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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Monday, June 13, 2016


FIA World Endurance Championship
Event. 24 Hours of Le Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe
Dateline. Le Mans, France
Date. Saturday-Sunday, June 16-19
Race Duration. 24-hours
Track Length/Turns. 8.47-miles, 38-turn
Classes. LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR, LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round. Three of Nine
Next Round. Six Hours of Nürburgring, The Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany, July 24

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines

Porsche Expectations. Familiar Crest Adorns Nine Entries at 84th 24 Hours of Le Mans. 
With 102 class victories, 17 of which are overall race wins, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That record, which amounts to roughly 20 percent of the 84 races run have been won by Porsche, came as a result of Porsche’s focus on technology development, reliability and a balanced blend of factory and customer programs. The percentage rises to 26.5% when the 64 years of participation is taken into account (1951-2015 – a continuous record).
In 2016, nine Porsche-built racecars across three classes will contend for the honor of adding to the German marque’s legacy at Circuit de la Sarthe. The Porsche factory is pursuing its 18th win in the highest level of professional sports car racing, the LMP1 category, with a two-car Porsche 919 Hybrid effort. In 2015, the team captured the top-two steps on the overall podium. On the GT side, the works program returns with the two-car Porsche Motorsport 911 RSR team and the privately entered Dempsey-Proton Racing RSR in the LMGTE-Pro class. Four Porsche 911 RSRs are also entered in the LMGTE-Am class including the all-American driver lineup in the No. 89 Proton Competition 911 RSR backed by WeatherTech.

Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Public expectations are high ahead of the 84th running of the Le Mans 24-Hours on June 18-19. Porsche enters the world’s hardest race with the 919 Hybrid as a record holder, title defender and leader in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ world championships. Le Mans is also the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Ahead of the season’s highlight, the trio of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) leads the drivers’ standings. The reigning world champions in the sister car, Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia), have been unlucky in the first two rounds (accident in Silverstone, puncture in Spa-Francorchamps) and can’t wait to catch up. At the classic race on the Circuit de la Sarthe, the teams and drivers are rewarded with double points compared to the other eight six-hour races in the championship.

For Porsche, it is the third appearance at Le Mans after returning to top level class in 2014. In 2015, at only the second try, Porsche managed a one-two result. The 919, with its ground-breaking two-liter V4 turbocharged gasoline-fueled engine and its two energy recovery systems (brake and exhaust energy), has been significantly developed. It produces a system power of 662 kW (900 HP) and hits the Le Mans roads with an aerodynamic configuration for low drag. On the long straights the 919 frequently reaches top speeds nearing 200 miles per hour.

The six works drivers have between them participated in the Le Mans race a total of 49 times. Bernhard/Hartley/Webber finished second last year and now drive the futuristic prototype with the number 1. Dumas/Jani/Lieb came fifth in 2015 and share the number 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. Last year’s winning car was in the hands of Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Nico Hölkenberg (Germany) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain). Bamber and Tandy – both regulars in North America’s premier endurance sports car racing series, the IMSA WeatherTech Championship – will be competing for the Porsche Motorsport 911 RSR program in the LM GTE-Pro class this weekend.

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.
“Coming back to Le Mans for the pre-test was emotional for the entire team. Winning in Le Mans doesn’t compare to anything else, because it is so incredibly hard. The fact we made it in 2015, in only our second attempt, puts us in the role of an odds-on favorite. We have to make sure this doesn’t drive us crazy. By no means is 2016 going to become any easier, as the opposite is the case. Porsche set new technology benchmarks when returning to the top category with the most advanced prototype on the grid. The competition has reacted and that’s why we now all have a 24-hour race ahead of us which might become the closest in history.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal.
“The race team and the staff back in Weissach did a super job in development, as well as during testing and preparation. Le Mans especially is a steep learning curve. In 2014, the race came much too early for our freshly assembled team. Still we got further than anyone could have expected and then learned how bitter a retirement shortly before the finish can taste. In 2015, we managed three cars, got them one-two-three on the grid, brought them all home and celebrated a one-two result. Le Mans 2016 is our 19th race as a team. This isn’t a lot. Technically and operationally we are better prepared than ever. But we know about the challenge to survive the race week, and especially the race itself, with no technical problems and no incidents on track. We have the utmost respect for that. We feel ready.”

