Posted by: porschebahn | May 12, 2009

Preview Grand-Am Series round 4 at Laguna Seca


Porsche pilots aim for podium result in Laguna Seca

The Grand-Am Series changes sides: After the east coast race in Millville/New Jersey, the team trucks headed off across the United States of America to the west coast, where on Sunday in Laguna Seca/California the fourth race of the season takes off.

“At last a race track we know well,” says Porsche works driver Timo Bernhard (Germany) about the 3.601 kilometre circuit in the dunes of Monterey. With its legendary corkscrew corner, it is regarded as one of the most interesting and varied tracks in the USA. With Romain Dumas (France) he takes up the race in the #12 Porsche Riley fielded by Penske Racing. At the wheel of the 510 hp Daytona Prototype, they took off from pole position and managed to secure a podium result in third at the rain race in Millville.

Again with six-speed gearbox but reduced maximum engine speed

The changes in the technical regulations that were handed down to the Porsche Riley after its triumph at the 24 Hours at Daytona to handicap the vehicle, have partly been revoked by the Grand-Am decision-makers. The Daytona prototype may race in Laguna Seca again with a six-speed gearbox. However in return, the maximum engine speed has again been reduced – this time from 9000 to 8900 rpm. “This doesn’t mean things are immediately easier for us,” said Timo Bernhard. ”It helps of course to have the sixth gear back. But still the lower engine revs hurt. Somehow it’s counteractive, it’s not a real improvement for us.”

Brumos Racing, the successful customer squad from Florida, again fields two Porsche Rileys in Laguna Seca. The cockpit of the #58 racer is manned by Daytona overall winners David Donohue (USA) and Darren Law (USA), who were able to extend their points’ lead with a fourth place in Millville. Joao Barbosa (Portugal) and J.C. France (USA) compete with the #50 race car.

Eight 911 GT3 Cup in the GT class

In the GT class, in which the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup drove to a fourfold victory in Millville thanks to the traction advantage of the rear-wheel concept, eight sports cars from Weissach line up on the grid. Heading the armada is Dirk Werner (Germany) and Leh Keen (USA), who celebrated their first win of the season at Millville in their Farnbacher Loles Racing 911 GT3 Cup. Keen to extend their points’ lead in the GT championship are Americans Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly at the wheel of their TRG 911 GT3 Cup.

The race in Laguna Seca starts on Sunday, 17th May, at 13.00 hours local time and runs over 250 miles.



Leh Keen, Dirk Werner

Leh Keen, Dirk Werner




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