WEC: Porsche finishes on lectern during Spa and claims early universe championship title

Posted on 06. May, 2019 by in Porsche Canada

The dual leaders of a drivers’ championship, Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark), kept ease in a pell-mell continue conditions in Belgium to explain a third lectern step after roughly 6 hours of racing. Their motorist colleagues Richard Lietz (Austria) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) were using in third place during a finish of a race, though were handed a drive-through penalty. The 911 driven by Lietz was shunted from behind by a competitor, that pushed a Austrian into a automobile in front. For this, a drive-through chastisement was imposed. As a foe was stopped shortly before a six-hour era due to a weather, a foe executive converted it into a time penalty. As a result, a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR was personal in eighth place and Estre/Christensen changed adult one position from fourth to third place. 

Fans witnessed a violent six-hour foe during Spa, Belgium. The changing conditions between sunshine, rain, accost and complicated sleet presented teams with vital challenges. With a sum of 15 array stops, a Porsche GT Team chose a right plan in a conflict for a manufacturers’ championship. After mixed reserve automobile and full-course-yellow phases, a dual motorist crews Estre/Christensen and Lietz/Bruni never mislaid their cold and converted a compare indicate into a manufacturers’ universe championship title.

The deteriorate culmination will be contested in France on 15/16 June

In a GTE-Am class, a No. 77 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing notched adult a third true win. Sharing a cockpit of a winning automobile was Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia), Christian Ried (Germany) and Riccardo Pera (Italy). The second best Porsche patron patrol was Project 1 in fifth place. The Porsche bureau motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) common pulling duties in a No. 56 automobile with a American Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti from Norway. Gulf Racing with Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) and a dual British racers Michael Wainwright and Benjamin Barker came seventh. The second Porsche 911 RSR campaigned by Dempsey Proton Racing resolved a foe on a 7.004-kilometre “Ardennes rollercoaster” on ninth. 

The deteriorate culmination will be contested in France on 15/16 June. Porsche tackles a princely 24 Hours of Le Mans as a pretension defender. In 2018, Estre and Christensen won a foe in a Porsche 911 RSR with Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium forward of their motorist colleagues Lietz, Bruni and Frédéric Makowiecki from France. 

GTE-Pro class
1. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 124 laps
2. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 124 laps
3. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 124 laps
8. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 124 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Ried/Pera/Campbell (D/I/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 122 laps
2. Yoluc/Alers-Hankey/Eastwood (TR/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vant. GTE, 122 laps
3. Companc/Cressoni/Griffin (RA/I/IRL), Ferrari 488 GTE, 122 laps
5. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 122 laps
7. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 121 laps
9. Roda/Roda/Cairoli (I/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 115 laps

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “For Porsche, this is a delay of successful years. First, we won 6 titles with a LMP1 programme, and now a WEC manufacturers’ pretension in GT racing after a crazy race. Porsche is a vital actor in motorsport. You can see how engine racing successes can enthuse an whole company. I’d like to appreciate all of a employees who contributed to this superb success!”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “It’s tough to find a difference to report how unapproachable we am that we’ve won a manufacturers’ pretension for Porsche with this implausible team. The foe was a rollercoaster of emotions for us. The continue threw all during us: snow, rain, accost and sunshine. We were during a front and during a behind of a domain during times. The continue also incited a plan upside down, though we simply kept pulling a approach behind adult by a field. What a day!”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Crazy, totally crazy – that’s a best approach to report this race. Most of a time it was unequivocally formidable to keep a automobile on a racetrack and infrequently we had to take a gamble. But a categorical thing is that we’re a manufacturer universe champions! That’s a large success, a outrageous success. The drivers’ universe championship preference will have to wait until Le Mans, though we’re heading by a outrageous margin.”


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

The universe championship leaders Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) lapped a 7.004-kilometre racetrack nearby a German limit in an normal time of 2.13.683 mins and will take adult a six-hour foe on Saturday from seventh place.

Under pale skies and temperatures of 10 degrees Celsius, Richard Lietz (Austria) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) were only 0.153 seconds slower than their code colleagues on a “Ardennes rollercoaster”. The No. 91 sister automobile takes adult a foe from eighth place directly alongside a Porsche 911 RSR of Estre and Christensen.

In a altogether classification, a Porsche GT Team binds a 100-point lead over a competition. The bureau patrol from Weissach can even explain an early universe championship pretension on Saturday (race start 13.30 hrs).

The subordinate in a GTE-Am class

In a GTE-Am class, a Dempsey Proton Racing group narrowly missed out on scoring stick position. The No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) and a Italian father-son twin Gianluca and Giorgio Roda take adult a foe from second on a grid. The third mark is assigned by Project 1, who now leads a altogether classification. Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) shares pulling duties in a Porsche 911 RSR with a American Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti from Norway. Fourth quickest in subordinate was a second 911 run by Dempsey Proton Racing with drivers Christian Ried (Germany), Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) and Riccardo Pera (Italy). Gulf-Racing with Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) and a dual British racers Michael Wainwright and Benjamin Barker resolved a subordinate eventuality on eighth.

