WeatherTech Racing’s Porsche 911 RSR starts from a initial grid row

The qualifying

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.”