Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Tudor United SportsCar Championship, round 2: 12 Hours of Sebring, USA

Podium for 911 RSR, victory for 911 GT America

Stuttgart. At the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche works drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) together with Bryan Sellers (USA) occupied third place in the GTLM class at the 12 hour race in Sebring. For the Falken Tire customer squad, this marked the first race with the 911 RSR at the long distance classic in Florida. Victory in the GTD class went to the Porsche 911 GT America fielded by Seattle/Alex Job Racing with drivers Mario Farnbacher (Germany), Ian James (USA) and the former Porsche Junior Alex Riberas (Spain). 

Despite their strong performance with the 911 RSR, the Porsche North America works team went home empty-handed. Right up until the last hour they held onto the lead, but were unable to repeat last year’s victory at the oldest long distance race in the United States. 

Two Porsche 911 RSR racers locked out the first grid row in qualifying – a better starting position for the defending champions of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship would not have been possible. Heading into the race from pole position, the #912 Porsche 911 RSR helmed by Frédéric Makowiecki (France), Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) took the lead. Over the course of the race on the 5.954 kilometre Sebring International Raceway, the second Porsche North America-run 911 RSR also settled in at the front of the field. After a difficult qualifying session, the 911 campaigned by Falken Tire took longer to pick up pace – but after four hours, Wolf Henzler and his teammates were excited to hold the lead for the first time at the 63rd running of the endurance classic. 

On the legendary airfield circuit in the heart of Florida, notorious for its bumpy surface, both 911 RSR turned by far the most laps in the lead. Regardless of the conditions, they maintained a consistent pace: during the day the thermometer climbed to 35 degrees Celsius, after dark the temperatures dropped noticeably. In the midday heat, the track surface temperature hit a record 50 degrees Celsius. Thanks to top performances from all drivers as well as perfect pit stops, everything ran according to plan. Every time the interim results were displayed hourly by the stewards of the meeting, the 911 RSR held the lead of the GTLM class – up until the last hour. Then things began to unravel: The leading Porsche 911 RSR with the starting number 911 ran into gearshifting difficulties. Beforehand, the second-placed #912 sister car had been held up in the pits with the crew unable to get the left rear wheel off. In the end, Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz were flagged off in fifth place, with their teammates Earl Bamber, Jörg Bergmeister and Frédéric Makowiecki in seventh.

In the fiercely-competitive GTD class, the Porsche 911 GT America fielded by Seattle/Alex Job Racing put in an impressive performance. With former Porsche Junior Alex Riberas and his teammates Mario Farnbacher and Ian James sharing the cockpit, the American squad scored their first win of the season in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. Although the trio had at times dropped down the field, they refused to give up and fought their way back to the front to bring home victory in the last lap. 

Comments on the race
Marco Ujhasi, Overall project manager GT works motorsport: “Testing in Sebring paid off. The balance of the 911 RSR was exceptional. We were well prepared and our strategy would have worked. For eleven hours we were totally competitive. Congratulations to the Falken Tire squad. A podium in Sebring is a great achievement. And of course this is also true of the GTD win of the guys from Seattle/Alex Job Racing.”
Wolf Henzler (#17): “A fantastic race. Third place is a super result for the entire Falken Tire team. We were able to match the pace of the others, and at times were even in the lead. We didn’t experience one technical problem, our 911 RSR ran perfectly.” 
Patrick Long (#17): “That was a long day. Sebring is always difficult. Today it was mainly the heat and the caution phases which gave us a headache. The midway mark in the race was tough, but we finished strongly. It was a great experience to drive for this team.” 
Nick Tandy (#911): “Today we could have won. The team worked brilliantly. The drivers shouldn’t blame themselves either. We didn’t make any mistakes, and the cars finished without the slightest scratch.” 
Patrick Pilet (#911): “A big compliment to the team. We can’t complain about a thing. The pits stops were great and we had the right strategy.” 
Richard Lietz (#911): “Our teamwork was excellent and a top result was within reach until just before the flag. Now we have to turn our complete attention to the next race in Long Beach and go all-out.”
Earl Bamber (#912): “We had a winning car today. The handling was very good. The team had found an excellent setup for the 911 RSR on this difficult track.” 
Jörg Bergmeister (#912): “Our 911 RSR ran really well. It was simply superb to drive and, after all, we were leading for eleven hours.” 
Frédéric Makowiecki (#912): “Thanks to a strong team effort we were really looking good for a win right up until an hour before the finish. This is something we can now build on for the next race.” 

Round 3 of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship will take place on April 18 in Long Beach, California.


