Fourth for the Porsche 911 GT3 R at the ADAC GT Masters season-opener

ADAC GT Masters, race 2 at Oschersleben

Fahrer ADAC GT Masters, Lauf 2, Oschersleben 2018
Mathieu Jaminet (F), Precote Herberth Motorsport

Stuttgart. At the season-opening weekend of the ADAC GT Masters, the best Porsche 911 GT3 R scored fourth in a thrilling race on Sunday. Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (F) and Robert Renauer (D) drove a gutsy race for their Precote Herberth Motorsport team and fought a gripping duel for the

Robert Renauer (D), Precote Herberth Motorsport

podium. The GT3 R manned by the two-time outright Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard (D) and his works driver teammate Kévin Estre (F) saw the flag in seventh place. IronForce by Ring Police with drivers Jan-Erik Slooten (D) and Lucas Luhr (D) secured a podium finish ranking third in the ADAC GT Masters Trophy class.
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ADAC GT Masters, race 1 at Oschersleben

Best Porsche 911 GT3 R on position six

ADAC GT Masters, round 1, Oschersleben (DEU), 13. – 15. April 2018

Stuttgart. At the first race of the ADAC GT Masters season, Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (F/Precote Herberth Motorsport) and his teammate Robert Renauer (D) yielded the best result of the Porsche customer teams with sixth place at Oschersleben. The two-time overall Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard (D) and Kévin Estre (F) crossed the finish line on the 3.696-kilometre circuit in Saxony-Anhalt on 14th place. The newcomer team IronForce by Ring Police won in the ADAC GT Masters Trophy class with amateur pilot Jan-Erik Slooten, finishing 24th overall.

Porsche 911 GT3 R, KUES Team75 Bernhard, Timo Bernhard (D), Kevin Estre (F), Oschersleben 2018

Getting off the line well from 13th, Robert Renauer managed to make up four positions on the initially wet track. “After our less than perfect qualifying, we’re very pleased with the result and we managed to earn some vital points,” said the 33-year-old German. Renauer’s teammate Mathieu Jaminet (23) took the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 R after 20 laps and concluded the race under dry conditions on sixth place. “It was a great start to the new season. We now need to analyse the data and make the appropriate changes for Sunday’s race,” declared Jaminet, who clinched his first ADAC GT Masters victory at Oschersleben last year.

Porsche 911 GT3 R, KUES Team75 Bernhard, Adrien de Leener (B), Klaus Bachler (D), Oschersleben 2018

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 2, Oschersleben

Michael Ammermüller scores double victory at Oschersleben

Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018

At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Michael Ammermüller experienced the perfect start to the season. After winning the season-opening round on Saturday, the BWT Lechner Racing driver from Germany followed up with another win on Sunday at the wheel of his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. At race two,

Podium: Franz Maier, Dylan Pereira (L), Michael Ammermüller (D), Robert Lukas (PL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018

Ammermüller relegated his fellow competitors Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing) and Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing) to position two and three respectively. “You can’t have a better start to the season than being first twice. I got faster lap by lap, the car was perfectly setup,” said Ammermüller.

Jacob Eidson (USA)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018

As the quickest in qualifying, Ammermüller took off into the race from pole position in 14 degrees Celsius and occasional sunshine. After the start, the 32-year-old defended his position and gradually pulled clear of his pursuers. Leading the 29-strong field, Ammermüller took the flag after 19 laps. Behind the seasoned Porsche specialist, Lukas and Pereira treated spectators to a gripping duel for second place. Right from the start, Pereira put his rival under pressure. The 20-year-old overtook Lukas in lap 14 and successfully defended second place to the flag. At the same time, Pereira was the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, a new youth support initiative in the one-make cup. “My start wasn’t so great but afterwards I caught Robert Lukas. I waited patiently for my chance and was rewarded for it. I’m very pleased,” said Pereira.

