Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

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August 30, 2016


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Porsche Motorsports Weekly Event Notes. Monday, August 30, 2016

Next Porsche Motorsport Event.
FIA World Endurance Championship
Event. Six Hours of Mexico
Dateline. Mexico City, Mexico
Date. Saturday, September 3
Track Length. 2.67-mile, 17-turn
Race Duration. Six-Hours
Class. LMP1 Hybrid (Porsche 919 Hybrid)
LMGTE-Pro (Porsche 911 RSR)
LMGTE-Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round. 5 of 9
Next Round. Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, September 15-17

Porsche Profile.

Event Story Lines

Porsche Prototypes Look South of the Border; Porsche 919 Hybrid Continues World Tour in Mexico:

The next race for the Le Mans-winning Porsche 919 Hybrid provides entirely new challenges. On September 3, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will make its debut at Mexico City’s Grand Prix circuit. The six-hour race at the multimillion- population metropolis is the fifth of nine rounds of the 2016 WEC. The 2.67-mile (4.303 kilometer)-long track lies 7,400-feet (2,250 meters) above sea level, which means thin air for men and machines. Furthermore, September is one of the rainiest months in the region. At the end of every lap at the “Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez” the drivers arrive at a right-left-hander to dive into a baseball stadium that can accommodate 26,000 spectators making for a spectacular venue.

Having won in Silverstone (England), Le Mans (France) and at the Nürburgring (Germany), the Porsche Team leads the manufacturers’ world championship with 164 points ahead of Audi (129) and Toyota (97). In the drivers’ world championship, the trio of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) is leading. The Le Mans winners have 106 points to their tally; the second-placed Audi trio has a total of 73 points. The Porsche sister car’s crew of Timo Bernhard (Germany), Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) and Mark Webber (Australia) currently ranks eighth with a score of 28.5 points. The reigning World Champions were unlucky in the first three rounds, but struck back by winning the six-hour race at the Nürburgring in July.

Thirty-two cars are registered for the venue between the Sierra Nevada and the twin volcanoes of Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuati. The field of prototypes and sports cars is divided into four classes. The Porsche 919 Hybrid belongs to the highest category of the class one Le Mans prototypes (LMP1).

The 919 was developed in Weissach and produces a system power of over 900 HP (662 kW). Its combustion engine is a futuristic downsized motor: the very compact twoliter V4 turbocharged petrol engine drives the rear axle with almost 500 PS (368 kW). Two different energy recovery systems – brake energy from the front and exhaust energy – feed a lithium ion battery that, on command, passes on the energy to an E machine to power the front axle with an extra boost of over 400 PS (294 kW). At the Nürburgring the new aerodynamic package for high downforce passed its baptism. It is the 919’s third aero spec this season and, by regulation, its final iteration of 2016. Nevertheless, there is always some freedom in set-up for different circuits and various climatic conditions. For safety, the rules also permit extra cooling in Mexico.

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1:

“The race in Mexico is a huge challenge for drivers as well as also in terms of technology and logistics. But we’re very pleased about having the new destination on the calendar. This circuit breathes motorsport history and the successes of the brothers Pedro and Ricardo Rodríguez, after whom the track is named, remains unforgotten at Porsche. It was outstanding when Pedro Rodríguez became sports car world champion with the 917 in 1970. For our team, it’s not long ago that every circuit was new territoryto us. We’re only in our third year. I have full faith in the team to manage the special tasks that come from the altitude and get a little closer to our goal of the title defense.”

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal:

“In the technical preparation for the Mexican race a chain of what is out of the ordinary comes into play. First, the altitude; compared to normally aspirated engines, our turbo charged engine loses less power, but cooling is an issue because of the thin air with less oxygen. This goes for the powertrain as well as for the brakes. Necessarily drag is a lot lower. This makes it difficult to provide the downforce you want in the corners, but on the three-quarter-mile (1.2 kilometer) straight we will see high top speeds. The circuit has a high full throttle percentage and the grip level will increase significantly unless it rains, which is something to expect as well.”

