IMSA: Porsche wins all titles during a Petit Le Mans deteriorate finale


This foe noted a 50th and final bureau tour for a successful GT automobile from Stuttgart, that won 6 of a eleven rounds on a 2019 IMSA calendar. The Porsche works drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) have been crowned a drivers’ champions, with a group pretension going to a patrol campaigning a No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR. In a GTD class, a Pfaff Motorsports patron group achieved a lectern outcome with a No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

The ten-hour Petit Le Mans foe in a US state of Georgia was renowned by a unchanging lapping manoeuvres. With 34 vehicles competing on a 3.6-kilometre circuit, a sequence was quick established. When a reserve automobile was deployed for a final time shortly before a finish, a gaps shrunk. In a indirect 25-minute sprint, Bamber battled valiantly to bind a lectern spot, though was incompetent to do softened than fifth place in a extreme foe of a GTLM class. For a final turn of a season, a New Zealander and his Belgian teammate Vanthoor common pushing duties with a Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet in a ca. 510 hp 911 RSR, that is formed on a high-performance Porsche 911 GT3 RS* road-going sports car. The No. 911 sister automobile helmed by Nick Tandy (Great Britain), Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) cumulative sixth place. Tandy and Pilet resolved a deteriorate as runners-up in a drivers’ championship.

In a GTD class, Porsche growth motorist Lars Kern (Weissach) and his Canadian teammates Zacharie Robichon and Scott Hargrove scored a lectern spot. The Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by a patron patrol Pfaff Motorsports finished a entrance deteriorate in a North American sports automobile array on third place after a retaining finale.

Race quotes

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “It’s a ancestral day for Porsche Motorsport. After winning a manufacturers’ and drivers’ universe championship titles in a FIA WEC, we’ve now also cumulative a titles in a 2019 IMSA championship. Thanks to all a drivers and a whole Porsche group for their glorious performances. Our implausible group suggestion and a common idea of winning races for Porsche have done this success story possible.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “That was really not a best race. We done a lot of tiny mistakes. Still, now it’s time to celebrate. We have each reason to jubilee after winning all titles in a 2019 IMSA series. We’re now a champions of a FIA WEC and in North America – that’s something we can be intensely unapproachable of.”

Steffen Höllwarth (Head of Operations IMSA Championship): “Our competitors were softened today. It didn’t go so uniformly for us. But we have a eye on a vast picture. We’ve won a manufacturers’ pretension and claimed positions one and dual in a drivers’ and group classifications. All in all, it was a unusual season. We’ll suffer a successes, though we’ll also analyse today’s race.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “The foe wasn’t easy, given we lacked some speed unfortunately. We don’t nonetheless know a reason for this. Still, it’s a good day for Porsche. Together, we won all a titles. Congratulations to Earl and Laurens on winning a drivers’ championship. I’m now looking brazen to a jubilee we’ll have to applaud being crowned manufacturers’ champions.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “You can’t win each race. Today wasn’t a day. Still, we achieved a idea of winning a championship. Congratulations to a whole Porsche patrol and generally to Earl and Laurens. After a good season, a guys merit to be champions.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “It was a ideal deteriorate for Porsche. If we take home all a titles in a enormously rival GTLM class, afterwards it’s explanation of ideal teamwork, clever performances in a cockpit and an intensely rival car. The Porsche 911 RSR has enabled us to secure many victories. The new 911 RSR has some vast boots to fill subsequent season.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “The foe was simply burdensome given we had to quarrel over 10 hours. Unfortunately we didn’t have a gait to win today. Still, in annoy of all a problems, we were within distinguished stretch of a lectern until a final lap. And that’s accurately what set us detached in this implausible season. Our ideal teamwork always gave us a eventuality to be right adult a front when a going got tough. Now we’ll applaud a titles.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “I came to Porsche 3 years ago. we finally got a possibility to expostulate in a USA. It’s something I’ve always wanted. The IMSA array was totally new domain for me. we had to get used to a racetracks, a processes and a car. Now I’ve won a pretension with my crony Earl. For me personally, a dream has come true.”

Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “That was a tough race. In a high temperatures in a initial half of a foe we weren’t quick enough. Only when a object went down were we means to utilize a full intensity of a Porsche 911 RSR. We fought to a final second, though it wasn’t enough. Still, a many critical thing was to win a pretension – and that’s what we did. I’m unapproachable to have contributed to this.”

Race result

GTLM class
1. Calado/Pier Guidi/Serra (GB/I/BR), Ferrari 488 GTE, 434 laps
2. Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon (AUS/GB/NZ), Ford GT, 434 laps
3. Blomqvist/De Phillippi/Herta (GB/USA/USA), BW M8 GTE, 433 laps
5. Bamber/Vanthoor/Jaminet (NZ/B/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 433 laps
6. Pilet/Tandy/Makowiecki (F/GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 432 laps

GTD class
1. Auberlen/Foley/Machavern (USA/USA/USA), BMW M6 GT3, 418 laps
2. Mies/Feller/Morad (D/CH/USA), Audi R8 LMS GT3, 418 laps
3. Robichon/Hargrove/Kern (CDN/CDN/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 418 laps

Full results:


In a subordinate eventuality during Road Atlanta (USA), a Belgian Laurens Vanthoor cumulative a fourth grid mark during a circle of a No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR. In a No. 911 sister car, his works motorist colleague, Nick Tandy (Great Britain), incited a seventh quickest path in a tighten hunt for tip times on a storied 3.6-kilometre racetrack. The Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by a Canadian group Pfaff Motorsports will tackle a GTD difficulty from position 6 on a grid.