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “That wasn’t a best qualifying. We’d hoped to be in a tip five. Unfortunately not everybody got a ideal path or their good path was annulled. The foe is unequivocally tight. If we scored this outcome in tomorrow’s foe we’d be manufacturer universe champions. So, zero is mislaid yet. And anything is probable in a six-hour race, generally with a continue foresee presaging sleet and presumably even snow.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The car, a change and a quick path were unequivocally good. It’s always wily in cold temperatures to get a brakes adult to heat in a initial few laps, though it worked good today. In fact, a path was flawless. We’ll now take some time to demeanour during because it wasn’t adequate to be during a front.”

More quotes in a press recover (downloads).

GTE-Pro class
1. Priaulx/Tincknell (GB/GB), Ford GT
2. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, +0.067 seconds
3. Farfus/Da Costa (BR/E), BMW M8 GTE, +0.092 seconds
7. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.798 seconds
8. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.951 seconds

GTE-Am class
1. Yoluc/Alers-Hankey/Eastwood (TR/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vant. GTE
2. Roda/Roda/Cairoli (I/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.110 seconds
3. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.329 seconds
4. Ried/Pera/Campbell (D/I/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.944 seconds
8. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 3.164 seconds

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Porsche reaches a compare indicate during turn 7 of a FIA Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) during Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The bureau patrol from Weissach could take home a manufacturers’ pretension during a penultimate turn of a 2018/2019 WEC Super Season. Two of a Porsche 911 RSR will go adult opposite vehicles from Aston Martin, BMW, Ford and Ferrari. The six-hour foe on May 4th outlines a second revisit to a Belgian venue in a stream WEC season. It was here that a Super Season took off final year. At that event, a dual works cars finished on positions dual and four.

The 7.004-kilometre racetrack not distant from a German limit has a prolonged tradition. During a abounding story in sports automobile racing and Formula One, fans have been treated to many retaining and fantastic races over a years. The “Ardennes rollercoaster”, as a Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is mostly called due to a extravagantly undulating layout, includes 21 corners. Fast passages such as Eau Rouge and Blanchimont are as famous as a parsimonious La Source hairpin.

The Sebring winners Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Richard Lietz (Austria) tackle a foe in a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR. After 7 of this season’s 8 rounds, a span ranks second in a drivers’ classification. Only their code colleagues Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) are in a improved position in a matching automobile with a starting series 92. The winners of a 2018 Le Mans 24-hour foe and a six-hour eventuality in Fuji (Japan) reason a championship lead of 25 points over their colleagues from a Porsche bureau squad.

Three Porsche patron teams domain a sum of 4 911 RSR in a GTE-Am class. Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), a American Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti from Norway expostulate for Project 1. The contingent in a No. 56 automobile now lead a drivers’ sequence in a GTE-Am difficulty and could also measure an early title. Moreover, a patrol from a northern German city of Lohne are on lane to explain a group championship. Driving a No. 86 automobile for Gulf Racing is Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) and a dual British racers Michael Wainwright and Benjamin Barker. Dempsey Proton Racing debate a span of Porsche 911 RSR. In a No. 77 vehicle, Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia), Christian Ried (Germany) and Riccardo Pera (Italy) are dynamic to continue their good run. This motorist organisation won a prior dual races in Shanghai (China) and Sebring (USA). Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) shares a cockpit of a No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR with a Italian father-son pairing Gianluca and Giorgio Roda.

The Porsche 911 RSR distinguished a entrance in a WEC Sports Car World Championship during Silverstone in 2017. In a stream 2018/2019 Super Season, a racer from Weissach has clinched initial and second in a GTE-Pro difficulty during Le Mans as good as a GTE-Am difficulty category win. The water-cooled four-litre fighter engine is formed on a seventh era of a iconic 911 sports car. At Le Mans, a series 91 and 92 vehicles raced in a special ancestral design.

The six-hour foe at Spa-Francorchamps gets underway on Saturday, May 4, 2019, during 13:30 hrs internal time.

Round 7 at Spa-Francorchamps can be noticed free-of-charge around live streaming from 13:00 to 20:00 hrs on sport1.de. The free-to-air hire Sport 1 also broadcasts a foe live from 14:30 hrs to 14:45 hrs and 16:10 to 20:00 hrs. Eurosport televises a start proviso live from 13:15 to 14:45 hrs (Eurosport 2) and between 18:30 and 19:55 hrs (Eurosport 1). Moreover, a whole foe can be watched on a pay-TV channel Eurosport Player from 13:30 to 19:30 hrs. The pay-TV channel Motorsport.TV offers a live promote of a subordinate and race. For a fee, a FIA WEC app offers live streaming of a finish foe as good as a time-keeping.

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.

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