Canada Day. Porsche Works and Customers Stream Across the Border for IMSA Weekend.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

After four straight wins, the Porsche GT Team travels to Round Six of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada as the leader of the Manufacturers' and Drivers' Championships. At the only Canadian event of the year, the North American works team will field two Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM class on the 2.459-mile Canadian Tire Motorsport Park circuit. In the Pro-Am style GTD class, the customer teams Pfaff Motorsports and Park Place Motorsports will each field a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the July 7 Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at the track historically known as "Mosport". It is the home event for Pfaff which is owned by Pfaff Porsche, the largest Porsche dealership in Canada.

In the driver's seat of the factory cars, the winners of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Six Hours of The Glen races, Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), will share the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR. The pair currently ranks first in the Drivers' Championship. Their works driver colleagues in the No. 912 sister car, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), are just one point behind the leaders after their victories at Long Beach and Mid-Ohio. Pilet and Tandy won the race in a Porsche 911 RSR in 2015.

In the GTD class, two 500+hp Porsche 911 GT3 Rs will compete. The customer team Pfaff Motorsports (No. 9) tackles its home round with the Canadian drivers Scott Hargrove and Zacharie Robichon. The two racers have split the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama championship three of the last four years with Porsche Selected Driver Hargrove taking the title in 2015 and 2017 while Robichon won the series – which exclusively uses the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car – in 2018.

Porsche works driver Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) will share the cockpit of the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports  Porsche 911 GT3 R with 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship LMGTE-Am class champion Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California) in Bowmanville. Long is a two-time winner of the race with Porsche having taken the top step of the podium in 2005 and 2010.

The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) opened in 1961 near the metropolis of Toronto. The flowing layout with many crests, dips and ten corners allows a high average speed and is one of the fastest tracks on the IMSA schedule. Porsche has a long tradition at this racetrack in the Sportscar Grand Prix, previously known as the Grand Prix of Mosport. The German marque won the first sports car race held at the track in 1961 with Canadian motorsports legend Ludwig Heimrath, Sr. behind the wheel of a Porsche 718 RS60. Racing icon and Porsche spokesperson Hurley Haywood (St. Augustine, Florida) won the first IMSA race held at the track in 1975 driving a Porsche 911 RSR with G.W. Dickinson. To honor that first race, and win, at the Canadian track, the Porsche GT Teams will run a final event in the red, white and blue Brumos Racing-inspired retro livery at CTMP. In four races already run under the familiar colors, the No. 911 works teams has won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Pilet, Tandy and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) driving and last weekend at Watkins Glen with Pilet and Tandy sharing the car. The colors also ran at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time finishing third in the LMGTE-Pro class with Pilet, Tandy and Bamber.

Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport.

"We're riding on the crest of a wave with our successes in the IMSA series after four victories in a row. We'd like to continue this streak at Mosport to consolidate our position in the championship and ideally extend our lead further. Our Porsche 911 RSR should again be one of the hot favorites to win the GTLM class on the fast, tradition-steeped course in Canada."

Steffen Höllwarth, Program Manager IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

"Our busy weeks continue without a break. After the Le Mans race we had only a few days to prepare the two Porsche 911 RSR for Watkins Glen. We won there. For this reason, I'm certain that our experienced team will do another perfect job in the tight lead-up to the race at Mosport. We're heading to Canada as the leaders and we want to be in the same position when we leave."

Patrick Pilet, Driver, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

"In the 2015 season, Nick and I won the race in Canada; last year we narrowly missed out on another victory. One thing is certain: Porsche always performs strongly on this very special racetrack. Most of the drivers love the circuit because it feels like a rollercoaster – incredible fast and demanding. Since overtaking is very difficult here, it's particularly important to qualify well. We want to start from the front of the grid and stay at the front."

Nick Tandy, Driver, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

"This track is high on my list of personal favorites. We were really quick here last year and this time we are determined to win. Our Watkins Glen victory underlined that we're back in IMSA mode after the strenuous Le Mans race. This bodes well for the race at Mosport."

Earl Bamber, Driver, No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

"The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a favorite amongst all drivers. Our Porsche 911 RSR will definitely be strong there. The upcoming weeks in the North American IMSA series will be intense with many races within a short timeframe. We're well placed in the championship and we want to earn maximum points in Canada."

Laurens Vanthoor, Driver, No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR.

"After our somewhat disappointing result at Watkins Glen it's good that the next race is scheduled just one week later. The track layout is fantastic. We'll have a good chance of further success there with our Porsche 911 RSR."

Patrick Long, Driver, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"The only foray to neighboring Canada is always a great pleasure for us every year. The track, which still goes by the historic name of Mosport among the fans, is one of the quickest and most traditional in the whole world. The teams and drivers come under huge stress, you need a car with a lot of downforce and you have to have complete trust in it. We'll try to qualify as far up the grid as possible, because there are very few places to overtake here."

Zacharie Robichon, Driver, No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

"The race will be very special for us, as it's the only home event of the year for Pfaff Motorsports. The racetrack is only about an hour's drive from our team headquarters. We expect huge support from the fans. Scott and I are very familiar with our Canadian racetrack, so we should have a good chance in front of home crowds."