In warm, balmy conditions in a US state of Georgia, teams and drivers battled tough for tip times in a 15-minute qualifying. As a eventuality progressed, path times tumbled. Vanthoor’s times softened over a initial 5 laps before trade and deteriorating tyres hampered serve progress. For a race, a championship personality shares a cockpit of a No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR with Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Mathieu Jaminet (France).

Laurens Vanthoor

At a circle of a sister car, Tandy patiently warmed adult his tyres during a start of a eventuality before streamer out and essentially commanding a time piece in his class. The British racer, however, could no longer make any poignant improvements and so urge himself opposite a attempts of his rivals. Tandy shares pushing duties in a No. 911 Porsche with a dual Frenchmen Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki. Both vehicles foe a foe drifting a colours of Coca-Cola.

In a GTD class, Zacharie Robichon planted a No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Pfaff Motorsports on position eight. The Canadian is assimilated in a cockpit of a GT3 automobile by his compatriot Scott Hargrove and Porsche growth motorist Lars Kern (Weissach). The ten-hour Petit Le Mans foe gets underway on Saturday, 12 October, during 12:05pm internal time (18:05 pm CEST).

Qualifying quotes

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “We can be assured with a formula of a qualifying. There were 5 opposite manufacturers within about dual tenths of a second. This underlines usually how heated and tough a foe is in a GTLM class. I’m feeling assured for a foe given we’ve worked evenly on a foe setup. Our automobile will be clever as a temperatures drop. And that’s accurately when a wilful proviso starts on Saturday evening.”

Steffen Höllwarth (Head of Operations IMSA Championship): “That was a tight
situation with really tighten gaps between all GTLM-class cars. In a sessions we put a categorical concentration on foe preparation, that means a consistently quick gait over a prolonged distance. In perspective of this, a outcome was flattering good. Tomorrow is about a vast trophies. We have to perform exquisitely and stay within distinguished distance. When a object goes down, we wish to go for it. We’re fervent to give a fans a good show, win all a titles and send a Porsche 911 RSR into a museum with a tip result.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “The outcome is okay, nonetheless a tiny some-more could have been possible. we consider we didn’t get a ideal time for my drifting lap. The tyres weren’t within a optimal handling window during that moment. I’m certain that we’ll conduct to set a some-more unchanging gait in a foe compared to a competitors.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “We had a bit of task to do after a use eventuality this morning given a automobile didn’t have a optimal setup. We done a ideal adjustments for a qualifying. Fourth on a grid is a plain result. we done a slight blunder on my prohibited lap. We could have maybe gained one or dual positions otherwise. Never mind, a subordinate outcome isn’t a many critical thing for a ten-hour race.”

Qualifying result

GTLM class
1. Calado/Pier Guidi/Serra (GB/I/BR), Ferrari 488 GTE, 1:15.639 minutes
2. Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller (DK/E/D), Corvette C7.R, + 0.063 seconds
3. Krohn/Edwards/Eng (FIN/USA/A), BMW M8 GTE, + 0.145 seconds
4. Bamber/Vanthoor/Jaminet (NZ/B/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.203 seconds
7. Pilet/Tandy/Makowiecki (F/GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.398 seconds

GTD class
1. Sellers/Lewis/Seefried (USA/USA/D), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, 1:19.530 minutes
2. Keating/Bleekemolen/Fraga (USA/NL/BR), Mercedes-AMG GT3, + 0.135 seconds
3. McNeil/Vilander/Westphal (USA/FIN/USA), Ferrari 488 GT3, + 0.191 seconds
6. Robichon/Hargrove/Kern (CDN/CDN/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 0.545 seconds

Full results:


Heading to a final turn of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship during Road Atlanta (USA), Porsche is staid to bind a manufacturer, group and motorist titles. The North American bureau group of a Stuttgart sports automobile manufacturer tackles a final ten-hour race, dubbed Petit Le Mans, on 12 Oct holding a transparent lead in all categories. To win a manufacturers’ championship, usually one of a dual Porsche 911 RSR needs to finish in a points. The quarrel for a drivers’ sequence goes down to a handle between a Porsche works drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) in a array 912 car, and their colleagues in a array 911 vehicle, Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain). The foe during Road Atlanta outlines a final tour for a dual Porsche 911 RSR (2017 indication year) embellished out in a ancestral pattern of Coca-Cola. The patron patrol Pfaff Motorsports fields a 911 GT3 R in a GTD category. 

