Trio of Porsches for Texas
Trio of Porsches for Texas
The Porsche North America works team will field a third Porsche 911 RSR for the first time this season at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round in Austin, Texas on September 20.
Contesting the TUDOR Championship together for the first time are Frenchmen FrÃ©dÃ©ric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet in the cockpit of Porsche North America’s third 911 RSR, No. 910
With just two rounds left on this season’s calendar of the new series that is contested in the USA and Canada, Porsche narrowly leads the manufacturer’s classification in the hard-fought GTLM class ahead of Chevrolet, SRT, BMW and Ferrari.
In the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, the Daytona GT Le Mans (GTLM) class winners Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria) join forces with JÃ¶rg Bergmeister (Germany) to tackle the two-hour, 45-minute race in the lead up to the season finale Petit Le Mans on October 4 at the storied Road Atlanta circuit. Whether Richard Lietz will contest the Austin round depends on how well he has recovered from injuries sustained in an accident during a practice session at the last round at VIR.
Sharing driving duties in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR are Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, California), the winners of the 12-hour classic at Sebring.
“The fight for the championship in the GTLM class remains exciting to the very end. This speaks volumes for the excellence of this new race series. Even in its first season, the series has enthralled fans with some great motor racing and has fulfilled all expectations,” says Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen.
“By fielding a third 911 RSR with Porsche North America in Austin we want to maintain our good title chances as leaders of the manufacturer’s classification.”
A particularly heavy workload awaits Porsche works drivers Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz, JÃ¶rg Bergmeister, FrÃ©dÃ©ric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet at the race weekend in the Texas capital. On the same day, immediately following the TUDOR Championship round, they will all tackle the six-hour race on the demanding COTA circuit as part of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC). As at previous WEC races this season, Porsche Team Manthey runs a pair of 911 RSR.
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race starts on Saturday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m. Central Time. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 with additional coverage following on the FOX Network Sunday, September 21. Check local listings for exact times in your area. The WEC race takes off at 5:00 p.m. local time.