Porsche’s works 911 RSR entries will be featuring throwback liveries for Petit Le Mans, this weekend’s final round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The two cars will sport the factory paint scheme in which a 911 GT1 scored the overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998. Twenty years ago, an identical model also started from pole position for the inaugural running of IMSA’s 10-hour/1000km enduro at Road Atlanta.
Sharing the driving chores in the No. 911 Porsche will be Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Frederic Makowiecki. In March, this trio won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring for Porsche. Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber will be joined in the No. 912 cockpit by Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet for this weekend’s enduro.
“This race has always been one of the toughest on the calendar,” noted Tandy. “The racetrack puts huge stresses on the material, especially the tires. For us drivers it’s often exhausting and even more so for the team. Many pit stops and countless strategic decisions have to be made during the 10 hours of racing. We’ve always had great races at Road Atlanta in the past and it shouldn’t be any different this time.”
Vanthoor added: “The 2018 season seems to have flown by. Now we’re facing the big classic at Road Atlanta. We definitely want to conclude the season with a success. We’ll do everything we can to achieve this. Petit Le Mans is always exciting, exhausting and unpredictable. This makes it spectacular, not only for fans but also for the teams and all the drivers. I’m particularly looking toward to racing in the design of my favorite race car — the 911 GT1 from 1998.”