Timo Bernhard, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid. 
“I’m really excited for the race! Le Mans is one of the biggest races in the world with a great history. The track is also really special – the mix of public country roads and the permanent racetrack is unique. For Le Mans you must try to stay calm, be perfectly prepared physically and mentally to start the race full of energy. After many hours in the car you still have to be able to make the right decisions when going at 250 km/h through the Porsche curves. I know that our Porsche 919 Hybrid is quick and we’ve got a strong team behind us.”

Brendon Hartley, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid. 
“When I drove in Le Mans for the first time in 2012, I immediately fell in love with this race. The first night racing experience is something I will never forget. This tunnel vision and warp speed type feeling – I loved this sensation. Plus the circuit itself, with its unique features such as crowns in the roads and massive straight-line speeds. The ‘Porsche Curves’, in my opinion, is one of the best high-speed sections on any track in the world. There is so much passion for this endurance race. The special atmosphere starts with scrutineering one week before the race. At the Friday parade through the streets of Le Mans you really feel that you’re part of the history, in which Porsche plays a big role. Entering Le Mans with this brand is a dream.”

Mark Webber, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“The race is another incredible opportunity for us – for Timo, Brendon, myself and Porsche – to achieve something special. We have been very close in 2014, until the retirement, and came second in 2015. We have one step to go and would love to win together. First, we have to make our way through the 24 hours. We are open to the fact that it is not a race that is easy to execute in terms of operation, as well as traffic, back-markers and the weather. We have huge respect, but feel ready. We’re not overconfident, but we could not have done any more work to prepare for the race. We have as good a chance as anyone to fight for the win. During the week before the race it is very important to have a good routine, get some sleep when you can and watch the energy level of your own batteries.”

Romain Dumas, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“For me, Le Mans is the race of the year and, especially when you’re French, it’s the biggest sports event of the year. There are a quarter of a million spectators just at the racetrack and a lot of them have a special interest in the French drivers. It would be a dream come true to win this race with Porsche. I think we are well prepared to achieve this goal again with our 919. We’ve got a great car, team and crew and I feel very good.”

Neel Jani, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid. 
“We have had a great preparation and did a lot of testing in advance of the event. All the drivers have had a lot of seat time in the car and the Porsche 919 Hybrid is as well prepared as possible. I have personally prepared like I did in the previous years, attaching particular importance to endurance and the neck, because you have a lot more time at the wheel compared to the other WEC races. Le Mans is the biggest event of the year for the team and for me. Everyone’s tension is particularly high when the crown jewels of endurance racing are at stake once a year.”

Marc Lieb, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
“For me, Le Mans is the biggest race ever. I was born in Stuttgart and grew up in Zuffenhausen, practically next door to Porsche. When I was a five-year old I was a big fan of the Group C cars, which were racing in Le Mans and in the then world championship. It was a dream to compete once in Le Mans in the highest category for overall victory. The fact I can do this now for the third time means a lot to me. I cannot put into words how much I’m looking forward to the race. We had a good pre-test and are better prepared in every regard than ever before. This also goes for the drivability of the car and this perhaps can be the most important factor for a 24-hour race.”

Porsche 911 RSR. 
As the most successful manufacturer in the history of the prestigious long distance classic, Porsche is again represented by a large contingent. In the strongly supported GT classes, a total of seven 911 RSR tackle the world’s toughest automobile race in 2016. The Porsche Motorsport factory squad fields two 911 RSR with the 2015 overall Le Mans winners Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and with five 911 contenders campaigned by customer teams. With the two 919 Hybrid in the LMP1 class, Porsche is represented at Le Mans by total of nine vehicles and 16 works drivers.

Six Porsche “works” drivers contest the GTE-Pro class at Le Mans for the Porsche Motorsport factory squad. Sharing the cockpit of the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR are Nick Tandy and reigning IMSA GT champion Patrick Pilet (France) with Kévin Estre (France). The sister 911 RSR with the starting number 92 has an equally strong line-up. Earl Bamber shares driving duties with Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). With 14 starts to-date, Jörg Bergmeister has the most experience as a Porsche GT pilot at Le Mans.

Taking up the race in the 911 RSR run by the Dempsey Proton Racing customer team is Richard Lietz (Austria), the WEC winner of the FIA World Endurance Trophy in 2015 as the best GT pilot, and his works driver colleague Michael Christensen (Denmark), with whom he contests the entire WEC season. Supporting them as the third driver is Philipp Eng (Austria), the 2015 winner of both the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. This will be Eng’s cameo appearance at Le Mans, where traditionally double points are awarded towards the WEC championship.

