Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Monday, May 22, 2017
May 22, 2017
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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Monday, May 22, 2017
|Pirelli World Challenge – SprintX and GTS|
|Event:||Pirelli World Challenge at Lime Rock, Lime Rock Park|
|Date:||Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27|
|Track Length:||1.5-miles, 7-turn|
|Race Duration:||Two, 60-minute races|
|Class:||GT-X (Porsche 911 GT3 R)|
|GTA-X (Porsche 911 GT3 R)|
|GTS-X (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR)|
|GTS (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR)|
|Round:||SprintX. Rounds 5 and 6 of 10|
|GTS. Rounds 7 and 8 of 18|
|Next Round:||PWC at Road America, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, June 23-25, 2017|
Event Story Lines
Porsche Gets PWC Triple. Porsche Customer Teams Take Three Wins at CTMP
Porsche customers scored three class victories and five podium finishes in Pirelli World Challenge SprintX competition at the Victoria Day Speedfest in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada May 20 and 21. The tally at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) included wins in the GT-X class, Pro-Am division, for first-year “works” driver Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and veteran customer driver and GMG team owner James Sofronas (Villa Park, California) driving the No. 14 Porsche 911 GT3 R on Saturday. The No. 90 Autometrics Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup shared by Joe Toussaint (Houston, Texas) and Cory Friedman (Charleston, South Carolina) added a GTC-X class victory while the No. 017 Case-It Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR of Adam Merzon (Greenwich, Connecticut) and Trent Hindman (Long Beach, New Jersey) gave Porsche Motorsport-built entries a third win in Round 3 of the SprintX Championship.
The Patrick Long-Jörg Bergmeister driver combination finished in second-place overall as well as in the Pro-Pro class driving the No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R on Saturday. The podium helped maintain Long’s position as the season-long points’ leader in the combined Sprint (50-minute, single-driver format) and SprintX (60-minute, two-driver format) championship. PWC is North America’s premier “sprint” format GT style championship.
Porsche currently leads the manufacturer points’ standings in all GT classes.
The No. 16 Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R, shared by “Am” driver Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York) and “Pro” Jan Heylen (Tampa, Florida) added to their points’ lead in the GT-X Pro-Am class with a second-place finish. The duo won in Round 1 at VIRginia International Raceway in April.
The No. 58 had set the fastest race lap in Saturday’s Round 3 assuring the longtime driver pairing the pole position for Sunday’s Round 4. However, they would not have a chance to improve their race results to the top step of the podium. Sunday’s race at CTMP was cancelled due to the heavy rain and standing water on the track. PWC officials determined that the combination of deep water at portions of the track and a continuous storm front would not allow the Round 4 of the championship to be contested safely. The race will be rescheduled for later in the PWC season, details will be announced when finalized.
Rounds 5 and 6 will be held on May 26 and 27, respectively, at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.
PWC at Lime Rock Park.
Pirelli World Challenge will be the highlight of one of North American motorsports’ great traditions: Memorial Day at Lime Rock Park. The continent’s premier sprint series for GT and sports cars will hold the SprintX Championship’s Rounds 5 and 6 on the 1.5-mile, seven-turn road course. Porsche will be well represented in the twin, 60-minute races as well as in Rounds 7 and 8 of the GTS Championship. However, because of one of Germany’s great motorsport traditions, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, several regular driver pairings will be changed for the race in the Northeast.
Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) will be teamed with 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and 24 Hours of Le Mans victor Marc Lieb (Germany) in the No. 58 Porsche Consulting Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. Long’s regular SprintX co-driver, Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) will be at the Nürburgring campaigning a 911 GT3 R. Also racing in Germany will be Porsche works driver Laurens Vanthoor. The Belgian has temporarily handed over his “Pro” seat in the Pro-Am class No. 14 GMG GT3 R to Matthew Halliday (New Zealand) who will co-drive with Villa Park, California’s James Sofronas. GT-X Pro-Am championship leaders Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York) and Jan Heylen (Tampa, Florida) will not be split giving the team an excellent opportunity to extend their championship lead in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. Also continuing their pairing is Porsche Young Driver Academy graduate Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas) and two-time SprintX class winner Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland) in the No. 77 Calvert Dynamics Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Two Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are entered in the GTC-X class for Lime Rock. The No. 90 Autometrics Motorsports entry is fresh off its Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) Am-Am class win with drivers Joe Toussaint (Houston, Texas) and Cory Friedman (Charleston, South Carolina). Joining them in the category reserved for “one make championship” entries is the No. 95 Tool Racing 911 GT3 Cup car of Andy Lee (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Erich Joiner (Manhattan Beach, California).
Lime Rock Park will see the mid-engined Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR fight for more PWC victories in four races: two SprintX features in the GTS-X class (Rounds 5 and 6) and two in the stand-alone GTS class for the Sprint Championship (Rounds 7 and 8). Three of the GT4-specification machines are entered for the two 60-minute races while five are scheduled to race in the 50-minute GTS races. In SprintX, the No. 017 Case-It Racing machine of Adam Merzon (Greenwich, Connecticut) and Trent Hindman (Long Beach, New Jersey) look to carry the momentum of the GTS-X Pro-Am victory in Canada to Lime Rock but will face opposition from the No. 47 NOLAsport car of Jason Hart (Flower Mound, Texas)/ Matt Travis (The Woodlands, Texas) and the No. 018 Case-It team car of Cameron Cassels (Canada) and Philip Bloom (New York, New York).
In the GTS-only races, the familiar Flying Lizard Motorsports No. 3 of Rodrigo Baptista (Spain) and No. 14 of Nate Stacy (Tulsa, Oklahoma) will face the No. 017 Case-It machine with Merzon and the No. 018 of Cassels. TRG will have their second race in the GTS class with a Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR driven by Newport Beach, California’s Craig Lyons in the No. 03.
Lieb-Long Lime Rock. Reigning Le Mans Winner Joins Wright Motorsports For PWC.
Wright Motorsports has confirmed that reigning FIA WEC LMP1 and 24 Hours of Le Mans champion, Marc Lieb (Germany) will be joining Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) in the No. 58 Porsche Consulting Porsche 911 GT3 R during the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX double-header at Lime Rock Park, May 26-27.
The event falls as a conflict for season regular, Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) who is set to compete in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. Bergmeister will return to the Wright Motorsports Porsche for the remaining SprintX rounds at Utah Motorsports Campus and Circuit of the Americas.
While it marks his PWC debut, Lieb needs no introduction to most sports car racing fans. Most recently recognized for his 2016 FIA WEC championship and overall 24 Hours of Le Mans win in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the German will step in with an outstanding amount of knowledge and Porsche racing experience.
Beyond his prototype racing success, Lieb carries extensive GT racing experience under the Porsche marque, including previous wins with Long. The two hit all of their marks during this year’s Bathurst 12 Hours, when they brought a Porsche 911 GT3 R to a class win and second place overall finish.
John Wright, Owner, No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“I’m fortunate that Wright Motorsports is getting the opportunity to expand our resume by working with another world class driver. I want to thank Porsche for the continued support that they give to their customers when you run the Porsche product.”
Marc Lieb, Driver, No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“I am really looking forward to joining Patrick and Wright Motorsports at Lime Rock. The Pirelli World Challenge is a tough championship and the new SprintX format is very interesting. I can’t remember the last time I’ve driven a race less than six hours, so for me coming from the long races it will be a pure sprint and to do it at a challenging little track like Lime Rock, it will be even better. I expect it to be close racing and a lot of fun!”
Patrick Long, Driver, No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“It’s a seamless change welcoming Marc on board for Lime Rock. He knows the circuit and the car, so we are very lucky to have him while Jörg is out on Nürburgring 24 duty. Marc is one of the first people I met when I arrived at Porsche. He has been a great mentor and friend of mine. We drove together this year at Bathurst, had a great time and achieved a fantastic result.”
