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Porsche 911 RSR Second at Road America

 ELKHART LAKE, WISC. (Aug. 7, 2017) – The new Porsche 911 RSR continues on the road to success in the IMSA SportsCar Championship. A fortnight after its maiden victory at Lime Rock, the 510hp racer from Weissach clinched second in the GTLM class in a heart-stopping finale on the legendary Road America racetrack.

After the 2:40-hour race on the 4.048-mile circuit close to Elkhart Lake in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) were a mere six-tenths of a second off claiming victory. The pair also scored second at Porsche’s double victory at Lime Rock recently.

Their team colleagues and the winners of the Lime Rock race, Patrick Pilet (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany), lost ground after a collision in the final phase and ultimately had to settle for eighth. The Porsche GT Team fields the 911 RSR which was developed from scratch specifically for this season on the basis of the high-performance 911 GT3 RS sports car.

At the wheel of the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, Gianmaria Bruni initially managed to advance from fourth to third place. In his slipstream, Patrick Pilet even overtook two competitors in the No. 911 racer. The two held onto these positions until the first round of pit stops.

For Porsche, the race remained rather unspectacular – until the last hour. Laurens Vanthoor, Gianmaria Bruni’s teammate, made the most of a short pit stop to snatch the lead. However, when the race went green after a safety car phase, he veered too wide and had to let the Ford past. In a gripping finale, he pulled out all the stops and tried everything to reclaim the lead, but was ultimately pipped at the flag. For Dirk Werner, who took over from Patrick Pilet, the restart was even more dramatic: after falling victim to an accident involving a Corvette, he ended up in the gravel and was robbed of a good result.

Round nine of the IMSA SportsCar Championship will be contested on 27 August at the Virginia International Raceway in Danville in the U.S. state of Virginia.

Dr Michael Steiner, Board Member for Research and Development Porsche AG: “The Porsche GT Team missed out on clinching the second-straight win by a fraction of a second on this fantastic racetrack. But once again, everyone put in a strong team effort. The IMSA SportsCar Championship is a blue ribbon sports car series. Fans witness gripping and fiercely contested races, especially in the GT categories. I found it interesting to follow the tremendous teamwork from the pits during the qualifying session.”
Marco Ujhasi, Director GT Factory Motorsports: “We kept improving over the whole race weekend. During practice we saw that we couldn’t match the pace of the fastest over a lap. So we concentrated on preparing for the race. That paid off. In the race we were up with the play until the end and we were in a position to fight for victory. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough. Still, we’re very pleased with the progress we’ve made over the weekend. It’s a shame that our number 911 racer was virtually kicked out of contention in a collision in the first corner after the restart. This cost us a lot of championship points. This car, too, was totally competitive today. We’ll be taking a lot of positive insights with us to the next round in Virginia. Until then, we’ll focus on the things that still need working on.”
Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR #912): “What a rollercoaster race. We came into the pits earlier than scheduled prior to a caution phase, because we suspected we had a tire problem, and that cost us the lead. We definitely had some luck on our side because there was nothing wrong with the tires. After the restart, I wanted to overtake a slower GTD vehicle but he blocked me and that led to a mistake. It’s annoying to lose the lead and possibly even victory because of this, but such things happen. Nevertheless, finishing second on this tricky circuit is a good result.”
Gianmaria Bruni (911 RSR #912): “That was a really tough race. I got away well at the start, but the Ford managed to overtake me in corner three. The team had worked out a great strategy, which Laurens implemented almost perfectly after the pit stop. Right up until shortly before the finish I thought we might win. But second place is a great result and a good motivation for the remaining races of the season.”
Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “Our 911 RSR ran brilliantly again today, and the team provided great support. Unfortunately it just wasn’t our race. It’s a pity, because we were actually good enough to win at Road America, too, but we just couldn’t do it. Now we’ll try again in Virginia.”
Dirk Werner (911 RSR #911): “In the closing phase of the race we still had every chance open to us. After the final round of pit stops I was running in fifth and I wanted to overtake the Corvette in front of me after the safety car phase. But, while braking, he pulled to the left in the last moment and forced me into the gravel trap. He was given a penalty, but that didn’t do us any good. I’m pleased for our team colleagues in the No. 912 car and I hope that we can make more out of our good possibilities in Virginia.”