Comments before to a race

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President): “We are fervent to make a final foe of a IMSA deteriorate a outrageous jubilee for a fans, for Porsche and for a partner Coca-Cola. Last year we won a normal Petit Le Mans with a Porsche 911 RSR finished in a ancestral design. That’s a idea again this year. It’ll be a final bureau tour for this chronicle of a Porsche 911 RSR. It would be illusory if we were means to again knowledge a automobile in a centre of a winner’s rite during Road Atlanta.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “The Porsche 911 RSR has given us vast wins given 2017. We’ve won a universe championship with this car, and we also won Le Mans and Sebring, among others. It would be a dream come loyal if we could supplement serve titles during Road Atlanta and repeat final year’s win during this storied racetrack. Our success during a 2018 Petit Le Mans underlined that we’ll be good prepared when we tackle a tough foe of a ten-hour race. We are penetrating to turn out a considerable deteriorate in North America with another highlight.”

Steffen Höllwarth (Head of Operations IMSA Championship): “With Petit Le Mans we have a genuine classical to interpretation a season. Road Atlanta has been a venue of vital Porsche successes. We have lustful memories of a altogether win in 2015 and a success final year. The circuit and a Porsche 911 RSR compare perfectly. Our aim for a culmination is clear: At a finish of this year we wish to finish initial in all championship classifications.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Petit Le Mans will be a grand culmination of a marvellous year for Porsche. We reason a convincing lead in a manufacturers’ championship. In a drivers’ championship, Nick and we still have a tiny possibility in a duel opposite a colleagues. Our aim is to finish initial with a pleasing Porsche 911 RSR embellished out in a Coca-Cola livery. If we attain in doing this, we usually competence bind a drivers’ title.”

The Porsche drivers

Regular drivers Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) join army with their works motorist teammate Frédéric Makowiecki in a No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. This contingent won during Road Atlanta in 2018 as good as during Sebring and Watkins Glen in 2019. Pilet and Tandy now arrange second in a drivers’ classification. Their works motorist colleagues in a No. 912 sister car, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), lead a difficulty with a twelve-point advantage after victories during Long Beach, Mid-Ohio and Bowmanville, Canada. The span shares pushing duties in a ca. 510 hp 911 RSR with Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (France).

In a GTD class, a patron patrol Pfaff Motorsports again relies on a services of Porsche growth motorist Lars Kern (Weissach) for a ten-hour finale. The seasoned German is assimilated in a cockpit of a No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R by a dual Canadians Zacharie Robichon and Scott Hargrove. Robichon took home an early pretension in a Sprint Cup during a prior IMSA turn during Laguna Seca (USA). The Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by a Canadian group will foe a eventuality embellished out in a special blue livery.

Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet, Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber, Mathieu Jaminet, l-r

The Porsche vehicles

The Porsche 911 RSR, that is formed on a high-performance 911 GT3 RS road-going sports car, has undergone serve optimisation essentially in a cessation setup for a third racing deteriorate in North America. Depending on a distance of a restrictor, a engine, that is positioned in front of a back axle, puts out around 375 kW. The vast back diffuser sum with a top-mounted back wing provides aerodynamic potency and poignant downforce. The foe during Road Atlanta outlines a final bureau tour for a 2017-spec vehicle. In a World Sports Car Championship, a switch to a ca. 515 hp inheritor took place in August.

The 911 GT3 R fielded by Porsche patron teams was newly grown for a 2019 deteriorate and is also formed on a road-legal 911 GT3 RS*. Improvements in a areas of aerodynamics and kinematics were evenly implemented from a insights garnered from a many foe outings of a predecessor. The six-cylinder engine in a back of a GT3 racing automobile produces over 368 kW.

The race

The ten-hour foe on a 4.088-kilometre circuit in a US state of Georgia outlines a end of a 2019 IMSA season. The storied racetrack on a hinterland of a capital of Atlanta – a home of Porsche North America and a Coca-Cola libation association – is a favourite among drivers. The supposed “Esses” (turns dual to five) are quite severe for a drivers. Courage and pinnacle pointing sum with a ideal automobile setup are compulsory by this high-speed passage. In 21 years, Porsche has notched adult a sum of 20 difficulty wins during Petit Le Mans. In 2015, a Weissach bureau patrol even kick all prototypes in a sleet to measure altogether victory. In 2018, Porsche claimed feat in a fiercely rival GTLM difficulty drifting a ancestral colours of Mobil 1. Petit Le Mans is also a final turn of a IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup (IMEC). In this competition, that includes a continuation races during Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta, a Porsche GT Team now ranks initial and second after dual victories. 

The schedule

The Petit Le Mans foe hold during Road Atlanta takes off on Saturday, 12 October, during 12:05pm internal time (6:05pm CEST) and can be noticed live outward a USA and Canada on

This is a IMSA SportsCar Championship

The IMSA SportsCar Championship is a sports automobile foe array that has been contested in a USA and Canada given 2014. The array originated from a partnership of a American Le Mans Series and a Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in 4 opposite classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona), Dpi (Daytona Prototype international) and LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2). The Porsche 911 RSR runs in a GTLM class, and a Porsche 911 GT3 R contests a GTD class.