Porsche newsletter 2010-04-29

American Le Mans Series: Success through efficiency and express pit stop The lightning work done on their 911 GT3 RSR in the pits of Flying Lizard Motorsports was the key to the first win of the season for Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long at...

American Le Mans Series: Success through efficiency and express pit stop

The lightning work done on their 911 GT3 RSR in the pits of Flying Lizard Motorsports was the key to the first win of the season for Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long at round two of the ALMS in Long Beach (17 April). With fresh tires the reigning champions won the fight for GT honors after 100 minutes. Their rivals had only changed drivers. In the LMP class, Klaus Graf and Greg Pickett brought home third with their Muscle Milk Cytosport RS Spyder. Both Porsche cars won the Michelin Green X Challenge environmental award for performance and efficiency in the LMP and GT classes respectively.

Le Mans Series: Double victory after eight hour sprint

Reigning champions Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz crossed the finish line first in their Felbermayr- Proton 911 GT3 RSR at round one of the Le Mans Series in southern France's Le Castellet (11 April). After eight hours, the works drivers held a two-lap advantage over the team's second Porsche, in which works driver Patrick Long together with Martin Ragginger and team owner Christian Ried conquered second.

International GT Open: First start, first win for Gruber and Deverikos

Successful debut for Austrian Thomas Gruber and Dimitros Deverikos from Greece at the season-opener of the International GT Open on the Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia (17 April). The duo snatched GTS victory at the wheel of the Autorlando Sport 911 GT3 R. In the Super GT class, Patrick Pilet/Raymond Narac yielded second with their IMSA Performance Matmut 911 GT3 RSR from race two (18 April).

Nurburgring Long Distance Championship: 911 GT3 R remains unbeaten

The new 911 GT3 R goes from win to win on the world's toughest race track. Round three of the Nurburgring Long Distance Championship (24 April) went to Chris Mamerow and Porsche factory pilot Wolf Henzler with the 911 GT3 R of Mamerow Racing. Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Marcel Tiemann had won the second race (10 April) in Manthey Racing's 911 GT3 R.

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid: podium at second race, F1 pilot impressed

The innovative Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid continues its success streak. Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler claimed third at round two of the Nurburgring Long Distance Championship (10 April) piloting the GT with its 480 hp normally aspirated engine and two 60 kW (82 hp) electro- motors at the front axle. Two weeks later, Formula 1 pilot Nico Hulkenberg turned his first laps on the Nordschleife in a race car - and was taken with both the track and the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid.

ADAC GT Masters: Heading into the new season with two Porsche wins

Niclas Kentenich and Sebastian Asch won the first race of the 2010 ADAC GT Masters driving an a-workx 911 GT3 R in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (10 April). Frank Schmickler/Kevin Estre secured second place in a Muhlner-Porsche 911 GT3 R. Race two went to Rene Rast/Tim Bergmeister at the wheel of a Muhlner-Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S. GT Masters debutant Rast gave an impressive performance with his slick-shod car on a wet track surface.

Italian GT Championship: Autorlando Sport wins in Misano

A brilliant performance by Autorlando Sport at the start of the season in Misano (24/25 April): Works pilot Patrick Pilet and Gianluca Roda proved unbeatable in the new 911 GT3 R at both GT3 races and brought home overall victory from the first race. Paolo Ruberti and Fabrizio Del Monte secured the GT2 win for Autorlando in the 911 GT3 RSR at race one, finishing second overall behind their team colleagues.

Belcar Endurance Championship: Clear win for Prospeed Competition

The Belcar Endurance Championship took off into the season on the Circuit Zolder (11 April) with the Porsche 911 GT3 R winning here as well. Starting from second on the grid in a 40-strong field, Marc Goossens and Maxime Soulet won the top GT3 class for Prospeed Competition almost one lap ahead of their rival in second.

