Porsche patron teams measure 6 titles and a category win during a finale

The race

The Pfaff Motorsports group with unchanging drivers Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Zacharie Robichon (Canada) cumulative a group and drivers’ championships with a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Wright Motorsports claimed all 3 titles in a Endurance Cup, that includes a long-distance races during Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and a Petit Le Mans in a US state of Georgia. In a GTLM class, WeatherTech Racing achieved a one-two outcome during a final foe with a 911 RSR.

“What a unusual finish to a season,” pronounced an overjoyed Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Motorsport. “All 3 titles in a GTD difficulty and a IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup for Porsche’s crafty patron squads. Another difficulty feat for a 911 RSR during a final tour in a North American racing series. And on Friday, Wright Motorsports won a manufacturers’, drivers’ and group classifications in a IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with a Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. It doesn’t get improved than that! Congratulations to a WeatherTech, Wright, Pfaff and Hardpoint teams and to a colleagues from Porsche Motorsport North America. And a outrageous appreciate we to everybody who done these extensive successes probable by their tough work in a Weissach Development Centre.”

GTD pretension for Pfaff Motorsports

In cold temperatures of underneath 10 degrees Celsius, a No. 9 automobile fielded by Pfaff Motorsports gathering a flawless foe during Road Atlanta. Works motorist Vanthoor and his teammate Robichon avoided all difficulty over a ten-hour foe and crossed a finish line second in their difficulty – adequate to brush a GTD pretension pool. For a Petit Le Mans race, a dual perceived bolster in a cockpit from Porsche’s growth motorist Lars Kern from Germany.

Wright Motorsports delivered a tactically considerable and energetic performance. The 911 GT3 R (#16) mislaid dual laps early on due to a puncture after a collision with a antithesis vehicle. Implementing a ideal strategy, a group managed to tighten a opening in reduction than 3 hours. Works motorist Patrick Long from a USA, his compatriot Trent Hindman and Belgium’s Jan Heylen took a lead during a 4 and eight-hour mark, earning adequate points to win a IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. In a shutting phase, a automobile could no longer say a gait of a frontrunners due to a shop-worn behind and eventually took a dwindle fifth in class. 

“We couldn’t have wished for a improved finish to a season,” resolved Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. “It was all on from a initial lap. We witnessed lots of overtaking, spills and thrills and 10 counsel phases. This weekend, everybody in a Porsche family supposing a best all-round support during a credentials and a foe and kept their cool. We got limit rewards: all titles for a drivers, teams and manufacturers in a GTD difficulty went to Wright, Pfaff and Porsche this weekend!”

Bad fitness tormented a American patron organisation Hardpoint during a final foe of a 2021 season. In a violent early proviso of Petit Le Mans, a No. 88 Porsche 911 GT3 R postulated poignant repairs to a radiator after a shunt with a competitor. The deputy of a shop-worn partial cost a automobile driven by Americans Rob Ferriol and Andrew Davis and Britain’s Katherine Legge 15 laps. The group was incompetent to tighten a opening and crossed a finish line eighth in class.

The foe in a GTLM class

In a GTLM class, a successful Porsche 911 RSR contested a final foe in a IMSA series. From 2022, this automobile difficulty will no longer be contested in a North American racing series. The WeatherTech Racing patron team, that fielded dual of a vehicles from Weissach during a deteriorate finale, achieved a best probable result: positions one and dual during Road Atlanta. After a illusory and exhilarated conflict opposite a manufacturer teams from Corvette and BMW, a No. 79 automobile crewed by Cooper MacNeil (USA), Matt Campbell (Australia) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) took a checkered dwindle in initial place. Their teammates Kévin Estre, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) and Michael Christensen from Denmark cumulative second in difficulty in their No. 97 entry. 

“A ideal swansong opening for a 911 RSR in a hotly contested race,” announced Steffen Höllwarth, Head of Operations GTLM. “We were a customarily group with dual manacles left in a glow during a finish and we opted for opposite strategies. Overall, we done a fewest mistakes during a finale. It was a ensign weekend for Porsche. All titles in a IMSA Michelin Pilot Cup, all titles in a GTD difficulty and a one-two outcome in a GTLM category. Thanks to all involved.” 

