NGT Motorsport will enter the GTC class in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón in 2011, running the three endurance events – Sebring, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Joining 2010 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Gold Cup class champion Henrique Cisneros and GT3 teammate Carlos Kauffmann will be British hot shoe Sean Edwards. Edwards has competed on the European Porsche Supercup circuit for several years, earning victories at Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone.
“I’ve always known that Sean is an extremely fast and smart driver,” said NGT team owner Ramez Wahab. “I think we should be very competitive with him on our team. The ALMS is a new series for us so we have to be as prepared as possible – and the effort is paying off already!”
The team made their presence known right out of the box, as Kauffmann, Cisneros and Edwards, driving the #30 NGT Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, set the fastest GTC time of the week in the first session on Wednesday. Their time of 2:05.678 – half a second faster than the next car – was three tenths of a second faster than the track record of 2:05.959 set last year.
Cisneros enjoyed the chance to learn about the new car and to experience ALMS racing for the first time.
“It was great to be on the track with so many different manufacturers and appreciate how each car is different, how some are faster entering a corner and others on exit or even on the brakes,” said Cisneros. “I thought it would be a challenge adapting to the faster speeds of the prototypes but in the end I felt extremely comfortable.
“Our main goal was to be as consistent as possible as a team. The pit stops needed to be under a certain time, the driver changes needed to be flawless and our laps within a couple of tenths every time. I still have a lot to learn about being consistent with traffic but the practice was very helpful. We are very excited as a team for the race and I think Ramez has assembled a very talented group which has proven to be very competitive and professional. Hopefully with a little luck and a lot of effort, NGT will perform well during our first professional 12 hour race.”

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