The Porsche consumer group took part in the 12 Hours of Sebring as leaders in the GTD-Pro and GTD classes. An overall of 4 Porsche 911 GT3 Rs will contend in the 2nd round of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Pfaff Motorsports and WeatherTech Racing complete in the GTD Pro classification. Wright Motorsports and Team Hardpoint have actually brought the over 500 horse power 911 into the GTD class.
The 70 th edition of the Long Distance Classic in Florida, USA, becomes part of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, as are the races on Daytona, Watkins Glen and the Road Atlanta.
Races and Tracks
Sebring International Raceway provides a terrific obstacle for both human beings and devices, with about a 3rd of the 6.02 km path comprised of concrete pieces that form the runway of the previous “Hendricks Army Airfield”. Particularly in these parts, the many strong bumps are particular of the course. Due to the fact that of this unique function, the track, about 100 kilometers south of Orlando, is routinely tagged “#RespectTheBumps” on social networks.
“320 laps, each 6km long– with a typical speed of almost 180 km/h: the pressure is massive. Above all, the irregular track surface area presses the vehicle and the driver to the limitation,” Porsche 911 GT3 R Project Manager Sebastian Golz describes. “Our cars are fully grown, steady and competitive– we have actually seen our class’s current success at Daytona and last time Pfaff Motorsports at Sebring plainly see the success of the year. I am a company follower in our consumer group Will be able to be the front runner once again next weekend. I’m specifically eagerly anticipating this occasion this year. For my FIA WEC associates utilizing the 911 RSR, the season opener happened the day previously and the consumer group utilized the brand-new 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Race, and after that the wide-field North American Cup at the Carrera. With a lot of members of the Porsche household, it should be a psychological experience too.”
Customer Team and Drivers
In the brand-new GTD Pro class, Porsche client groups Pfaff Motorsports and WeatherTech Racing each field a 911 GT3 R throughout the 2022 season. The No. 9 Pfaff automobile was shared by 3 works chauffeurs Mathieu Jaminet from France, Matt Campbell from Australia and Felipe Nasr from Brazil. The trio won their season opener at Daytona in late January and are presently No. 1 in the competition. French Julien Andlauer, Belgian Alessio Picariello and American amateur Cooper MacNeil will drive the No. 79 automobile for WeatherTech Racing.
Two of Porsche’s client groups will likewise begin in the GTD classification. Here, too, a GT3-compliant 911 GT3 R is utilized. Group Wright Motorsports depends on Jan Heylen from Belgium, Ryan Hardwick from USA and Zacharie Robichon from Canada in the No. 16 cars and truck. The group from Ohio, USA, leads the champion and far away categories (IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup) after winning their class in the season opener in Daytona. British driver Katherine Legge, her compatriot Stefan Wilson and American Rob Ferriol tee off for the Hardpoint group (number 99).
Drivers and groups at a glimpse
GTD Professional Grade:
# 9 Pfaff Motorsports– Campbell (AUS)/ Jaminet (F)/ Nasr (BR)
#79 WeatherTech Racing– Andlauer (W)/ Picariello (B)/ MacNeil (USA)
#16 Wright Motorsports– Hardwick (USA)/ Heylen (B)/ Robichon (CDN)
#99 Team Hardpoint– Legge (GB)/ Ferriol (USA)/ Wilson (GB)
The 12 Hours of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship at Sebring International Speedway will start on Saturday, March 19 at 10: 10 am regional time (3: 10 pm CET). Broadcast outside the United States and Canada www.imsa.com Run the entire live broadcast.Live time can be seen listed below rating.imsa.com prepare yourself.
schedule(regional time, CET -5 hours)
Thursday, March 17
10: 15 am– 11: 45 am: Free Practice 1
2: 25 pm– 3: 55 pm: Free Practice 2
7: 45 pm– 9: 15 pm: Free Practice 3
Friday, March 18
8: 55 am– 9: 10 am: Free Practice 4
9: 20 am– 9: 35 am: Qualifying
Saturday, March 19
08: 00– 08: 20: Warm up
10: 10 am– 10: 10 pm: Games
Testimonials from chauffeurs prior to the race
Matthew Jamine(Porsche 911 GT3 R # 9): “We’ve had a couple of weeks given that our triumph at Daytona. We had lots of time to examine our efficiency at the start. There are specific locations that we can absolutely do as a group Even much better– we wish to attain this in the upcoming race at Sebring. In 2015 the Porsche 911 GT3 R was really strong on this specific circuit. I presume we will be at the top once again this year. A podium is the minimum objective “Another success would be a dream.”
Julian Andrews(Porsche 911 GT3 R #79): “We were extremely dissatisfied with the season opener at Daytona. We definitely have the possible to win a class, however it’s not indicated to be. At Sebring, we’re trying to find redemption. Other than for me at IMSA In addition to the start of the series, I will likewise be driving a Porsche in the FIA WEC. For the previous couple of weeks, I have actually concentrated on preparing myself physically and psychologically for double task. I remain in fantastic shape!”
Zachary Robichon(Porsche 911 GT3 R #16): “After our class win at Daytona, I’m so inspired. In 2015 I won with the Pfaff Motorsports group in Sebring and now I wish to succeed once again with Wright Motorsports. Our group has Lots of highlights established at Sebring. I think in an opportunity to get on the podium and– if all works out– an opportunity to win in the GTD class also.”
Kathryn Legg(Porsche 911 GT3 R #99): “I’m eagerly anticipating Sebring. We had an extremely effective test there. This will be the 2nd time Stephen Wilson remains in the automobile. He’s in Daytona and ours in Sebring. Both were terrific throughout the test drive. He’s making a great deal of development. Is my routine associate Rob Ferriol. In 2015, we didn’t miss out on an action on the podium at the 12 Hours. It’s close and it’s a pity.”
Source: Press release from Porsche AG
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