This weekend sees the final outing of 2017’s IMSA WeatherTec SportsCar Championship, in which two of our mid-engine 911 RSRs have battled tooth-and-nail in the GT class with historic rivals from Ford, Corvette and Ferrari.
Round 12 at Road Atlanta, in northern Georgia, is a bit special. Dubbed Petit Le Mans, this 10-hour slug fest is the longest and toughest challenge of the season, requiring a third driver to be dropped in for each car. Le Mans winners Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy, have both volunteered their endurance expertise, sneaking in a first blast in the RSR during their downtime between Austin and Fuji in the 919 Hybrid.
Tandy will join former Petit Le Mans teammate Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner, while Bamber will team up with Gianmaria Bruni and Laurens Vanthoor in the sister car.
“We’re delighted to welcome two good old acquaintances to the Porsche GT Team for this classic,” says Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars. “They won Le Mans outright and are very excited to be racing the new 911 RSR for the first time, particularly after playing a key role in its development.
Tandy has won this event twice, the second time in 2015 with an extraordinary overall victory for Porsche’s GT team against the prototype classes. His and Bamber’s experience will prove invaluable in this demanding end to a hard-fought first season with the new RSR.
The lights go out at 11.05 local time. Good luck to all the teams and drivers.