After the successful trip to Canada, which yielded the first pole position for the new 911 RSR, Porsche now returns to the United States with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Lime Rock Park hosts Round Seven of the popular sports car series on Saturday, July 22.
With a length of just 1.47-miles, the seven-turn racetrack in the countryside of Connecticut is the shortest, as well as one of the oldest, on the championship calendar.
At this weekend's race, the GT-based machines will have their first of two opportunities, the second at VIRginia International Raceway on August 27, to take overall race honors as the Northeast Grand Prix is an all-GT car event.
The 510 hp RSR racer was a completely new development of Porsche Motorsport in Weissach, Germany. Two Porsche customer teams tackle the GTD class with the more than 500 hp 911 GT3 R, the winning car of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Sharing the No.911 Porsche 911 RSR at Lime Rock Park will be Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner.
"The Lime Rock Park circuit reminds me a lot of a go-kart track." says Pilet "It's short and tight and that makes it special. This is the only track where we turn 70 laps in one stint. That's unusual. Most of the time the cars are bunched up very close together and this treats fans to some gripping duels in every lap. I'm sure that this racetrack will suit our new 911 RSR very well."
Laurens Vanthoor and Gianmaria Bruni man the second 911 RSR, No.912, fielded by the Porsche GT Team.
Bruni added, "I haven't yet been able to gain a lot of experience at Lime Rock. The last time I raced here was in 2010. I drove one of the practices and that was all. My teammate drove the second practice and the qualifying - and destroyed our car in the first race lap. Apart from that I like the New England states. I'm very much looking forward to the race and the special atmosphere of this racetrack in the middle of the countryside. Of course I'm hoping that I'll have more luck this time than I did in 2010."
CORE autosport with drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun campaign the No.54 911 GT3 R while factory driver Jörg Bergmeister, who has clinched six victories at Lime Rock Park, joins Patrick Lindsey in the No.73 Park Place Motorsports car.
"The track has everything that makes racing fun - very fast curves mixed with slow corners where we can use the 911 GT3 R's great traction." said Bergmeister "Lime Rock Park has almost always been good turf for me. Of the eight times I've raced there I've won six of them. I'd be happy for that to continue."
Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars closed by saying, "This is the third IMSA SportsCar Championship race this month after Watkins Glen and Bowmanville. With such a schedule there's not a lot of time to catch our breath. But after our strong performance in Canada, which unfortunately went unrewarded despite setting pole and the fastest race lap, the drivers and teams can hardly wait to continue. In Bowmanville the maiden victory for our new 911 RSR was within reach. Now we'll do everything at Lime Rock Park to bring it home."
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