The six-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps on May 5, 2018, kicks off the 15-month Super Season of the FIA Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC. On the time-honoured racetrack in the Ardennes region of Belgium, six 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR go up against strong opposition from Aston Martin, BMW, Ferrari and Ford in the GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes.
The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which is approximately 20 kilometres from the German border, sets motorsport fans’ hearts racing: The 7,004-kilometre circuit is an electrifying mix of high-speed passages such as the famous Eau Rouge and slower sections. An altitude difference of around 100 metres makes the season-opening round into a rollercoaster ride. One unpredictable factor in the Ardennes is the weather: The sun can be shining in the Bus Stop chicane, while in Le Combes it’s raining.
For a week ago I ordered a very special book and it did arrive today : The 911R by T.A.G. Motorbooks, 384 pages, released at the end of last year. The book covers the early 911R of 1967 of which only 20 cars plus 4 prototypes had been manufactured as well as the new 911R from 2016. There is a German version (limited 991 copies) and a English version (limited 1.500 copies) in a limited and numbered edition. Within a few days I will write a review with more information. In the meantime you can visit the publishers website to get your copy!
Earlier Porsonly informed you about a 1:6 model of the 911 made by Matrix models and showed you the prototype. Now, exactly 55 years after the official introduction of the Porsche 901 on the IAA in 1963, Matrix Scale Models proudly presents their replica,six times smaller than it’s example !
Porsche 911 silver ’64 – ’68, HQ resin model with photo edge parts. The model will be ± 70cm long. Number 1 in silver. Price will be around 995 euro.
Also available are customer colours (costs extra).
And no. 2 in Bahama yellow :
Ten years after theirs successes in endurance racing, the Kremer brothers decided to build a new Porsche 917 for LeMans 24 Hours 1981.
The team is supported by the German factory, but it arrive in LeMans without a lot of tests and the new Porsche 917 K for Kremer and not anymore for “Kurz”.The results are not as high as the expectations: the team, three-colored 100 % for the occasion, is obliged to retire the race after 82 laps only.
Scale 1:32, ready to race at the slot racetrack. Continue reading “Porsche 917K no. 10”
Scoring third at Sunday’s round of the ADAC GT Masters in Most, Czech Republic, the Porsche 911 GT3 R run by Precote Herberth Motorsport remains at the top of the standings. After finishing yesterday’s race on
third, Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet from France and Germany’s Robert Renauer achieved their second podium result in the still young season. The 911 GT3 R fielded by KÜS Team75 Bernhard and shared by Klaus Bachler (Austria) and Adrien de Leener (Belgium) crossed the finish line as the
second best Porsche in 14th. Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany) and Lucas Luhr (Switzerland) made up nine places in the race for their team IronForce by Ring Police and scored critical points in the Trophy classification.
It’s a hattrick of interviews for you as our exceptionally busy, but apparently very active, Head Researcher managed to scoop another interview for Test Track. Following chats with both Rollcentre Racing and West Surrey Racing, Simon managed to catch up with Nick Tandy, factory driver for Porsche Motorsport, and get the scoop on recent events, Le Mans and, of course, Scalextric. Take it away Simon…
One of our flagship GT releases for 2018 is the glorious 911RSR that Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Kevin Estre drove in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans (C3944). While the race didn’t go to plan for the group this year, 2015 actually saw Nick win overall and when the opportunity came for us here at Scalextric to meet him for a chat, we couldn’t resist! Grabbing him almost straight off the plane after a win at the 2018 Sebring 12 hours we got right to it. Read more at the scalextric website here.
You can order your model at your local Scalextric dealer or visit Scalextric.
Another Porsche Experience Centre has been given the green light: The world’s seventh customer experience centre from the sports car manufacturer is due to be built at the Hockenheimring. Over the next two years, a 176,000-square-metre area at the heart of the historic circuit will see the construction of a state-of-the-art building complex, a handling course, several driving dynamics areas and an off-road course. The work is due to start towards the middle of 2018, with the experience centre expected to be operational by the end of 2019. Porsche is implementing this project in collaboration with emodrom-group, the company responsible for the strategic development of the Hockenheimring.
