At Sebring International Raceway on Saturday, Porsche customer squad Pfaff Motorsports achieved its maiden IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory, with the new-for-2020 911 GT3 R.
The No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R, driven by Porsche works drivers Zach Robichon and Lars Kern, topped the GT Daytona (GTD) class in the 68th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Robichon, who started the race from pole, delivered a commanding performance to bring the car home for the first win for the new-for-2020 Porsche 911 GT3 R in its first IMSA race.
“It’s an awesome feeling to get the first win for the new Porsche 911 GT3 R in IMSA,” Robichon said. “We had a great car today and I’m very happy for the team. I’m really proud of my teammates, Lars and Dennis, for their work throughout this weekend.”
Kern, who drove the No. 9 Porsche in the final two hours, was also elated to give the new model its first major endurance victory.
“This is an incredible day for Porsche and Pfaff Motorsports,” Kern said. “We had a great car, and I’m so happy that we were able to get the new Porsche 911 GT3 R its first big win in the IMSA series.”
The Pfaff Motorsports-run No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R was one of three of the new model entered in the race, with all three finishing in the top five in the GTD class.
The No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, driven by Patrick Long and Ryan Hardwick, finished fourth in the race, while the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, driven by Patrick Lindsey and Jörg Bergmeister, rounded out the top five.
The success of the new Porsche 911 GT3 R bodes well for the remainder of the season, and the team is confident that it will continue to perform at a high level.
“We are absolutely delighted with the result today,” said Pfaff Motorsports team principal Steve Bortolotti. “It’s a great start to the season and we are really looking forward to the rest of the year. We know the Porsche 911 GT3 R is a great car and we are confident that it will continue to be a frontrunner in the IMSA series.”
The Pfaff Motorsports No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R’s victory at Sebring marks the model’s first major success in the IMSA series and bodes well for the remainder of the season. With the skill of the drivers and the reliability of the car, the team is confident that more victories are on the horizon.