Rudi Penders, Tongeren, Belgium (acquired new in 2007)
Private Collector, Florida (acquired circa 2009)
Current Owner (acquired from the above)
24 Hours of Le Mans, June 2007, Penders/Lamot (DNA)
2 Hours of Monza, June 2007, Penders/Lamot, No. 60 (8th in Class)
FIA GT Test at Spa-Francorchamps, July 2007, Penders/Lamot/Couwberghs, No. 60 (3rd in Class)
24 Hours of Spa, July 2007, Couwberghs/Penders/Lamot/Duval, No. 60 (DNF)
1000 Kilometers of Spa, August 2007, Penders/Lamot/Couwberghs, No. 80 (9th in Class)
2 Hours of Zolder, October 2007, Basseng/Leib, No. 60 (8th in Class)
Since 1973, Porsche’s RSR has been a powerful force in production-based GT racing worldwide. The RSR dominated the 1973 GT racing world, beating full-blown prototypes at the final running of the Targa Florio, as well as winning the 24 Hours of Daytona in the hands of the Florida-based Brumos Racing team. Since then, the RSR has won numerous titles in international GT racing and continues to be one of the cornerstones of Porsche’s motorsport efforts. Based on the 997 GT3 RS, the 997 GT3 RSR was 10% stiffer than its predecessor, featured a wider track and a more efficient aerodynamic package than the 996 RSR. These changes, among many others, meant that the 997 GT3 RSR was extremely successful in the FIA GT2 category and eventually took the 2009 FIA GT Championship title.
This excellent example, one of only 35 RSRs built for 2007, was sold new to Belgian team Prospeed Competition, led by endurance racing veteran Rudi Penders. Prospeed had a history of racing success, with Penders winning the GT2 division of the Belcar Endurance Championship in 2002, 2005, and 2006, along with co-drivers Marc Goossens and Franz Lamot. In 2005, Penders won his class in the 24 Hours of Spa and fulfilled a further ambition by winning the 2009 24 Hours of Zolder.
This RSR was campaigned in 2007 by Prospeed and driven by Penders and Lamot at the 2 Hours of Monza, where it finished 8th in the GT2 class. Penders, Lamot, and Bart Couwberghs then finished 3rd in the GT2 class at the FIA GT Test at Spa-Francorchamps. The RSR ultimately ran the 24 Hours of Spa but failed to finish. The team had better luck at the 1000 Kilometers of Spa, finishing 9th in the GT2 class. Driven by Marc Basseng and Marc Lieb, the RSR then finished 8th in the GT2 class at the 2 Hours of Zolder.
After its competition career, the RSR was sold to a Florida-based Porsche enthusiast, and then it was acquired several years ago by the consignor, a discerning Porsche race car collector who had been searching for a great example. The consignor had Porsche racing specialists Alex Job Racing, five-time GT Championship winners, go through the car, and it has seen little track time since, having only been used for private test sessions. Today, the RSR is an ideal candidate for events such as the Classic 24 Hour at Daytona, Classic Sebring, and Rennsport Reunion.
The 997 GT3 RSR continued the RSR model’s legacy of unbeatable performance and reliability, making it one of the most effective production-based endurance cars of its era. This example, with its solid international racing record, its care in the hands of Alex Job Racing, and its current ownership by a prominent American collector, offers a rare opportunity for the astute Porsche enthusiast that should not be missed.