Dylan Pereira (L)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018

Lukas reached the chequered flag in position three on the 3.667-kilometre track. “The race was very demanding and close. With that in mind, two podium results this weekend is a great result,” said Lukas. Fourth place went to Michael de Quesada (Team Project 1) from the USA. Behind the rookie, the Swede Henric Skoog from the Raceunion team scored fifth, with his compatriot Gustav Malja (Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) finishing on sixth. Continue reading “Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 2, Oschersleben”

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 1, Oschersleben

Michael Ammermüller wins the season-opener at Oschersleben

Henric Skoog (S)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018
Podium: Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018

Michael Ammermüller (BWT Lechner Racing) has made a great start to the season: At race one of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the German swept over the finish line in first place. Behind his 485 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Robert Lukas (PL/Förch Racing) finished on second place, with Dylan Pereira (L/Lechner Racing) concluding Saturday’s race in third. “The decisive factor was that I got off the line well. Afterwards I didn’t have as much pressure from behind, which gave me more confidence,” said Ammermüller.

Podium: Robert Lukas (PL), Michael Ammermüller (D), Dylan Pereira (L)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018

Despite light rain in the morning, the track surface was dry for the race and the 29 vehicles lined up on the grid with slicks. Ammermüller converted his pole position into an early lead, however when two vehicles made contact in lap two the safety car had to be deployed. As the race went green, Ammermüller again defended his spot from Lukas who had started from position two. The driver from Rotthalmünster concluded round one of the season 2.4 seconds ahead of Lukas. “I was really fast from the start,” said Lukas, “but over the course of the race I couldn’t match Michael Ammermüller’s pace and had to keep my eye on the rear-view mirror.”

Robert Lukas (PL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018

Behind the driver from Bystra in Poland, Pereira took the flag in third place. The 20-year-old squeezed past Ten Voorde (NL/Team Deutsche Post by Project 1) in the first lap and defended his position to the flag. For this, Pereira was classified as the best driver in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool, a new young driver initiative in the national one-make cup series. “Obviously I wanted to secure second, but Robert Lukas drove a flawless race. Overtaking at Oschersleben isn’t easy so I’m thrilled with third place,” said Pereira. Ten Voorde finished the race in fourth, half a second behind the Luxembourg racer. Position five went to Sweden’s Henric Skoog (Raceunion) ahead of Jacob Eidson (Team Project 1) from the USA.

Robert Lukas (PL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Oschersleben 2018

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Porsche 911 RSR starts from the first grid row

For the first time this season, the Porsche 911 RSR starts from the front grid row on Saturday. Up until the very last lap of the gripping qualifying for round three of the IMSA SportCar Championship, Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), who shares the #912 Porsche 911 RSR with Earl Bamber (New Zealand), defended the fastest time in the GTLM class.

The 510 hp race car from Weissach, which received an optimised setup and further improvements to the reliability for its second racing season, was a mere 0.144 seconds shy of posting its first 2018 pole position. In the second 911 RSR (#911), Patrick Pilet (France) clocked the third quickest time on the 3.167-kilometre racetrack in the port area, and consequently rounded off the best qualifying performance for the Porsche GT Team so far this season. Pilet’s teammate for the race is Nick Tandy (Great Britain).

Qualifying quotes
Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “It’s a little upsetting to miss out on pole position in the last lap of the qualifying. Still, we’ve secured a very good starting position for the race. Long Beach is a city race with very few chances to overtake. That makes it all the more important to start from as far up the grid as possible. For the race we now just have to do everything right strategically. I’m very satisfied.”
Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “This is a great result for Porsche. The field is extremely tight. The balance of our 911 RSR was very good this morning during the first practice session, however in the qualifying I had slight understeer. But we’ll get that sorted out before the start of the race. Taking up the race from the first two grid rows opens up all possibilities for us.”
Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR #912): “When you’re the fastest over the entire session obviously you also want to be on pole. But unfortunately we lost it in the last lap. Still, we can be happy with this result. In the race I’ll try to stay out of any trouble. The tiniest error on this track has immediate consequences.”

The race starts on Saturday at 13:05 hrs local time (22:05 hr CEST) and is broadcast live outside the USA on www.imsa.com.

