WEC: Second and third in Shanghai for a Porsche GT Team after clever effort

Posted on 18. Nov, 2018 by in Porsche Canada

Heavy sleet caused a violent foe and led to mixed reserve automobile phases, red-flags and many changes of position on a racetrack. After 6 hours and a clever group effort, a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR crossed a finish line in second place. The cockpit of a sports automobile was common by a Austrian Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni from Italy. The No. 92 sister automobile driven by Kévin Estre from France and a Dane Michael Christensen came third in China. A sum of eleven vehicles run by 6 manufacturers battled for GTE-Pro difficulty feat on a 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit. Thanks to this result, Porsche has extended a lead in a manufacturers’ and drivers’ championship.

Porsche also had reason to applaud in a GTE-Am class. The 3 Porsche 911 RSR campaigned by a patron group Dempsey Proton Racing and Project 1 resolved a foe on positions one to three. Climbing to a unequivocally tip of a all-Porsche lectern was Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (Germany) and Porsche-Junior Julien Andlauer (F), who common pushing duties in a No. 77 Porsche 911.

Persistent downpours compulsory pinnacle thoroughness from drivers

Spectators were treated to a heart-stopping culmination in both categories. Persistent downpours and a conflict of dark compulsory pinnacle thoroughness from drivers. At a circle of a No. 91 vehicle, Lietz fought his approach from fourth to second place in a final 40 minutes. In a 911 with a starting series 92, his code co-worker Christensen overtook a antithesis in a final path to secure position three.

In a GTE-Am class, Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister from Germany pushing for a Porsche patron group Project 1 swept past a second Porsche 911 RSR fielded by a Dempsey Proton Racing patrol in a penultimate path and took a dwindle in second. Sharing a cockpit of a No. 56 automobile with Bergmeister was Patrick Lindsey (USA) and Egidio Perfetti (N). Position 3 was assigned by a No. 88 automobile of Dempsey Proton Racing with drivers Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Riccardo Pera (I) and Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (I). The Gulf Racing trio, Michael Wainwright (GB), Ben Barker (GB) and Porsche-Junior Thomas Preining (A), finished on ninth place.

Round 6 of a FIA World Sports Car Championship WEC will be contested in Sebring on Mar 15, 2019.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “After a initial 3 hours of a foe we were unequivocally capricious either it was still a race. But it incited into a shining event. Our drivers with Nordschleife knowledge underlined their prowess. Finishing second and third warranted critical points towards a universe championship, it also stretched a lead, and we’re streamer home from Shanghai feeling unequivocally happy. We’re also intensely gratified to have extended a partnership with a Manthey Racing group for a subsequent dual WEC seasons. In a GTE-Am difficulty Porsche sealed out a whole podium. I’m anxious for all three. A illusory pursuit – it doesn’t get any improved than that!”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We finished on a lectern with both vehicles. That’s illusory and I’m unapproachable of a good group performance, quite with a pits stops. We managed to do here what we missed out on during Fuji. For me, that’s a Porsche spirit! Richard gathering brilliantly and things went good for me generally during a end, nonetheless a sleet and descending dark done conditions unequivocally difficult.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “It was a hard-fought second place. A smashing outcome for a team. I’m unequivocally anxious about that given they all worked unequivocally hard. We can be proud. The conditions were difficult. We opted for a right tyres during a right time. The start with all a mist was chaotic, though afterwards it got better. we found a final 30 minutes, when eve fell, generally tricky. Still, a No. 92 still managed to move home P3.”

More quotes in a press release (downloads).

GTE-Pro class
1. Sorensen/Thiim (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 109 laps
2. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 109 laps
3. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 109 laps
4. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 109 laps
5. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 109 laps
6. Tomczyk/Catsburg (D/NL), BMW M8 GTE, 109 laps
7. Priaulx/Tincknell (GB/GB), Ford GT, 109 laps
8. Rigon/Bird (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 109 laps
9. Mücke/Pla (D/F), Ford GT, 109 laps
10. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Corvette C7.R, 109 laps
11. Blomqvist/Felix da Costa (GB/P), BMW M8 GTE, 108 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 108 laps
2. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 108 laps
3. Al Qubaisi/Pera/Cairoli (UAE/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 108 laps
4. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 108 laps
5. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 108 laps
6. Ishikawa/Beretta/Cheever (J/MC/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 107 laps
7. Mok/Sawa/Griffin (MAL/J/IRL), Ferrari 488 GTE, 107 laps
8. Yoluc/Adam/Eastwood (TR/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 107 laps
9. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 107 laps

Frenchman Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen from Denmark have competent a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR on a fourth grid mark for spin 5 of a World Sports Car Championship WEC. The span lapped a 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit in 1:59.031 mins underneath pale skies and in temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius. At a circle of a 510 hp No. 91 sister car, Richard Lietz from Austria and a Italian Gianmaria Bruni achieved a eighth quickest time in a GTE-Pro class. Porsche takes adult a six-hour foe during 4am CET on Sunday as a personality of a manufacturers’ and drivers’ (Estre/Christensen) championship.

