Falken Confirms New Porsche 911 RSR for 2014

Photo: Team Falken Tire

Photo: Team Falken Tire

Team Falken Tire will continue its sports car racing program program next year with Porsche, it was confirmed Wednesday. The team is set to campaign the first customer version of the new 911 RSR in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The Derrick Walker-led organization, which won last month’s ALMS series-ending Petit Le Mans, has retained its core driver lineup, with Bryan Sellers and Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler set to handle driving duties of the 991-based Porsche in the GT Le Mans category.

Due to time constraints, the team will forgo the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona and start the year at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in March, ahead of a planned effort for the remainder of 2014.

The Falken squad was the opportunity to test the new car privately prior to last month’s Petit Le Mans.

“It’s great to see Falken continuing on into the United SportsCar Series,” said team manager Walker. “The commitment they’ve given to racing has been amazing. They’re a very determined company to produce quality tires in the toughest environment.

“When you look at the new 911, it’s a bigger step from the current car in terms of optimizing what it needs for a very competitive GT series. It will have all the things every racer needs: more downforce, lighter, more power, more grip, more mechanical grip. Porsche is continuing to make a serious commitment to GT racing and I couldn’t be happier.”

Sellers, who has been with Team Falken Tire since its inception in 2009, added: “It’s very important I have continuity in a program and I am glad Wolf and Derrick will be returning as part of the program as well. I am very hopeful for the future of our program.”

Falken joins the previously announced two-car factory effort from Porsche as the only teams expected to run the new 991-based RSR in North America.

As many as 12 cars are expected for the GTLM class next year, which will be largely made up of works entries.

18 Comments

  1. scottypinthemix

    November 6, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Very cool to see another team joining the GTLM class and not another Porsche GT America in the GTD class.

    • Jim-ski

      November 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

      Agreed!

  2. Jim-ski

    November 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

    GREAT news!

  3. Jason

    November 6, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Well that opens up a slot for a Euro GTLM entry for Daytona.

    • Bakkster

      November 6, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      Exactly what I was thinking. And that team could probably run Sebring as well, since they’re currently marked as having three additional slots available (60 and 63).

      Maybe AMR or AF-Corsa can make it after all?

      • Pat

        November 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm

        They won’t let AMR in unless they pay that million dollar marketing fee, or whatever it was Hindy was talking about.

        • Brent

          November 6, 2013 at 3:55 pm

          AM only needs to pay if they want to be eligible for the mfg championship. Otherwise they won’t score any points.

          • Bakkster

            November 6, 2013 at 4:59 pm

            Well, I suppose if grid spaces are limited, entries using OEMs who have contributed toward series marketing are going to get first crack at it, which makes sense. In which case, AF Corsa would likely get first crack at it (or not, Ferrari doesn’t seem to need to advertise much).

  4. House0586

    November 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Lets be smart about this, this is the only location this car could go. Now while I am glad to see that Porsche smartened up and got them the best fire power available, it was this or nothing for them. Every other class has a spec. tire, every other series has a spec. tire. While I am glad there is another GTLM car (the 9th confirmed of 12 full season spots available, IMSA are you paying attention?) they should not be congratulated for not doing GTD, they didn’t have an option.

    • scottypinthemix

      November 7, 2013 at 8:22 am

      I understand what you’re saying.
      I was just happy to hear of another entry in the GTLM class in general. I’m aware that they (Falken) really don’t have another option due to tire regs.

  5. Cyanbane

    November 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Good to get confirmation the blue and green will be competing again.

  6. MrBloodmuffins

    November 6, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I am looking forward to the 991 in Falken and Core livery. In all honesty, I am not the biggest fan of the Porsche AG livery in WEC.

    • JoeySelmants

      November 6, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Agreed, its a little bland isn’t it?

    • Bakkster

      November 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm

      Do we know if there will be a Porsche works team in the WEC next year?

      • Ben

        November 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

        Expect to see the Manthey Team back in the WEC.

  7. djosbun

    November 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    I’m not happy at all that the team will miss the Daytona 24 but I guess due to the poor timing of the TUSC regulations, and possibly Porsche taking a ‘let’s wait and see’ approach with non-factory teams (Core Autosports), we probably can’t blame Derrick Walker or the team in any way. At least they’ll still run the rest of the season in GTLM.

  8. pdxracefan

    November 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Glad to see this. Welcome back Team Falken.

  9. Jay

    November 6, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Yes.

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