Qualifying result
GTLM class
1. Hand/Müller (USA/D), Ford GT, 1:16.869 minutes
2. Vanthoor/Bamber (B/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.144 seconds
3. Tandy/Pilet (GB/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.394
4. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.424
5. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette, + 0.664
6. Westbrook/Briscoe (GB/USA), Ford GT, + 0.680
7. de Phillippi/Sims (USA/GB), BMW M8, + 1.284
8. Krohn/Edwards (SF/USA), BMW M8, + 1.355

ADAC GT Masters preview

Porsche customer teams ready to tackle the season

Stuttgart. The time of tests and preparation is over: From 13 to 15 April, the Porsche customer teams KÜS Team75 Bernhard, Precote Herberth Motorsport and IronForce by Ring Police will take off into the new ADAC GT Masters season at Oschersleben. Four Porsche 911 GT3 R racers will be fielded on the 3.696-kilometre circuit in Saxony-Anhalt. With a capacity grid of 36 cars from eight manufacturers, the battle for the “super sports car league” title is played out in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands over seven race weekends.

The two-time outright Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard contests the series for the first time for his own race team, KÜS Team75 Bernhard. “We’ve set ourselves the goal of going for the title. We know how it feels to stand on the top podium step. I’m looking forward to racing with Kévin,” explains the 37-year-old from Bruchmühlbach-Miesau. His teammate and works driver colleague, Kévin Estre, who

Kèvin Estre

scored four victories in 2016 for the crew from Rhineland-Palatinate, is also full of anticipation: “The 2016 season of the ADAC GT Masters underlined that we’re a strong combination. We are up against roughly 15 cars and drivers, all of whom will also have their sights set on the title,” explains the 29-year-old Frenchman. Continue reading “ADAC GT Masters preview”

Porsche targets second win of the season on the Californian street circuit

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, round 3, Long Beach, USA

Porsche 911 RSR (911), Porsche GT Team: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki

Following the season-opening rounds at the long distance classics of Daytona and Sebring in Florida, the IMSA SportsCar Championship now heads to California. Coming up on April 14 is the 100-minute event at Long Beach, the shortest race of the year. On the 3.167-kilometre street circuit, the Porsche GT Team fields two Porsche 911 RSR racers against three other automobile manufacturers in the strongly represented GTLM class. In addition to these fascinating sports cars, fans can look forward to a real highlight of the season at Long Beach, where another very popular US series, IndyCar, also contests a championship round on the same weekend. After winning the Sebring 12-hour race, Porsche has moved into second place in the manufacturers’, drivers’ and team classifications of the IMSA SportsCar Championship. Porsche also ranks second in the prestigious North American Endurance Cup. The long-distance races at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans count towards the toughest category in terms of performance and reliability in GT racing worldwide.

Porsche 911 RSR (911), Porsche GT Team: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki

The race
During construction of the street circuit around the port area of Long Beach, more than five kilometres of fencing was erected and 1,400 concrete blocks were laid. The race with the picture-postcard backdrop of sun, sea and palms is regarded as the American equivalent to the Monaco Grand Prix. In fact, the street course hosted the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix West from 1976 to 1983. And like in the Principality on the Cote d’Azur, there is no lack of stars and starlets. No wonder – the Hollywood dream factory is just around the corner.

Porsche 911 RSR (912), Porsche GT Team: Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, Gianmaria Bruni

The Porsche drivers
In the cockpit of the #911 Porsche 911 RSR, Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) contest the GTLM class. These two won the Long Beach race in 2016 and recently clinched the first win of this season in Sebring with the 911 RSR. Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) share driving duties in the second 911 RSR (#912) fielded by the Porsche GT Team. The GTD class, in which Porsche customer teams campaign the 911 GT3 R, is not contested at Long Beach.

Porsche 911 RSR (912), Porsche GT Team: Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, Gianmaria Bruni

The 911 RSR
In addition to the optimised setup of the 911 RSR, the reliability has been further improved for its second racing season. Depending on the size of the restrictor, the motor, which is positioned in front of the rear axle, puts out around 375 kW (510 hp). The large rear diffuser combined with a top-mounted rear wing provides strong downforce and aerodynamic efficiency.

