ZACH ROBICHON RETAINS HIS SEAT AS PORSCHE FACTORY DRIVER PATRICK PILET JOINS THE TEAM FOR ROLEX 24 AND MOTUL BECOMES TITLE SPONSOR
There is a certainty with Pfaff Motorsports’ announcement today and that is their seriousness in approaching their second season in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Coming off a third place finish in GTD class in 2019 and Zach Robichon winning the Driver’s title in the Sprint Championship, the team is looking at building on their rookie season which saw them in contention for race wins throughout the season. And the wins came after ironing out some of the particularities of the highly competitive GTD class.
It has to be said, Pfaff Motorsports surprised a lot of people throughout the 2019 season. Maybe they are a small team, a one car effort but they have shown they are passionate and most importantly serious about winning races and championships.
“In our second year in the WeatherTech series, we’re really looking to build on our learnings from our rookie year, execute perfectly throughout the season, and aim for our first championship”, says Steve Bortolotti, Pfaff Motorsports team manager.
For the 2020 season, Pfaff Motorsports will run their Porsche 911 GT3 R, retain their plaid livery(YES!!) although with a slightly modified design to accommodate for their new title sponsor, lubricant manufacturer MOTUL.
Motul, the “Official Motor Oil” of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, is a world-class French company specializing in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants – which will now be sold over-the-counter at Pfaff dealerships. Motul also has a line of 8100 synthetic products that meet strict OEM approvals and will be used for customer-paid work at select dealerships including Pfaff Porsche, Pfaff Tuning, and London City Chrysler Jeep.
“We are beyond excited to have a new long-term title partner in Motul,” said Steve Bortolotti. “We believe in the superiority of their product, which we’ll sell in our dealerships and service customers’ cars with, and we’ll also be using the company’s 300V oil and other performance lubricants and products in our 911 GT3 R.”
Nolan Browning, Motul Brand Manager, added, “we have found kindred spirits in the Pfaff team – both in motorsports and across the dealership network. Like us, they are passionate about cars, motorcycles, and racing, and their brand values align perfectly with our own. We’re really looking forward to deepening our relationship over the next three years, and seeing a lot of success, both on- and off-track.”
On the drivers’ side, Pfaff Motorsports has retain the services of Zach Robichon and has signed Intercontinental GT Challenge champion Dennis Olsen to partner him for the complete season.
“It’s great to have Zach back for a second season, and having raced with us last year, including a win at Lime Rock, we already know that Dennis is a great fit for our team,” said Bortolotti.
When the team competes in the long distance races, they will be able to count on Lars Kern, Nurburgring production-car lap record holder and Porsche engineer. These three co-drove last year at some of the events and formed a very competitive line-up.
In addition, Porsche factory driver Patrick Pilet will join Pfaff Motorsports for the Rolex24 at Daytona. 38 years old French driver Pilet, who has been a Porsche works driver since 2008, brings a lot of experience to the team and especially where endurance racing is concerned. He is a familiar face in the IMSA paddock as he has been competing with Porsche GT Team driving the no. 911 Porsche RSR in GTLM and has won the Rolex24 at Daytona in 2014 and placed second in 2017. He has also numerous presence at Le Mans and the Nürburgring 24 Hours.
At a launch event held in front of over 300 people, Pfaff and Motul unveiled the team’s new livery for 2020, an evolution of 2019’s popular “plaid Porsche” design that also references historic Motul liveries. It makes its on-track debut at the Roar Before the Rolex 24, January 4-6, 2020.
We are looking forward already for the Roar before the 24 and evidently to the Rolex24 at Daytona. The GTD class will certainly be competitive and Pfaff Motorsports, by what we have seen and heard tonight are ready to take it to the track.
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