IMSA: Strong opening of a Porsche 911 RSR in Canada goes unrewarded

With a #911 Porsche 911 RSR, a twin Patrick Pilet from France and Britain’s Nick Tandy narrowly missed out on a lectern finish in fourth place. During Saturday’s qualifying, Tandy set a new path record for GTLM vehicles in a Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and posted stick position. Sharing pushing duties in a sister automobile was a stream leader of a Le Mans 24 Hours, Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium, and New Zealander Earl Bamber. Both Porsche 911 RSR racers were during times looking good for a one-two finish, though were thwarted by many reserve automobile phases and bad fitness with a strategy. After turn 6 of a season, Porsche ranks third in a manufacturers’ sequence of a GTLM class.

Fans during a Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on a hinterland of Toronto were treated to a retaining and violent competition with 6 reserve automobile phases. Under transparent blue skies and with a heat of 27-degrees Celsius, both Porsche 911 RSR got off a line good in a GTLM class. Tandy took adult a competition from stick position, with Vanthoor creation adult one position to stratagem a #912 into third place. In a initial hour of racing a reserve automobile had to be deployed 3 times. Both Porsche racers used a initial reserve automobile proviso for ideal array stops and by a third reserve automobile proviso had changed into a lead. The 911 RSR competition cars afterwards came in for their second array stop and motorist change. Tandy handed a automobile off to Pilet, with Bamber replacing Vanthoor during a wheel. Unfortunately a jam in a array line due to many cars pitting resulted in both cars losing positions. In addition, technical problems with a starter of a array 912 automobile cost even some-more time. Pilet and Bamber rejoined a competition in positions 4 and eight. Just a few laps after a array stop, Bamber’s 911 RSR suffered a puncture and had to lapse to a pits.

In a GTD class, Wright Motorsports fielded dual 911 GT3 R

Three some-more reserve automobile phases followed over a residue of a race. Shortly before a flag, Pilet and Bamber had fought their approach adult to positions dual and six. In a conflict for a lead, Pilet was blocked while attempting to path a slower car, and dual opponents immediately grabbed their possibility to get past a Frenchman.

In a GTD class, Wright Motorsports fielded dual 911 GT3 R, with Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (DK) and Patrick Long (USA) finishing ninth. Michael Schein (USA) and Wolf Henzler from Germany resolved a competition in Canada usually one place behind.

Steffen Höllwarth, Porsche Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship: “This outcome is apparently unequivocally disappointing. We had a fastest automobile in a margin and essentially had control of a race. Our rivals took a high risk devise in a pits and didn’t entirely refuel their vehicles so that they could make adult positions. On tip of that, a puncture threw a #912 automobile back. We knew that underneath normal resources we would have had a shortest array time during a final stop. Unfortunately a rivals were afterwards luckier than us during a successive reserve automobile phases, so that a devise currently didn’t work for us.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “I’m a bit unhappy given things were looking good for us during a commencement of a race. Nick even managed to eke out an advantage. The automobile was unequivocally quick and it felt unequivocally good. Unfortunately a devise didn’t vessel out today. We now have to analyse accurately what happened and learn from it. Next adult is Lime Rock, a racetrack that unequivocally many suits a 911. Since a prototypes won’t be racing there, we will be aiming for altogether victory.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “When we have such a good setup automobile and we start from stick position, fourth place is naturally intensely disappointing. Ford had a lot of fitness with a competition strategy. Because we were using on tyres with a top wear, we were probably incompetent to conflict anymore after a restart.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “I’m unhappy with a result, of course, generally given we were on initial and second during times. Unfortunately we had a technical problem during a array stop and afterwards a puncture cost us additional time. My army was indeed unequivocally good and we managed to pass several cars. We afterwards attempted all though it usually wasn’t probable to get ahead. Unfortunately a devise didn’t work.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Laurens gathering a good initial stint. The initial array stop went perfectly. At one indicate we were in third place. Unfortunately a technical problem and puncture relegated us behind to eighth place. we fought tough and did all to preserve fuel, though eventually we couldn’t benefit any some-more ground.”

GTLM class
1. Briscoe/Westbrook (AUS/GB), Ford GT, 112 laps
2. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 112 laps
3. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, 112 laps
4. Tandy/Pilet (GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 112 laps
5. Hand/Müller (USA/D), Ford GT, 112 laps
6. Vanthoor/Bamber (B/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR, 112 laps
7. Sims/De Phillippi (GB/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 112 laps
8. Krohn/Edwards (FIN/USA), BMW M8 GTE, 61 laps

GTD class
1. Keating/Bleekemolen (USA/NL), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 107 laps
2. Marcelli/Baumann (CAN/A), Lexus RC F GT3, 107 laps
3. Potter/Lally (USA/USA), Audi R8 LMS GT3, 107 laps
9. Long/Nielsen (USA/DK), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 106 laps
10. Schein/Henzler (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 73 laps

The full formula can be found here.

