Porsche heads to Road Atlanta highly motivated
At the previous three races, the GTLM-sports car from Weissach was well on course to score its first class win of the year in North America, only to have bad luck strike every time.
Road Atlanta, just outside the capital of the US state of Georgia, holds special significance for Porsche Porsche North America has its headquarters in Atlanta. In recent years, the Porsche GT Team has celebrated great successes at the fast circuit with its 12 turns. At the so-called Petit Le Mans, the traditional 10-hour race contested at Road Atlanta, the sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart has notched up a total of 20 class wins.
The Porsche GT Team drivers
Works drivers Earl Bamber from New Zealand and Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor share driving duties in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR. After five rounds, the reigning GTLM-champions rank second in the drivers’ championship. Back then, Tandy shared the winning car with his works driver teammates Patrick Pilet from France and Austrian Richard Lietz.
The customer team
In the GTD category for vehicles complying with the FIA GT3 regulations, Wright Motorsports fields an Porsche 911 GT3 R. The cockpit of the No. 16 car is crewed by the American works driver Patrick Long and his compatriot Ryan Hardwick. Since Hardwick comes from the city of Atlanta, the upcoming event is a home race for the talented hobby driver.
Comments prior to the race
Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): Although we’ve experienced bad luck at the last three races, we’re heading to Road Atlanta feeling highly motivated. I’m absolutely sure that we’ll soon achieve results that reflect the hard work of the team and drivers in the IMSA series, as well as the strengths of the Porsche 911 RSR. We’ll do everything within our power to finally bring home the first win of the season at the long-distance race at Road Atlanta and to gain some essential ground in the championship.
Live streaming of the race
Round six of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta takes off on Saturday, 5 September, at 23:35 local time (17:35 CEST).
The schedule (local time, CEST: -6 hours)
11:35 – 17:35 – Race
Sep 04, 2020 at 11:36