Porsche throws down the gauntlet for COTA, adds third 911 RSR for TUDOR race

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Porsche North America is bringing in Frederic Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet in a third Porsche 911 RSR (No. 910) for the upcoming TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas next weekend.

Which is basically a message to the rest of the field, “bring it.”

“The fight for the championship in the GTLM class remains exciting to the very end. This speaks volumes for the excellence of this new race series. Even in its first season, the series has enthralled fans with some great motor racing and has fulfilled all expectations,” Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen said in a release. “By fielding a third 911 RSR with Porsche North America in Austin we want to maintain our good title chances as leaders of the manufacturer’s classification.”

Porsche currently holds a two-point lead in the TUDOR Championship manufacturer’s standings over Chevrolet, three over Dodge and four over BMW.

And what Porsche has now that the other three manufacturers don’t is two more cars in the factory-driven GTLM class.

With three factory 911s, plus the Falken Tire No. 17 car that enjoyed a breakout second place at Virginia International Raceway last month, Porsche has four cars while each of Chevrolet, Dodge and BMW have two.

Ferrari has only Risi Competizione, with the part-time privateer Krohn Racing entry competing only in the FIA World Endurance Championship portion of the Lone Star Le Mans weekend, and not in the TUDOR Championship race.