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (912): Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, Gianmaria Bruni, Porsche GT Team (911): Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki

The schedule
The race takes off on Saturday, 14 April, at 13.05 hrs local time (22.05 hrs CEST) and can be viewed live outside the USA on www.imsa.com.

Porsche 911 RSR,Porsche GT Team (911): Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki, Porsche GT Team (912): Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, Gianmaria Bruni

Pre-race quotes

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser (Porsche-Motorsportchef)

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, President Motorsport and GT Cars: “After our phenomenal win at the Sebring 12-hour classic, we’re now going to tackle the shortest race of the season at Long Beach. The contrast couldn’t be greater. California is the most important Porsche market in the United States. That makes this race a very special challenge for us. Many of our customers and fans travel from far and wide to watch the 911 RSR on a fascinating city circuit. For us, this intense interest is an obligation to do everything we can to fight for victory and give the spectators an impression of this Porsche’s potential. Aside from that, Long Beach, which is regarded as the Monte Carlo of America for good reason, is an absolute highlight of the season.”
Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsports: “The entire squad comes under intense pressure at Long Beach. The short race is a real thriller. Drivers can’t afford to make the slightest mistake on this narrow city circuit, otherwise they end up hitting the wall. And every second we lose in the pits hurts twice as much. Refuelling, new tyres, driver changes – nothing must go wrong at the sole pit stop, otherwise you’ve lost the race. Finding the perfect setup for our 911 RSR in the short practice session is another huge challenge.”

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (912): Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, Gianmaria Bruni, Porsche GT Team (911): Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #911): “The Long Beach city circuit is one of my favourite racetracks in the States. We won two years ago there, and we now want to do it again. After our Sebring victory, the whole team is hugely motivated. Fans know very well why they come to Long Beach: To constantly push the limits on this demanding course with total commitment is a huge challenge for the drivers and guarantees some action-packed racing.”
Nick Tandy (911 RSR #911): “Long Beach is a very special place to go racing. It’s a fantastic city circuit and great fun. The comparison to Monaco really fits. The racetrack is tricky and the more rubber that’s left on the track, the faster we get from one practice to the next. Finding the perfect setup for our 911 RSR during the short practice session puts the entire team under pressure right from the start.”
Laurens Vanthoor (911 RSR #912): “I really like street circuits. They pose a special challenge because you have to stay totally focussed the whole time and you can’t afford to make one mistake. The fact that we’re driving here on the same weekend as the IndyCar Series makes the race one of the season highlights for us and the fans.”
Earl Bamber (911 RSR #912): “Long Beach is unique. The city circuit is one of the most beautiful in the world, but it’s also one of the most difficult. There are virtually no run-off areas. Every mistake has immediate consequences. If you take a corner too fast you’ll hit the wall. I love street circuits. They’re something very special and a wonderful change for us drivers. And aside from that, California with its sun and beaches is simply fun.”

Porsche 911 RSR (911), Porsche GT Team: Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki

This is the IMSA SportsCar Championship
The IMSA SportsCar Championship, a sports car race series contested in the USA and Canada, was run in 2014 for the first time. The series was formed from the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in three different classes: GTLM (GT Le Mans), GTD (GT Daytona) and P (Prototype). The Porsche 911 RSR runs in the GTLM class, with the Porsche 911 GT3 R contesting the GTD class. Only the GTLM and P classes will be contested at Long Beach.

Ideal start to the season for Porsche at the WEC Prologue in France

The Porsche GT Team is well prepared for the first race of the FIA Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC a month from now at Spa-Francorchamps on May 5. At the season opener, the official Prologue in Le Castellet, France, the two Porsche 911 RSR were put through a comprehensive test programme under dry conditions.