In a GTE-Am category, Dempsey Proton Racing narrowly missed out on stick position, with a No. 77 automobile usually 0.067 seconds bashful of a leader. For a race, a cockpit is common by Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (D) and Porsche-Junior Julien Andlauer (F). The second a No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing competent on fourth in a class. Sharing pushing duties are Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Riccardo Pera (I) and Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (I). The first-time Fuji (Japan) winners, a Project 1 patron group with Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (D), Patrick Lindsey (USA) and Egidio Perfetti (N), resolved a subordinate event on position seven. Lining adult one position behind on a eighth grid mark is a Gulf Racing patrol with Michael Wainwright (GB), Ben Barker (GB) and Porsche-Junior Thomas Preining (A).


911 RSR, Dempsey Proton Racing (77), qualifying, spin five, FIA WEC, Shanghai, 2018, Porsche AG

The 911 RSR from Dempsey Proton Racing narrowly missed out on stick position

Pascal Zurlinden, (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “After a sleet on Friday we gifted a dry subordinate event today. It wasn’t easy for us as we usually had an hour in a morning during a final giveaway use to find a setup for dry conditions. It wasn’t ideal and eventually we had to settle for fourth place. Rain is foresee for a race, so anything is possible. We’re unequivocally good prepared.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The subordinate was unequivocally formidable for us. We had problems in a morning with a change and couldn’t totally solve it in time for a qualifying. But that substantially doesn’t matter, given we’ll be pushing in a soppy tomorrow. Of course, we’ll do all we can to get ahead.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We learnt a lot today. It was dry for a initial time, so it was new and indeterminate for everybody in qualifying. Our initial set of tyres somehow didn’t unequivocally work. We need to take another demeanour during a data. The second set was normal, and afterwards it all came together well.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “That was a formidable subordinate for us. It’s critical not to take too many risks on this quick racetrack, differently it could get dangerous. My drifting path was good though not perfect. The wear and rip on a racetrack is high. we wasn’t using new tyres and couldn’t unequivocally figure out how distant we could push.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Both of us did well, notwithstanding usually blank out on a pole. we consider we can be happy with fourth. In terms of a altogether classification, it’s not a misfortune grid position for a race.”

Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “Preparing for a subordinate with usually one event in a dry was apparently not ideal. But everybody was in a same situation. Although we managed to urge a automobile significantly, it would seem that a antithesis done even some-more progress. Perhaps they also ran a opposite tyre compound. If it rains during a foe a cards will be reshuffled.”

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “The automobile felt good and we usually narrowly missed out on claiming stick position. In any case, we had a speed. Christian Ried incited a unequivocally good path and cumulative a basement for second place. Since a automobile was unequivocally good in a soppy on Friday I’m feeling assured for Sunday.”

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “I unequivocally enjoyed my laps. At a finish of a day it was usually good for fourth in a GTE-Am class. But 6 hours is a prolonged time and a lot can happen. I’d be unequivocally gratified if it rained, given we adore pushing in such conditions.”

GTE-Pro class
1. Mücke/Pla (D/F), Ford GT, 1:58.627 minutes
2. Tomczyk/Catsburg (D/NL), BMW M8 GTE, +0.247 seconds
3. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, +0.373 seconds
4. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.404 seconds
5. Blomqvist/Da Costa (GB/E), BMW M8 GTE, +0.428 seconds
6. Sorensen/Thiim (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, +0.530 seconds
7. Priaulx/Tincknell (GB/GB), Ford GT, +0.651 seconds
8. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.659 seconds
9. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, +0.827 seconds
10. Rigon/Bird (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, +1.062 seconds
11. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Corvette C7.R, +1.601 seconds