Race result
GTLM result
1. Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe (DK/E/AUS), Chevrolet Corvette, 330 laps
2. Kaffer/Fisichella/Bertolini (D/I/I), Ferrari F458 Italia, 330
3. Henzler/Sellers/Long (D/USA/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, 329
4. Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann (USA/D/D), BMW Z4 GTE, 329
5. Tandy/Pilet/Lietz (GB/F/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 328
6. Lamy/Turner/Lauda/Della Lana (P/GB/A/CAN), Aston Martin, 318
7. Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki (D/NZ/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 317

GTD class
1. Riberas/Farnbacher/James (E/D/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, 318 laps
2. Nielsen/Davison/Davis (DK/AUS/USA), Aston Martin, 318
3. Sweedler/Bell/Lazzaro (USA/USA/USA), Ferrari 458 Italia, 318

This is the Tudor United SportsCar Championship 
The Tudor United SportsCar Championship is a new 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 2014 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 interior this week is a Porsche Carrera GT in black and tan. The color choice really makes this interior look luxurious and masculine. The browns or tans seem very rich and deep while popping from the black leather. The black gives the space depth and they balance each other nicely. The silver accents only add to this amazing combination. There so many details in this interior that the car seems elevated and higher end than some more classic interiors. 

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tudor United SportsCar Championship, round 2: 12 Hours of Sebring, USA

Two Porsche 911 RSR on the first grid row

Stuttgart. Perfect starting position for Porsche at the 12 Hours of Sebring: Two factory-run 911 RSR campaigned by Porsche North America share the first grid row in the GTLM class for Saturday’s race. Frédéric Makowiecki (France) planted the #912 Porsche 911 RSR on pole position during the gripping qualifying session for the 63rd running of America’s oldest sports car race. He shares driving duties with Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand). Makowiecki clocked the fastest time at his first race for Porsche on the 5.954 kilometre airfield circuit in the heart of Florida on his very last lap. Last year at Sebring, Porsche also took off from pole position and went on to clinch class victory.

At the wheel of the sister 911 RSR sporting the starting number 911, Patrick Pilet (France) set the second quickest time and, with Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria), takes up the race from the first grid row. Porsche works drivers Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) start from eighth on the grid together with Bryan Sellers (USA) in the 911 RSR of the Falken Tire customer team.

In the GTD class, the best Porsche 911 GT America only narrowly missed out on the top time. Mario Farnbacher (Germany), Alex Riberas (Spain) and Ian James (USA) tackle the race from the second spot sharing the cockpit of the 911 fielded by the Seattle/Alex Job Racing squad. Six Porsche 911 GT America racers were amongst the eight fastest in the GTD qualifying. 

Comments after the qualifying
Frédéric Makowiecki (#912): “That was a very difficult qualifying with a perfect result for Porsche. Despite the heat, our tyres took longer than expected to reach an optimal working temperature on this challenging track. From practice to practice, the team successfully improved the 911 RSR. It’s something very special for me to set pole position here in Sebring. It makes me proud, because Porsche has a long and successful history at this race.” 
Patrick Pilet (#911): “That was tough. I experienced understeer early on with our 911 RSR, but towards the end the balance improved from lap to lap. Now I’m also feeling optimistic for the race – the whole package works. The most important thing in Sebring is that the car’s performance remains constant. This race is won in the last two hours, so we need a perfect strategy and we can’t make any mistakes.” 

Qualifying result
GTLM class
1. Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki (D/NZ/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:58.587 minutes
2. Tandy/Pilet/Lietz (GB/F/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.219 seconds
3. Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe (DK/E/AUS), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.241
4. Auberlen/Werner/Farfus (USA/D/BRA), BMW Z4 GTE, + 0.255
5. Kaffer/Fisichella/Bertolini (D/I/I), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.340
6. Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann (USA/D/D), BMW Z4 GTE, + 0.343
8. Henzler/Sellers/Long (D/USA/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.200

GTD class
1. J. Bleekemolen/S. Bleekemolen/Keating (NL/NL/USA), Dodge Viper, 2:03.485 minutes
2. Farnbacher/James/Riberas (D/USA/E), Porsche 911 GT America, + 0.053 seconds
3. Pumpelly/Lindsey/Norman (USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, +0.621

This is the Tudor United SportsCar Championship 
The Tudor United SportsCar Championship is a new 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: Photo material of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship is 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 2014 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 906 Carrera In the Living Room



      This Porsche 906 Carrera is quite the show piece. It appears to be a standing piece of artwork in this open floor plan loft or apartment space. The ceiling is very industrial, with walls placed to create a living space. The Porsche makes the color scheme of the apartment and works to pull the rooms together. It also gives you an idea of how big the space is, and what the dimensions could be. I personally like the car in the house, it's a nice show piece and definitely gives you a feel for who the resident is. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Prime programme for Porsche Juniors

Junior Development Programme
Stuttgart. Porsche supports three talented young race drivers as Porsche Juniors in the 2015 racing season: Connor de Phillippi (22), Sven Müller (23) and Matteo Cairoli (18) will tackle the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland for their respective teams. American-born Connor de Phillippi contests the Supercup for the VERVA Lechner Racing squad. In the Carrera Cup he drives for Land Motorsport. Sven Müller from Germany’s Rhineland region fights for championship points in both series for the Walter Lechner Racing team. The third junior, Italy’s Matteo Cairoli, has chosen the Project 1 / Fast Track Racing Center outfit for his campaign in the two championships. 

