Two new 911 RSR take on Canada’s oldest racetrack

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 6 in Bowmanville/Canada

The IMSA SportsCar Championship keeps the revs high for drivers and teams: Just one week after the six-hour classic at Watkins Glen, North America’s premier sports car race series contests its only race in Canada this season at Bowmanville on 9 July. At the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park not far from the metropolis of Toronto, the Porsche GT Team fields two 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM class. Traditionally, the competition in this category is particularly tough, guaranteeing action-packed racing from start to finish. Porsche customer teams will campaign three 911 GT3 R in the GTD class.

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

The race

Many fans know the tradition-steeped 3.957-kilometre racetrack at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as the Mosport International Raceway. Stirling Moss won the inaugural race on Canada’s oldest racetrack in 1961 at the wheel of a Lotus 19. In the races of the IMSA SportsCar Championship and its predecessor series, the American Le Mans Series, Porsche has celebrated a total of 13 GT victories on this dauntingly fast racetrack since 1999 – the most recent in 2015 courtesy of Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy in the 911 RSR.

The Porsche drivers

For the race in Bowmanville, Patrick Pilet (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) share the cockpit of the #911 Porsche 911 RSR. Manning the #912 vehicle are Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), who contested his maiden race as a Porsche works driver at Watkins Glen.

The schedule

The race on the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park takes off on Sunday, 10 July, at 12.05 hrs local time (18.05 hrs CEST) and runs over 2:40 hours. It can be viewed live outside Canada and the USA on www.imsa.com.

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