In the GTE-Am class, four other customer teams and two Porsche works drivers race the Porsche 911 RSR: Abu Dhabi Proton Racing with North America’s only Porsche factory driver, Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) and KCMG with Wolf Henzler (Germany), as well as Gulf Racing and Proton Competition.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport.
“Porsche and Le Mans have written many decades of motor racing history together. This tradition brings an obligation. As the most successful manufacturer in the history of this fascinating long distance classic, we are back again this year with a large contingent. We’re campaigning no less than seven 911 RSR against very strong opposition in the traditionally very competitive GT classes. The competition in the GTE-Pro class in particular has seldom been this high: Five well-known manufacturers and 14 vehicles manned with top pilots – you only get this at Le Mans.”

Marco Ujhasi, Overall Project Manager GT Works Motorsport.
“Preparing for Le Mans has always been intense. We’ve used the time well to find the best possible setup for our 911 RSR for the special demands of this extraordinary race. The main focus for Le Mans is to drive for as long as possible at the highest level and to keep out of any tangles, so that you still have an undamaged car to really attack in the final sprint. We’ve laid the foundations for this and we hope that we can ultimately fight for victory.”

Patrick Pilet, Driver, No. 91 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR.
“Le Mans is, of course, the greatest race for me. I’m French, after all. To win this race is one of the greatest goals of my career. The 250,000 fans who come to Le Mans every year add to the fantastic atmosphere. The track is terrific, very fast and very demanding. For us drivers, Le Mans represents a long and exhausting week with many assignments and appointments. With so many distractions it’s not always easy to concentrate on the essentials. That’s why we can’t wait for the race to start.”

Nick Tandy, No. 91 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR.
“Even if you come to Le Mans as the defending champion, you have only one objective – to win. It’s the greatest race of the season, the absolute highlight. We’re not going for overall victory this year, but we can win our class. That’s my goal. There are not many drivers, possibly even none at all, who have won two different classes in succession at Le Mans.”

Kévin Estre, No. 91 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR.
“It’s something very special to be a French racing driver at Le Mans. You stand in the public eye, expectations are high and, of course, you don’t want to disappoint. I suppose it’s the same for a British tennis player at Wimbledon. I’m very excited about my first Le Mans race as a Porsche works driver.”

Earl Bamber, No. 92 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR.
“Since my victory last year with the 919 Hybrid, Le Mans is obviously a very special race for me. After all, this is where I scored the biggest success of my career so far. I’m looking forward to returning to Le Mans this year with the 911 RSR and I hope that we perform well. It won’t be easy. The grid in the GTE-Pro class is definitely one of the strongest we’ve seen in recent years.”

Jörg Bergmeister, No. 92 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR.
“Le Mans is the race that everyone looks forward to. And everyone wants to win. I managed this one, but that was twelve years ago. So it’s high time for another victory. This race is the highlight of the season and with its long history for Porsche it’s obviously very special. The Circuit des 24 Heures with its combination of racetrack and normal roads is unique and one of my all-time favorites.”

Frédéric Makowiecki, No. 92 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR.
“As a kid I came to Le Mans a lot. It was fascinating to experience this race and, of course, I also dreamed that one day I might be able to race here. This dream has come true, and the fascination has never waned. On the contrary, Le Mans is still something truly special for me and I wish for nothing more than a win. It would be wonderful if that would happen with Porsche this year.”

Richard Lietz, No. 77, Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“Thanks to its appeal and tradition, Le Mans is on a par with classics like the Indy 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix. To travel to Le Mans always has something magical about it. I love this race. If I didn’t come here as a driver I’d probably buy a ticket and sit with the spectators in the grandstands.”

Michael Christensen, No. 77, Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“This race always had a special meaning for me. A childhood dream came true when I competed here for the first time. Every racing driver wants to win Le Mans. Me too, of course. It’ll undoubtedly be hard, but we’ll do everything we can to be as far up the front as possible at the flag.”

Wolf Henzler, No. 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR.
“Le Mans is without equal. No other race has such a vibe. I won this classic in 2010 with Richard Lietz, one of my teammates at that time. That was an unforgettable experience. We’re well prepared this year. At the WEC races in Silverstone and Spa we learned a lot as a team. Now I hope we can utilize all those insights as perfectly as possible and finally celebrate a breakthrough at Le Mans.”

