drivers is a illusory prerogative for 4 intensely tough continuation races around a globe.”
Romain Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “Fourth place was a many we could do today. The automobile rubbed unequivocally good early on in a competition though it unfortunately tailed off towards a end. We gifted a rollercoaster season, and Frédéric, Dirk and we yielded a best outcome in Laguna Seca to interpretation a season. So we’re happy.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “We should be unapproachable since a opening was strong. Had we not suffered a teenager technical hiccup median by a competition we competence have brought home a lectern result. The mechanics, engineers and my teammates all did a good job. It’s been a lot of fun and we wish we get a possibility to expostulate here again subsequent year.”
Dirk Werner (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “On a one hand, we should be happy since we gathering a purify race. And on a other hand, a Porsche was faster in subordinate and eventually we were only one position off claiming a lectern spot. All in all, however, we dull off a good day for Porsche Motorsport: Congratulations to Proton Competition for winning a ELMS pretension this weekend in Portimão. In this respect, a benchmark was, of course, really high for us in California.”
The Intercontinental GT Challenge is a world’s initial racing series, in that vehicles complying with a FIA GT3 regulations make adult a tip class. The array was founded in 2016 by a SRO Motorsports Group underneath Stéphane Ratel. Rather than margin a bureau squad, Porsche supports general patron teams in their debate with a 911 GT3 R by providing works drivers and engineers from Weissach. For any race, a limit of 4 vehicles comparison by a manufacturer are entitled to acquire points. Of these, a dual best-placed vehicles during a finish of a competition are awarded points for a manufacturer’s altogether classification. In a driver’s category, however, a drivers of all cars nominated by a manufacturers are authorised for points.
4 February: Bathurst 12 Hour, Bathurst/Australia
28/29 July: 24 Hours of Spa, Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
26 August: Suzuka 10 Hours, Suzuka/Japan
28 October: California 8 Hours, Monterey/USA
Porsche 911 GT3 R authorised for points during a California 8 Hours:
• #911 (Wright Motorsports)
• #54 (Black Swan Racing)