Forty-three #Porsche take on Germany’s biggest automobile race #Nürburgring

Nürburgring 24 Hours, Preview

24 Stunden Nürburgring 2018, Qualifikationsrennen, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #012 Porsche 911 GT3 , Manthey Racing: Otto Klohs, Lars Kern, Philipp Frommenwiler

Porsche will be represented by a large fleet of vehicles at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring: 43 Porsche 911 and Porsche Cayman race cars will tackle Germany’s biggest automobile race on the 24.38-kilometre combination of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on 12-13 May. Like last year here, the Stuttgart marque is the most strongly represented in the field of around 150 cars in the company’s “70 Years of Porsche Sports Cars” anniversary year. Porsche Motorsport supports customer teams with 13 Porsche works drivers and four Porsche Young Professionals. In the strongest SP9 class, eight Porsche 911 GT3 R will chase overall victory.

VLN 2. Lauf 2018, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #18 Porsche 911 GT3 R, KÜS Team75 Bernhard: Andre Lotterer, Lars Kern

Kévin Estre (France), Romain Dumas (France), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) share the cockpit of the 911 GT3 R (#911) fielded by Manthey-Racing. Richard Lietz (Austria), Patrick Pilet (France), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) pilot the #912 sister car. Michael Christensen (Denmark), André Lotterer (Germany), Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) and Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) form a formidable quartet at the Nürburgring debut of the KÜS Team75 Bernhard. Sven Müller and Dirk Werner from Germany reinforce the Falken Motorsports crew. Porsche Young Professional Dennis Olsen (Norway) and Porsche test driver Lars Kern (Germany) drive the third 911 GT3 R campaigned by Manthey-Racing. Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Talent Pool coach Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) take up the challenge for Frikadelli Racing. Mathieu Jaminet (France) is signed to helm the squad’s second 911 GT3 R.

VLN 1. Lauf 2018, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #911 #912 Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing

“We’re delighted with our customers’ extraordinary trust. This year, there’ll be more Porsche race cars contesting the Nürburgring 24-hour race than at most other editions of the race,” says Sebastian Golz, Project Manager 911 GT3 R. “Preparations have been completed in close cooperation with the teams and everything has gone to plan so far. The VLN 1 win and double pole at VLN 2 have underlined that the 911 GT3 R is well ironed out. We’re very interested to see how we’ll perform in close collaboration with our customers against strong opposition from other manufacturers.”

VLN 1. Lauf 2018, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #2 Porsche 911 GT3 R, GIGASPEED Team GetSpeed Performance: Steve Jans, Marek Böckmann

For the 2018 season, the Porsche 911 GT3 R received an update: The parts kit includes a new front lid for the optimisation of thermal management plus side flicks to improve the aerobalance.

On Friday, 11 May, Porsche fans can catch a glimpse of the future in the Ring Boulevard: The spectacular next-in-line to the successful 911 GT3 R, which will compete from 2019, will be unveiled at a public press conference.

24 Stunden Nürburgring 2018, Qualifikationsrennen, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #030 Porsche 991 GT3R, Frikadelli Racing Team: Klaus Abbelen, Norbert Siedler, Alexander Müller

The Porsche customer teams in the SP9 class at the Nürburgring 24 Hours

Manthey-Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911)

VLN 2. Lauf 2018, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #912 Porsche 911 GT R, Manthey Racing: Romain Dumas

Kévin Estre, Romain Dumas, Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber
Manthey-Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #912)

24 Stunden Nürburgring 2018, Qualifikationsrennen, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #912 Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey Racing: Richard Lietz, Fred Makowiecki

Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Frédéric Makowiecki, Nick Tandy
Manthey-Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #12)

24 Stunden Nürburgring 2018, Qualifikationsrennen, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #012 Porsche 911 GT3 , Manthey Racing: Lars Kern

Otto Klohs, Lars Kern, Dennis Olsen, Philipp Frommenwiler
Frikadelli Racing Team (Porsche 911 GT3 R #30)

24 Stunden Nürburgring 2018, Qualifikationsrennen, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #031 Porsche 991 GT3R, Frikadelli Racing Team: Marco Seefried, Laser Felipe Fernández, Matt Campbell; #030 Porsche 991 GT3R, Frikadelli Racing Team: Klaus Abbelen, Norbert Siedler, Alexander Müller

Lance David Arnold, Alexander Müller, Wolf Henzler, Matt Campbell
Frikadelli Racing Team (Porsche 911 GT3 R #31)

Mathieu Jaminet (F), Precote Herberth Motorsport

Norbert Siedler, Marco Seefried, Felipe Fernández Laser, Mathieu Jaminet
KÜS Team75 Bernhard (Porsche 911 GT3 R #17)

VLN 2. Lauf 2018, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #18 Porsche 911 GT3 R, KÜS Team75 Bernhard: Andre Lotterer, Lars Kern

Michael Christensen, Matteo Cairoli, André Lotterer, Jörg Bergmeister
Falken Motorsports (Porsche 911 GT3 R #44)

VLN 2. Lauf 2018, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #4 Porsche 911 GT3 R, Falken Motorsports: Klaus Bachler, Martin Ragginger

Klaus Bachler, Sven Müller, Martin Ragginger, Dirk Werner
Gigaspeed Team GetSpeed Performance (Porsche 911 GT3 R #2)

VLN 1. Lauf 2018, Nürburgring-Nordschleife – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #2 Porsche 911 GT3 R, GIGASPEED Team GetSpeed Performance: Steve Jans, Marek Böckmann

Steve Jahns, Marek Böckmann, Lucas Luhr, Jan-Erik Slooten