Wolf Pack. GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Adds Henzler to SprintX Line-Up.
GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing announced Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) will co-pilot the No. 99 Red Dragon with GAINSCO veteran Jon Fogarty (Bend, Oregon) at the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) SprintX events at Utah Motorsports Campus and Circuit of The Americas later this summer.
The two-time championship-winning sports car team opted to compete only in the GT Sprint category in 2017, offering team owner Bob Stallings the opportunity to evaluate the new SprintX Category and also the ability to continue the development of the No. 99 Porsche 911 GT3 R.
A Porsche “Works Driver” since 2008, Henzler’s storied career includes victories in motorsports’ most prestigious sports car races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex 24 At Daytona, as well as the 25 Hours of Thunderhill and Petit Le Mans. Henzler has either won or podiumed driving a Porsche every year since 2003. Entering the GT “Pro-Pro” category with Fogarty, it will be Henzler’s first time competing in the Pirelli World Challenge Series in more than a decade.
Bob Stallings, owner, No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“We chose not to participate in 2017 SprintX primarily so we could focus on a robust testing schedule with our new race car. Wolf has been helping us with our testing of the new Red Dragon this year and we have decided to enter two SprintX races later this year in anticipation of running a full schedule in PWC in 2018. Wolf is a seasoned pro with a vast knowledge of the Porsche 911 GT3 R. Jon Fogarty and our engineer John Ward have had great experiences with Wolf previously and he has fit in seamlessly with our team this year. These two races will give us an excellent opportunity to test the SprintX format.”
Wolf Henzler, Driver, No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
“It is great to be back in Pirelli World Challenge, for the first time in 12 years! The new SprintX format of a 1-hour race with a driver change halfway into it is something new to me and I am not sure what to expect, but I am sure the timing of the pit stop is very important and will be the key for a good result. I am looking forward to driving the Red Dragon Porsche 911 GT3 R at Salt Lake City and Austin this year together with Jon Fogarty. It will be an honor to represent such an iconic racing brand at their home track. The last time I raced with Jon was when we won the Thunderhill 25-hour race together in 2011 in the Porsche 911 Cup car. This could be a good sign for our two World Challenge races!”
Virtual 24. Porsche, ACO and Microsoft Offer Simultaneous Races for Le Mans.
Simultaneous to the actual 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 17-18, top eSports racers will compete in the finals event for “Forza Racing Championship (Forza RC) Season 3: The Porsche Cup”. Over the duration of 24 hours, the joint project of Porsche, Microsoft and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) will be carried out in several qualifying rounds. The finale race will see virtual Porsche 919 Hybrids competing. The finalists of the online competition will be present on site in Le Mans playing on Xbox One consoles.
In addition to prize money, the participants race for a very special honor. The ACO has made an entirely new grouping for the eSports competition called “Official Endurance Esports Category” – accordingly the winner will be recognized alongside the official podium ceremony on Sunday after the checkered flag of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
This unique competition is the result of the partnership between Porsche and Microsoft that was announced at the New York Auto Show in April. The race simulation “Forza Motorsport 6” and the eSports platform “Forza RC” allow for an interactive approach to the fascination of sports cars and motorsports and are especially appreciated by broad audiences.
Further information and registration is available at http://www.forzarc.gfinity.net/. Qualifying continues until May 28. During the race weekend itself, Microsoft offers live coverage on the virtual finale on the following online platforms:
Porsche Entries at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship.
