For the Porsche teams, setting up the new Porsche 911 RSR and the new Porsche 911 GT3 R on the Daytona International Speedway had priority at day two of testing at the “The Roar Before the Rolex 24”.
The Porsche North America factory squad and Porsche’s customer teams focused on preparing the new race car from Weissach for the 24-hour classic in Florida to be held on 30-31 January, which kicks off the 2016 season of the IMSA SportsCar Championship, the most important sports car championship in North America. New regulations have been introduced this season for the 911 GT3 R in the GTD class, as well as the 911 RSR, with which Porsche aims to defend all three 2015 GTLM titles for manufacturers, drivers and teams.
Delayed and shortened first training session
In the morning, fog shrouded the storied racetrack, resulting in a delayed and shortened first training session of the day. As temperatures climbed to 23 degrees Celsius and the sun began to break through, teams were able to continue with their test program from the previous day. Crewing the 911 Porsche 911 RSR was the reigning GT champion, Patrick Pilet (France), as well as his compatriot Kévin Estre and Britain’s Nick Tandy.
Porsche racing teams
Sharing driving duties in the number 912 car were Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark). They not only contest the Daytona 24 Hours in this configuration, but also two other long distance races on the IMSA SportsCar Championship calendar – the Sebring 12-hour race and Petit Le Mans on the legendary Road Atlanta racetrack. Their works driver colleagues Wolf Henzler (Germany), Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) as well as Porsche Junior Sven Müller (Germany) completed the official Daytona test in the 911 GT3 R run by various customer teams, for whom they will contest the 24-hour race in three weeks’ time.
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