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Porsche To Enter Third Factory 911 RSR for COTA TUSC Round

Porsche adds Makowiecki, Pilet in third 911 for TUSC at COTA…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Porsche North America will run a third factory 911 RSR in the GTLM class for the upcoming TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round at Circuit of the Americas, part of the Lone Star Le Mans weekend.

Factory aces Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet will share the No. 910 Porsche 911 RSR, which gives the factory squad a third bullet as it looks to hold off rivals Corvette, BMW, Dodge and Ferrari in the battle for the Manufacturer’s Championship.

Porsche currently holds a 2-point lead over Chevrolet (276-274) with Dodge third on 273 and BMW fourth on 272.

“The fight for the championship in the GTLM class remains exciting to the very end,” said Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen. “By fielding a third 911 RSR with Porsche North America in Austin we want to maintain our good title chances as leaders of the manufacturer’s classification.”

Porsche has confirmed Jorg Bergmeister alongside Nick Tandy and Richard Lietz in the No. 911 car, with Lietz only racing depending on his recovery following his accident at Virginia International Raceway last month.

Michael Christensen should be back to single-duty after racing in both the Nos. 911 and 912 at VIR, and will share the No. 912 with Patrick Long as usual.

Tandy, Lietz, Bergmeister, Makowiecki and Pilet are all set to pull double-duty on the day, as they’ll be split between the two Porsche Team Manthey GTE-Pro 911 RSRs in the FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Austin race later that afternoon.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to NBCSports.com and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

24 Comments

24 Comments

  1. Travis

    September 10, 2014 at 11:54 am

    Wow Porsche mounting a three car factory effort. They are pulling out all the stops to win the manufacturer championship. I wonder if we’ll see three at Petit as well. I also love how they number their cars.

  2. Jayxer

    September 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    How stupid. IF they happen to win it, how can they honestly brag about even winning when they have had three cars to everyone else’s two all season long and will now have 4? Thats like picking a fight with 1 person, and having your two friends join you, its a b*tch move and doesn’t impress anyone. But thats how thise volkswagen bosses need to pump thenselves up I guess.

    • Jaguar4

      September 10, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      Wow! What an ignorant statement that is. Let me guess, you only support ‘Merica manufacturers? Would you be complaining if Corvette or Dodge did this?

      • Jayxer

        September 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

        If they can’t win the championship with the same amount cars as the rest of the manufacturers in GTLM, what is there to brag about?

        • Kyle

          September 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

          So what’s stopping Corvette, Dodge, and BMW from doing the same thing? There’s no rule against having too many cars.

    • Bakkster

      September 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Since when is bringing another car to a race a bad thing? Getting more cars on track has always been one of the tools to win a constructor’s championship.

      • Jason

        September 10, 2014 at 12:42 pm

        This is common to add another car at the end of the season. I like the idea and its always to see extra cars on the gird in the best class in TUSK. GTLM!

      • Jayxer

        September 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

        Was GTLM in need of more cars? Its had solid participation all season. Each factory team should be allowed two cars, no more. If you want more than two, find a private team to buy one and run it. Thats the way I would handle it if I ran things. But IMSA have proven all season long they are incapable of running a professional championship.

        • jack

          September 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

          i think you are in the minority on this one

        • Gordon

          September 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm

          Your very first comment you were moaning:

          How stupid. IF they happen to win it, how can they honestly brag about even winning when they have had three cars to everyone else’s two all season long and will now have 4?

          Now you’re saying that they SHOULD find a private team and sell a car to them. What is it, it’s bad for to have 3-4 cars on track (if more than 2 are factory of course) or that’s how it should be done (3-4 cars on track assuming a privateer buys 2), all of this going after a manufacturer title mind you.

        • Bakkster

          September 10, 2014 at 4:51 pm

          Yeah, how DARE the ACO be so unprofessional as to allow a third Audi at Le Mans!

          I sure as heck wouldn’t argue against more GTLM cars. So long as nobody drops their works team because of it, I say bring it on. There can’t be too many GTLM.

          And didn’t you say last month you were done following TUSC?

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          September 11, 2014 at 9:38 am

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    • Gabe

      September 10, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      They’re adopting AMR and AF Corse logic. Throw 20 cars at the race and 1 of them is bound to win. Hopefully the car isn’t going to be punting people off track like Tandys car. Am I the only one noticing how horrible his sportsmanship has been this year?

      • Ric

        September 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

        No you’re not the only one who’s noticed.

        However, I also think there’s nothing wrong with stacking the field. Keep in mind, the cars are the same and they have to race each other along with the field, so teams that do this are taking on additional risk along with the hedge. Racing teams in every category (Le Mans, Indy, NASCAR, etc.) have been doing it since time imemmorial, and it’s never been seen as a bad thing. More cars = better racing.

    • steve johnson

      September 10, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      Jayxer,
      The more the merrier!Why would you complain about a higher factory effort in a brand new series in North America? Think about, please. This could lead to other manufactures doing the same thing or even bring new manufactures in the FUTURE. This series needs as much attention as it can get right now. I don’t know about you but I LOVE sports car racing and I want IMSA to succeed and be around for years to come. I get a kick out of all these people on hear who call themselves “fans”. Don’t fall into that category.

  3. Pierce

    September 10, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Let them have 3 cars. I mean a second Ferrari would’ve been better but that’s just me. Its the same thing when Audi sends three bullets for Le Mans. Or when WRT sends a 4th car for Blancpain or Marc VDS sending 3 cars for Spa.

    • Issac

      September 10, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      A second Ferrari would be nice or one or more Astons. I think Jayxer was just trying to start an argument which he got.

  4. NaBUru38

    September 10, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Great news! The more GTLM factory entries, the better.

    Now, I think that Petit Le Mans should be split into a 4-6h prototype race and a GT race. That way, FIA WEC teams from the LMP2 and GTE-Pro could join the race and fight for overall wins.

    • Dan

      September 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Petit is a 10 hour or 1000 mile race for all classes. Splitting it up is an absolutely horrendous idea. No euro teams would since FUJI is the next week anyway.

      • Bakkster

        September 10, 2014 at 6:08 pm

        Just 10 hours this year, they won’t throw the checkers at 1000mi.

    • Ric

      September 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Splitting the Petit Le Mans that way would ruin the endurance character of the event.

  5. bjones

    September 10, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Glad someone took care of the dumb idea of splitting the petit. It is called endurance racing for a reason, plus I feel all races should be a minimum of 6 hours.

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    • Gabe

      September 16, 2014 at 10:36 am

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