Nick Tandy from Great Britain incited a fastest path in 1:13.517 mins during a brief 15-minute subordinate event on a 3.957-kilometre Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. One year ago, Dirk Werner from Germany cumulative a lass stick position on this racetrack for a new Porsche 911 RSR. For a competition on Sunday, Tandy shares a cockpit of a 510 hp racer from Weissach with Frenchman Patrick Pilet.

In transparent blue skies and a heat of 25 degrees Celsius, Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor incited a fourth quickest subordinate time with a #912 sister car. His teammate for a competition on a ultrafast and perfectionist circuit tighten to Toronto is Earl Bamber from New Zealand. Pilet and Tandy scored a final IMSA win for Porsche in Canada with a 911 RSR in 2015. In a GTLM class, in that 4 automobile manufacturers quarrel for status and points, Porsche ranks second in a manufacturers sequence with dual wins from 5 races.

In a GTD class, dual Porsche 911 GT3 R competition cars are fielded by Wright Motorsports. The 500 hp competition automobile with a starting array 16 takes adult a competition from position five, with a array 58 contender rebellious a 2:40-hour competition from position eight.

GTLM class
1. Tandy/Pilet (GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:13.517 minutes
2. Briscoe/Westbrook (AUS/GB), Ford GT, + 0.314 seconds 

3. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, + 0.417 seconds

4. Vanthoor/Bamber (B/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.438 seconds
5. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, + 0.563 seconds
6. Krohn/Edwards (FIN/USA), BMW M8 GTE, + 0.583 seconds
7. Sims/De Phillippi (GB/USA), BMW M8 GTE, + 0.696 seconds

8. Hand/Müller (USA/D), Ford GT, + 0.711 seconds


GTD class
1. Hawksworth/Heinemeier Hansson (GB/DK), Lexus RC F GT3, 1:15.581 minutes
2. Marcelli/Baumann (CAN/A), Lexus RC F GT3, + 0.439 seconds
3. Sellers/Snow (USA/USA), Lamborghini Huracan GT3, + 0.805 seconds
5. Schein/Henzler (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 0.964 seconds
8. Long/Nielsen (USA/DK), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 1.306 seconds

One prominence follows a other in a IMSA SportsCar Championship: Just a week after a six-hour classical during Watkins Glen, North America’s premier sports automobile competition array creates a normal road over a limit for Canada’s one and usually turn of a deteriorate contested on 8 Jul during a Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.  The Porsche GT Team fields dual 911 RSR in a GTLM difficulty on a unequivocally quick and perfectionist march tighten to Bowmanville. This category, in that 4 automobile manufacturers compete, is famous to be quite tough and is packaged with torment from start to finish. Porsche’s patron group Wright Motorsports runs dual 911 GT3 R racers in a GTD class.

The storied 3.957 kilometre circuit during a Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is Canada’s oldest racetrack. The initial sports automobile competition on a former Mosport International Raceway was contested in 1961 with feat claimed by Stirling Moss. From 1967 to 1977, a Canadian Formula 1 Grands Prix were hold on this dauntingly quick racetrack, located dual hours by automobile from Toronto. Porsche’s many new feat here was scored in 2015 by Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy with a 911 RSR.

Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), a winners of a Sebring 12-hour race, share a cockpit of a #911 racer. Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealsnd) expostulate a second 911 RSR (#912) fielded by a Porsche GT Team in a GTLM class. These dual won a Mid-Ohio competition in a USA recently. In a GTD class, a Porsche patron group Wright Motorsports contest with dual 911 GT3 R. Sharing pushing duties in a #58 automobile is a works motorist Patrick Long (USA) and Porsche Selected Driver Christina Nielsen (Denmark), with a #16 automobile manned by Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Michael Schein (USA).

For a second competition season, a 911 RSR was optimised essentially in a setup. Depending on a distance of a restrictor, a motor, that is positioned in front of a back axle, puts out around 375 kW (510 hp). The quite vast back diffuser total with a top-mounted back wing yield clever downforce and aerodynamic efficiency. The patron competition racer was designed for worldwide GT3 array on a basement of a 911 GT3 RS prolongation sports car. For 2018, Porsche provides a patron teams with an evo-kit for a 911 GT3 R.

Round 7 of a IMSA SportsCar Championship takes place on 21 Jul during Lime Rock Park in Lakeville/USA.

The IMSA SportsCar Championship, a sports automobile competition array contested in a USA and Canada, was run in 2014 for a initial time. The array was shaped from a partnership of a American Le Mans Series and a Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in 3 opposite classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona) and P (Prototype). The Porsche 911 RSR runs in a GTLM class, with a Porsche 911 GT3 R contesting a GTD class.