Patrick Long, No. 88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR.
“I finished on the podium in Le Mans last year. And that’s where I want to go this year, too. I’m very familiar with the circuit and its quirks – after all, I’ve raced here 13 times. But it’s still one of the toughest challenges you can imagine as a racing driver. I’m feeling very confident. Our class is very competitive, but we have good chances.”

Le Mans Facts.

  • The first overall victory for Porsche dates back to June 14, 1970 (Hans Herrmann/Richard Attwood in a 917 KH Coupé).
  • The 17th overall victory Porsche celebrated in 2015 (Earl Bamber/Nico Hülkenberg/Nick Tandy, 919 Hybrid).
  • Since 2015, Neel Jani has held the qualifying lap record on the current track lay-out. Shortly after 10:00 pm on Wednesday he achieved a lap time of 3:16.887 minutes with his Porsche 919 Hybrid. Average speed over the 8.47-mile lap was 154.8 mph (249.2 km/h).

• The fastest qualifying lap ever was driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1985 in a Porsche 962 C in 3:14.800 minutes, average speed: 156.47 mph (251.815 km/h). Since 1990 chicanes have been installed to break up the long Mulsanne straight. On the current track a lap time of under 3:14.843 minutes would be necessary to break Stuck’s record.

• In 2015, the Porsche 919 Hybrids qualified one-two-three. It was the 17th pole position for Porsche in Le Mans and the first one since 1997.

• In 2015, Porsche achieved a one-two-three result in qualifying for the ninth time at Le Mans. Prior to this, the last time it had happened was in 1988.

• The longest race distance was covered by Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas/Mike Rockenfeller in 2010 in their overall victory for Audi, a total of 3,362.06 miles (5,410.713 km) in 397 laps averaging 139.85 mph (225.228 km/h).

• The race distance covered by the winning Porsche 919 Hybrid in 2015 was 3,344.73 miles (5,382.82 km) over 395 laps with an average speed of 139.31 mph (224.2 km/h).

• During the 2015 journey, the gearbox experienced 25,293 shifts (up and downshifting).

• The highest top speed with a 919 in the 2015 race was done by Mark Webber – 211.39 mph (340.2 km/h) on Saturday at 4:40 pm.

• It was also Webber who lost the most body weight of all six drivers. At the beginning of the race he tipped the scales at 179 pounds (81.2 kg), including overalls and helmet. After his final stint his weight was 172.4 lbs (78.2 kg).

• For the slowest part of the track, Arnage, the drivers decelerate to around 44 mph (70 km/h).

• 2016 will see 60 cars on the grid.

• In qualifying (Wednesday and Thursday until midnight), all 180 drivers must run at least five laps in the dark.

• While the WEC rules call for averaging the fastest laps of two drivers, the classic Le Mans method is to simply take the fastest lap driven with the car.

• The 2016 Le Mans night is three minutes shorter than last year and almost the shortest of the year: the sun sets on Saturday at 10:02 pm, and it rises again on Sunday at 5:59 am local time.

• In normal racing mode (without any safety car periods), the Porsche 919 Hybrid must refuel every 14 laps.

• In 2015, each 919 Hybrid was refueled 30 times.

• Refueling and wheel changing may only be made sequentially, not at the same time. Only four mechanics may work simultaneously when wheel changing, using one wheel gun only. That takes a lot longer than, for example, in Formula One.

• Drivers are normally only changed when new Michelin tires are needed.

• Three fuel tank fills with one set of Michelin tires are the minimum. In 2015 the longest driving time with one set of tires was a quadruple stint at night (54 laps per car and driver).

• During the race, each driver must get behind the wheel for a minimum of six hours in total. No driver may drive for more than four hours within a six-hour period. No driver may drive for more than 14 of the 24 hours.

• Due to the length of the circuit, there are three safety cars at Le Mans.

•The equipment taken to the track includes a spare chassis, four combustion engines, four front gearboxes, four rear gearboxes, six front wings and six rear wings, 60 rims and over 100 radios and headsets.

• The amount of electrical energy that a driver can use for what is known as boosting is limited. The Porsche 919 Hybrid may consume exactly 2.22-kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity on each 8.47-mile (13.629 km) long lap. If the car would be a power plant, the re-generated energy from the 24-Hours would run a standard German family house for three months.