“The Porsche Experience Centres allow our customers and fans to experience the performance of our vehicles as well as the fascination of the brand at first hand”, explains Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “We are extending this unique offering by constructing this new site near our main plant in Zuffenhausen.” In terms of its architecture, the customer experience centre will follow the example of existing Porsche Experience Centres. Spread over three floors, an area of 4,500 square metres will house event spaces, conference and meeting rooms, a Porsche Selection Shop, a Porsche Classic Lounge plus a restaurant and café. Workshops and exhibition areas for vehicles will be constructed, too. A rapid charging infrastructure will also take the growing importance of hybrid vehicles, plus the requirements of the Porsche Mission E, into account.
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, round 1, Monza, Italy
The Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by the Manthey-Racing team finished round one of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Monza without earning points. A technical defect in the early stages of the three-hour race made it impossible for the three Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas (France),
Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) to compete amongst the frontrunners. The German-French trio contested the category solely for professional driver pairings. In sunshine and warm summer temperatures, the 54-strong field from twelve different manufacturers took off on the 5.793 kilometre Formula 1 racetrack on the outskirts of Milan.
In qualifying, which was based on the average lap times, the driver crew of Dumas, Makowiecki and Werner posted 18th. When the start driver Dumas suddenly lost pace about 20 minutes after the race took off, the trio were unable to improve on their ranking. A faulty sensor in the gearbox area forced the former overall Le Mans winner into an unscheduled pit stop. Repairs cost the squad 23 laps, which resulted in the #911 vehicle finally crossing the finish line 45th overall.
In addition to Manthey-Racing, a
second Porsche customer team, Herberth Motorsport from Germany, will contest all five races of this year’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. The all-German line-up of Jürgen Häring, Edward-Lewis Brauner and Wolfang Triller secured fourth place in the amateur category for gentlemen drivers in the ca. 500 hp Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Round two of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup will take place on 20 May in Great Britain. Competitors will tackle a three-hour race on the storied British racetrack in Silverstone.
Comments after the race
Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “Such a race is disappointing, of course, but even in qualifying the car certainly wasn’t where one wants it to be. Ultimately, the team has gained experience that can be built on for the next races. I must say, though, that the atmosphere here in the paddock is as thrilling as the impressive grid and the extremely close competition. This series is appealing, particularly for customer racers, because they get a lot of track time and the regulations keep the costs low.”
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “Towards the middle of his stint, Romain Dumas couldn’t change gears anymore and had to come into the pits. We discovered that a sensor in the gearbox was the cause. After the team fixed the problem the car could rejoin the race. In the race analysis it’ll be important to take a close look at the performance of the tyres. If the team can draw conclusions for the set-up, the qualifying will probably go better next time. However, the procedures over the race weekend all went smoothly, which is very positive with a view to the next race at Silverstone.”
Romain Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “I didn’t take any risks at the start so that I could make it through the first corner unscathed. The defect, however, threw us out of contention early in the fight for positions. For the next race we need to qualify further up the grid. I like the qualifying format, and I believe that we have a very good and balanced driver line-up that can stand up to the other strong drivers in the field.”
The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup is reserved for race cars that comply with FIA GT3 regulations. Storied racetracks, cost-effective conditions of participation and equality in terms of technicology thanks to the Balance of Performance form the framework of this customer-oriented championship. The season highlight, the 24 Hours of Spa, is also part of the global Intercontinental GT Challenge, in which Porsche teams compete with the 911 GT3 R. SRO Motorsports Group organises both series.
Encouraged by the success of the Blancpain Endurance Series, world-renowned Swiss watch manufacture Blancpain and the SRO Motorsports Group decide at the end of 2013 to extend their partnership to the Sprint series, previously promoted as the FIA GT Series, offering teams and drivers the opportunity to compete for an overall Blancpain GT Series title, linking sprint and endurance.