Timo Bernhard, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid:

“If you drive a race track for the first time you can quickly learn its layout, but it takes a lot longer to really translate it into a perfect racing line. You need to learn quickly, because in practice three drivers share the car. To only begin to search for the limits in the race isn’t an option because of the tight competition. I remember watching Mexican Formula One races in the early ’90s on TV. The crowd was always great. For Brendon, Mark and me winning at the Nürburgring was a big relief. We are far behind in the drivers’ championship standings, but will focus on each single event now to collect as many points as possible to help Porsche to defend the manufacturers’ title.”

Brendon Hartley, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid:

“Car number 1 has been quick all year, but at the Nürburgring it finally all came together. Timo, Mark and myself will fight as hard as we can to stand on the middle step again in Mexico. After some holidays, including a trip to Bali, I can’t wait to get back into the car. I love to take on the challenge of learning a new circuit. I have never been to Mexico, but from all I have seen the circuit looks great and the people really seem to love our sport. It will be interesting to experience racing at high altitude and I will maybe go a couple of days early to acclimatize.”

Mark Webber, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid:

“We learned a lot with our new high downforce package at the Nürburgring. It worked very well. Mexico is a different layout. We’ll have to see how the capacities of the engines work at high altitude in terms of diesel and petrol. It looks low on grip and it will, therefore, be interesting to see what downforce level people are on. I have the impression people in Latin America particularly love sports cars. I was there with Porsche last year in December for a few dealership openings with a pretty impressive turnout. I expect to see many fans out there and think they’ll really enjoy watching our cars.”

Romain Dumas, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid:

I’ve been to Mexico City once, but this was a long time ago in 2003 when I did my one and only Formula Atlantic race. I remember it was a little bit crazy there and the fans were great, a lot of enthusiastic people. Now I’m looking forward to discovering the new track – first in the simulator and then the real thing. I love going to new places. It will be a big challenge with the altitude. It will be different for the engine, the cooling and the downforce level and difficult for the drivers. No one has yet driven an LMP1 car 7,400 feet above sea level. Regarding the championship, I think our competition has made good progress in terms of reliability after Le Mans. To win the title, we have to be clever and do clean races.

Neel Jani, Driver, No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid:

“In 2007, I was in Mexico City with the Champ Car series and in 2008 again when I was doing the A1GP series. It was still the old layout, but I think I got a feeling for the venue. We had a good crowd and a nice atmosphere. I’m sure the track surface is better now than then. I frequently go cross-country skiing and do other sports in the mountains. Therefore, I’m used to high altitude, but still, I will do some special preparation with my trainer for Mexico. We want to win the championship and cannot afford to lose any points.”

Marc Lieb, Driver, No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid:

“To discover a new circuit is always super exciting, and the last time I experienced that was 2013 in Austin. I try to gather as much information as possible beforehand. The Formula One on-board footage on the web fits quite well for our prototype in terms of turning points and racing line. We also have a state-of-the-art simulator in Weissach. I like the track and I’m excited to learn how the 919 and my body will perform at high altitude. The thin air also influences the aerodynamics and, therefore, tire wear. How this finally develops you cannot simulate a hundred percent. We have four enjoyable races with good crowds behind us and I really hope to see many of the famous Mexican race fans next weekend.”

Facts and Figures:

– The six-hour race in Mexico City is the fifth out of nine rounds of the 2016 WEC and starts on September 3rd at 1:30 p.m. local time, 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

– The official WEC App can be downloaded free of charge in its basic version and can be extended (not free of charge) by a live stream. Several live features, such as on-board cameras, timing and GPS tracking, are implemented in the Porsche Motorsport App (free of charge) and at porsche.com/fiawec.

– The circuit was remodeled and Formula One returned to it in 2015.

– One lap is 2.67-miles (4.303 kilometers) and has 17 corners.

– At normal race speed (no safety car) the Porsche 919 Hybrid is due for refueling after every 40 laps.

– Refueling and changing Michelin tires may only be made sequentially, not at the same time. Only four mechanics may work simultaneously when changing tires and may use only one wheel gun. The stops are, therefore, much longer than a traditional IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series, NASCAR Sprint Cup or IndyCar Series pit stop.

