Posted by: porschebahn | April 22, 2009

Preview of Grand-Am Series round 2 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia

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Porsche travels to second Grand-Am race after victory in Daytona

After the triumph at the famous 24 Hours at Daytona, the season-opening round of the 2009 Grand-Am Series, Porsche now wants to continue this success streak on the Virginia International Raceway. Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) have big plans for the second race of the season: After their bad luck in Daytona, the Porsche works drivers want to keep their title chances open with a top placing.

The season really takes off now

“For us the season really takes off now. It’s just a shame that we’ve been handicapped again by the regulations,” says Timo Bernhard. After a change to the technical regulations, the Porsche-Riley must from now on race with five gears and a lower rev limit. “That, of course, makes everything more difficult. The gearing is no longer optimal and, of course, we also notice the power loss. Now we have to see how we and the team can best cope with this.”

A drivers’ track that’s difficult but huge fun

The 5.26 kilometre race track in the US state of Virginia is extremely demanding, which suits not only Timo Bernhard. Romain Dumas also hopes he can compensate, at least a little, for the disadvantages resulting from the rule changes. “It’s a drivers’ track that’s difficult but huge fun,” he says. “Timo and I feel particularly good on such circuits.”

Three Daytona-Prototypes with Porsche six-cylinder engine

Aside from Penske Racing, who fields the #12 Porsche-Riley, Brumos Racing again brings two Daytona-Prototypes with the 510 hp Porsche six-cylinder engine to the start. Driving for the customer team from Florida in the number 58 vehicle are David Donohue (USA) with his compatriot Darren Law – the overall winner of the 2009 Daytona 24 hour race and current points’ leader in the championship – as well as Joao Barbosa (Portugal) and J.C. France (USA) with the number 59 racer.

Seven 911 GT3 Cup Grand-Am in the GT class

Porsche also enjoys strong representation in the GT class. Four Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Grand-Am sports cars are deployed by the TRG team from the USA, for whom the Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) competed in and won the 24 Hours at Daytona (GT) in January as guest drivers. Farnbacher Loles Racing fields two of the 428 hp near-standard sports cars from Weissach. One of the pilots is Dirk Werner (Germany), who contests both the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series for the team. The Synergy Racing squad runs one 911 GT3 Cup Grand-Am.

The race in Alton takes off on Saturday, 25th April, at 14.30 hours local time (20.30 hours CEST) and runs over 250 miles.

The race is scheduled to be broadcast on SPEED from 2:30 to 5:30, Saturday, April 25th.

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