For Porsche, a races in a North American sports automobile array with a 911 RSR were a resounding success, with 7 pretension wins in a IMSA championship, 5 victories in a North American Endurance Cup, 24 foe wins and 62 lectern places over a sum of 8 seasons. Next season, a gifted patron teams will tackle a GTD Pro and GTD classes with a 911 GT3 R, before Porsche earnings in 2023 with an LMDh antecedent to take on a quarrel for altogether feat during a world’s biggest continuation races. 

Drivers’ comments on a race

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “That was awesome! So many happened in this prolonged race. We attempted to stay out of difficulty during all times and a automobile was great. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get past a Aston Martin and win a class. we attempted during a finish though of course, we didn’t wish to risk too much. It was all about a championship and we did it. I’m unequivocally unapproachable of a group and my teammates!” 

Zacharie Robichon (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “I’m mislaid for words. We achieved this delight as a group – everybody worked ideally together. we couldn’t be some-more unapproachable of my Pfaff Motorsports colleagues. I’m simply anxious and I’ve strew a rip or dual given a foe ended. All my dreams came loyal today. we still can’t trust it!” 

Patrick Long (Porsche 911 GT3 R #16): “There are so many reasons for Porsche and a patron teams to chuck a outrageous celebration today. It was an intensely violent day for me and my teammates in a cockpit and a pits. The fact that we had to array some-more mostly than all a other cars says it all. I’m unequivocally unapproachable of a team. We had a ideal plan to acquire a points indispensable to win a IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup: Mission accomplished! That was my final foe as a full-time veteran for Porsche. But that didn’t play a purpose in a foe today. I’m not going to consider about that until tomorrow.”

Cooper MacNeil (Porsche 911 RSR #79): “A good day for Porsche, for a WeatherTech Racing patrol and a operations group Proton Competition. To finish a unequivocally final foe of a GTLM difficulty with a one-two outcome for a Porsche 911 RSR is simply spectacular. Thanks to all mechanics, engineers and my motorist colleagues. The final foe of a deteriorate couldn’t have finished better.”

Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 RSR #79): “What a totally crazy race! We were sealed in a tough conflict with a Corvette until shortly before a finish and a collision with a antecedent threw us back. At that indicate in time, a teammates were in a lead. While we were in second place, a sister automobile let us pass and handed us a win. Such things are partial of motorsport. we would have elite to have won in a some-more normal sporty proceed out on a track, so we feel a small contemptible for my colleagues, though we witnessed a ideal day for Porsche.” 

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #79): “First and second place for WeatherTech Racing is sensational. Heading into a weekend, we’d personally hoped for such a unfolding to occur – and now it’s come true. we wish to appreciate a colleagues in a No. 97 car. Obviously, though their support, we wouldn’t have won. It was ideal teamwork all around. To grasp a limit success again with a 911 RSR during a final foe of a GTLM difficulty is perfect.”

Kevin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #97): “It was a unequivocally cold race, that we crowned with a one-two success. Our plan was ideal and that put me in a lead with a No. 97 car. We were in initial place with 3 laps to go, thereafter we let a sister automobile pass – no large deal. I’m unapproachable of a group and I’m unapproachable to be partial of this ideal farewell for a 911 RSR in a IMSA championship.” 


Result GTLM class
1. MacNeil/Campbell/Jaminet (USA/AUS/F), Porsche 911 RSR #79, 390 laps
2. Estre/Christensen/Makowiecki (F/DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR #97, 390 laps
3. Edwards/Krohn/Farfus (USA/FIN/BR), BMW M8 GTE #24, 389 laps
4. Tandy/Milner/Sims (GB/USA/GB), Chevrolet Corvette #4, 381 laps
5. De Phillippi/Eng/Spengler (USA/A/CDN), BMW M8 GTE #25, 281 laps
6. Garcia/Taylor/Catsburg (E/USA/B), Chevrolet Corvette #3, 150 laps

Result GTD class
1. De Angelis/Gunn/James (CDN/GB/USA), Aston Martin #23, 378 laps
2. Robichon/Vanthoor/Kern (CDN/B/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R #9, 378 laps
3. Montecalvo/Veach/Megennis (USA/USA/USA), Lexus #12, 377 laps
5. Long/Hindman/Heylen (USA/USA/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R #16, 376 laps
8. Ferriol/Legge/Davis (USA/GB/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R #88, 359 laps