– The drivers are normally only changed when new tires are needed.
– A set of Michelin slick tires should last two fuel tank fills, or “stints” as they are called in sports car racing.

– The WEC efficiency regulations limit the amount of energy that can be used per lap. In Mexico City the Porsche 919 Hybrid can use 3.916 megajoule of electrical power from energy recovery systems and 1.101 kilograms or 0.4 gallons (1.506 liters) of gasoline.

– 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 cover) for mixed conditions and wet weather tires. 8.5 sets of dry weather tires are available per car for qualifying and the race.

All points’ standings: http://www.fiawec.com/courses/classification.html
All results: http://fiawec.alkamelsystems.com

One More and Done: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada to Close Season This Weekend

Daniel Morad could play it safe during the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama season finale Sept. 2-4 and walk away with the Platinum Cup championship. But taking it easy isn’t Morad’s style. So that – along with two other title races to be decided – should guarantee excitement at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) for Rounds 11 and 12 of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)- sanctioned Single-Make Series.

2015 Platinum Cup runner-up Morad, from Toronto, leads 2014 Platinum Cup champion Scott Hargrove by 13 points, 175-162, entering the final two rounds. Hargrove is a 2014 Porsche Young Driver Academy participant.

Morad and Hargrove have finished in the top three positions in some combination in seven of the 10 rounds this season. The scoring system awards 20 points for a win, 18 points for second and 16 points for third, so Morad could finish on the podium in both races behind Hargrove and still claim the title.

But the rivalry between young Canadian stars Morad and Hargrove has been tight and, at times, combustible this season.

Hargrove, from Tsawwassen, British Columbia, leads the series with five victories in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche. But three finishes off the podium have dented his hopes for a second championship.

Morad has four victories in the No. 17 Porsche Center Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche this season. He has finished on the podium in nine of 10 races this season, with that consistency giving him the edge over Hargrove.

But Morad is a hard charger, not a points racer. He strives to lead the time charts in practice, qualifying and the race. And both he and Hargrove haven’t yielded a centimeter in their fight for the title across Ontario, Quebec and New York this summer. That has resulted in a few flashpoints and contact between the two drivers this season. The first incident occurred during the early seconds of Round two of the seasonopening Victoria Day Weekend event May 20-22 at CTMP.

Hargrove started from pole, with Round one winner Morad at his side. Hargrove and Morad made light side-by-side contact entering Turn 1 after the green flag, with Morad passing Hargrove for the lead.

Hargrove took a wide line into Turn 2, trying to make an outside pass of Morad. The two cars made contact again, and then the front of Hargrove’s car made harder contact with the rear of Morad’s No. 17 Porsche Center Oakville/Alegra Motorsports entry.

Morad spun into the barrier in Turn 3. The front end of Hargrove’s car was heavily damaged. Both drivers returned to the pits, their respective races over, with rookie Zach Robichon taking the win in his No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche. This set the tone for tight, ultra-competitive racing all summer.

Hargrove pulled to within one point of Morad, 155-154, after winning Round nine on August 11 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. Hargrove dove underneath Morad entering Turn 6 on the second lap, with both cars making contact and wobbling on the edges of control. Hargrove was able to press the throttle earlier and took the lead for good.

But Morad padded his lead to 13 points after winning Round 10 the next day at GP3R, with Hargrove losing ground and points due to damage suffered after hitting a lapped car while trying to chase leader Morad.

Morad’s 13-point lead is the largest gap between him and Hargrove after an event weekend this season. They were separated by one (Morad 27-26), five (Hargrove 66-61), five (Hargrove 104-99) and three points (Morad 137-134) after the first four event weekends this year, respectively.

So history shows us to expect drama and the unexpected in the final two chapters of this compelling Platinum Cup championship story.

Shaun McKaigue needs a smooth weekend at CTMP to clinch his second career Gold Cup championship. His first title came in 2011, the inaugural year of the series.

