At the ten-hour Petit Le Mans race contested on the tradition-steeped Road Atlanta racetrack last Saturday, the new 911 RSR scored its first two championship titles. There, Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner won the prestigious North American Endurance Cup driving the new 911 RSR. The long-distance classics that count towards this performance and reliability competition in international GT racing are Daytona (24 hours – 28/29 January), Sebring (12 hours – 18 March), Watkins Glen (6 hours – 2 July) and Petit Le Mans (10 hours – 7 October). The Porsche GT Team also won the team classification at the series’ four premier races, where teams and drivers had to underline their consistency and reliability over a total of 52 hours. The first highlight of the new 911 RSR’s maiden season came on 22 July, scoring its first victory at the Lime Rock round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship.
“Winning the North American Endurance Cup has shown that we were always at the front at the right time at the major endurance races and, above all, we’ve also underlined the reliability of our new 911 RSR over the season. For a maiden season with a completely new car, this was a good performance,” said Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars. For Marco Ujhasi, Director GT Factory Motorsports, the first race victory for the new 911 RSR was “a particularly emotional moment. We’ve all worked towards this day with total commitment and absolute passion.”
Edited by: Glen Smale
Images by: Porsche Motorsport