Porsche built the vehicle for GT3 series worldwide based on the 911 GT3 RS production sports car and celebrated its race debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January with the new ultra-modern four-litre flat-six engine with direct fuel injection. The first victory in the IMSA SportsCar Championship came at Laguna Seca in May. The drivers of the 911 GT3 R fielded by Porsche’s American customer team Seattle/Alex Job Racing at Watkins Glen were the Laguna Seca winners Mario Farnbacher (Germany), Ian James (Great Britain) as well as the former Porsche Junior Alex Riberas (Spain). In the manufacturers’ classification of the GTD class, Porsche is tied for the lead with Ferrari.

In the strongest supported GTLM class with five automobile manufacturers, the two 911 RSR run by the Porsche North America factory squad finished the traditional six-hour race in positions nine and ten. Crewing the racers were Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), the winners of the Long Beach race, as well as Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France). In the manufacturers’ championship, Porsche as the defending champions still rank second.

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