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Porsche confirm 2016 return
Oct07

Porsche confirm 2016 return

Fresh from taking the clean sweep of championships in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and scoring an overall win at Petit Le Mans, Porsche has confirmed it will return for a factory assault in North America in 2016. The German manufacturer will do battle in the new IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2016 against Corvette, BMW, Ferrari and newcomer Ford. Porsche clinched the team’s, manufacturer’s and...

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2015 Champions crowned
Oct06

2015 Champions crowned

The Georgia Aquarium proved to be an appropriate backdrop as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship crown the 2015 series champions on Monday night. “We’ve been surrounded by sharks all season, so this is a very interesting setting,” said Joao Barbosa, who joined Christian Fittipaldi in repeating as Prototype (P) champions for Action Express Racing. Other series champions crowned at the event were Porsche North America’s...

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Porsche – the empire strikes back!
Oct03

Porsche – the empire strikes back!

After Michelin Alley posted a story on Friday night about Porsches woes in qualifying at Petit Le Mans, Porsche motorsport boss Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser tweeted in reply “The empire will strike back”. And strike back they did! Not only did Porsche win the GTLM championship with Patrick Pilet, they finished the season with victory in the GTLM class – but to go one step beyond – Pilet and Nick Tandy made...

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Porsche make history at Petit
Oct03

Porsche make history at Petit

Porsche North America pairing Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy made history at Petit Le Mans by leading a GTLM-class 1-2 overall result – defeating all the Prototype class machines despite huge downforce and horsepower shortcomings. Remarkably the BMW Z4 of John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann finished second overall – also in front of the entire prototype pack. The win by the Porsche squad was the first time a GT-based...

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Waiting on the weather at Petit
Oct03

Waiting on the weather at Petit

Can we get back underway at Petit Le Mans?  That is the big question everyone is asking with eyes to the sky as the rain falls at Road Atlanta. The race went red after five hours, 21 minutes with Sebastien Bourdais holding the race lead for Action Express Racing. “We talked a long bit about after Watkins Glen, with the weather there, and the importance of communicating with competitors,” Race Director, Beaux Barfield told...

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Porsche lead overall at half way
Oct03

Porsche lead overall at half way

Porsche has led a pack of GTLM spec cars which have been dominant in wet conditions through to the half way point of today’s Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Le Mans winner Nick Tandy pulled off a barnstorming opening stint to charge through from the rear of the grid – not only passing all the GTD class cars but charging through to the class lead. Once championship leader Patrick Pilet climbed aboard, he gradually worked his...

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