Porsche aims to repeat final year’s ancestral win

The competition in a halcyon farming segment of a US state of Connecticut, during that Porsche distinguished a ancestral lass feat with a new 911 RSR final year, offers dual singular features: during a length of usually 2.414 kilometres, a march is a shortest on a championship calendar. Given that usually a GTLM and GTD classes contest during Lime Rock, altogether feat will really go to a GT car. With 18 victories, Porsche is a many successful manufacturer in a story of this race.

Fans can demeanour brazen to a really special motorsport knowledge out in a countryside: Because there are no grandstands along a circuit, they can follow a movement from a grassy hills surrounding a racetrack, versed with camping chairs and cold boxes. In 2017, spectators were treated to a Porsche festival, with a 911 scoring feat in both a GTLM and a GTD classes. The slight racetrack facilities 6 right-hand corners and usually one left-hander.

The cockpit of a #911 Porsche 911 RSR is common by Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain). This season, a span won a 12 Hours of Sebring. The Mid-Ohio winners Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) share pushing duties in a second 911 RSR (#912) fielded by a Porsche GT Team in a GTLM class. In a GTD class, a Porsche patron group Wright Motorsports competes with dual 911 GT3 R. Sharing pushing duties in a #58 automobile are 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 ca. 368kW (500 hp) 911 GT3 R 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.

The competition takes off on Saturday, 21 July, during 15.10 hrs internal time (21.10 hrs CEST) and runs over 2:40 hours. The competition can be noticed live outward a USA and Canada on www.imsa.com.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “We distinguished a lass win with a new 911 RSR during Lime Rock final year. We’re penetrating to repeat this success. After a clever performances during Watkins Glen and Bowmanville, we’re now streamer to Lime Rock entirely prepared and feeling really optimistic. We’ll do a pinnacle to secure a tip outcome and serve urge a earnest position in a quarrel for a championship.”

Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport: “Overtaking is formidable during Lime Rock, hence it’s vicious to start from as distant adult a grid as possible. A good subordinate outcome is half a conflict on this slight circuit – as we saw final year with a win.”

Sebastian Golz, Project Manager GT Customer Sport: “It’s vicious on such a brief and twisty lane to delicately say a hold turn of a tyre. If you’re too tough on them there is no time to redeem – and afterwards things get difficult.”

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “I’m awaiting a retaining competition during Lime Rock. The march is slight and twisty and it infrequently reminds me of a go-kart track. The cars are mostly bunched tighten together, that creates it engaging for a fans. We did really good final year with a 911 RSR and we have no reason to consider we can’t do it again this year.”

Nick Tandy (911 RSR #911): “Lime Rock is good territory for Porsche. We’ve always achieved really good on this racetrack. We demeanour brazen to this singular competition all year. Because a lane is so brief a trade is always heavy. Our group has to exercise a right competition plan so that we get as many giveaway runs as possible.”

Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR #912): “Our double feat final year underlined that a racetrack suits us. However, Lime Rock is no easy race. The laps are really brief and we have to be intensely clever to stratagem by a complicated trade unscathed. Lime Rock outlines a start of a vicious proviso of a championship. That creates it all a some-more vicious to acquire decent points.”

Earl Bamber (911 RSR #912): “Lime Rock is a good lane for Porsche. We have always achieved good there in new years. The whole group is vehement to tackle this race. The fact that we claimed altogether feat with a 911 RSR during Lime Rock final year gives us additional motivation.”

Patrick Long (911 GT3 R #58): “Lime Rock is consistent cornering, there’s really small possibility to relax. The racetrack offers all that creates racing fun – it has really quick corners and some delayed bends, where we can use a good traction of a 911 GT3 R.”

This is a IMSA SportsCar Championship
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.

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.