Porsche gears up for epic September in Monterey

September 4, 2018

Porsche gears up for epic September in Monterey

September 4, 2018

Porsche is gearing up for what will be an epic month of September in Monterey. It begins this weekend with the Monterey Grand Prix, the second-to-last race of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Either of the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR (Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet) or No. 912 Porsche (Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor) seeks to win their second race of the year in the factory backed GT Le Mans class. The team tested in the spring in preparation of racing at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

Additionally, the Wright Motorsports and Park Place Motorsports teams are entered in GT Daytona. They’re regular win and podium contenders with their lineups, which include Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen (Wright) and Patrick Lindsey and Joerg Bergmeister (Park Place).

While the racing is great, what follows at the end of the month in September is something for Porsche enthusiasts to behold. The Porsche Rennsport Reunion VI takes place at the circuit some three years after the last one in 2015.

Rennsport Reunion is the world’s greatest gathering of Porsche race cars and legendary drivers. Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, it will feature a variety of Porsche’s most historic racing models of the company’s 70-year history.

Bamber summarized the pair of events nicely.

“With its Corkscrew corner, this track is one of the most spectacular in the world,” he said. “Since we have only an outside chance in the fight for the championship, we’re now focusing on scoring individual victories.

“When we arrive at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion at Laguna Seca in a couple of weeks, it would be great if we could look back on a good IMSA result from this race.”

Tandy has a win at Laguna Seca in a one-make Porsche class back in 2013, but is yet to break through here in GTLM. He hopes to adjust that this weekend.

“I always look forward to coming to California. We’ve never won the GTLM class at Laguna Seca. It would be great if we could finally score a victory here. The track is fast and flowing and it should suit our Porsche,” he said.

The second-to-last IMSA race of the year airs live, Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on FS1.

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