Porsche 911 RSR, Dempsey-Proton Racing (88), Matteo Cairoli, Khaled Al Qubaisi, Giorgio Roda, Dempsey-Proton Racing (77), Julien Andlauer, Matt Campbell, Christian Ried

The new driver pairing in the #91 Porsche 911 RSR, the Italian Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz from Austria, covered 2051 kilometres over two days on the Circuit Paul Ricard. Their team colleagues in the #92 911 RSR, Kévin Estre from France and the Dane Michael Christensen, lapped the 5.861-kilometre racetrack a total of 288 times, clocking up 1688 kilometres.

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (91), Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz

Twenty-two teams with 35 vehicles capitalised on the final shakedown for the WEC Super Season. The racetrack with its 13 corners in Southern France offered teams perfect conditions for extensive setup work. Both 911 RSR wrapped up a trouble free test programme and impressed with a commanding performance. Several times, the two 510 hp GT racers turned the fastest time in the GTE-Pro category.

Porsche 911 RSR, Team Project 1 (56), Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, Egidio Perfetti

The Porsche customer teams, Project 1, Dempsey Proton Racing and Gulf Racing, also used the two-day Prologue in the South of France for extensive tests. These four Porsche 911 RSR will contest the GTE-Am class of the FIA WEC.

Comments on the Prologue

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser (Porsche-Motorsportchef)

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “The focus of the WEC Prologue was very clearly on our customer teams, who brought four new cars to the start. It was all about familiarising themselves with the new car and adapting the driving styles. The feedback from drivers and teams has been outstanding. They all managed to complete the test without problems and gain important insights. Overall, the performance is difficult to assess. But the most important feedback is that everything feels good and the drivers have a great deal of confidence in the car. And this is always an indication of good lap times. In the Pro category the focus was on trying out the various suspension setups and evaluating the tyres. That, too, ran perfectly. We were able to complete our test programme as planned and we’re feeling very confident for both categories as we look ahead to the first race in Spa.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Gesamtprojektleiter GT Werksmotorsport)

Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsports: “It was a perfect test for Porsche. We simulated an entire race weekend and completed the final preparations for our start in Spa. We were able to test different setups and trial all available tyre modifications. Everything went without the slightest hitch. The customer teams also undertook a similar programme. We’re ready and eager for the Super Season to begin.”

Porsche GT Team: Gianmaria Bruni

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I’m absolutely thrilled to return to the WEC after a year’s break. I feel very comfortable in my team. The entire squad is great. I get on very well with Richard and we enjoy our work. We were able to analyse a lot and work intensively. Now I can hardly wait to travel to Spa to compete.”

Le Castellet, France: WEC FIA Prologue,

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The tests proved very positive. The whole team has familiarised themselves again with the WEC regulations and we’re totally motivated. We’ve perfected all the processes – now the season can start. Working with Gianmaria is fantastic. I’ve known and valued him for a long time. He’s incredibly quick. I’d definitely prefer to race with him in a car than against him.”

Porsche GT Team: Kevin Estre

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I’m very pleased with the two days, I got a lot of track time and we collected a great deal of information. The tests were good and it’s always fun to work with my crew and my teammate Michael Christensen. The new asphalt on the track provides plenty of grip, but it causes a lot of tyre wear, especially in the long right-hander.”

Porsche GT Team: Michael Christensen

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “We had a lot planned for these two days and we managed to tick everything off our list. The car ran very well, the tyres worked and the weather played along, as well. I’m satisfied because everything ran smoothly and now I’m looking forward to the first race.”

Team Project 1: Joerg Bergmeister

Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “Endurance racing is, of course, completely new ground for our team. So, the main thing was to work out a routine in the procedures, such as pit stops and general organisation. This all worked excellently and we’re well prepared for the first race.”

Julien Andlauer (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “A dream has come true for me over these two days. I was hoping to race at Le Mans and now I’ve been given the chance to contest the entire Super Season. I never expected this. First and foremost, the Porsche 911 RSR is a dream car. The power, the balance, it’s all new and I find it very impressive. The whole ambience in the WEC is thrilling. What’s more, I’m with the best team I could ever wish for. I’m really excited about the season.”