 

CORE Eager to Conquer Road America

ROCK HILL, S.C. (Aug. 3, 2016) – CORE autosport is in the home stretch of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America starts the countdown for the last three races of the season.

 

CORE drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun are on a three-race tear, going from Lime Rock Park, to Washington D.C. for Red Bull Global Rallycross, and now to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin; three vastly different racing venues in a three-week span. Road America is the longest track on the IMSA schedule and one where Bennett and Braun are seeking their first win at as a pair.

 

To be fast at Road America, the No. 54 Flex-Box/Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 will need to be setup for the wide variety of corners the long four-mile circuit has to offer.

 

 

Notes:

  • Jon Bennett finished ninth in the latest GRC event at RFK Stadium.
  • Bennett and Braun finished third at Road America last year.
  • In 2012, CORE scored a 1-2 finish at Road America with Alex Popow, Tom Kimber-Smith and Bennett in the winning car and Bennett and Colin Braun sharing the second-place car.
  • Braun is now leading TOTAL Pole Award winner, with six poles.
  • At 4 miles in length, Road America is the longest track on the schedule.
  • CORE is third in the PC Team Championship.
  • Bennett and Braun are fourth in the PC Driver Championship.

 

 

 

16-CORE-JB-HeadshotW“As we move from driving a rally car at a stadium in Washington D.C., to a high-downforce prototype at the longest track of our IMSA season, it’s going to take an adjustment.

 

“A few years ago, I ran a Porsche GT3 Cup and the Prototype Challenge car in the same weekend and while not impossible, it was difficult; switching gears between something with a lot of downforce and carbon brakes, to something that drove a little more conventional. I don’t see much of a change over between the GRC car and the PC car, but thankfully they’re not on the same weekend!

 

“Like several other tracks throughout the IMSA season, Colin and I both look forward to going to Road America. We have the luxury of having done some testing there already. Historically, we’ve been very competitive there. It’s a beautiful part of the country. It’s a wonderful race track and I’m really looking forward to going to Road America.”
– Jon Bennett

 

16-CORE-CB-Headshot“Road America is a challenging place from a setup standpoint, because there’s so many different kinds of corners. It’s definitely a place where you need to have a car that drives well. You can’t just muscle it around. Coming off of Lime Rock, our shortest track and most cars per square foot, we’re going to the longest track. It’s very big and fast and flowing and easy to get through traffic.

 

“Jon and I haven’t won at Road America together. We’ve finished on the podium a couple times. We haven’t won there and I really want to do that.”
– Colin Braun

 

 

Continental Tire Road Race Showcase | August 5 – 7

VENUE

Track Length: 4 miles, 14 turns

Race Length: 2 hours and 40 minutes

 

SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

Friday, August 5

1:40pm – 2:40pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)

5:45pm – 6:45pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

Saturday, August 6

10:25am – 11:25am: Practice #3 (All Classes)

4:40pm – 4:55pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

Sunday, August 7

10:40am – 11:00am: Warm Up (All Classes)

1:00pm – 1:45pm: Driver Autograph Session

2:45pm – 3:45pm: Open Grid

4:05pm – 6:45pm: Continental Tire Road Race Showase

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying:

Saturday, August 6

3:45pm – 5:20pm: IMSA.com

LIVE Race U.S.:

Sunday, August 7

4:00pm – 7:00pm: FS1

LIVE Race International:

Sunday, August 7

4:00pm – 6:45pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.tv

CORE on a Podium Quest at Road America

ROCK HILL, S.C. (Aug. 4, 2015) – CORE autosport is on a mission to return to the podium at Road America and strengthen its championship lead in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s PC class.