The three young race drivers in the junior programme enjoy Porsche’s backing for the entire season. In addition to each receiving financial support of 200,000 Euros for their Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign, the trio attends workshops in the fields of fitness, media relations and psychological training. The former Porsche works driver Sascha Maassen is on hand at each race to coach the talented juniors.

Sven Müller, who already received support last season as a Porsche Junior, can look back on a commendable season. His impressive 2014 tally includes a total of seven podium positions in both series, as well as fourth overall and the rookie title of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. “I’m looking forward to my second season as a Porsche Junior. It’s the best support you can imagine as a budding professional race driver. To prepare perfectly for the season we joined the Porsche GT factory pilots at the fitness camp in Qatar, where we underwent eight days of intensive physical training. Every day I see a noticeable boost in my fitness level. I’m pleased to have a strong team like Lechner Racing supporting me,” says Müller. For Connor de Phillippi, 2015 marks his third season as a Porsche Junior. He made an impressive start in 2013, clinching the rookie championship in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. In 2014 he scored two podium spots and a victory in the Carrera Cup. 2015 is Matteo Cairoli’s maiden season as a Porsche Junior. He emerged as the winner of the worldwide selection shootout from Porsche’s brand trophy series. In 2014 he secured championship honours in the Italian Porsche Carrera Cup. 

In addition to the one-make series, the three young pilots will also race a Porsche at selected rounds of the VLN Endurance Championship on the Nürburgring. Cairoli and Müller also get the chance to demonstrate their prowess at the Nürburgring 24 hour race. 

Talent scout programmes enjoy a long tradition at Porsche Motorsport. Many supported pilots have succeeded in climbing the ladder from Porsche Juniors into international GT and prototype racing since 1997. Through the makes cups, Porsche’s Junior programme gives promising youngsters a chance to earn themselves a works driver contract. Consequently, the Supercup is regarded as a launching platform for a professional racing career. Some of most successful pilots to come from Porsche’s young driver initiative are Porsche works drivers Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb and Patrick Long. After winning the 2014 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, Earl Bamber was promoted from Porsche Junior to works driver. For the 2015 season, Bamber contests the Tudor United SportsCar Championship in the USA in the Porsche 911 RSR and takes the wheel of the LMP1 919 Hybrid sports prototype to tackle the WEC races at Spa and Le Mans. 

Please note: Photos of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 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. Porsche Communication provides a new service for journalists, bloggers and online multipliers under www.newsroom.porsche.com.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database

Porsche Pfanatics Meet Magnus Walker



      Instagram is a wonderful place for finding Pfanatics. This family was at the Anaheim Porsche Swap meet and met Magnus Walker. They happen to be huge fans and got a picture with him. The wife, who runs their Instagram, was very sad she missed meeting him, as she's a huge fan and has a bit of a crush. It's great to see families getting into Porsche, and teaching their kids about hobbies as well. Now I know about the Porsche Swaps and might just need to go myself. For further information about their Instagram account, see the photo below.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

MHP grows to more than 1,100 employees

Consultancy firm increased its revenue by 23 percent
Ludwigsburg. MHP GmbH (Mieschke Hofmann und Partner) remains on course for substantial growth. In the fiscal year 2014, the Ludwigsburg-based management and IT consultancy firm achieved world-wide consolidated revenue of EUR 188 million, an increase of approx. 23 percent compared with the previous year. The largest portion of the total revenue was generated with customers from the automotive industry – the core business of MHP. “We are confident that we will remain on the growth track in 2015“, says Dr. Ralf Hofmann, MHP’s CEO. 

By the end of 2014, the staff had increased to 1,154 employees (2013: 937 employees). Compared with early 2010, the staff of this Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG subsidiary thus more than doubled. The further internationalization of MHP will contribute to future growth. At present, the management and IT consultancy firm operates in the international consultancy market from twelve locations in five countries.

MHP – A Porsche Company is one of the leading management and IT consultancies – in particular, for the automotive industry – and a subsidiary of Porsche AG (81.8%). The unique MHP approach to consulting is based on the symbiosis of process and IT consulting services. MHP, as a process supplier, optimizes customer processes throughout the value chain with its expert services in the fields of Management Consulting, System Integration, Application Management and Business Solutions. At present, more than 1,200 employees provide consulting services to and support more than 250 customers world-wide from our 12 locations in Germany (Ludwigsburg (2), Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg, Essen, Wolfsburg, Berlin), Switzerland (Zurich, Regensdorf), the U.S. (Atlanta), China (Shanghai) and Romania (Cluj-Napoca).
The MHP philosophy: Excellence.


SOURCE: Porsche Motorsports Press Release Database