Gulf Racing: Ben Barker

Ben Barker (Porsche 911 RSR #86): “Since this was the first major test for us, we conducted a lot of checks with the brand new Porsche 911 RSR. The vehicle has loads of downforce and feels really good. Given that we have a lot of new faces in the team, it was also very important to analyse all the internal procedures during the tests. We feel good and we’re heading to Spa feeling confident.”

Porsche provides safety cars and support cars until 2020

From now until 2020, the Porsche 911 Turbo will be the safety car for the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC). The all-wheel-drive 911 produces 540 hp (397 kW) and sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 3.0 seconds. Technologically, the safety car corresponds largely to the production vehicle. Only a few race-specific modifications were added, such as the light bar on the roof and a radio for contacting the race director, with the brakes and suspension optimised for the racetrack. The matte-black design with glossy red stripes is modelled on the Porsche emblem design of the factory race cars.


Porsche not only supplies the safety car for the FIA WEC, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, until 2020, but also provides eleven intervention vehicles. Two Porsche 911 Turbo will travel as safety cars to all WEC rounds worldwide. Three 911 Turbo head to Le Mans as permanent vehicles. Furthermore, various Porsche models are provided for motor racing medics and track safety personnel.



The race director deploys the safety car whenever the field needs to bunch up in the event of dangerous situations. The 911 Turbo production vehicle possesses the ideal prerequisites for this task: The 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine catapults the Turbo to a top speed of 320 km/h, with the ex-works Sport Chrono Package ensuring the best possible intermediate acceleration.

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Final shakedown for Porsche: the Prologue of the WEC Super Season

On April 6, Porsche heads into the new season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the two-day Prologue on the Circuit Paul Ricard. On the racetrack in the south of France, which opened in 1970, the Porsche GT Team will simulate an entire race weekend with the two 911 RSR in order to tackle the 15-month Super Season perfectly prepared. Porsche’s factory driver Gianmaria Bruni celebrates his comeback to the world’s most important race series for sports cars.

The Prologue
Teams and drivers come face-to-face for the first time this year in Le Castellet, France, close to the port city of Marseille. On the 5.861-kilometre Circuit Paul Ricard, teams will run through the procedures of the WEC race weekends. The Porsche GT Team has opted not to participate in the first ever 30-hour nonstop test, which runs through the night, as the squad has collected extensive data and experience with the Porsche 911 RSR in 2017. A total of 35 vehicles take part in the Prologue tests.


The Super Season
The 15-month-long Super Season serves as a transition to a new FIA WEC format. This means that competitors will contest the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the challenging Spa-Francorchamps race twice. The calendar also includes Silverstone, Fuji, Shanghai and Sebring. With Porsche, Ferrari, Ford, BMW and Aston Martin, five manufacturers compete for victories and points in the drivers’ and manufacturer’s classifications of the GTE-Pro class. From 2019, the season begins after the 24 Hours of Le Mans and concludes a year later with the long distance classic in the Sarthe region.
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Austin , round 5 of the Sports Car World Championship WEC

A first video from Austin of the free practice of round 5 of the Sports Car World Championship WEC (World Endurance Championship)

FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), LMP1, Round 5, Austin (USA), Free Practice

Convincing kick-off for Porsche 919 Hybrids in Texas

Stuttgart. The Porsche Team had a promising first day of practice before the fifth of the eight rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Austin, Texas (US). In both the two 90-minute free practice sessions on the spectacular 5.513 kilometre long Grand Prix circuit a Porsche 919 Hybrid has topped the time sheets. After the first session took place in the afternoon with track temperatures way over 40 degrees Celsius and ambient temperatures in the mid thirties, the second session was held after sunset. Each of the drivers had to complete five mandatory laps in the dark.

In the first session the number 18 Le Mans Prototype of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) was the fastest car on track with a lap time of 1:47.231 minutes. Second fastest was the number 17 sister car, shared by Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), which lost some track time towards the end of the session after a problem with the front axle. Their best lap time was 1:47.514 minutes.

In the slightly cooler night session, but with ambient temperatures still 31 degrees Celsius, Bernhard/Hartley/Webber were fastest (1:47.442 min) with Dumas/Jani/Lieb coming third (1:48.268 min).

