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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Grand Prix of Alabama
Posted by: newsla on Apr 24, 2014 - 05:46 PM
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Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Grand Prix of Alabama

Porsche Motorsports Event Notes. Grand Prix of Alabama
Dateline. Birmingham, Ala.
Circuit. Barber Motorsports Park
Track Length/Turns. 2.38-miles/15-turn Road Course
Round. 4 and 5 of 14, Pirelli World Challenge
Next Round. Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, Belle Isle Circuit, Detroit, Mich., May 30-31 – GT/GT-A/GTS


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Porsche Events.
Pirelli World Challenge
Date. Race 1: Saturday, April 26, 3:55 p.m. CT/ 4:55 p.m. ET/ 1:55 p.m. PT
Race 2: Sunday, April 27, 10:40 a.m. CT/ 11:40 a.m. ET/ 8:40 a.m. PT
Race Duration. 50-minutes
Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R), GT-A (Porsche 911 GT3 R) GTS (Porsche Cayman S)

Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines
Home Track Advantage?
Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham not only offers top professional race weekends featuring the Pirelli World Challenge and the Verizon Wireless IndyCar Series, a world-class auto and motorcycle museum and perhaps the best collection of exotic trees and plants anywhere, but it is the home of the Porsche Sport Driving School (PSDS). Participants get the opportunity to pilot the latest Porsche models: 911 Carrera S, Boxster S, Cayman S, Panamera Turbo and Cayenne and experience the Porsche 911 Turbo S. Whether the participant owns a Porsche or not, he or she is exposed to the most highly refined performance driver training methods and techniques available. Attendees become more efficient and safer drivers.

PSDS is also a great starting point for those interested in entering formal racing competition. Under the guidance of Porsche Certified instructors, participants learn not only the basics, but the fine points of the performance driving as well. Perfecting the most efficient driving line, the importance of being smooth, trail braking techniques, heel/toe downshifting and refining car control skills are part of the curriculum. There are many different programs – including a women’s only weekend and a Precision Couples Driving package – all with emphasis on maximum track time to enhance the driving experience.

Porsche 911 GT3 R Wins Car’s First Race in North America
The Porsche 911 GT3 R has become the ubiquitous GT3 class performer for Porsche all over the globe. However, without a class that fit its design, the sprint race model had never competed in North America. That changed in 2014 when the Pirelli World Challenge made the worldwide GT3 format the basis of its GT and GT-A (Amateur) classes. EFFORT Racing, a longtime Porsche entrant in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series, immediately announced entries for Tim Bergmeister (Germany) driving the No. 31 and Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas) in the No. 41. Later, Jim Taggart made plans to compete in a partial season driving the No. 7.

It was Mills that would give Porsche its first North American 911 GT3 R class victory piloting the EFFORT machine to a GT-A win on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. on April 13.

Porsche Point of View.
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
“Barber Motorsport Park is the home of the Porsche Sport Driving School so, in many ways, we consider this our home track in North America. We are pleased to come here with customer entries in the top three Pirelli World Challenge classes; the Porsche 911 GT3 R racing in GT and GT-A and two Porsche Cayman S competing in GTS class. Michael Mills’ GT-A victory at Long Beach was satisfying and showed the progress of the Porsche 911 GT3 R up to this point on the street courses. Now we will race on a natural terrain road course, more similar to what the car was developed for in Europe. This should provide the teams with a better understanding of where the car stands.”

Michael Mills, Driver, No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
“For me, it’s still kicking in that we won the GT-A class in Long Beach. It was important to get that win out of the way, so I can focus on the performance of the car. Barber is a place I’ve been to three times, I won there and I like the track. I won’t have to play catch up at this track and I’m optimistic about that. We will finally be at a place where we have some run off and can take a little more risk with the GTS traffic.”

Where to Watch.
Pirelli World Challenge
Television Race Broadcast:
Saturday, May 10, 4:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
Friday, May 16, 1:00 a.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
Live Race Streaming:
Live Timing and Scoring:

Race Weekend Schedule. (All times CT)
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Pirelli World Challenge Test Session – GT/GT-A/GTS – 10:30 – 11:05 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Friday, April 25, 2014
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 2 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying – GT/GT-A/GTS – 4:45 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Pirelli World Challenge Autograph Session – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Pre-Race – GT/GT-A/GTS – 3:30 – 3:55 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Race 1 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 3:55 – 4:45 p.m. (50-minutes)
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Pirelli World Challenge Pre-Race – GT/GT-A/GTS – 10:30 – 10:40 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Race 2 – GT/GT-A/GTS – 10:40 – 11:30 a.m. (50-minutes)

Porsche Entries.
Pirelli World Challenge
GT (1) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 31 EFFORT Racing Tim Bergmeister (Germany)
GT-Amateur (GT-A)(1) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 41 EFFORT Racing Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas)
GTS (2) Porsche Cayman
No. 72 GTSport Racing Buz McCall (Boca Raton, Fla.)
No. 73 GTSport Racing Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Ga.)

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