North American Endurance Cup in sight for Porsche GT Team’s 911 RSR

Comments before the race

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “Our new 911 RSR not only underlined its huge potential by winning at Lime Rock in its first US season. It also impressed with its reliability and performance at the other long-distance classics in Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen. This now puts us in a strong position to win the North American Endurance Cup at the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta. It’s quite unusual for a newly developed car to show such reliability and perform so well in its first season, particularly at the toughest races and against such renowned and established opponents that are contesting the GTLM class. We’ll do our utmost bring this prestigious title home again to Weissach and to crown an impressive first season for the 911 RSR with another great success.”
Marco Ujhasi, Director GT Factory Motorsports: “The race at Road Atlanta is a wonderful way to conclude the season in the USA. This circuit has a very special flair, and the fact that it suits us was underlined in 2015 with the first overall victory for Porsche. Our tests at Road Atlanta with our new 911 RSR went well, so we’re feeling well prepared and full of confidence to tackle the season finale. Our goal is clear: We want to win the North American Endurance Cup. We’ve laid the foundations for this with our successes at Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen – now only one last step remains.”
Sebastian Golz, Project Manager GT Customer Motorsport: “For the drivers, Road Atlanta is one of the greatest tracks in the USA. However, a lot is demanded from the engineers. They need to work with the pilots to find a setup that keeps tyre deterioration on this circuit at a manageable level, without it having too much of a negative effect on the performance. Still, after clinching second place with the 911 GT3 R there last year we’re feeling confident that our customer teams will find the best possible compromise. If they succeed, they can bring home victory.”

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (91 1): Patrick Pilet, Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (91 1): Patrick Pilet, Dirk Werner

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “I have the best memories of Petit Le Mans, especially of 2015 when we clinched overall victory for Porsche there. This year we’re again going for another big triumph for the company: to win the North American Endurance Cup. Dirk and I are leading the drivers’ classification after our performances at Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen and we’ll do everything with our team to retain the lead after this race. If we manage this, then perhaps the team title and possibly even the manufacturers’ classification could go to Porsche. This would be a perfect way to finish the season.”
Dirk Werner (911 RSR #911): “Petit Le Mans is the last race of the North American Endurance Cup and therefore it’s very significant for us. Patrick and I will tackle the finale as the points’ leaders. Our new 911 RSR has performed brilliantly this season, particularly at the tough long-distance races, and it’s proved to be very reliable despite the enormous demands. We’re feeling confident that this will again be the case at Petit Le Mans and that we’ll be able to win this important endurance competition for Porsche.”

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