Fielding fascinating racing cars such as the 911 RSR and the new 911 GT3 R customer sport racer, Porsche again lines up on the grids of the world’s most attractive racing series in 2019. Porsche contests both the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA and Canada.
For the current season, the Porsche GT Team takes up the hunt for more successes on the world stage. Like in previous years, two of the latest generation Porsche 911 RSR will be fielded in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC. In the important US market, Porsche once again faces stiff competition from other manufacturers with its works squad. For 2019, two Porsche 911 RSR aim to bring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title home to Stuttgart.
Porsche uses two 911 RSR each in the WEC and IMSA racing series at the factory. The 911 GT3 R also competes in the IMSA series, but also fights for points in the Intercontinental GT Challenge and the Endurance Championship Nürburgring. The 911 GT3 Cup is available in all Porsche brand cups worldwide. GT2 RS Clubsport, 935 (2019) and 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport are used at selected club and motorsport events.
With its driver squad, Porsche trusts in continuity and expertise. In the major sports car series, the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC and the IMSA SportsCar Championship as well as international GT3 race series and prestigious individual events, Porsche builds on its outstanding talent and the extensive experience of its works drivers. Including the Porsche Juniors and the Porsche Young Professionals, 25 drivers make up the factory squad.
Porsche continues to expand its successful and sustainable youth development programme in international motorsport. For the 2019 season, five Young Professionals will receive support in international GT racing. They compete in high-class racing series and at prestigious individual events. Two Porsche Juniors receive training to become professional racing drivers in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which runs as support to Formula 1.
Major setbacks hampered the two Porsche 963 fielded by the Porsche Penske Motorsport factory squad at the 61st edition of the 24 Hours of Daytona. In the GTD category, the new Porsche 911 GT3 R had almost no chance due to an unfavourable Balance of Performance classification.
The two Porsche 963 fielded by the Porsche Penske Motorsport factory squad have wrapped up their first qualifying session in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with varying degrees of success. In the GTD classes, the seven Porsche 911 GT3 R secured only mediocre grid positions.
After almost twelve months of preparation with the new hybrid 963 prototype, things are about to get serious for Porsche Penske Motorsport: On 20 January, the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season kicks off with the so-called “ROAR Before the 24”.