Friday, September 4, 2015

Fourth straight victory for the 911 RSR – Porsche now leads all classifications

Tudor United SportsCar Championship, round 8 in Danville/USA

Stuttgart. After scoring four wins in a row, title defender Porsche has extended its lead in the manufacturers’ classification of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship (GTLM class). On the Virginia International Raceway, Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France) won the Oak Tree Grand Prix on Sunday with the 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car. Victory at round eight of the hotly-contested North American sports car championship marks the third straight win after Bowmanville and Road America for Le Mans overall winner Nick Tandy and his teammate Patrick Pilet. Their achievement has elevated Pilet to the top of the drivers’ standings. Moreover, their Porsche North America squad, which fields the 911 RSR at races in the USA and Canada, has taken over the lead of the team classification. Clinching second at the wheel the sister 911 RSR, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) rounded off a perfect third double victory of the season for Porsche. 

Porsche also secured the “DEKRA Green Challenge Award”, presented to the fastest, most environmentally clean and efficient GTLM competitor: Like in Watkins Glen, the 911 RSR driven by Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy was distinguished as the GT car with the best overall efficiency. The Porsche 911 RSR features the smallest capacity of all competing GT cars. Customers all over the world praise its road-going 911 GT3 sibling for its outstanding ratio of performance and fuel consumption. 

Nick Tandy headed into the race from pole position on the 5.263-kilometre Virginia International Raceway, which is located in the rural idyll of the US state of Virginia on the North Carolina border. The Briton received his finishing touches as a race driver in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, and at Le Mans this year he celebrated the greatest success of his career to date. Tandy is the first GT driver since the Tudor United SportsCar Championship began in 2014 to have secured the front grid spot for a race three times. After shocking his rivals the previous day with his top time in qualifying, he made a cracking start into the race and opened a substantial gap in the first laps. Before handing the 911 RSR off to Patrick Pilet, he had laid the foundation for a commanding lights-to-flag victory. By the time the duo took the flag after 92 laps, they had built up a comfortable lead of more than 27 seconds over the tight and well-balanced field. 

Initially, things did not run quite as smoothly for the second Porsche North America-run 911 RSR with the starting number 912. Jörg Bergmeister, who was barely a tenth of a second slower in qualifying than polesitter Nick Tandy, lined up beside his team colleague at the front of the field, but had to relinquish a position right after the start. When Earl Bamber, as the second Le Mans overall winner in the team, took the wheel of the 911 RSR, he thrilled fans with a spectacular pursuit through the pack. When he rejoined the race in fifth after a pit stop, he picked off one rival after the other, and, in one final overtaking feat, he conquered second place. While he was busy fending off hefty attacks from the opposition for the last half hour of racing, Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA) brought home seventh place at the wheel of the Falken Tire customer team’s 911 RSR. At Watkins Glen, they scored the first win of the season for Porsche and set in motion the impressive winning streak that has put Porsche in the lead of all GTLM classifications of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship with two races left on this season’s calendar at Austin and Road Atlanta.

In the GTD class, the Porsche 911 GT America campaigned by the Seattle/Alex Job Racing customer team secured third place. At the wheel were drivers Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Ian James (USA). So far this season, the pair has won the Sebring and Detroit races.

Comments after the race
Steffen Höllwarth, Programme Manager Tudor United SportsCar Championship: “What a day! It doesn’t get better than this. Every team member has contributed to this success. Although we were second and third in qualifying yesterday, we were the last to leave the pits in the evening, and this morning we were the first at the track. This effort has paid dividends. We found a super setup for our 911 RSR, which was definitely the key to our success. A very special thanks to Michelin, as well, for the excellent tyres.”
Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Thanks to the whole crew. Our 911 RSR was perfect. The race was not as easy as it may have seemed for us. On the contrary, it was really tough. We had to be fast, we couldn’t make any mistakes, and we had to keep a close eye on the fuel gauge. But once again the team gave us excellent support. Nick’s first stint was fantastic and he held the Ferrari at bay. That was the basis of our success. Starting tomorrow, we will turn our attention to the next race at Austin – but right now we’re going to celebrate.”
Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “This victory means a great deal to me. To win three races in a row is difficult in any championship. But it is especially gratifying when you achieve this with Porsche in one of the world’s most competitive sports car series against such strong opposition. First victory at Le Mans, then the wins here – it looks like 2015 is turning into a very special year for me as a race driver. I’m enjoying the success and I’ve not had enough of it yet.” 
Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Our first stint was hard and afterwards we had to make up the lost positions. Our crew’s perfect pit stops helped. I immediately tried to put as much pressure on as possible. While I was running in third, I knew I wouldn’t get too many chances to make the double victory perfect for Porsche. So when that opportunity presented itself, I grabbed it.”
Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “Another banner day for Porsche. You can’t get much better than that. Unfortunately I lost a position at the start, but the 911 RSR improved as the race progressed, which enabled Earl to close the gap to the front. The second straight one-two for Porsche – it can continue like this.”

