Porsche quotes ahead of 12h Sebring 2018

Porsche quotes ahead of 12h Sebring 2018

08.03.2018: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 2, 12 Hours of Sebring, USA Pre-race quotes

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 2, 12 Hours of Sebring, USA


Pre-race quotes

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars:
“We didn’t start the 2018 season at Daytona with the results we’d hoped for. Although this adds to the pressure, it’s best for us to remain calm. The season has only just begun. We know where we need to make improvements and we’re working hard on this. In spite of everything, we took a lot of positives from Daytona.

At Sebring, we’ll now try to turn those positives into an even better performance and a result that meets our expectations. After all, as the most successful manufacturer in the history of this unique race, we have a reputation to uphold. We’ll do this with the best possible preparation and the usual commitment from the entire team.”

Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsports:
“The second classic of this season poses a brutal challenge. The heat in Florida and the very bumpy racetrack push drivers to the limit.

And the demands on the cars are more extreme than at any other race on the IMSA SportsCar Championship calendar. We’ve conducted more test kilometres in Sebring with our 911 RSR than on most other racetracks, so we’re very well prepared to face the stiff opposition.”

Sebastian Golz, Project Manager 911 GT3 R:
“The Sebring International Raceway is a racetrack that puts the highest demands on the durability of the material. Thanks to its rear engine concept, the 911 GT3 R has excellent traction characteristics.

It can use this advantage, mainly when accelerating out of the tight hairpin at the end of the start and finish straight. With the evolution package that we developed for 2018, our customers should be in a position to fight for a podium spot with the 911 GT3 R.”

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911):
“We’ve almost always had a very good car for Sebring. I feel that our 911 RSR is again well suited for this legendary racetrack. It’s an extreme race where you go flat-out right from the start. Tactical manoeuvring like at Daytona doesn’t work here. I’ve never won at Sebring, so I’m keen to change that.”

Nick Tandy (911 RSR #911):
“This twelve-hour race is a real highlight of the season. The track is very demanding. With all the bumps, it’s a huge challenge and not just for drivers. The stresses that Sebring puts on the cars are greater than at almost any other race. The reliability of our 911 RSR is definitely an advantage there.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (911 RSR #911)
: “Sebring is my all-time favourite race in the USA. The masses of fans really know their stuff when it comes to motorsport and they lend a spirit that I very much like. The atmosphere they bring to the event is fantastic.”

Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR #912):
“It‘s a very difficult race where you can only survive with an extremely reliable car. The Sebring International Raceway poses a huge challenge. The bumpy surface is brutal and shakes you like a jackhammer. Luckily I’ve just been to the dentist. He assured me that my fillings won’t fall out.”

Earl Bamber (911 RSR #912)
: “Since our memorable 50-hour test with the 911 RSR, I know every kerb at Sebring. I’m really looking forward to this cool race with masses of fans and its great atmosphere. After Daytona, we’re obviously under a bit more pressure, however we can’t afford to let that make us crazy. One decent result at Sebring and everyone will quickly forget about the not-so-convincing start of the season.”

Gianmaria Bruni (911 RSR #912):
“I regard Sebring as one of the most beautiful racetracks in the USA. And because of its qualities, it’s one of the most demanding. It puts the drivers and cars under enormous stress. I’m looking forward to driving at Sebring for the first time with Porsche and the 911 RSR.”

Patrick Long (911 GT3 R #58)
: “Driving for hours at the limit in Sebring demands everything from a driver – it’s the heat and especially the track. It’s really extreme. There’s nothing like it. Winning this race in 2014 with the 911 RSR was one of the highlights of my career.”

Mathieu Jaminet (911 GT3 R #58):
“After Daytona, I’m now looking forward to driving the 911 GT3 R at Sebring. It’ll definitely be an interesting and significant experience for me.

Jörg Bergmeister (911 GT3 R #73):
“The Sebring race is only half as long as Daytona, but twice as exhausting. The bumpy racetrack takes its toll over time and the car has to endure a lot, as well. Still, we all look forward to this challenge and to giving the enthusiastic fans a great show.”

Oliver Hilger- photos Porsche

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