Porsche motor sport news from the world

Successful dress rehearsal
In preparation for the race this month, Porsche produced a perfect outcome at the season-opener of the Long Distance Championship Nuerburgring, used by all top teams to prepare for the 24 hour race in May. At its first race, the new Porsche 911 GT3 R scored the overall win with the team finishing the race 14.5 seconds ahead of the best Audi R8 and 63.6 seconds ahead of the top BMW M3. The innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid clinched sixth overall at its first outing.
 
Class victory and environmental award win

Porsche had a successful start into the new American Le Mans Series season, the Cytosport team winning the prototype LMP2 class with an RS Spyder at the Sebring 12 hour race. With this, Cytosport is the first customer team to secure a win in the ALMS with the Weissach prototype. Klaus Graf, Sascha Maassen and Greg Pickett shared driving duties. Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long took up the race for GT2 honours from pole position in their Flying Lizard Motorsports 911 GT3 RSR. However, the reigning champions fell back to fourth after they were hit by another Porsche’s run-away wheel. The two Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR vehicles secured positions one and two in the prestigious environmental classification – the Michelin Green X Challenge.
 
Brumos Porsche takes second after nail-biting finale
There was drama at round two of the Grand-Am Sports Car Series in Homestead, Florida when pole-sitter and race leader Darren Law pitted for the scheduled driver change halfway through the 2.45 hour race with the Brumos Porsche-Riley prototype, only to have David Donohue stuck in the pits because another race car had caught fire. After a furious charge through the field, the duel for victory against Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas (BMW-Riley) saw Donohue finish in second 0.255 seconds behind Pruett. Craig Baird celebrates double title.
 
New Zealander Craig Baird celebrated no less than two championship titles at the final race weekend of the New Zealand Motorsport Championships in Taupo earlier this year. For the sixth consecutive time, the 39-year-old professional won the championship of the well-supported GT3 Cup Challenge New Zealand. No other driver has collected as many titles in all of the Porsche brand trophy series around the globe as the Gold Coast resident. And to make things perfect, Baird also secured overall victory in the New Zealand V8 Series on the same day and circuit.

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