Porsche Point To Pre-Event Testing Advantage for Road America


Credit: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG

Having recently secured a first win for the new 911 RSR in the previous round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Lime Rock, Porsche are expecting to go from strength to strength at the following round at Road America, pointing to their in-season test two months prior as giving them an upper hand.

Porsche sent a pair of factory 911s to the Elkhart Lake circuit for mid-season testing, something the quartet of works drivers said would make a big difference on their performance around the four mile circuit.

“We went testing there with the 911 RSR, which will definitely have a positive effect on the final setup of our car for the track,” said Laurens Vanthoor, who pilots the second factory entry.

“Road America is a very difficult yet incredibly fascinating racetrack. It’s one of those old-school circuits with a great tradition that I love and that can only really be found in the USA these days.”

His co-driver in the #912 entry Gianmaria Bruni, who made his Porsche debut in the same test, referred to the team’s turning point of victory at Lime Rock as a confidence-boosting result ahead of Road America.

“I turned my first laps with the 911 RSR at Road America during our extensive test programme here in June. They were wonderful days,” he said. “I’d like to turn the many positive test experiences into a good race result. Since Lime Rock at the latest, we know that everything is possible with the new 911 RSR.”

The lead driver of the first car, Patrick Pilet, pointed out that regardless of how qualifying might go, the track affords for astonishing comeback drives, with one race at Road America a standout memory for the Frenchman.

“I always think of 2015 when we had a fantastic race there,” he said. “We started from the very back of the field and went on to win. You don’t forget such things. But Road America was my all-time favourite racetrack in America long before this sensational victory.”

Vanthoor also pointed to the ability to make up places around the Elkhart Lake circuit. “What I like about Road America is that if you dare to hold off a bit longer before braking for the corners, you can easily overtake in some places,” he added.

The lead car of Pilet and Dirk Werner currently hold joint fifth in the drivers’ standings, but following their Lime Rock victory the gap to championship leaders Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia has closed to only 17 points, with four rounds remaining of the IMSA championship this season.