The ninth of ten races in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship is contested on 19 September on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin/Texas. 

Race result
GTLM class
1. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 92 laps
2. Bamber/Bergmeister (NZ/D), Porsche 911 RSR, 92
3. Kaffer/Fisichella (D/I), Ferrari F458 Italia, 92
4. Edwards/Luhr (USA/D), BMW Z4 GTE, 92
5. Auberlen/Werner (USA/D), BMW Z4 GTE, 92
6. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette, 92
7. Henzler/Sellers (D/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, 91
8. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 91

GTD class
1. Sweedler/Bell (USA/USA), Ferrari 458 Italia, 88 laps
2. Nielsen/Wittmer (DK/CDN), Aston Martin, 87
3. Farnbacher/James (D/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, 87
4. Palttala/Marsal (SF/USA), BMW Z4, 87
5. Haase/von Moltke (D/USA), Audi R8 LMS, 87
6. Keen/McNeil (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, 87

This is the Tudor United SportsCar Championship 
The Tudor United SportsCar Championship is a sports car race series contested in the USA and Canada which was run in 2014 for the first time. The series was formed from the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in four different classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona), P (Prototype) and PC (Prototype Challenge). The Porsche 911 RSR runs in the GTLM class, with the Porsche 911 GT America contesting the GTD class.


Please note: Photos of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship are available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database under the internet address https://presse.porsche.de. On this website you can also activate the Porsche Motorsport SMS Info Service to receive the latest news and information. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces provides live updates with the latest information and photos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the 2015 Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. Porsche Communication provides a new service for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche of the Week



      This week's Porsche is actually a collection of racing Porsches getting tuned up before a race. As you can see from the closest one they don't have tires, are elevated up and have their hoods raised for maintenance. The color pattern on the bodies are all the same, so looking down the row gives a really cool effect. It's a great snapshot into what goes on before/after a race and they are looking shiny and ready to roll.

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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, race 7, Formula 1 race at Spa/Belgium

Philipp Eng extends championship lead with victory

Stuttgart. Philipp Eng (Market Leader Team by Project 1) from Austria took top honours in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on Sunday at the wheel of his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. On the storied race track of Spa in Belgium, the 25 year old beat Porsche Junior Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East) and Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing) to the flag and earned the most points towards the championship with his second win of the season. With this, the Salzburg native extends his series lead after seven of eleven races. “I’m now leading by 20 points and I’m thrilled with my good record: Five times on the podium after seven races is great. Second place on Saturday, pole position and victory on Sunday – I’m satisfied with my Spa weekend,” analysed Eng. 

The 33-strong field contesting the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup treated motorsport fans at the Spa race track to some riveting action: Over much of the race, spectators in the well-filled grandstands witnessed a close battle for positions amongst the front-runners. Directly after the start, Müller launched an attack on Eng. The Porsche Junior made repeated attempts to get past the Project 1 pilot, but Eng managed to fend him off. After the nine-time World Rally Champion parked his vehicle with a problem just a few metres after the start, the safety car was deployed for one lap. When the field went green again, Eng hit the ground running, but Müller stuck close to his bumper. “I tried absolutely everything to overtake Philipp but I just couldn’t find a way around him. Still, I’m pleased with second place after my victory on Saturday. I can go home feeling very good with such a balance,” concluded Müller. 

Engelhart pocketed critical championship points scoring third, with the seasoned specialist from Bavaria now ranking second in the overall classification. “There are still 80 points up for grabs with four races left on the calendar. The final score is only tallied at the end,” said Engelhart challengingly. Christopher Zöchling (A/Fach Auto Tech) saw the chequered flag as fourth ahead of Jeffrey Schmidt (The Heart of Racing by Lechner) from Switzerland. After the Lechner team put in a nightshift to repair damage to the vehicle of Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East) after hitting the crash barriers the day before, the car performed reliably to the flag and the hard work of the team and driver was rewarded with position six. 

Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), who took off into the race from 13th, ultimately crossed the finish line in seventh and set the fastest race lap in the process. This puts the 21-year-old Spaniard in third place overall with 83 points behind Eng and Engelhart. Ben Barker (GB/Momo-Megatron Team Partrax) finished eighth ahead of Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/VERVA Lechner Racing Team). “I’m pleased I managed to make up a few positions. My duel with Ben Barker was fair and great fun,” said de Philippi. The second-best rookie after Schmidt was the Swiss Philipp Frommenwiler (Fach Auto Tech) on tenth.