GTE-Am class
1. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 2:01.884 minutes
2. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.067 seconds
3. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, +0.206 seconds
4. Al Qubaisi/Pera/Cairoli (UAE/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.231 seconds
5. Yoluc/Adam/Eastwood (TR/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vant. GTE, +0.327 seconds
6. Mok/Sawa/Griffin (MAL/J/IRL), Ferrari 488 GTE, +0.516 seconds
7. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, +0.545 seconds
8. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, +2.357 seconds
9. Ishikawa/Beretta/Cheever (J/MC/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, +2.764 seconds

The Porsche GT Team tackles spin 5 of a 2018/2019 FIA WEC Super Season with good confidence. At a six-hour foe in Shanghai (China) on 18 November, a bureau patrol from Weissach aims to nick adult another success with dual 911 RSR. Thanks to a feat during a final foe in Fuji (Japan) to interpretation a initial half of a season, Porsche has combined a lead in a GTE-Pro difficulty of a World Sports Car Championship. Porsche is now fervent to extend this advantage over a foe from Ferrari, BMW, Aston Martin and Ford during a final foe of a 2018 year. Moreover, 3 patron teams quarrel for points towards a GTE-Am difficulty with 4 additional Porsche 911 RSR.

The Porsche GT Team has a measure to settle during a Shanghai International Circuit. Last year, both 911 RSR were during times on march for victory. Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) mislaid around 15 seconds when they were shunted by an LMP1 antecedent in a final third of a foe and finished second. The sister automobile late early. In a 2014 season, a Porsche GT Team distinguished a one-two outcome on a Formula 1 circuit in China. The following year, a Dane Michael Christensen and Lietz won. Shanghai has hosted a World Endurance Championship (WEC) each year given 2012. The Grand Prix circuit places high final on a tyres and offers many overtaking opportunities.

 

Sharing pushing duties in a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR are Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy). At a 6 WEC races contested in Shanghai, a Austrian has climbed a lectern 4 times. Bruni is anticipating to explain his initial win on a different racetrack usually outward a Chinese metropolis. Kévin Estre and Christensen share a cockpit of a No. 93 sister car. After their feat during a 24 Hours of Le Mans with Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), a twin from France and Denmark went on to win a many new foe in Japan.

Three patron teams margin 4 additional Porsche 911 RSR in a GTE-Am class. The German Project 1 team, that cumulative a initial WEC feat in Fuji, fields a No. 56 Porsche for Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Egidio Perfetti (Norway) and Patrick Lindsey (USA). The Porsche-Junior Thomas Preining will competition his second foe in a World Sports Car Championship. The Austrian shares a No. 86 automobile fielded by Gulf Racing with a dual British racing drivers Ben Barker and Michael Wainwright. Dempsey-Proton Racing targets some-more successes with dual Porsche 911 RSR. Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Great Britain), Porsche-Junior Julien Andlauer (France) and Christian Ried (Germany) now lead a championship with a No. 77 car. Sharing pushing duties in a No. 88 sister automobile are Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli from Italy, his compatriot Riccardo Pera and Khaled Al Qubaisi (United Arab Emirates).


911 RSR, race, FIA WEC, Fuji, 2018, Porsche AG

The Porsche 911 RSR distinguished a World Sports Car Championship (WEC) entrance during Silverstone in 2017. So distant this season, a racer from Weissach has clinched a one-two outcome in a GTE-Pro difficulty during Le Mans and cumulative a GTE-Am difficulty difficulty win during a continuation classical in France as good as during a Silverstone race. The RSR with a 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. With a sum of 6 vehicles, a Porsche code is represented by a largest fortuitous of GT racers in a World Sports Car Championship.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “After winning a Fuji foe we’re streamer to Shanghai feeling rarely motivated. But we have to consider a conditions realistically. Our win in Japan wasn’t wholly a possess doing, several things happened that played into a hands. With this in mind, a foe in China positively won’t be a foregone conclusion. We have to stay entirely focused to equivocate creation any mistakes. If we conduct to do this and make a many of a 911 RSR’s potential, we should be means to stand a lectern during Shanghai – maybe even a tip step.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “The Formula 1 circuit in Shanghai is unequivocally demanding, generally on a tyres. This is partly due to a unequivocally prolonged initial right-hander. Our Porsche 911 RSR has to have a ideal setup for this turn. Our victories in Fuji and during Road Atlanta underlined that a automobile has unequivocally special qualities over a distance. In 2017 we achieved unequivocally strongly in Shanghai, though we weren’t rewarded with a win. Now we wish to redress that.”

More quotes in a press release (downloads).

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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