The highway to a universe championship title: a 2018/2019 success story

Posted on 05. May, 2019 by in Porsche Canada

As a Porsche 911 RSR rolls on to a grid during Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) on May 5, 2018, it starts a second deteriorate in a FIA Sports Car World Endurance Championship. The indication has already notched adult dual foe wins in North America, as good as a North American Endurance Cup (NAEC), that includes a prestigious continuation races during Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta. However, there is one thing still blank from resume of a many worldly 911 ever: a universe championship title. Exactly one year later, during a penultimate spin of a 2018/2019 Super Season, this vital idea is ticked off. 

Scoring positions third and eighth from a six-hour foe during Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Porsche has claimed an early universe championship pretension win in a GTE-Pro category of a World Endurance Championship WEC. Now with 246 points, a sports automobile manufacturer from Weissach heads to a final spin of a 2018/2019 Super Season during Le Mans holding an irrefutable lead in a manufacturers’ championship. 

Double feat during a 24 Hours of Le Mans

Clinching a double feat during a 24 Hours of Le Mans in Jun 2018, Porsche impressively underlines a pretension aspirations. At a long-distance classical in France, a dual ca. 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR from a WEC spin adult sporting a mythological “Rothmans” (No. 91) and “Pig” (No. 92) designs, stirring fans not usually from a sporting viewpoint though on an romantic spin as well. Michael Christensen from Denmark and his dual bureau motorist teammates Kévin Estre (France) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) measure a autocratic feat in a fiercely rival margin of manufacturers in a GTE-Pro class. Their Porsche colleagues Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) put a topping on a cake for Porsche with second place. The huge intensity of a Porsche 911 RSR is clearly evident, quite in qualifying. Lapping a lane in 3:47.504 minutes, Bruni sets a convincing new path record for GTLM vehicles. 

Lights-to-flag win with consistently clever performances

At a 2018 season-opening spin during Spa-Francorchamps, a Porsche bureau patrol Manthey Racing lays a foundations for a universe championship title: With Estre/Christensen finishing on second, and Bruni/Lietz on fourth, Porsche takes a altogether lead. After scoring a double feat during a Le Mans 24-hour race, a clever foe during Silverstone (Great Britain) follows. While Bruni/Lietz are private from a standings after spin 3 of a deteriorate after primarily ranking second, a No. 92 automobile earns critical points towards a universe championship with position three. After spin three, a lead in a altogether standings is now 36 points. The motorist pairing Estre/Christensen follows adult with another win during Fuji (Japan), with both Porsche 911 RSR finishing on a lectern during Shanghai (China). At a initial WEC foe during Sebring (USA) given 2012, Bruni/Lietz applaud their initial corner victory. The lead over a antithesis has now increasing to 100 points. As usual, a Porsche GT Team simply wins a compare indicate during Spa. 


Porsche GT Team (91), Porsche 911 RSR, FIA-WEC, Spa-Franchorchamps, 2019, Porsche AG

The dual Porsche 911 RSR won a manufacturers’ pretension in a GTE-Pro class

Teamwork during a top level

“I’m immensely unapproachable of a whole team,” says Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport. “The Manthey Racing patrol are rarely professional, unusually success oriented and always make time for some fun, that in spin has a certain outcome on a group structure and performance. To be so successful in a face of such tough foe between bureau teams is always a outcome of tough and unchanging work. Pascal Zurlinden and all his colleagues have found a ideal recipe.” The bureau patrol is done adult of around 30 rarely competent members of a racing operation. “I can usually echo Fritz Enzinger’s praise,” declares Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsport. “The group structures are complicated and ideally tailored to rarely rival engine racing and a drivers make a best use of a potential. And certainty increases with any success. This is always a wilful cause in sport.”

In a Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), that was initial contested in 2012, sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest in 4 classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. They all contest together in one foe though are personal separately. The Porsche GT Team contests a GTE-Pro class, while a patron teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Racing quarrel for honours in a GTE-Am class.

During a initial 6 years given a substructure of a WEC, a classical foe calendar applied, with a start of a deteriorate in open and a final spin in early winter. 2018 heralded a vital change. The 24 Hours of Le Mans in Jun is a new deteriorate finale. To exercise this change to a “winter calendar”, FIA chose a supposed Super Season as a transitory model. Eight races are contested from May 2018 to Jun 2019. The special feature: The Le Mans classical and a six-hour foe during Spa-Francorchamps are hold twice during a Super Season. The following deteriorate starts during Silverstone in Sep 2019 and ends in Jun 2020 with a 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

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