VIP-driver Patrick Dempsey managed to steadily improve his lap times and he concluded the race on a respectable 23rd out of 33 contenders. “I very much enjoyed driving in front of this impressive backdrop. It was an honour for me to meet experienced race drivers like Sébastien Loeb here and the other Supercup drivers were great as well. I’ve learned a lot here, such as how to drive in a pack. This will also help me in my other racing activities,” said a satisfied Dempsey, for whom Spa was his second Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race after Hockenheim last year. 

The next Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race weekend is at Monza/Italy from September 4th to 6th. Two races will be contested there as well as at the season finale in Austin. Monza marks the home race for Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli (I/Market Leader Team by Project 1), whose home town of Como is just 25 minutes away from the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. “Monza is my track and I can’t wait to compete there. I just want to forget about my race at Spa. When I tried to overtake Zöchling in the first lap, Ledogar appeared and I was suddenly out. I have to see what happened there.” In Monza, the grid lineup will again include more than 30 vehicles. 

Result 
Race 7 Spa
1. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1)
2. Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East) 
3. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing)
4. Christopher Zöchling (A/Fach Auto Tech)
5. Jeffrey Schmidt (CH/The Heart of Racing by Lechner)

Points’ standings after 7 of 11 races
Drivers
1. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 118 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 98
3. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 83

*Results and points standings preliminary


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Hot Wheels



      Pfanatics come in all shapes and sizes, some are Pfanatics of the Hot Wheels variety. More and more frequently I'm seeing posts like the one above of people displaying their recent Porsche finds at the toy store, grocery store, and the like. Hot Wheels were something I collected as a kid but I don't remember a Porsche in my garage. Above is the Porsche 934 Turbo RSR (left) and Porsche Panamera (right). There's so many collections and lines out now that it seems Porsche is more mainstream than the traditional "car". 

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tudor United SportsCar Championship, round 8 at Danville/USA

Two Porsche 911 RSR lock out the first grid row

Stuttgart. Two Porsche 911 RSR racers take up round eight of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship from the front of the field on Sunday. In the qualifying session on the 5.263-kilometre circuit near Danville in the US state of Virginia, Porsche works driver Nick Tandy (Great Britain) secured pole position in the GTLM class for the second time this season. The Le Mans overall winner shares the cockpit of Porsche North America’s 911 RSR with Patrick Pilet (France), with whom he has won the last two races at Bowmanville and Road America. Tandy is the first GT driver since the Tudor United SportsCar Championship began in 2014 to have secured the front grid spot for a race three times. 

Porsche factory pilot Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) planted the second 911 RSR campaigned by Porsche North America on position two. His teammate is Le Mans outright winner Earl Bamber (New Zealand), who recently set pole position at Road Atlanta. Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA) take up the race from the fourth grid row at the wheel of the 911 RSR fielded by the Falken Tire customer team. 

Qualifying quotes 
Steffen Höllwarth, Programme Manager Tudor United SportsCar Championship: “This was an incredibly strong performance by the entire squad. Now the hard work that we’ve invested in this project over the last days and weeks is paying off. To have both cars on the first grid row – there’s no better starting position for a race than that. Together we will do our utmost to get the most out of it.”
Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “Everything came together again in this qualifying. Both 911 RSR were optimally setup for this track and the tyres fitted perfectly as well. It seems we have the best overall package at the moment.”
Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “I didn’t expect us to be so far up the grid. My first qualifying laps weren’t so great. Still, we only narrowly missed out on the pole. It’s a great starting position.”

The race starts on Sunday at 13.05 hrs local time (19.05 hrs CEST) and runs over 2:40 hrs. It will be broadcast on the Internet under www.imsa.com.

Qualifying result
GTLM class
1. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:42.532 minutes
2. Bamber/Bergmeister (NZ/D), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.097 seconds
3. Kaffer/Fisichella (D/I), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.590
4. Edwards/Luhr (USA/D), BMW Z4 GTE, + 0.792
5. Auberlen/Werner (USA/D), BMW Z4 GTE, + 0.824
6. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette, + 1.036
7. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette, + 1.265
8. Henzler/Sellers (D/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.602

GTD class
1. Haase/von Moltke (D/USA), Audi R8 LMS, 1:49.220 minutes
2. Lindsey/Pumpelly (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, + 0.010 seconds
3. Sweedler/Bell (USA/USA), Ferrari 458 Italia, + 0.257


