Porsche Aims for North American Titles With Pair of 911 RSRs
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Porsche North America will field two factory entries in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

After finishing fourth and eighth in the 2016 team and driver standings, the German marque is preparing a Stateside return with a pair of brand new race cars and refreshed driver lineups for each.

2015 GTLM champion and 2016 Long Beach winner Patrick Pilet returns to the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR for 2017. The Frenchman will be joined for the full season by new Porsche works driver and former rival Dirk Werner. The German, who drove Porsches from 2004 to 2009, competed against Pilet last season as a co-driver of the factory No. 25 BMW M6.

For the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, a championship within the WeatherTech Championship, which includes the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Petit Le Mans, the duo will receive support from fellow Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki.

The No. 912 sister car will feature an all-new driver lineup in 2017. Brand new works driver Laurens Vanthoor of Belgium will co-drive the full season with France’s Kévin Estre, who last year competed with Porsche in the Patrón Endurance Cup. While brand new to the WeatherTech Championship, Vanthoor was part of longtime IMSA competitor Michael Shank Racing’s 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans effort.

Austrian Richard Lietz will join Estre and Vanthoor in the No. 912 for the four long-distance classics.

The WeatherTech Championship season-opening race is the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 26-29. The race will mark the global competition debut of the new 911 RSR.