The Porsche GT Team return to the scene of their most famous U.S victories this weekend as the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship heads to Road Atlanta for the Petit LeMans, round nine of the championship.
In 2015, Porsche took outright victory here with the 911 RSR.
Speaking ahead of the race this weekend, Porsche’s Director of Factory Motorsport, Pascal Zurlinden commented saying:
We have always been strong at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and have scored many successes at this event. It’s also home turf for our works team because Porsche North America has its headquarters in Atlanta. So, there is no better place to get back on the road to success with our latest Porsche 911 RSR.
Porsche’s IMSA Head of Operations Steffen Höllwarth commented saying:
After the accidents in Charlotte, our main priority was to repair the extensive damage to both cars within a very short time. “We’re heading to the ten-hour race well prepared. During a successful test at Road Atlanta a couple of weeks ago, we worked on critical set-up details. We made good progress towards increasing our chances. I’m also delighted that we have our strong, young works drivers Matt Campbell and Mathieu Jaminet with us. They will help us harvest the fruits of our hard work. It’s time for our first win of the season.”
Nick Tandy commented on the upcoming race saying:
It’s good that there’s no time to ruminate after last week’s disappointment. We head straight into a real classic – the ten-hour race at Road Atlanta. We’ve always been strong over such big distances. For this reason, I’m heading to Petit Le Mans feeling confident. Whenever I go there I’m reminded of our overall victory of 2015 – an experience I’ll never forget, and one that motivates me for the task ahead.”
Earl Bamber is looking forward to the race this weekend saying:
When we contested the six-hour race at Road Atlanta in early September, we had problems with tyre wear over the full stint. We then took a good look at this issue with Michelin during tests at the track. I think we’ve made good progress in this area, and we can feel optimistic about the upcoming race. We’ll do our absolute utmost to finally climb to the top step of the podium.”