The qualifying

The Porsche patron group WeatherTech Racing has scored a good grid mark during a subordinate for a final eventuality of this season’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In a hunt for tip times on a Road Atlanta circuit in a US state of Georgia, a Australian works motorist Matt Campbell posted a second-fastest time during a circle of a No. 79 car. His code co-worker Frédéric Makowiecki from France planted a No. 97 sister automobile on P4. In a GTD difficulty for vehicles complying with a FIA GT3 regulations, a best Porsche 911 GT3 R tackles a supposed Petit Le Mans foe over 10 hours from position seven.

Over a march of a 15-minute subordinate session, a dual ca. 515 PS Porsche 911 RSR gradually upped their pace. In stately fever and temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius, Campbell and Makowiecki delicately brought their Michelin tyres to a optimal operative heat over several laps. Midway by a session, a span thereafter began their attack. First, Makowiecki surfaced a timesheets. Shortly thereafter Campbell transposed him during a top, customarily to be suspended by a BMW. In a final third of a qualifying, yellow flags were waved repeatedly. Under these conditions, environment a improved time valid unfit for a dual nine-eleven.

“The outcome is okay,” says Steffen Höllwarth, Head of Operations GTLM. “In all sessions, a concentration was on scheming for a race. At no indicate was it about training for that one drifting lap. With second and fourth, we’re well-positioned to tackle a final foe of a season.” The “Petit Le Mans“ will be a final tour for a Porsche 911 RSR in a North American racing series. From 2022, a GTLM difficulty will no longer be contested in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

In a GTD category, a American Trent Hindman was a fastest qualifier during a circle of a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Driving for a Wright Motorsports patron squad, a pledge racer achieved seventh place after a tighten subordinate battle. An implausible outcome deliberation an collision during a second giveaway use on Thursday: Overnight, Wright Motorsports had to have a deputy framework sent from Cincinnati, some 750 kilometres away, that a group thereafter rebuilt on Friday. The pursuit was finished shortly before a subordinate session. Canadian Zacharie Robichon planted a No. 9 automobile fielded by Pfaff Motorsports on P8. The matching 500+ PS Porsche 911 GT3 R campaigned by a Hardpoint organisation takes adult a foe from position twelve.

“From zero to seventh place is a super outcome and a plain basement for Wright Motorsports after a prior day’s sum write-off,” states Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. “In a second subordinate session, that was all about earning points, a formula didn’t utterly accommodate a expectations. With a opening of 0.3 seconds, Laurens Vanthoor was a fastest Porsche motorist in sixth place. We’re feeling unequivocally certain about a race. We’ll do a unequivocally best to explain both titles with Wright Motorsports and Pfaff Motorsports.”

The final foe of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship deteriorate during Road Atlanta, contested over 10 hours, gets underway on Saturday, 13 November, during 12:10 local time (6:10pm CET). The whole foe can be noticed live outward a USA and Canada on www.imsa.com. Live timing is accessible during scoring.imsa.com.

Drivers’ subordinate quotes

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #79): “It was alright. we did my pinnacle to daub a full intensity of a 911 RSR – there was zero some-more we could do. The BMW was simply faster over a lap. Second on a grid is a good starting position for a prolonged ten-hour race. We’ll make some tweaks to a setup of a car, thereafter we’ll be good prepared to tackle a deteriorate finale.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #97): “I’m not happy with my performance. Pole position was out of reach, though fourth isn’t what I’d envisaged. The car’s setup wasn’t perfect. It positively didn’t assistance that we spun during one point. As a result, a tyres weren’t many good for prohibited laps. we wish a automobile will have a improved setup for a race.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “I’m not wholly assured with a result. We’d hoped for more. The car’s change wasn’t ideal in a subordinate session. In a hunt for points, we competent in sixth place. Compared to a categorical rivals in a championship, we’ve mislaid a few points; a advantage isn’t that big. We still have to work on some set-up improvements before a start of a race.”

Trent Hindman (Porsche 911 GT3 R #16): “We had a tough time since of an collision during a use session. Our group managed to reconstruct a automobile from blemish – a illusory effort! Wright Motorsports is simply one of a best squads in a paddock. It was critical for us to take partial in a qualifying. It also served as a corruption for us for a race. We had to check that all worked again after a rebuild.”