Total Car Count: Fourteen (14) Porsche entries will be competing in the four rounds of the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge at Lime Rock Park. Nine (9) cars will run in Rounds 6 and 7 of the SprintX Championship. Five entries will run in the Sprint Championships GTS class Rounds 7 and 8. Two GTS cars will do all four races eligible to them at Lime Rock Park.
|GT-X Class – Pro/Pro – One (1) Porsche 911 GT3 R.|
|No. 58 Wright Motorsports||Mark Lieb (Germany)/ Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California)|
|GT-X Class – Pro/Am – Three (3) Porsche 911 GT3 R.|
|No. 14 GMG Racing||Matthew Halliday (New Zealand)/ James Sofronas (Villa Park, California)|
|No. 16 Wright Motorsports||Michael Schein (Glen Cove, New York)/ Jan Heylen (Tampa, Florida)|
|No. 77 Calvert Dynamics||Preston Calvert (Potomac, Maryland)/ Alec Udell (The Woodlands, Texas)|
|GTC-X Class – Two (2) Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.|
|No. 90 Autometrics Motorsports||Joe Toussaint (Houston, Texas)/ Cory Friedman (Charleston, South Carolina)|
|No. 95 Tool Racing||Andy Lee (Colorado Springs, Colorado)/ Erich Joiner (Manhattan Beach, California)|
|GTS-X Class – Pro/Am – One (1) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.|
|No. 017 Case-It Racing||Adam Merzon (Greenwich, Connecticut)/ Trent Hindman (Long Beach, New Jersey)|
|GTS-X Class – Am/Am – Two (2) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.|
|No. 018 Case-It Racing||Cameron Cassels (Canada)/ Philip Bloom (New York, New York)|
|No. 47 NOLAsport||Jason Hart (Flower Mound, Texas)/ Matt Travis (The Woodlands, Texas)|
|GTS Class – Five (5) Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.|
|No. 3 Flying Lizard Motorsports||Rodrigo Baptista (Spain)|
|No. 14 Flying Lizard Motorsports||Nate Stacy (Tulsa, Oklahoma)|
|No. 03 TRG||Craig Lyons (Newport Beach, California)|
|No. 017 Case-It Racing||Adam Merzon (Greenwich, Connecticut)|
|No. 018 Case-It Racing||Cameron Cassels (Canada)|
|Where to Watch:|
|All Pirelli World Challenge Series information, audio and live timing and scoring for each on-track session is additionally available at www.world-challenge.com.|
|Pirelli World Challenge.||Channel/Web Address|
|Race Broadcast. Live.||www.world-challenge.com|
|SprintX Race 1|
|Friday, May 26|
|3:55 p.m. ET|
|Sprint X Race 2|
|Saturday, May 27|
|1:20 p.m. ET|
|GTS Race 1|
|Friday, May 26|
|5:05 p.m. ET|
|GTS Race 2|
|Sunday, May 27|
|2:50 p.m. ET|
|Race Broadcast. Television.||CBS Sports Network|
|Sunday, June 4|
|5:30 p.m. ET|
|Wednesday, June 7|
|9:00 p.m. ET|
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Future Porsche Events.
|IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship|
|Event:||SportsCar Classic, GTD Class Only, Raceway at Belle Isle Park|
|Date:||Saturday, June 3|
|Track Length:||2.36-miles, 14-turn|
|Race Duration:||1-Hour, 40-minutes|
|Class:||GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)|
|Round:||GTD. 5 of 12|
|Next Round:||Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, June 29 – July 2|
|FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)|
|Event:||24 Hours of Le Mans “Test Day”, Circuit del la Sarthe|
|Dateline:||Le Mans, France|
|Date:||Sunday, June 4|
|Track Length:||8.469-miles, 38-turn|
|Class:||LMP-1 Hybrid (Porsche 919 Hybrid)|
|Class:||LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR, MY 2017)|
|Class:||LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR, MY 2016)|
|Next Round:||24 Hours of Le Mans, Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France, June 17-18, 2017|
|Ultra 94 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama|
|Event:||Formula 1 GP of Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve|
|Dateline:||Montreal, Quebec, Canada|
|Date:||Race 1. Saturday, June 10|
|Race 2. Sunday, June 11|
|Track Length:||2.71 mile, 13-turn Road Course|
|Race Duration:||Two, 45-minute races|
|Class:||Platinum (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, MY 2017)|
|Gold (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, MY 2014-2016)|
|Round:||3 and 5 of 12|
|Next Round:||Six Hours of The Glen, Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, June 29 – July 2|
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