The Porsche Team’s clear target in Austin is to defend its lead in the manufacturers’ World Championship. After two one-two results in Le Mans and at the Nürburgring, Porsche currently has a tally of 184 points, followed by Audi (151) and Toyota (89). LMP1 qualifying will be held on Friday from 18:15-18:35 hrs local time (Saturday 01:15-01:35 hrs CEST), with the race starting on Saturday at 17:00 hrs local time (00:00 CEST).

Quotes after free practice:
Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “It was overall a good first day for us. The first session was held in very hot conditions, which gave us a taste of what we can expect for the start of the race. The heat certainly places an extra challenge on the car and the drivers. Car number 17 lost some time in FP1 due to a problem with the front axle. In FP2 we were focussing on longer runs with single sets of tyres, and this all went according to plan.”

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 17
Timo Bernhard (34, Germany): “I only drove in the night session and then did a longer run in preparation for the race. It all went well. The traffic with 31 cars at different speeds is challenging. Of course, we have that all the time in endurance racing, but I have the feeling this track makes it extra demanding, especially in the dark. You have to read the traffic quite carefully.”

Brendon Hartley (25, New Zealand): “It is amazing what a step forward we have made with the car compared to 2014. The pace this morning was good immediately. After only a few laps my lap times were better than last year’s pole time. The 919 is great fun to drive, especially in the fast corners of sector one. In the night session the Audis looked very competitive, so it’s going be very close again.”

Mark Webber (39, Australia): “The car is very good at COTA, and the homework we have done between the events has been really good. The performance and speed were good straight away. In FP1 we had to stop early, just when we wanted to begin with the set-up work. It is quite unusual for us to have the car in the garage during a session. FP2 was very beneficial in helping the drivers and engineers check everything in night conditions.”

Drivers Porsche 919 Hybrid number 18
Romain Dumas (37, France): “Compared to last year, the difference is like night and day. With our new high downforce kit the fast corners are really great to drive. It is really fast and really hot here.”

Neel Jani (31, Switzerland): “The track is fast and flowing. We had a good start, but still have some set-up changes to do. The difference between last year’s and this year’s Porsche 919 is quite large. In the fast corners especially, we can feel much more grip. At night I had the feeling the slightly lower temperatures can be rather positive for us. On the main straight you have to get used to the lights shaking when the car hits the bumps.”

Marc Lieb (35, Germany): “Our car is good on this track. In FP1 it was really hot in the cockpit, but luckily the whole of the race will not take place at this time of day. The visibility at night is generally okay. But what you experience more in the dark is how difficult it is to look into the tight left handers. We don’t sit in the centre of the car, but slightly to the left hand side of it and quite close to the A pillar.”

Breaking news – Le Mans 24 Hours

Porsche clinches 17th outright victory at Le Mans
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Stuttgart. Porsche has scored its 17th overall victory at the 83rd edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours. No other manufacturer has achieved such impressive results at the world’s toughest endurance race. With the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid, Earl Bamber (NZ), Nico Hülkenberg (D) and Nick Tandy (GB) won the coveted title exactly 45 years to the day after Porsche’s very first overall victory at the Sarthe. Their team mates Timo Bernhard (D), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS) finished second and completed the 1-2 for Porsche. The US race driver and actor Patrick Dempsey celebrated the biggest success of his racing career by coming in second with a Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Am class .

New line-up for Spa: Porsche Team with three 919 Hybrids for the first time

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Porsche 911 RSR narrowly misses out on podium spot

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Porsche 911 RSR narrowly misses out on podium spot
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Just seconds

This video shows the WEC season-opener, the 6 hours of Silverstone. The Porsche 919 Hybrid of Jani/Dumas/Lieb finished second; the Porsche 911 RSR of Lietz and Christensen finished also second. Both cars only seconds behind the winner.