McKaigue, from Gilford, Ontario, leads Martin Harvey, 190-182. McKaigue has produced a class-leading five victories this season in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche and enters the finale with momentum after sweeping Rounds 9 and 10 at GP3R.

Series veteran Harvey, from Berthierville, Quebec, also has enjoyed a fine season with four Gold Cup victories in the No. 08 Wingho Racing Porsche.
Live streaming: Round 12 (Sunday) on www.imsa.tv

Back On Step: Porsche 911 RSR Returns to WeatherTech GTLM Podium

Despite sweltering weather at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), cooler heads prevailed and Porsche factory drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) brought the Porsche North America, the official factory team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series, back to the podium. At the wheel of the 470hp Porsche 911 RSR, the pair clinched third-place in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR after a battle that challenged the Southern temperature and humidity for most heated in round nine of the all GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. For Porsche, this marks the first podium result in the North America’s premier endurance sports car racing series since a third-place result on May 1 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The No. 911, which holds the only 2016 GTLM victory for the car at Long Beach, California with 2015 class champion Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) earned vital championship points in sixth-place.

Spectators lining the tradition-steeped 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course in Southern VIRginia were treated to some action-packed racing in the GT-only race – the two prototype classes were not scheduled to compete at the Alton, Virginia-area track.

Despite temperatures reaching 95 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity levels nearing 100 percent, drivers offered some of the most intense battles for position in a class known for its intensity. The GTLM class is the factory focus of five automobile manufacturers, the most in any professional race series in North America. After the first round of pit stops, Bamber took over driving duties from Makowiecki in the No. 912 and was running in third-place. After a difficult qualifying, the Frenchman had taken up the race from the ninth on the grid but made up ground with consistently fast lap times. Pilet took over from Tandy and was sitting in fifth-place overall. But on lap 48, the two cars each ran off track in separate incidents and lost positions. Pilet immediately returned to the pits to remove grass accumulated in the radiator intakes during the excursion. The No. 912 remained on course having cleared much of the debris from the incident with a hard braking maneuver.

In a dramatic closing stage of the race, Bamber took up the charge again with the No. 912 and, after a spirited chase, reclaimed third-place. Pilet, who had at times fallen back to eighth, finished the race in sixth-place.

In the GTD class, in which customer teams field the 500 hp Porsche 911 GT3 R, the former Porsche Junior Alex Riberas (Spain) and Mario Farnbacher (Germany) also made a great comeback. After receiving a drive-through penalty, the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing pilots found themselves at the back of the pack, from where they put in an inspired drive to capture fourth-place, earning valuable manufacturer points for the German marque. Porsche currently sits second trails Audi by ninemarkers.

Two races remain on the schedule; Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on September 17 and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 1. Porsche North America scored a remarkable overall victory against a full field, including prototypes, in the 10-hour endurance race on the Georgia-track in 2015.

Steffen Höllwarth, Program Manager IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship:

“That was a great performance from the entire team. The fact that they performed excellently in such heat over the entire weekend deserves every respect. In the middle stint we had our work cut out for us with both 911 RSR. Our drivers pushed the limits and both left the track briefly. But for the last stint we had everything under control again. Although luck wasn’t on our side recently at Road America, today the late caution phase worked in our favor. Now we can travel to the next round in Austin feeling very optimistic.”

Patrick Pilet, Driver, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR:

“Of course we had expected a better outcome. The 911 RSR ran well and the team gave us excellent support. Unfortunately, I made too many mistakes. I probably just wanted too much and that didn’t go well. It’s a shame because we had a chance at the podium.”

Nick Tandy, Driver, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR:

“That race was really intense. After the start I enjoyed some great fights for positions with other cars and it was huge fun. Halfway through the race I lost some time unfortunately, but by the end Patrick was running strongly again. Although it didn’t work out with the much anticipated podium result, at least we earned important points towards the championship today. Hopefully we’ll finish on the podium in Austin.”

Earl Bamber, Driver, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR:

“What crazy final laps. At last we’ve achieved another podium for Porsche, the last one was a while ago. The fans witnessed an exciting and eventful sports car race. It was exactly what they wanted. In Austin, we now aim to continue from where we left off.”