Grand-Am: TRG back on winning track

The near-standard 911 GT3 Cup encounters purpose-built tubular frame race cars in the GT class of the Grand-Am. Nevertheless, thanks to a clever pit strategy, the long-established TRG squad claimed their first win of the season at race four on the Virginia International Raceway (24 April). Andy Lally shared the cockpit of the TRG-Porsche with Ted Ballou. It was Lally's 100th start in the Grand-Am series.

Carrera Cup Asia: Christian Menzel invincible in Shanghai

With two flag-to-flag wins from pole position at the Carrera Cup Asia race held as support to the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai (17/18 April), Christian Menzel launched his title defense campaign in the Star Chase 911 GT3 Cup. Porsche Asia Pacific announced a record grid line-up of 23 new 911 GT3 Cup racers.

Carrera Cup Deutschland: Nick Tandy wins gripping season-opener

While Nick Tandy (Konrad Motorsport) brought home his first win at round one of the Carrera Cup Deutschland (25 April) from pole position, a fight for the remaining podium spots raged behind the Briton. After 18 laps on the Hockenheimring, Niclas Kentenich clinched second starting from sixth, with Martin Ragginger charging his way through the field from ninth on the grid to claim the last podium step.

Carrera Cup Great Britain: Tim Harvey wins, Euan Hankey makes headlines

Seasoned racer Tim Harvey achieved four straight wins on the high-speed circuit of Thruxton (3/4 April) and in Rockingham (24/25 April) for Red Line Racing. But it was 23-year-old newcomer Euan Hankey who made headlines in his Porsche debut at Thruxton with positions three and two.

Carrera Cup Japan: Lightning start for rookie Yasuoka

At the season-opener of the Carrera Cup Japan in Okayama (3/4 April) the reigning champion fulfilled all expectations: Y. Shimizu won both races. But, like in England, he also had a rookie hot on his bumper: H. Yasuoka was the sole competitor to match the champion's pace to secure second place twice.

GT3 Cup Challenge Australia: Dejà Vu for champion Matt Kingsley

Three wins on the Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania (10/11 Apr) catapulted reigning champion Matt Kingsley from zero points to the top of the table. After an accident he had left round one in Bathurst without any points. Kingsley's leap into the lead is an exact repeat of his 2009 season-opening.

Race notes:

Ex-Formula 1 driver Ricardo Rosset wins at his debut in the GT3 Cup Challenge Brasil in Jacarepagua, with race two going to Clemente Lunardi (17/18 April). Alexandre Barros is the new points' leader with two second places.

Alessandro Balzan wins the first two races of the Carrera Cup Italia in Misano (24/25 April)

Ludovic Badey and Kevin Estre are victors of the Carrera Cup France in Nogaro (4/5 April).

Fredrik Larsson takes double win at season- opener of the Carrera Cup Scandinavia on Denmark's Jyllandsringen (24/25 April)

Cenk Ceyisakar and Yuzel Ozbek win the first race of the GT3 Cup Challenge in Istanbul (3/4 April).

Jim Geddie dominates the first weekend of the GT3 Cup Challenge Great Britain in Brands Hatch (4 April).

-source: porsche

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Series ALMS , Endurance , Grand-Am , GT , European Le Mans , Porsche
Drivers Klaus Graf , Marcel Tiemann , Marc Goossens , Andy Lally , Ricardo Rosset , Timo Bernhard , Tim Harvey , Patrick Long , Greg Pickett , Marc Lieb , Christian Ried , Romain Dumas , Wolf Henzler , Paolo Ruberti , Alessandro Balzan , Maxime Soulet , Raymond Narac , Ludovic Badey , Patrick Pilet , Thomas Grüber , Euan Hankey , Ted Ballou , Nico Hulkenberg , Martin Ragginger , Richard Lietz , Christian Menzel , René Rast , Sebastian Asch , Nick Tandy , Frank Schmickler , Jim Geddie , Gianluca Roda , Chris Mamerow , Kevin Estre , Niclas Kentenich , Clemente Lunardi
Teams Prospeed Competition , Flying Lizard Motorsports