WEC: Porsche takes adult a 24 Hours of Le Mans from fourth

Posted on 15. Jun, 2019 by in Porsche Canada

Drivers’ parade

The drivers took partial in a normal march in a Le Mans city centre.

Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Frederic Makowiecki (F), Porsche GT Team, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Porsche GT Team (91), Gianmaria Bruni (I), Richard Lietz (A), Frederic Makowiecki (F), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Porsche GT Team (92), Kevin Estre (F), Laurens Vanthoor (B), Michael Christensen (DK), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Porsche GT Team (93), Nick Tandy (GB), Earl Bamber (NZ), Patrick Pilet (F), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Porsche GT Team (94), Dennis Olsen (N), Sven Müller (D), Mathieu Jaminet (F), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Team Project 1 (56), Egidio Perfetti (N), Patrick Lindsey (USA), Joerg Bergmeister (D), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Team Project 1 (56), Patrick Lindsey (USA), Egidio Perfetti (N), Joerg Bergmeister (D), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Dempsey Proton Racing (77), Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (D), Julien Andlauer (F), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Proton Competition (78), Philippe Prette (I), Louis Prette (I), Vincent Abril (F), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Dempsey Proton Racing (88), Satoshi Hoshino (JAP), Matteo Cairoli (I), Giorgio Roda (I), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Gulf Racing (86), Michael Wainwright (GB), Ben Barker (GB), Thomas Preining (A), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Dennis Olsen (N), Porsche GT Team, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Porsche GT Team (93), Nick Tandy (GB), Patrick Pilet (F), Earl Bamber (NZ), l-r, Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Drivers' parade, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Mark Webber during Le Mans

Mark Webber has landed in Le Mans and has his fingers crossed for a Porsche GT Team.

Mark Webber



Qualifying GTE

In balmy conditions and temperatures of 21 degrees Celsius for a second subordinate session, customarily tiny improvements in times were possible. Only during a commencement of a third subordinate eventuality in a evening, when a 13.626-kilometre racetrack offering some-more grip, could path times be slashed. At this point, Tandy managed to jump ahead, while his colleagues in a sister cars were tormented by bad luck. Multiple counsel phases, interruptions to a eventuality and a unwashed lane aspect in a second half of a final run hampered them from branch faster laps. 

The No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR, common by a drivers’ championship leaders Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France) with Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor, takes adult a competition from position seven. Their bureau motorist colleagues, Gianmaria Bruni from Italy, Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France), will tackle a world’s toughest continuation competition from 13th on a grid in a No. 91 car. Works motorist Sven Müller (Germany) and a Porsche Young Professionals Mathieu Jaminet from France and Dennis Olsen from Norway conduct into a competition from position 15. 

Pole position for No. 88 fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing

In a GTE-Am class, Porsche’s patron teams underlined their clever opening in a initial subordinate with 5 911 RSR cars in a tip six. The No. 88 automobile fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing takes adult a Le Mans 24-hour competition from stick position. Posting a time of 3:51.439 minutes, Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) sliced around a second off his tip time from a prior day. Cairoli is assimilated in a cockpit of a 911 campaigned by a German patron patrol by his compatriot Giorgio Roda and Satoshi Hoshino from Japan. Just 0.206 seconds behind, Matt Campbell (Australia) planted final year’s winning automobile with a starting array 77 on a second grid spot. 


Dempsey Proton Racing (88): Patrick Dempsey, co-owner Dempsey Racing, Satoshi Hoshino, Matteo Cairoli, Giorgio Roda, l-r, Qualifying GTE, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG
Team Dempsey Proton Racing (88): Patrick Dempsey (co-owner Dempsey Racing), Satoshi Hoshino, Matteo Cairoli, Giorgio Roda, l-r

Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) and Michael Wainwright and Ben Barker from Britain conduct into a FIA WEC deteriorate culmination from P3 with Gulf Racing’s No. 86 car. Vincent Abril (France) and a Italian father/son twin Philippe and Louis Prette take adult a competition in a matching automobile with a No. 78 from fifth. The Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Project 1 achieved position six. Works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) shares pushing duties during a circle of a No. 56 Art Car with Egidio Perfetti (Norway) and a American Patrick Lindsey. The No. 99 Porsche 911 campaigned by Dempsey Proton Racing will not competition this year’s 24-hour competition after an collision in giveaway use on Wednesday. 