Frédéric Makowiecki, Driver, No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR:

“This race was an emotional rollercoaster. We had difficult moments, we had great moments – and ultimately we had the necessary race luck. It’s a great feeling to stand on the podium again. I’m very proud of our team. We had a perfect race strategy and super-fast pit stops. That was a solid effort.”

Alex Riberas, Driver, No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R:

“If you would have told me this morning that we would start from the back of the field and finish top five, I would have said no way. We are in survival mode out there on the track. Fifth-place feels like a victory today.”

Mario Farnbacher, Driver, No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R:

“It is a good result for the team today. We had a lot going on in the race. We had the drive-through [penalty] for the spinning wheels and we started at the back of the field. We may have been able to get P4, but still a good result. Most of the championship contenders finished behind us, so that is a positive.”

First Strike: CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Earns First Victory at VIR

CJ Wilson Racing has been a strong performer since debuting the No. 33 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport at Daytona International Speedway in January. The program owned by Major League Baseball pitcher CJ Wilson entered the August 27 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) race at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) second in the GS class point standings. However, the standings were the result of consistent finishes over the previous eight races. Round nine proved the clincher for the driving duo of Daniel Burkett (Canada) and Marc Miller (Holland, Michigan) as the pairing outdrove the competition and a torrential rainstorm that red flagged the race for a time on Saturday to take their first win of the season.

The victory did not come easily for Burkett and Miller as the team battled the polesitting Aston Martin in the opening laps and the point leading No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C throughout. Following the race’s resumption after the skies cleared and standing water on the freshly paved VIR circuit dissipated, the No. 33 pulled away to a clear victory. However, the fight was just beginning behind as the No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport of Cameron Cassels (Canada) and Trent Hindman (Wayside, New Jersey) chased down the Mustang. Time ran out just before the three-time winning ride driven by Hindman could catch and pass the No. 15. With the Nos. 33 and 15 on the podium, the new for 2016 Cayman GT4 Clubsport has four victories and has placed multiple entries on the rostrum nine times in nine races.

Porsche is now tied with Ford for the manufacturer standings entering the final two rounds of the 2016 CTSCC season. The No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing entry is currently 20 points behind the No. 15 with races at Circuit of the Americas and Road Atlanta yet to be run.

Daniel Burkett, Driver, No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport:

“Honestly, it feels like winning the championship. The crew has been doing an awesome job, but it hadn’t been our day. But today, at a cold, wet, hurricane, rainy VIR, it was our day. But I tell you, when the rain started beating down on my windshield, it was completely unnerving.”

Lazare Continues Perfection: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Leader Takes Two More at VIR

Jesse Lazare has found an even higher gear during the late summer while dominating the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. The Montreal-resident cruised to his eighth and ninth victories of the season in a strong performance at VIRginia International Raceway in Rounds 11 and 12 of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Single-Make Series. He swept the two-race weekend in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

On Saturday, Lazare earned his eighth victory of the season in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche, beating Andrew Longe to the finish by 1.296 seconds. He stayed composed amid challenging conditions to drive away to his third straight victory His fourth consecutive victory came on Sunday when he beat Lucas Catania to the finish by 13.761 seconds. The margin of victory in the performance was the largest of the season for Lazare. The successes padded his points lead over Longe, from Naples, Florida, to 213-178. Lucas Catania, from Cazenovia, New York, is third with 173.

2015 Gold Cup and Gold Masters champion Jeff Mosing prevailed in a terrific duel with Fred Poordad to grab his eighth class victory of the season on Sunday and sweep the VIR weekend in the Platinum Masters class. Mosing expanded his Platinum Masters championship lead to 215-204 over Poordad with the victory.

Sebastian Landy earned his sixth Gold Cup class victory of the season with a stirring drive from the rear of the field. Landy was forced to start second-to-last in class and in the overall field when his car and that of TPC Racing teammate Michael Levitas were moved to the back of the grid due to a pre-race technical infraction.