• The Porsche 919 Hybrid has a power system that produces around 662 kW (900 HP). Almost 368 kW (500 HP) come from the two-liter V4 turbo petrol engine, while the e-machine, fed by the recovery systems, delivers more than 294 kW (400 HP).

• For 2016, the regulations stipulate a reduction in fuel consumption and fuel flow, which means for the 919 uses around 9.5 percent less fuel per lap compared to Le Mans 2015.

• Due to the aerodynamic downforce, and, therefore, the increased load on the wheels, the contact patch of the Michelin tires can even double. Normally they have a width of 12.2 inches (310 mm).

• These different types of tires can be used: three different compounds of slick tires for dry conditions, a hybrid tire (no profile either but softer surface) for mixed conditions and two types of wets for heavy or extreme rain.

• 5.72-miles (9.2 km) of the 8.47-mile (13.6 km) long circuit consist of what are normally public roads.

• Twice as many points are awarded for Le Mans than in the other eight races for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) that are each six hours long.

• In the WEC standings, the Porsche team leads with 56 points ahead of Toyota (43) and Audi (41).

• In the drivers’ world championship Dumas/Jani/Lieb are leading with 43 points each. Bernhard/Hartley/Webber rank 14th with 1.5 points each.

• The Porsche 919 Hybrid was designed and built at the Development Center of Porsche AG in Weissach. 260 team members work there.

• In 2015, the organizers, the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest), announced 263,500 spectators on site. 1,425 journalists (print, photo, TV, online) from 42 countries were accredited. The race was partly or entirely broadcasted in 190 countries. 2.5 million live connections for Web TV were registered.


Porsche History at Le Mans. Key North American Performances.
*: North American-based team

1961 – Bob Holbert /Maston Gregory – Porsche System Engineering – Porsche 718 RS61 – Sports 2.0 class (5th overall)

1976 – Tom Waugh/John Rulon-Miller/Jean Pierre Laffeach – Tom Waugh Racing* – Porsche 911 Carrera RSR – IMSA class

1977 – Jurgen Barth/Hurley Haywood/Jacky Ickx – Martini Racing Porsche AG – Porsche 936/77 – Sports +2.0 class

1977 – Claude Bella-Lena/Peter Gregg – JMS Racing-ASA Cachia – Porsche 935 – Group 5

1978 – Brian Redman/Dick Barbour/John Paul Sr. – Dick Barbour Racing* – Porsche 935/77 – IMSA +2.5 class

1978 – Jim Busby/Chris Cord/Rick Knoop – Porsche Kremer Racing – Porsche 935/77 – Group 5 +2.0 class

1979 – Klaus Ludwig/Don Whittington/Bill Whittington – Porsche Kremer Racing – Porsche 935 K3 – Group 5 class

1979 – Rolf Stommelen/Paul Newman/Dick Barbour – Dick Barbour Racing* – Porsche 935 – IMSA +2.5 class

1980 – John Fitzpatrick/Brian Redman/Dick Barbour  – Dick Barbour Racing* – Porsche 935 K3 – IMSA class

1982 – Jim Busby/Doc Bundy/Marcel Mignot – B.F. Goodrich Racing* – Porsche 924 Carrera GTR – IMSA GTO class

1983 – Vern Schuppan/Hurley Haywood/Al Holbert – Rothmans Porsche AG – Porsche 956 – Group C class

1986 – Derek Bell/Hans-Joachim Stuck/Al Holbert – Rothmans Porsche AG – Porsche 962C – Group C1

1987 – Hans-Joachim Stuck/Derek Bell/Al Holbert – Rothmans Porsche AG – Porsche 962C – Group C1

1994 – Yannick Dalmas/Hurley Haywood/Mauro Baldi – Porsche AG/Joest Racing – Porsche Dauer 962 Le Mans – GT1 class

1995 – Bob Wollek/Eric Helary/Mario Andretti – Courage Competition – Porsche-powered Courage C34 – World Sports Car (WSC) class

1996 – Davy Jones/Alex Wurz/Manuel Reuter – Joest Racing – Porsche-powered TWR WSC-95 – Le Mans Prototype (LMP1) class

2002 – Kevin Buckler/Lucas Luhr/Timo Bernhard – The Racers Group* – Porsche 911 GT3-RS – GT class

2003 – Sascha Maassen/Emmanuel Collard/Lucas Luhr – White Lightning Racing* – Porsche 911 GT3-RS – GT

2004 – Joerg Bergmeister/Patrick Long/Sascha Maassen – White Lightning Racing* – Porsche 911 GT3 RS – GT

2005 – Mike Rockenfeller/Marc Lieb/Leo Hindery – Alex Job Racing/BAM!* – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – GT2

2007 – Raymond Narac/Richard Lietz/Patrick Long – IMSA Performance – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – GT2

Most Recent Porsche Victories at Le Mans. 