 

Unlike the most recent round at Lime Rock Park, where the PC class was only paired with the GTD category, all four classes will race on the four-mile Road America circuit, which features three long straighaways and a combination of fast and slow corners. The track was not kind to the team last year, as contact in Turn 12 heavily damaged the car, but Colin Braun was able to get it back to the pits for the crew to make repairs. The No. 54 Composite Resources/Flex Box ORECA FLM09 made it back on track, but finished eighth.

 

Road America is the first of the final three races that remain in the championship and CORE is focused on strong finishes in each to claim its fifth-straight PC Title.

 

The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will air live on FOX Sports 1, Sunday, Aug. 9 at 3pm ET. Follow live timing, radio and in-car cameras at IMSA.com (http://www.imsa.com) or on the IMSA App (http://bit.ly/1PZ9ULi) .

 

 

 

15-CORE-JB-Headshot“Road America is great because it’s a classic road course with lots of elevation changes. It’s a long lap through some really beautiful countryside. It’s a very enjoyable track to drive and we always enjoy spending time in Elkhart Lake.

 

“Typically we have a package that works really well for Road America. The challenging part is managing brake temperatures, because there are some long straights between brake zones. I’d say after a session or two, we’ll be pretty well dialed in.

 

“It’s natural to kind of measure where you are in the points versus the number of races left. It’s a little premature to start thinking about the points now, because things can change so quickly with a single race. The focus is coming to the races well prepared and in a position to win and understand what it takes to be flexible with the adversities to come.”
Jon Bennett

 

 

 

15-CORE-CB-Headshot“I’m looking forward to Road America. It’s a really neat track, because it blends so much of the different tracks that we go to together in one place. You’ve got really fast corners, but you also have hard-braking, really technical corners, so it’s a bit like Mosport in a way. On the flip side though, it’s also a little bit like the street courses.

 

“It’s a real challenge for the drivers and even more so a challenge for the engineers to try and set up the car. When we go to Mosport, we focus on high-speed, when we go to street courses, we focus on making grip and low-speed traction. At Road America, it’s a little bit of all of that blended together. Our engineer Tom Brown will have to be on it to give us a good car.

 

“We’ve always been fast there, unfortunately, Jon and I have never won a race there, but I feel like we’ve been in a position to win the past couple of years. I think we’ll be in good shape.”
Colin Braun

 

 

Noteworthy

  • CORE has not been on the podium at Road America since 2012 when its two PC cars finished 1-2.
  • At four miles, Road America is the longest track on the TUDOR schedule.
  • Braun will participate in the “Tour de Road America,” a charity bike ride of Road America, on Friday evening.
  • Braun’s parents met each other in Milwaukee. He has several family members local to Wisconsin and spent many summers in the area.

 

 

Point Standings

PC Team Championship

  1. CORE autosport #54   222
  2. PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports #52 219
  3. Starworks Motorsport #8 209

 

PC Driver Championship

  1. J.Bennett/C.Braun   222
  2. M.Guasch/T.Kimber-Smith 219
  3. Goikhberg/Cumming/Junqueira   206

 

 

 

Event Facts

Road Race Showcase | Aug 7 – 9

 

VENUE

Track Length: 4 miles, 14 turns

Race Length: 2 Hours, 40 Minutes

 

SCHEDULE (All times Central)

Friday, August 7

12:00pm – 1:00pm: Practice #1 (All Classes)

4:15pm – 5:15pm: Practice #2 (All Classes)

 

Saturday, August 8

9:15am – 10:15am: Practice #3 (All Classes)

4:25pm – 4:40pm: Qualifying (PC Class)

 

Sunday, August 9

9:00am – 9:20am: Warm Up (All Classes)

10:45am – 11:30am: Driver Autograph Session

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Open Grid

2:05pm – 4:45pm: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

 

 

 

TV SCHEDULE (All times Eastern)

LIVE Qualifying (Worldwide)

Saturday, August 8

4:35am – 6:10pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE Race (U.S.)

Sunday, August 9

3:00pm – 6:00pm: FOX Sports 1

 

LIVE Race (Outside U.S.)

Sunday, August 9

3:00pm – 6:00pm: IMSA.com

 

LIVE In-Car Cameras & Commentary:

IMSA.com  & IMSA App