Stuttgart. The Virginia International Raceway hosts round nine of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this coming weekend (23-25 August). The
In addition to the factory squad’s two ca. 510 hp
The Virginia International Raceway is located near the town of Alton close to the border of the US State of North Carolina. The circuit can look back on an eventful history and has evolved from a straightforward circuit for road vehicles to a modern racetrack resort with hotels and leisure activities. In 1971,
The winners of the Sebring and Watkins Glen races, Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), share the No. 911
In the GTD class, two 500+hp
For its third racing season in North America, the
The 911 GT3 R fielded by customer teams was newly developed for the 2019 season. Improvements in the areas of aerodynamics and kinematics were systematically implemented from the insights garnered from the many race outings of its predecessor. The six-cylinder engine in the rear of the GT3 racing vehicle produces over 368 kW (500 hp).
The race over 2:40 hours takes off on Sunday, 25 August, at 1:35pm local time (7:35pm CEST) and can be viewed live outside the USA and Canada on www.imsa.com.
Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “As we saw at the last race on the Road America racetrack, the competition amongst the drivers in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is extremely tough. The difference is in the tiniest details. After eight of eleven rounds, we are still leading the drivers’ and manufacturers’ classifications and we hope to earn more points in Virginia. We’ve climbed the podium at every race so far and our five victories underline the strength of our RSR. We also wish our customer teams the very best. Recently, the new
Steffen Höllwarth (Programme Manager IMSA SportsCar Championship): “Virginia is a typical driver’s track. It requires a great deal of precision and there is virtually no room for error. The second you stray from the track you end up in the grass and that costs a lot of time. We’re feeling very motivated heading to Virginia and we’d like to build on this season’s success streak. We’re turning on to the finish straight of the championship and we’ll fight for every point.”
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Nick Tandy (
Earl Bamber (
Laurens Vanthoor (
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “After the outstanding GTD win at Road America we’re heading to Virginia under positive pressure. In 2018 we finished the race on second place and we were even on course for victory at times. We know that the circuit suits our rear-engine 911 GT3 R and our teams can build on last year’s experiences.”
Patrick Long (
The IMSA SportsCar Championship is a sports car race series that has been contested in the USA and Canada since 2014. The series originated from the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in four different classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona), Dpi (Daytona Prototype international) and LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2). The
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