Porsche fights for overall victory at the first IMSA race at Charlotte Roval
The Porsche GT Team heads into unknown territory at round eight of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
To prepare for the race, the works team went testing on the 3.67-kilometre track. With works driver Earl Bamber from New Zealand at the wheel of the Porsche 911 RSR, the factory squad gained valuable experience and data for the upcoming challenge.
We didn’t contest the previous Mid-Ohio round due to possible coronavirus cases during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, however, we’re now returning to the championship. The Charlotte Roval is new terrain for all teams. Our Porsche 911 RSR performed very well at both Daytona races. Given that the layout at Charlotte is similar, I expect we’ll have good chances to claim our long-awaited first win of the season, says Pascal Zurlinden, Director Porsche Factory Motorsport. At first glance, the layout looks similar to the Daytona racetrack, but there are differences: the infield passage portion is larger; the stress on the vehicle and tyres in the oval is massive. This has to be taken into account when working on the setup. What’s more, we’re competing as part of the NASCAR weekend. We have no experience with how the rubber that’s left on the track by these cars will affect the grip level of our vehicles. It’ll be an exciting 100-minute sprint.
The Porsche GT Team drivers
The seasoned works driver duo currently ranks sixth in the drivers’ classification with 171 points. Works drivers Earl Bamber from New Zealand and Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor share the cockpit of the No. 912 sister car. In the manufacturer’s classification, Porsche ranks third after seven of 11 rounds.
The customer team
In the GTD category, Wright Motorsports fields an over 500-hp 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. Wright Motorsports currently lies fourth in the category for GT3 vehicles.
Drivers' comments before the race
Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #911): Each manufacturer got the chance to test on the Charlotte Roval with one vehicle. While that gave us preliminary insights, there are still a lot of open questions. The layout puts the tyres under a lot of stress. The key to success at Charlotte is a consistently fast pace over an entire stint. I hope we can find an optimal setup during the two short practice sessions. If we manage that, the chances for our first win of the season look good.
Live streaming of the race
Round eight of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Charlotte Roval takes off on Saturday, 10 October, at 20:05 local time (Sunday 02:05 CEST). Saturday, 10 October
The schedule (local time, CEST: -6 hours)
Friday, 9 October 19:30 - 20:30: Free practice 1 09:45 – 11:00: Free practice 2 14:00 – 14:15: Qualifying GTD 20:05 – 21:45: Race
Oct 10, 2020 at 20:22