2010 – Marc Lieb/Richard Lietz/Wolf Henzler – Team Felbermayr-Proton – Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – LMGT2

2013 – Marc Lieb/Richard Lietz/Romain Dumas – Porsche AG Team Manthey – Porsche 911 RSR – LMGTE Pro

2015 – Earl Bamber/Nico Hülkenberg-Nick Tandy – Porsche Team – Porsche 919 Hybrid – LMP1/Overall

Other Porsche Le Mans Facts.

  • Porsche is the winningest manufacturer at Le Mans with 17 overall titles and 102 class titles. Audi is second with 13 overall titles.
  • Porsche has the most consecutive race wins at Le Mans having taken overall titles from 1981-1987. Ferrari is second with six, earned from 1960-1965.
  • Germany holds 33 overall wins at Le Mans – spread across four manufacturers. The United Kingdom is second with 17 Le Mans titles over six constructors.
  • Porsche won its first overall victory at Le Mans in 1970 with the venerable Porsche 917
  • Porsche holds the record for most starts consecutively, 1951 – 2015 (64). 2016 will be the 65th year in a row.


Oh Canada. Historic Montreal GT3 Cup Challenge Races Exceed Expectations. 
The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama made history last weekend Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, with their first-ever combined event.

The series ran concurrently in support of the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One event, with each series running their respective championship rounds and scored separately.

Scott Hargrove swept both Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama races and was the overall winner in both 25-minute rounds. Montreal resident Jesse Lazare was the winner of both Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama rounds.

The event raised awareness of the new IMSA North American Cup, presented to the driver who scores the most combined points in the two series this season.

The next event for both series will be the second and final combined event with the two series this season June 30-July 2 at Watkins Glen International. The event will represent Rounds 5 and 6 for Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama and Rounds 7 and 8 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

Hargrove earned his first victory of the season in Round 3 Saturday, holding off rival Daniel Morad in a tight, clean race between the two young Canadian stars. The 2014 Platinum Cup champion followed it up with a runaway win in Round 4 Sunday in mixed conditions at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

2013 Gold Cup champion Carlos de Quesada wove through the heavy traffic in the 36-car combined field and finished 2.868 seconds ahead of teammate Tim Sanderson to take the Platinum Masters win in his first start of the season in Round 3 Saturday.
Three-time Platinum Masters champion Marco Cirone rebounded from an incident in Round 3 to take the win in Round 4 on Sunday.

Shaun McKaigue picked up his second and third Gold Cup wins of the season, sweeping the two rounds at Montreal.

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

Montreal was well represented in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama this weekend with hometown boys Lazare and Chris Green taking four of the six overall podium positions for Rounds 5 and 6.

The two were a perfect representation of the blended event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Lazare is the only Canadian-born driver running full time in the USA series. 2015 Canadian Platinum Cup champion Green is racing selected rounds of the USA championship this season.

Lazare completed the weekend sweep to inch closer to the Platinum Cup driver championship lead. Green finished third in Round 5 on Saturday and second in Round 6 on Sunday in front of his home crowd.

Fred Poordad and Jeff Mosing split the Platinum Masters victories. In the Gold Cup class, Michael de Quesada and Sebastian Landy each earned one victory to intensify their budding race for the Gold Cup Driver Championship.