Qualifying quotes

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “In a GTE-Am class, we have 3 911 RSR on a initial 3 grid spots and 5 cars in a tip six. Everything ran perfectly. We had reduction fitness with a bureau cars. We were constantly hampered by incidents and complicated traffic. Our cars are good prepared for a race. We’ll do improved over a stretch than in qualifying.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I was unequivocally unlucky. The conditions were good when we attempted my prohibited path in a final subordinate session. The zone times indicated a poignant improvement, though afterwards a yellow dwindle came out in a Porsche corners and we had to revoke speed. After that we focussed on scheming for a race.” 

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “We’re indeed improved than a subordinate outcome indicates. On my drifting path we had to let dual prototypes pass in a center sector, and afterwards we had to pass a GT car. This cost me a lot of time. Of march we would have elite to start from serve adult a grid, though a automobile is unequivocally good balanced, that means we’ll be means to make adult a lot of belligerent in a race. I’m streamer into a deteriorate culmination feeling unequivocally good.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #93): “You can’t review a subordinate during Le Mans with any other race. Most of a time, we have to work on a setup rather than going for quick path times. At some indicate we give it a go with small fuel and uninformed tyres, though all has to come together perfectly. This wilful try worked improved for us than for many of a others. Fourth on a grid isn’t perfect, though it’s totally excellent for a start of a 24-hour race.” 

Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 RSR #94): “Fifteenth is unsatisfactory for us. Still, we customarily have to understanding with it. Our automobile is really improved than it competence seem during initial glance. In a competition we’ll be means to set a good pace. And that’s all that matters.”

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “This is my second stick position in a quarrel during Le Mans – I’m blown away! My fastest path was good, though we still mislaid a small time in some places. At a finish we was shaken since it looked as if some other Porsche 911 RSR competence still poise a threat. But it was enough. We’re streamer into a large competition feeling terrific.” 

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “Second is a good starting position. But many some-more critical is a fact that a Porsche 911 RSR has a really good setup. Our speed over a stretch will be consistently high. In a 24-hour race, that is always one of a pivotal factors for a tip result.” 

Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 RSR #86): “Pole position would have been probable for us. Unfortunately, after tip times in a initial dual sectors, we mislaid a bit of time in a final section. Never mind, P3 is a good position to tackle such a prolonged race. We 3 drivers in a array 86 automobile are some-more than happy with a Porsche 911 RSR. The competition can begin.” 

Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class
1. Thiim/Sörensen/Turner (DK/DK/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 3:48.000 minutes
2. Priaulx/Tincknell/Bomarito (GB/GB/USA), Ford GT, + 0.112 seconds 
3. Magnussen/Garcia/Rockenfeller (DK/E/D), Corvette C7.R, + 0.830 seconds
4. Pilet/Bamber/Tandy (F/NZ/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.907 seconds
7. Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor (DK/F/B), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.196 seconds
13. Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.921 seconds 
15. Müller/Jaminet/Olsen (D/F/N), Porsche 911 RSR, + 2.278 seconds

GTE-Am class
1. Hoshino/Roda/Cairoli (J/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 3:51.439 minutes
2. Campbell/Ried/Andlauer (AUS/D/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.206 seconds
3. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.505 seconds
5. Prette/Prette/Abril (I/I/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.995 seconds
6. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.311 seconds

Full results: http://fiawec.alkamelsystems.com

GTE Qualifying 1

At a initial subordinate for a final turn of a FIA World Endurance Championship WEC in Le Mans (France), a Porsche GT Team has left a clever impression. In a GTE-Pro class, all 4 Porsche 911 RSR claimed a mark in a tip six. 

At a circle of a 911, Nick Tandy achieved a second quickest path time with 3:49.558 mins in a two-hour subordinate eventuality on a storied 13.626-kilometre racetrack. The British motorist shares a No. 93 automobile with Patrick Pilet (France) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand).