But Landy kept his cool while picking off cars on nearly every lap. He finally caught Gold Cup leader Philip Bloom on the final lap, making the pass for the lead in Turn 4 and driving to victory by 0.910 of a second over Bloom.

Michael De Quesada’s path toward a first Gold Cup championship became more clear after his victory in Round 12. He trailed Sebastian Landy by one point, 187-186,entering the race but left VIR with a 206-190 lead over Michael Levitas in the standings.

This was the fifth victory of the season for De Quesada, whose last win came in early June at Montreal.

Rounds 13 and 14 will take place Sept. 14-16 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Both races are 45 minutes each.

Jesse Lazare, Driver, No. 21 Kelly-Moss Porsche 911 GT3 Cup:

“At the beginning of the year, we started fresh. We had a great season last year, but we had a new car this year. We have to learn everything. We just keep hitting on the last 50 percent of the race; the car feels like it’s on rails. That’s really the difference. I know I have to push super hard at the beginning so I can be really good for the last half of the race. I’ve been doing that every race since, and it’s been working great.”

Total Car Count: Six (6) Porsche entries will be competing at the FIA/WEC Six Hours of Mexico
LMP1 Class (2) Porsche 919 Hybrid:
No. 1 Porsche Team Timo Bernhard (Germany)/Brendon Hartley (New Zealand)/Mark Webber (Australia)
No. 2 Porsche Team Romain Dumas (France)/Neel Jani (Switzerland)/Marc Lieb (Germany)
LMGTE Pro Class (1) Porsche 911 RSR:
No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Richard Lietz (Austria)/Michael Christensen (Denmark)
LMGTE Am Class (3) Porsche 911 RSR (2015 Model Year): No. 78
No. 78 KCMG Christian Ried (Germany)/Wolf Henzler (Germany)/Jöel 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)

Where to Watch. 

FIA/WEC Six Hours of Mexico
Saturday, September 3 FS2
2:30pm-5:30 p.m. ET (Live)
7:00pm-8:30 p.m. ET (Live)
Live Race Video Streaming – All IMSA Series.
Live Qualifying Streaming
Audio Streaming
Live Timing and Scoring


Social Media.
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Model Hashtag.
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Porsche 911 GT3 R. #911GT3R
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Event Hashtag.
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Series Hashtag.
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Upcoming Porsche Events

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Event. Lone Star Le Mans, Circuit of the Americas
Dateline. Austin, Texas
Date. Saturday, September 17
Track Length. 3.4-mile, 20-turn
Race Duration. Two-Hours, 40-Minutes
Class. GTLM (Porsche 911 RSR)
  GTD (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
Round. GTLM. 10 of 11
Round. GTD. 10 of 11
Next Round. 19th Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia, September 28-October 1, 2016
Pirelli World Challenge.
Event. Pirelli World Challenge at Sonoma, Sonoma Raceway
Dateline. Sonoma, California
Date. Race 1. Saturday, September 17
Date. Race 2. Sunday, September 18
Track Length. 2.385-mile, 12-turn
Race Duration. Two, 50-Minute Races
Class. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GTA (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
  GT Cup (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
Round. GT/GTA 18 and 19 of 20
  GT Cup 17 and 18 of 19
Next Round. Pirelli World Challenge of Monterey, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, October 7-9, 2016
FIA/ World Endurance Championship
Event. Lone Star Le Mans, Circuit of the Americas
Dateline. Austin, Texas
Date. Saturday, September 17
Track Length. 3.4-mile, 20-turn
Race Duration. Six-Hours
Class. LMP1 (Porsche 919 Hybrid)
  LMGTE Pro (Porsche 911 RSR)
  LMGTE Am (Porsche 911 RSR)
Round. 6 of 9
Next Round. Six Hours of Fuji, Fuji, Japan, October 16, 2016
Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Event. Lone Star Le Mans, Circuit of the Americas
Dateline. Austin, Texas
Date. Friday, September 16
Race Duration. Two Hours, 30-minutes
Class. Grand Sport (GS) (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport)
Round. 9 of 10
Next Round. Road Atlanta, Braselton, Georgia, September 28-September 30, 2016

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