Please note: Photos of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship are available for accredited journalists from the Porsche Press Database under the internet address https://presse.porsche.de. On this website you can also activate the Porsche Motorsport SMS Info Service to receive the latest news and information. The Twitter channel @PorscheRaces provides live updates with the latest information and photos from race tracks around the world. Journalists also have access to the 2015 Porsche Motorsport Media Guide on https://presse.porsche.de/motorsport. Porsche Communication provides a new service for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Interior of the Week



      The Porsche interior of the week this week is a little different because it's an action shot. The interior is a black leather from the looks of it, and it seems pretty new/modern given the central dash. The dashboard has white faced dials which pop against the dark interior. The photo seems like an old school snapshot with the flash but it's a great on the go capture of a Pfanatic and his Porsche.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Porsche Junior Sven Müller scores second straight Supercup win

Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, race 6, Formula 1 race at Spa/Belgium

Stuttgart. Porsche Junior Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East) has won race six of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on Saturday evening. The German outpaced 32 rivals at the wheel of his 460 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to bring home his second victory of the season after his recent win at Budapest four weeks ago. Second and third places went to Austrians Philipp Eng (Market Leader Team by Project 1) and Christopher Zöchling (Fach Auto Tech) respectively. “This race series is incredibly competitive. From six races we’ve seen five different winners. I’m really pleased to be the first driver to notch up two wins this season,” said an ecstatic Müller.

On the 6.973-kilometre circuit, Michael Ammermüller (D/Lechner Racing Middle East) posted pole position at midday Saturday. But the first grid spot failed to bring the Bavarian luck. At first, the 29 year old held the lead after the start, but after lap three his Porsche lost pace and without warning hit the tyre barrier. “We have to see what was going on. Luckily I’m okay,” explained Ammermüller. Eng profited from the incident and inherited the lead. The safety car had to be deployed and once the race went green again the front runners stayed bunched together. Müller, who had started from fourth, sat behind Eng in position two and put him under pressure. The Porsche Junior made his move to overtake in lap seven, Eng missed the braking point and opened the door for Müller to get past. With this feat, the 23 year old drove to victory. 

After six of eleven races, Eng continues to lead the championship with 98 points ahead of Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing, 82 points) and Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner, 74 points). “Of course I would rather have won, but ultimately it’s the points that count. I take up race seven on Sunday from pole position and first someone has to be able to get past me,” said a determined Eng. Clinching third, Zöchling climbed the podium for the second time this season after his win at Spielberg, Austria. Supercup rookie Côme Ledogar (F/Martinet by Almeras) took the flag in fourth ahead of Porsche specialist Engelhart. Britain’s Ben Barker (Momo-Megatron Team Partrax) occupied position six. Seventh place went to Jeffrey Schmidt (The Heart of Racing by Lechner) from Switzerland, with Porsche Junior Matteo Cairoli (I/Market Leader Team by Project 1) claiming eighth. “I’m not particularly happy with this result. It simply didn’t work today and now I’m hoping for the next race on Sunday,” said a disappointed Cairoli. Porsche Junior Connor de Phillippi (USA/VERVA Lechner Racing Team) crossed the finish line in 18th: “Someone hit me in the first lap and that’s frustrating. It wasn’t our day.” 

Two famous guest drivers performed impressively at their Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup appearance. The nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb (F/Sébastien Loeb Racing) took up the race from 20th on the grid to finish 13th after spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. Actor and race driver Patrick Dempsey started from position 30, at one point was running in 26th, and was ultimately flagged off as 29th out of a 33-strong field. “This race was huge fun and I enjoyed some great duels. Now I’m looking forward to the second race on Sunday,” said Dempsey. 

Actor and Porsche ambassador Richy Müller presented the trophy at Spa. The “Tatort” detective for the German television station ARD will also witness Sunday’s race. Race seven of the top-league series of Porsche’s 20 one-make cups worldwide, run as support to Formula 1 races, will be televised live with a pre-race reportage by Sky Deutschland from 11.30 hours. Eurosport 2 broadcasts the race live at 11.45 hours. 

Results 
Race 6 Spa
1. Sven Müller (D/Team Lechner Racing Middle East) 
2. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1)
3. Christopher Zöchling (A/Fach Auto Tech)
4. Côme Ledogar (F/Martinet by Almeras) 
5. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing)

Points standings after 6 of 11 races
Drivers
1. Philipp Eng (A/Market Leader Team by Project 1), 98 points
2. Christian Engelhart (D/MRS GT-Racing), 82
3. Alex Riberas (E/The Heart of Racing by Lechner), 74

*Results and points standings preliminary


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database