911 RSR (93), GTE Qualifying 1, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

The sister automobile driven by Porsche works drivers Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) wrapped adult a night eventuality on fourth place. Sven Müller (Germany) and a Porsche Young Professionals Dennis Olsen (Norway) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) clocked a fifth quickest time in their No. 94 911 RSR. The fourth Porsche works automobile with a starting array 92, that is common by final year’s winners Kévin Estre (France), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), finished a initial vital showdown during a 24 Hours of Le Mans on sixth. 

In temperatures of around 13 degrees Celsius, a Porsche patron teams delivered considerable performances. The Italian Matteo Cairoli was a fastest in a GTE-Am difficulty during a circle of Dempsey Proton Racing’s No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR. Second place was assigned by a organisation of a championship leader, Project 1. The No. 77 automobile fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing dull off this superb feat with third place. 

Comments on a 1st qualifying

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “We witnessed a good initial qualifying. In a GTE-Pro class, a 4 cars were among a tip six. In a GTE-Am class, a 3 Porsche 911 RSR sealed out a initial 3 positions after a initial subordinate session. It was a really good initial day, though tomorrow a path times could even tumble a bit some-more if it stays dry.” 

Comments of a drivers can be found in a press release.

Result Qualifying 1

GTE-Pro class
1. Priaulx/Tincknell/Bomarito (GB/GB/USA), Ford GT, 3:49.530 minutes
2. Pilet/Bamber/Tandy (F/NZ/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.028 seconds
3. Martin/Lynn/Adam (B/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vantage AMR, + 0.507 seconds
4. Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.569 seconds 
5. Müller/Jaminet/Olsen (D/F/N), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.748 seconds
6. Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor (DK/F/B), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.938 seconds

GTE-Am class
1. Hoshino/Roda/Cairoli (J/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 3:52.454 minutes
2. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.296 seconds
3. Campbell/Ried/Andlauer (AUS/D/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.954 seconds
7. Prette/Prette/Abril (I/I/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.870 seconds
10. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 2.579 seconds

Full results: http://fiawec.alkamelsystems.com

The race

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is deliberate a many princely long-distance eventuality in a world. The initial using of a competition was in 1923 to showcase automotive innovation, continuance and performance. The customarily years a classical was not contested in a city in north-western France was in 1936 (general strike in France) and between 1940 and 1948 (WWII and reconstruction). This year outlines a 87th using of a Le Mans 24-hour race. On a afternoon of 15 June, 62 vehicles will conduct off into a competition in 4 classes – a represents a record starting margin on a 13.626-kilometre racetrack. The march is a multiple of permanent racetrack (Circuit Bugatti) and open roads that are sealed to trade during a event. The famous Mulsanne true – also famous as Hunaudières – customarily serves as a categorical lane between Le Mans and Tours. The quick Porsche curves are famous and notorious. High speeds and slight run-off zones pledge additional thrills and fantastic racing. 

The Porsche GT Team drivers

The 2018 winners, Michael Christensen (Denmark), Kévin Estre (France) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), join army again in a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR. The No. 91 sister automobile is driven by Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Richard Lietz (Austria) as good as Frédéric Makowiecki (France), who upheld them during final year’s Le Mans continuation race. The dual 911 from a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be embellished out in a clothing of a rarely successful North American team, Brumos Racing. Sharing a cockpit of a No. 93 automobile are Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France). The youngest Porsche crew, Sven Müller (Germany) and a dual Porsche Young Professionals Mathieu Jaminet (France) and Dennis Olsen (Norway), share a No. 94 cockpit. The Porsche GT Team from a U.S. continuation array recently won a 3 races during Sebring, Long Beach and Mid-Ohio. 

