ATLANTA – official release — IMSA/Porsche North America photo — Porsche’s 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 Sept. 20.
Along with the 911 RSR run by the United State’s customer squad Team Falken Tire, four 470 hp GT racers based off the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car will compete at the Circuit of the Americas. 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 and Richard Lietz join forces with Jörg Bergmeister 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 in Alton, Va. at the end of August. Sharing driving duties in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR are Michael Christensen and Patrick Long the winners of the 12-hour classic at Sebring.
Contesting the TUDOR Championship together for the first time are Frenchmen Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet in the cockpit of Porsche North America’s third 911 RSR, No. 910. The Falken Tire outfit is banking on its regular pilots Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers, who recently scored their best result of the season with second in Virginia.
“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,” said 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, Jörg Bergmeister, Frédéric 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.