Andrew Davis (Porsche 911 GT3 R #88): “These were my initial ever subordinate laps in illumination with a Porsche 911 GT3 R. My prior knowledge was singular to a few laps during a stormy use during night. Under such conditions, twelfth is positively not bad. The car’s setup is good, so I’m feeling assured for a race.”

Grid positions GTLM class

1. Edwards/Krohn/Farfus (USA/FIN/BR), BMW M8 GTE #24
2. MacNeil/Campbell/Jaminet (USA/AUS/F), Porsche 911 RSR #79
3. Garcia/Taylor/Catsburg (E/USA/B), Chevrolet Corvette #3
4. Estre/Christensen/Makowiecki (F/DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR #97
5. Tandy/Milner/Sims (GB/USA/GB), Chevrolet Corvette #4
6. De Phillippi/Eng/Spengler (USA/A/CDN), BMW M8 GTE #25

Grid positions GTD class

1. Kirkwood/Hawksworth/Telitz (USA/GB/USA), Lexus RC F GT3 #14
2. Yount/Conwright/Hites (USA/USA/RCH), Audi R8 LMS GT3 #42
3. Auberlen/Foley/Read (USA/USA/AUS), BMW M6 GT3 #96
7. Long/Hindman/Heylen (USA/USA/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R #16
8. Robichon/Vanthoor/Kern (CDN/B/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R #9
12. Ferriol/Legge/Davis (USA/GB/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 R #88

The preview

Pfaff Motorsports tackles a storied 10-hour foe as a altogether leaders of a GTD class. The Canadian patrol is now fervent to bind a trophy. At a eventuality in a US state of Georgia, Wright Motorsports sets a sights on initial place in a IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. The continuation classics during Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta count towards this classification. In a GTLM class, a Porsche 911 RSR fielded by WeatherTech Racing will foe a final tour in a American sports automobile racing series. The group fields dual ca. 515 PS 911 racers during their swan strain opening in a US. The GTLM difficulty is homogeneous to a GTE difficulty in a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). From 2022, it will no longer be contested in a IMSA Series.

Since 1988, a Petit Le Mans has taken place annually on a 4.088-kilometre Road Atlanta circuit, that facilities 12 turns and several illusory passages. In further to a marvellous altogether feat of 2015, Porsche has notched adult a sum of 24 difficulty wins. Last year, works drivers Matt Campbell from Australia and Frédéric Makowiecki from France won a hotly contested GTLM difficulty with Brit Nick Tandy, in a Porsche 911 RSR.

“We’re entrance to a finish of an era, as this will be a final foe in a GTLM class,” explains IMSA Head of Operations Steffen Höllwarth. “This difficulty has offering superb motorsport during a tip turn over a past years. We’ve witnessed nail-biting duels and tough though always satisfactory races on some of a many pleasing racetracks in a world. Porsche has achieved many vital successes in this series. This season, a WeatherTech Racing patron group flies a dwindle with a 911 RSR. We’d like to hang adult a deteriorate with a absolute farewell opening opposite a bureau squads – as we did with a difficulty win during Sebring. The 911 RSR won final year’s Petit Le Mans race. We aim to stand to a tip of a lectern again during this year’s finale.”

Steffen Höllwarth, IMSA Head of Operations

The 10-hour foe during Road Atlanta depends towards a IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup – a special foe encompassing a 4 longest races of a season. After crafty performances during a continuation classics during Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen, Porsche now ranks initial in a Endurance Cup in a GTD difficulty for vehicles complying with a FIA GT3 regulations.

“We’re awaiting a fanciful finale,” says Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. “We’re travelling to Road Atlanta with 3 teams in a tip 10 and we’re heading all 3 championship rankings. But it’s not all well-spoken sailing,” states a engineer. “The lane is a genuine challenge. Among other characteristics, it has a unequivocally prolonged true that allows slipstream duels. You have to cut Turn 3 tough to keep a momentum. Hitting a kerb can repairs a car. What’s more, we have to be prepared for unequivocally fanciful continue conditions during this time of a year. A foe over 10 hours will positively not be easy for a drivers and their cars.”