Gianmaria Bruni (I), Richard Lietz (A), Frederic Makowiecki (F), l-r, 911 RSR (91), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Laurens Vanthoor (B), Michael Christensen (DK), Kevin Estre (F), l-r, 911 RSR (92), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Earl Bamber (NZ), Nick Tandy (GB), Patrick Pilet (F), l-r, 911 RSR (93), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Sven Müller (D), Dennis Olsen (N), Mathieu Jaminet (F), l-r, 911 RSR (94), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Customer teams

With support from a American actor Patrick Dempsey, a Porsche patron group Proton Racing faces a largest endeavour by now during a Le Mans 24-hour race. The patrol from a Swabian city of Ummendorf fields 4 Porsche 911 RSR. Sharing a circle of a No. 77 automobile is group owners Christian Ried (Germany), Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer from France. In a No. 88 sister car, Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) joins army with Satoshi Hoshino from Japan and a Italian Giorgio Roda. Porsche works motorist Patrick Long (USA) shares a No. 99 cockpit with his compatriot Tracy Krohn and Niclas Jönsson (Sweden). Representing Proton Competition, a Italian father-son twin Louis and Philippe Prette as good Vincent Abril (France) contest in a No. 78 Porsche 911 RSR.

The Project 1 group fights for a pretension in a GTE-Am difficulty with works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) as good as Patrick Lindsey (USA) and Egidio Perfetti (Norway). In their lass deteriorate in a FIA WEC, a patron patrol from Lohne in Germany heads to a final turn during Le Mans heading a group and drivers’ classifications. Project 1 lines adult on a grid with a No. 56 Porsche 911 RSR embellished as an Art Car. The American cocktail art artist Richard Phillips combined a particular pattern that was denounced during a Le Mans pre-tests on 2 June. Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) shares pushing duties in Gulf Racing’s automobile (No. 86) with a dual British drivers Benjamin Barker and Michael Wainwright. 

Porsche’s successes during a 24 Hours of Le Mans

Porsche is by distant a many successful marque in a roughly 100-year story of a long-distance competition in France. The sports automobile manufacturer has notched adult 19 altogether victories and 107 difficulty wins. Porsche drivers have set many annals on a storied racetrack. Hans Herrmann (Germany) and Richard Attwood (Great Britain) achieved a initial altogether feat for Porsche during Le Mans during a circle of a 917K. A year later, Helmut Marko (Austria) and Gijs outpost Lennep (Netherlands) set a stretch record (5.335.31 kilometres) in an matching automobile that remained consecutive for 39 years. Prior to this, Britain’s Jackie Oliver posted a path time of 3:13.600 mins in a Porsche 917LH – an feat that has nonetheless to be matched in an central session. In 2018, Gianmaria Bruni set a new record for GT cars during Le Mans with a subordinate path time of 3:47.504 minutes. 

The Porsche 911 RSR

The latest Porsche 911 RSR distinguished a entrance in a WEC Sports Car World Championship during Silverstone in 2017. In a tide 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 automobile and produces around 510 hp depending on a restrictor. The works vehicles tackle a 2019 Le Man competition embellished out in special liveries. The dual Porsche 911 RSR from a FIA WEC bear a universe champion trademark on a roof, with bullion stripes to symbolize a pretension victory. The sister cars from North America will competition in a same Brumos finish that was used during a initial dual races of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship deteriorate on a storied Daytona and Sebring racetracks.


911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (93), pre-test for a 2019 Le Mans 24-hour race, 2019, Porsche AG
The 911 RSR will be embellished out in speical liveries

The schedule

The lane will be sealed to competitors on Friday (14 June), however fans, teams and drivers can demeanour brazen to a highlight. From 5pm, a drivers will take partial in a normal march in a Le Mans city centre. The 87th using of a world’s toughest long-distance competition starts on Saturday, 15 June, during 3pm. At this year’s event, Porsche fable Hurley Haywood assumes a titular purpose of Grand Marshal. The American won a 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1977, 1983 and 1994 pushing a racing automobile from a Stuttgart sports automobile manufacturer.

The competition on TV and in a Internet
The sports channel Eurosport broadcasts a giveaway practice, subordinate sessions and a whole competition live on a Eurosport 1 channel and as a live tide in Eurosport Player. The pay-TV streaming use Motorsport.TV also offers live footage of all sessions for a fee, as does a FIA WEC app. The German free-to-air hire SPORT1 televises endless highlights on Monday, Jun 17, from 8.30pm as good as in a Porsche GT Magazine on Wednesday, Jun 19, from 11pm. The pay-TV channel SPORT1+ will uncover a roundup of a competition movement on Monday, Jun 17, from 7.15pm.

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