Porsche 911 RSR second after gripping season-opener

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Porsche 911 RSR second after gripping season-opener

Stuttgart. A successful start to the season for the Porsche Manthey team in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC: At the six-hour race on the Silverstone Circuit, Porsche works drivers Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Richard Lietz (Austria) clinched second in the GTE-Pro class in front of over 45,000 spectators. The 470 hp winning racer from Weissach – which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and has been modified in several areas for this season – was just ten seconds shy of the leader after 172 laps. In the sister 911 RSR, their French works driver colleagues Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet had been running in the lead at the halfway mark, but ultimately saw the flag in seventh.  Continue reading “Porsche 911 RSR second after gripping season-opener”

Successful season opener for the new Porsche 919 Hybrid

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Porsche Team- Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb (l-r)
Successful season opener for the new Porsche 919 Hybrid
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Stuttgart. The driver trio of Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany) secured the first trophy for the new Porsche 919 Hybrid at the six-hours of Silverstone (GB). Sharing the number 18 prototype, they covered 201 laps and finished second in what was a thrilling and totally dry race.  Continue reading “Successful season opener for the new Porsche 919 Hybrid”

Victory for Porsche customer team Gulf Racing UK

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Victory for Porsche customer team Gulf Racing UK

Stuttgart. The Porsche customer team Gulf Racing UK kicked off the European Le Mans Series ELMS with a victory on Saturday at the four-hour race on the Silverstone Circuit. The all-British driver lineup of Michael Wainwright, Adam Carroll and Philip Keen scored a convincing GTE class win at their home race on the storied circuit in the British Midlands, crossing the finish line one lap ahead of the second-placed vehicle in their 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car.
Porsche 911 RSR, Gulf Racing UK, Phil Keen, Mike Wainwright, Adam Carroll
“We’re thrilled with our customer team’s success. This has underlined just how competitive our 911 RSR is,” said Head of Porsche Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser. “With support from their pit crew, the pilots put in a consistently good effort. We’re proud of Gulf Racing UK for claiming this season-opening victory and we wish our customer squad continued success for the rest of the season.”

Race result GTE class
1. Wainwright/Carroll/Keen (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 110 laps
2. Richardson/Smith/Tordoff (GB/GB/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 109
3. Cameron/Griffin/Scott (GB/IRL/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 109
4. Priaulx/Hassid/Krohn (GB/F/SF), BMWZ4, 109
5. Bachler/Al Qubaisi/Ried (A/UAE/D), Porsche 911 RSR, 109

Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, round 1 in Silverstone/Great Britain

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Optimisation of hybrid strategy is the focus

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Optimisation of hybrid strategy is the focus

Stuttgart. The two Porsche 919 Hybrids with the driver trios of Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Mark Webber, and their team mates Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb in the sister Le Mans Prototype, covered 132 laps in total on the first day of practice for the opening race of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship in Silverstone (UK). Continue reading “Optimisation of hybrid strategy is the focus”

Porsche Team heads to Silverstone full of energy

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Porsche Team heads to Silverstone full of energy

Stuttgart. The Porsche Team is crossing the days off on the calendar until the season’s opening round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Next weekend, April 10 to 12, Silverstone (GB) will be the venue for the first of seven six-hour races in the eight round championship for which the 24 hours of Le Mans is the highlight. In the lead up to the second season since Porsche’s return to top-level motorsport, 30,863 kilometres of testing have been covered with the significantly further developed 919 Hybrid.  Continue reading “Porsche Team heads to Silverstone full of energy”

Porsche well prepared to tackle the GT class of the 2015 WEC

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Porsche well prepared to tackle the GT class of the 2015 WEC

Stuttgart. With the six-hour race at Silverstone on 12 April, the new Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) season gets underway. The Porsche Manthey squad, who celebrated a double victory in the GTE-Pro class last year, campaigns two Porsche 911 RSR sports cars on the storied circuit in the British Midlands. Many details on the 470 hp winning racer from Weissach, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, were modified over the winter months. Recently, the 911 RSR posted impressive lap times at the official WEC Prologue at Le Castellet in southern France. Continue reading “Porsche well prepared to tackle the GT class of the 2015 WEC”

Porsche 911 head into WEC season well prepared

Prologue to the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC in Le Castellet/France
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Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, Prologue in Le Castellet/France

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