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Pfaff Motorsports Completes Successful IMSA ROAR Test With New Driver Lineup

06.01.2020

Canadian-based Porsche Team Completes Three-day Preseason Shakedown Of 911 GT3 R At Daytona International Speedway

Canadian-based Porsche Team Completes Three-day Preseason Shakedown Of 911 GT3 R At Daytona International Speedway

ORLANDO, FL, January 6, 2020 // Following the announcement of a new driver lineup and title sponsorship with Motul, Toronto-based Pfaff Motorsports participated in the annual IMSA WeatherTech ROAR pre-season test at Daytona International Speedway ahead of the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona, January 25 to 26.

The team’s key goals for the weekend included a complete shakedown of the team’s plaid livery Porsche 911 GT3 R, as well as acclimating its world-class, four-driver lineup. At the Rolex 24, Porsche factory driver Patrick Pilet (FRA) will 2019 GTD Sprint Champion Zach Robichon (CAN), 2019 Intercontinental GT champion Dennis Olsen (NOR), who helped the team to its first-ever GTD win, and Nurburgring production car lap-record holder Lars Kern (GER), who drove endurance races with Pfaff Motorsports in 2019.

Over the course of the weekend, the team was able to test various setups, making continued improvements until the final session on Sunday afternoon.

Pfaff Motorsports Completes Successful IMSA ROAR Test With New Driver Lineup

“It was a great three days of work,” Pilet said. “The car improved on every session, and the Pfaff team was extremely welcoming – everyone was operating at a very high level. It’s a great atmosphere, which made it really enjoyable to work with my new teammates.”

Robichon, who enters his second full season with the team, was equally optimistic going into the season’s first, and biggest race.

“If you take a look back at where we were a year ago today, the difference is night and day,” the Canadian said. “As a team, everybody knows their role, and we executed exactly what we wanted to do this weekend. From my point of view, the team gelled really well with the new drivers and the new personnel, so it’s a great way to start the season.”

Olsen continued on the strong success of his Intercontinental GT championship from last year by putting the Motul Pfaff Porsche second-fastest overall on the weekend’s GTD timesheets.

Pfaff Motorsports Completes Successful IMSA ROAR Test With New Driver Lineup

“I think we had a very positive test,” the Norwegian said. “Coming back from the Christmas break, it was important for everyone to get into a rhythm. We tested all the items we wanted, which gives us good confidence going into the 24 Hour. The whole team did a great job, as well as the drivers getting up to speed. I think we have a good compromise between the four drivers we have, so we’re very happy heading into the race.”

The team returns to its Toronto headquarters to make final preparations ahead of the 58th running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona weekend, with events beginning on Wednesday, January 22.

The race kicks off on Saturday, January 25 at 1:35pm ET, and will be broadcast live on the IMSA Trackpass subscription, as well as during select periods on NBC SN in the USA, NBC Sports Gold in the USA and Canada, as well as the main NBC network. Complete broadcast details can be found under the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona schedule on www.IMSA.com.

Stay tuned for further announcements from Pfaff Motorsports regarding the 2020 IMSA racing season. For more news and behind-the-scenes content, follow @PfaffMotorsports, @Pfaff_Porsche, and @PfaffAuto on Instagram, and Pfaff Porsche on Facebook.

Image credit: Pfaff Motorsports/Lenssen Photo

Pfaff Motorsports Completes Successful IMSA ROAR Test With New Driver Lineup

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About Pfaff Automotive Partners

Pfaff Automotive Partners, a leading Canadian automotive retailer, was founded in 1964. Its brand offering includes Volkswagen, Toyota, Chrysler, Dodge, RAM, Jeep, Mazda, Audi, BMW, MINI, Porsche, McLaren, Singer Vehicle Design, Pagani, BAC Mono, Harley-Davidson, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, and Automobili Pininfarina automobiles and motorcycles. It has a 50-plus-year racing history across many forms of motorsport. The company also operates Pfaff Tuning, Pfaff Leasing, and Pfaff Autoworks. For more information, please visit www.pfaffauto.com.

 

About Motul

Motul is a world-class French company specialized in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its Motultech activity. Present in more than 120 countries, Motul USA was established in 1989 as a subsidiary of Motul France and is based in Southern California. Motul is recognized as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology from the aeronautical industry.

Throughout the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes with them to further technological development in motorsports. Motul is supporting those teams in international competitions such as: 24 Hours of Le Mans (cars and motorcycles), FIA World Endurance Championship, IMSA WeatherTechSportsCar Championship, Super GT, Drift, Pikes Peak, Japanese championship Super Formula, Blancpain Endurance Series, Dakar, Tour Auto, Le Mans Classic, MotoGP, World Superbike, World MX, FIM Endurance World Championship, IOM TT, Roof of Africa and score of others.

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