Porsche's weekend racing roundup
At odds with the elements in IMSA and a new champ in Esports
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship made its maiden appearance at the Charlotte Roval last weekend, a mixture of NASCAR oval and conventional infield circuit. Round eight of the 2020 series was a one-hour 40-minute sprint race run without the prototype class, leaving Porsche’s works 911 RSRs with a shot at overall victory.
The race started in heavy rain and poor visibility, with France's Frédéric Makowiecki initially managing to defend his front row start in the No. 911 car while Laurens Vanthoor worked his way from sixth on the grid to fourth in the No. 912. But, after just four laps, Belgian Vanthoor skidded into the barriers and damage sustained to the rear of his RSR was too serious to continue. Three laps later Makowiecki spun in the first corner, also collecting too much damage to continue.
“I’m deeply disappointed,” said Makowiecki. “After qualifying, things seemed really good. The second grid spot looked promising for the race. But heavy rain threw a spanner in the works. We had massive problems with aquaplaning and the car just couldn’t be controlled. We’ve had difficulties in heavy rain throughout the year.”
There was better news in the pro-am GTD class, where the Wright Motorsports 911 GT3 R of Ryan Hardwick and Patrick Long crossed the finish line in second place, just 1.497-seconds behind the class winner. Another useful points haul means the American pair have advanced to second in the overall class standings.
Porsche is now third in the manufacturers’ championship, while Makowiecki/Tandy and Bamber/Vanthoor lie in fifth and sixth respectively in the drivers’ classification. Round nine of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, so-called Petit Le Mans, will be held on 17 October at Road Atlanta in Georgia.
Meanwhile, in the virtual world, Sebastian Job became the new champion of the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup at the weekend. At the season finale in Monza, the British sim racer inched out defending champion Joshua Rogers, who finished close behind him in second.
“Congratulations to Sebastian Job on his well-deserved title victory,” said Marco Ujhasi, Manager Esports Porsche Motorsport. “He was super-fast over the entire season and impressed with his incredible consistency. The level of driving skill in the Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup was extremely high this year. This makes us all the more excited about next season, which begins in early January.”
The Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup heads into its third season in 2021, with the first of ten rounds contested on 9 January at Interlagos.