The Porsche drivers and patron teams

The cockpit of a No. 79 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by WeatherTech Racing is common by a dual works drivers Matt Campbell from Australia and Mathieu Jaminet from France with a American highwayman Cooper MacNeil. In March, this contingent won a famous Sebring 12-hour foe with a No. 79 automobile opposite tough antithesis from manufacturer teams. Thanks to this good feat as good as a difficulty win during Road America, a patrol now ranks third altogether before a final foe of a year. To farewell a Porsche 911 RSR from a North American championship, WeatherTech Racing fields a second No. 97 automobile driven by a French bureau drivers Kévin Estre and Frédéric Makowiecki as good as a Dane Michael Christensen.

In a GTD class, a Pfaff Motorsports patron group is set to brush a pretension pool. Works motorist Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium, Porsche’s growth motorist Lars Kern from Germany and Canadian Zacharie Robichon share pushing duties in a No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R. The patrol from Ontario now leads a GTD rankings after 4 difficulty wins. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche binds initial place – interjection also to a crafty performances of a dual other GTD teams. Wright Motorsports campaigns a No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 R helmed by a American bureau commander Patrick Long (US), his compatriot Trent Hindmann and Belgium’s Jan Heylen. The group from a US state of Ohio binds a slight lead over Pfaff Motorsports in a quarrel for a IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. The dual Americans Rob Ferriol and Andrew Davis join army with Katherine Legge from a UK in a No. 88 Porsche 911 GT3 R campaigned by Hardpoint.

The report (local time, CET -6 hours)

Thursday, 11 November
09:20 – 10:20: Free Practice 1
14:20 – 15:35: Free Practice 2
18:30 – 20:00: Free Practice 3

Friday, 12 November
15:45 – 16:25: Qualifying GT

Saturday, 13 November
09:15 – 09:35: Warmup
12:10 – 22:10: Race

Live streaming of a race

The 10-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship foe during Road Atlanta gets underway on Saturday (13 November), during 12:10 internal time (18:10 CET). The whole foe can be noticed live outward a US and Canada on www.imsa.com. Live timing is accessible during scoring.imsa.com.

Drivers’ comments before a race

Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 RSR #79): “The Petit Le Mans during Road Atlanta is a illusory eventuality to hang adult a deteriorate in a US. Porsche has always been crafty here. we assume it’ll be another tactical foe this year. We need to be among a frontrunners in a final stages, thereafter anything is possible. This proceed worked ideally for us when we won during Sebring. We’d unequivocally like to stand to a tip of a lectern again during a Porsche 911 RSR’s final tour in a IMSA series.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #97): “I’m unequivocally looking brazen to my foe during Road Atlanta. It’ll be romantic – a final foe for a Porsche 911 RSR in North America. The IMSA battles are customarily fierce. At a same time, continuation events need a crafty strategy. Whoever is forward in a final hour still has a possibility to win. It’s illusory and exciting. It’s good to finally tackle such an eventuality again with Michael. This is also my initial time pity a cockpit with Fred. Although it’s a new situation, it’s no large understanding since we know any other unequivocally well. I’m assured that we’ll be successful during a Petit Le Mans.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “For us, it’s all about winning a pretension – so it’s a many critical foe of a year for a team, my teammates and me. Although we have high hopes for a championship, we mustn’t put ourselves underneath too many pressure. We shouldn’t start calculating, though rather proceed this foe like any other.”

Patrick Long (Porsche 911 GT3 R #16): “The foe during Road Atlanta will be an sparkling finish to this season. Because of a championship situation, we consider a lot of teams will be meditative about tactical manoeuvres. Let’s see who comes out best during a end. The Porsche 911 GT3 R was unequivocally crafty in a GTD difficulty recently. We wish to lift this movement into a final foe and grasp a tip result. If we attain in this, thereafter we can hopefully make an critical grant to Porsche winning a manufacturers’ title.”

Katherine Legge (Porsche 911 GT3 R #88): “The Petit Le Mans is one of my all-time favourite races on a IMSA calendar each year. we simply suffer continuation races – generally when they run into a night. Nov can get utterly cold in Georgia. That cause plays a poignant role. We finished a successful exam during Road Atlanta and we’re assured that we’ll have a crafty automobile here. We’d like to interpretation a deteriorate with a good result.”