Porsche 911 RSR (912), Porsche GT Team- Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor

Comments before the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at  Elkhart Lake

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “We have a hectic July with three very tough races in the USA and Canada behind us. Despite the enormous stresses on drivers and the team, our 911 RSR gave a strong overall performance, which unfortunately hasn’t been rewarded with a victory yet. After scoring podium results at Watkins Glen and Lime Rock as well as pole position in Bowmanville, we’re now facing the next big challenge with the race on the legendary Road America. It’s a real classic on one of America’s most beautiful racetracks. After our last victory here in 2015, we definitely want to win again.”

Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport: “Road America is a traditional closed circuit with a lot of fast corners and loads of character. Teams and drivers face a difficult task with the setup of our 911 RSR. They have to find a perfect compromise to ensure they have the necessary grip for the slow corners. We’re looking forward to this challenge.”

Sebastian Golz, Project Manager 911 GT3 R: “We’re curious to see if our customer teams perform as strongly as in previous years at Road America. Spectators can reach almost every part of this track and get the chance to witness firsthand how the GT cars push the limits of traction in the corners. It’s a great experience for every sports car fan.”

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “Road America is my favourite racetrack in the USA. I like its tradition and character. For me, it’s America’s equivalent to Spa. The course is fast, demanding and hilly, with a beautiful landscape as the backdrop. Racing there is always very intense. This was underlined in 2015 when we started from the last grid spot and went on to win.”

Nick Tandy (911 RSR #911): “This championship thrives on its contrasts, which makes it incredibly varied and interesting. Recently we raced on the shortest track of the calendar at Lime Rock, now we’re competing on the longest. This requires a totally different and considerably more complex race strategy, also in terms of possible safety car phases. The fact that we’ve already won at Road America gives us an additional boost.”

Porsche 911 RSR (911), Porsche GT Team- Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy
Porsche 911 RSR (911), Porsche GT Team- Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy

Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR #912): “Road America is a real drivers’ racetrack. If you dare to hold off a bit longer before braking for the corners, you can easily overtake in some places. I like such challenges. Races there are always hotly contested. We scored second in 2017 and missed out on victory by just six-tenths of a second. We definitely want to win this time.”

Earl Bamber (911 RSR #912): “I’m looking forward to Road America. It’s my favourite racetrack in the USA. I like that the course is fast and challenging and also set in a beautiful location. Porsche has always done well on this storied circuit. We made up some ground in the championship with our podium result at Lime Rock. Now we have to keep it up if we aim to continue the fight for the title.”

Porsche 911 GT3 R (58), Wright Motorsports: Patrick Long, Christina Nielsen, Mathieu Jaminet, Robert Renauer
Porsche 911 GT3 R (58), Wright Motorsports: Patrick Long, Christina Nielsen, Mathieu Jaminet, Robert Renauer

Patrick Long (911 GT3 R #58): “At Lime Rock we took off from pole position for the first time this season with our 911 GT3 R. Although this great grid position didn’t translate into a top result in the race, it makes us very confident for Road America.”

Jörg Bergmeister (911 GT3 R #73): “We’ve performed well at Road America in recent years. It’s my all-time favourite racetrack in Ameria, very fast and very challenging. Fans can look forward to some gripping racing with fascinating fights for positions.”