Porsche Entries.
FIA World Endurance Championship
24 Hours of Le Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe.
Nine (9) Porsche entries at Le Mans


LMP1 (2) Porsche 919 Hybrid
No. 1 Porsche Racing
Timo Bernhard (Germany)/Mark Webber (Australia)/Brendon Hartley (New Zealand)

No. 2 Porsche Racing
Romain Dumas (France)/Neel Jani (Switzerland)/Marc Lieb (Germany)

LMGTE-Pro Class (3) Porsche 911 RSR

No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing
Richard Lietz (Austria)/Michael Christensen (Denmark)/Philipp Eng (Austria)

No. 91 Porsche Motorsport
Patrick Pilet (France)/Kevin Estre (France)/Nick Tandy (Great Britain)

No. 92 Porsche Motorsport
Frédéric Makowiecki (France)/Earl Bamber (New Zealand)/Jérg Bergmeister (Germany)

LMGTE-AM Class (4) Porsche 911 RSR
No. 78 KCMG
Christian Reed (Germany)/Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Joel Camathias (Switzerland)
No. 86 Gulf Racing
Michael Wainwright (Great Britain)/Adam Carroll (Great Britain)/Benjamin Barker (Great Britain)
No. 88 Abu Dhabi-Proton Racing
Khaled Al Qubaisi (United Arab Emirates)/David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark)/Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California)
No. 89 Proton Competition
Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois)/ Leh Keen (Atlanta, Georgia)/Marc Miller (Holland, Michigan)


Where to Watch.

24 Hours of Le Mans
FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)

Saturday, June 18
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. FS1
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. FS2
6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. FS2
7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. FS2
10:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. FS2
Sunday, June 19
2:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. FS1

Live Race Video Streaming

Live Qualifying Streaming

Audio Streaming

Live Timing and Scoring

Social Media.
Porsche Cars North America. @Porsche
Porsche North America. @PorscheNARacing
Porsche Motorsport – GT Cars. @PorscheRaces
Porsche Racing – 919 Hybrid. @Porsche_Team
Model Hashtag.
Porsche 911 RSR. #911RSR
Porsche 911 GT3 R. #911GT3R
Porsche 919 Hybrid. #919hybrid
Event Hashtag.
24 Hours of Le Mans #LeMans24
Series Hashtag.
GT3 Cup Challenge USA. #GT3USA
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada. #GT3Canada


Upcoming Porsche Events

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Watkins Glen International
Dateline. Watkins Glen, New York
Date. Sunday, July 3
Race Duration. Six Hours
Class. GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round. GTLM. 5 of 20
GTD. 5 of 20
Next Round. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, July 8 – 9
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event. Continental 150. Watkins Glen International
Dateline. Watkins Glen, New York;
Date. Saturday, July 2
Race Duration. Two Hours, 30-minutes
Class. Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. Four of Ten
Next Round. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, July 8 – 9
Pirelli World Challenge
Event. Road America Grand Prix, Road America
Dateline. Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Date. Race 1. Saturday, June 25
Race 2. Sunday, June 26
Race Duration. Two, 50-Minute Races
Class. GT/GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. GT/GTA. 12 and 13 of 20
GT Cup. 11 and 12 of 20
Next Round. GT/GTA/GT Cup, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, Ohio, July 29-30
FIA World Endurance Championship
Event. Six Hours of Nürburgring, Nürburgring Grand Prix Circuit
Dateline. Nürburg, Germany
Date. Saturday-Sunday, June 16-19
Race Duration. 24-hours
Classes. LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR, LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round.  Three of Nine
Next Round. Six Hours of Nürburgring, The Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany, July 24


Images and Video from the venue. 
Porsche Motorsport Video News Releases.
Photography. http://press.porsche.com/media/gallery2/v/photos/motorsports/happenings

Porsche Cars North America Media Site.
Porsche Cars North America Motorsports Site.
Porsche North America Race Team Portal.
Porsche Motorsports Media Information. Current news, images and notes relating to Porsche can be found on our press kit. Please contact Dave Engelman or Tom Moore for the latest Porsche Motorsports media kit.


Dave Engelman 
Porsche Cars North America
Media Relations Manager, Motorsports and Brand Heritage
Office. 770-290-3617
Mobile. 404-386-4665

Tom Moore
Motorsports Public Relations
Office. 615-778-1614
Mobile.  615-509-5000


About Porsche Cars North America Inc. | One Porsche Drive, Atlanta, GA 30354 USA
Established in 1984, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA) is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche 918 Spyder, 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, the Macan and Cayenne SUVs, and Panamera sports sedans. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia since 1998, PCNA is also home to the first Porsche Experience Center in North America featuring a module-based 1.6 mile driver development track, business center, human performance center, and fine dining restaurant. PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide parts, service, marketing, and training for 188 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 65-plus year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. PCNA is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany.

At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000-plus motorsport wins to date.

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