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agosto 25, 2017 - Porsche

IMSA - Porsche GT Team aims for second overall win in Virginia

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The race car, which faces strong competition in the fiercely contested GTLM class, was completely redesigned by #porsche Motorsport in Weissach based on the high-performance 911 GT3 RS sports car. On 22 July at Lime Rock, the racer scored its maiden victory. Porsche’s customer teams are also strongly represented on the tradition-steeped 5.263-kilometre racetrack close to Danville in the US state of Virginia, campaigning four 911 GT3 R in the GTD class. Like at Lime Rock, the prototypes will not contest the third to last race of the season, which means that overall victory will definitely go to a GT vehicle.

The race

Porsche legends Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg occupy a very special place in the eventful history of the Virginia International Raceway: When the first ever #imsa GT race was contested on the circuit in 1971, they won in the #porsche 914-6 GT. As a consequence of the oil crisis, the racetrack on the North Carolina state border closed its gates in 1974. It reopened in 2000 as the first motorsport venue in the USA with full resort facilities such as hotels, restaurants and a wide range of activities for #racing fans and their families.

The #porsche drivers

The winners of the Lime Rock race, Patrick Pilet (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany), share the #911 #porsche #911rsr at Virginia International Raceway. Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), who finished second at both Lime Rock and Road America recently, man the second #911rsr (#912). The four customer squads that will campaign the 911 GT3 R are Park Place Motorsports, the winning team from Lime Rock, as well as Alegra Motorsports, CORE Autosports and WeatherTech #racing. Two factory drivers line up to contest the race in the 911 GT3 R: Jörg Bergmeister (Germany/Park Place Motorsports) and Patrick Long (USA/Alegra Motorsports).

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