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2018 11 October

Legendary liveries head to Petit Le Mans

By George Woodward 11/10/2018

Historic design revived for final race in IMSA Championship.

Following the successful return of the Pink Pig and Rothmans liveries at Le Mans back in June,  Porsche tackles the final round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2018 in Braselton, Georgia with its cars sporting the historic factory livery from 1998.
 
Painted with the distinctive blue and red-orange stripes, the two Porsche 911 RSR racers evoke memories of the 911 GT1, which scored overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998. Twenty years ago, an identical model started from pole position in the famous Road Atlanta race.
 
Facing Ferrari, BMW, Ford and Chevrolet, the Porsche GT Team now aims to build on those unforgettable successes with the two 510 hp race vehicles from Weissach.
 
Porsche has fared well at this much loved endurance race. Out of the 20 races (each over ten hours or 1,000 kilometres) contested here so far, Porsche has scored a total of 23 class wins. In 2015, the works team from Weissach beat even the prototypes to clinch overall victory, with honorary Porsche Club member Nick Tandy behind the wheel for much of the rain-soaked race.
 
Ahead of Saturday’s race, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars said: “For us, the 2018 season in North America has had its highs and lows. Our two Porsche 911 RSR racers always had the speed to compete amongst the frontrunners in the tough GTLM competition. In many cases luck just wasn’t on our side. At Road Atlanta we again have the chance to demonstrate our true potential and turn it into a great result. Our Sebring victory underlined that races over longer distances suit us best. 
 

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