IMSA: Zach Robichon in search of the GTD class title at the next Petit Le Mans

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 by Eliane Gilain

The 2021 season of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series will end in less than two weeks at Road Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the traditional Petit Le Mans. This 10-hour event will pit prototypes from the DPi, LMP2 and LMP3 classes against each other, in addition to the GTLM classes (for which this will be the last race) and GTD, reserved for GT3 type cars.

This GTD category will especially hold the attention of Canadian fans as Zacharie Robichon could very well win the title. Indeed, the Toronto team Pfaff Motorsports which is entering the No.9 Porsche GT3 R is leading the standings with 2938 points before this last race. However, only 50 points separate them from Paul Miller Racing, and the difference in points between a first and third position is… 50 points!

Among the drivers, Zach Robichon and his Belgian teammate Laurens Vanthoor (official Porsche driver) will be joined by Lars Kern for this event, while Madison Snow and Bryan Sellers of Paul Miller Racing will have the support of Corey Lewis for this last event. In this duel for the title between the crew of the Canadian Porsche and the American Lamborghini, we must not forget the other candidates for victory. Among them, the Ontarian Roman De Angelis and the Heart of Racing team, in third position in the championship standings with their Aston Martin Vantage GT3. De Angelis, who is contesting this week’s World Championship (WEC) trials, and his British team-mate Russ Gunn are 177 points behind the Pfaff team.

« After the success of our last races, we are going to Road Atlanta with confidence, » confided Zach Robichon. « However, this track may be difficult for our platform, as the Porsche 911 GT3-R seems to like warmer temperatures, when we sometimes have to pay more attention to tire wear, » he added. In November in Road Atlanta, temperatures can be very cold, especially when it gets dark.

For Zach, “the championship will be decided in the last hour, but if we can race without mistakes, that will be the key to our success. However, the season that ends with a 10-hour race leaves plenty of opportunity to do so. There’s always a lot going on at Petit Le Mans, so the whole team will have to keep working hard, at the same level we’ve been performing at in recent weeks. »

For the complete list of registrants for this 2021 edition of Petit Le Mans, click here. For the schedule, here.

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