Porsche Drivers’ comments before the 1000 Miles of Sebring race

14.03.2023: Michael Christensen (FIA WEC Porsche 963 #5, IMSA Porsche 963 #7): “I’m really looking forward to our team’s first race in the FIA WEC. Motivation is at an all-time high. We want to fight among the frontrunners. On the same weekend, I’ll be competing in m


Michael Christensen (FIA WEC Porsche 963 #5, IMSA Porsche 963 #7):
“I’m really looking forward to our team’s first race in the FIA WEC. Motivation is at an all-time high. We want to fight among the frontrunners. On the same weekend, I’ll be competing in my second IMSA race of the year.


I think we’ve made good progress after the season opener in Daytona. For me, ‘Super Sebring’ will be super demanding. I have to plan everything carefully so that I have enough time after each practice session to talk to the engineers and my teammates. I’m also expecting it to be a huge physical challenge. Hopefully, the weather in Sebring doesn’t turn out to be too hot.”



Laurens Vanthoor (FIA WEC Porsche 963 #6, IMSA Porsche 911 GT3 R #9):
“I’ve been looking forward to the event at Sebring for ages. Now it’s finally here. We’ve spent months preparing for the FIA WEC event with the Porsche 963 and have done everything we can to be well-sorted for the season opener. Hopefully, we’ll be able to show this in Sebring.

I’ve got a very intense week ahead of me because I’m also competing in the IMSA series. First and foremost, my attention is on the World Endurance Championship. It’s not until Saturday morning that I’ll climb into Pfaff Motorsports' Porsche 911 GT3 R for the first time to warm up, followed immediately by the race. I think my schedule there is really cool!”




Mathieu Jaminet (IMSA Porsche 963 #6):
“Our start to the season in Daytona was somewhat painful, so we want to come back even stronger at Sebring. Our goal is to score maximum points so that we don’t lose ground in the championship. We tested at Sebring several times and everything ran smoothly there.

Still, we’re facing a journey into the unknown because so far, we don’t yet know how our rivals will perform on this track. A decent result would be enormously important to give the whole team an extra boost. We definitely want to take home trophies.”




Matt Campbell (IMSA Porsche 963 #7)
: “Sebring is one of the toughest, and in my view, one of the most beautiful racetracks in North America. Even though we only race there for ‘twelve hours,’ the bumpy potholed circuit is extremely demanding. It pushes drivers and vehicles to their limits.

At the same time, the track always makes for exciting and super fun racing. I’m really looking forward to that. Hopefully, we can achieve a good result and improve our position in the championship.”



Patrick Pilet (IMSA Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “
Sebring again at last! I was last there in 2019 and took pole position in the GTLM class that year. With its hard bumps, the track is truly unique in the USA. I really like it. After our disappointment in Daytona at the start of the season, I’m now firmly convinced that we’ll at least be on a similar level to the competition at Sebring.


However, that’s not entirely in our hands. Overall, I’m super excited about the event – and I have just one wish: good weather. When it rains at Sebring, it’s often a recipe for chaos.”


 

 

Holger Eckhardt- photos Porsche

 

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14.03.2023 / MaP

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