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24h Nürburgring: Porsche secures second and Pro-Am category win during a 24-hour marathon

The latest era of a Porsche 911 GT3 R with a starting array 911 fielded by Manthey-Racing had hold a lead for 105 of a 157 laps and eventually had to settle for second place. Three hours before a finish of a race, a nine-eleven mislaid a tip mark after receiving a time chastisement and was incompetent to make adult mislaid belligerent notwithstanding environment a fastest gait in a field.

Right from a start, there was no doubt that a organisation of a dual newly crowned sports automobile universe champions Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) as good as Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) were dynamic to win a prestigious continuation foe in a Eifel. After a marvellous overtaking manoeuvre, Kévin Estre swept into a lead after a good 5 hours of racing, that he and his teammates afterwards shielded for two-thirds of a stretch with unblemished stints and a ideally set adult Porsche 911 GT3 R. Clocking a time of 8:17.745 minutes, Estre also incited a fastest foe path in his final stint. The heartless time chastisement of 5:32 mins due to an ignored yellow dwindle dashed all hopes of winning.

There was good fad with Manthey-Racing’s second Porsche 911 GT3 R. The No. 12 automobile cumulative fifth place overall, during a same time winning a difficulty in a Pro-Am category. The dual Porsche Young Professionals Matteo Cairoli (Italy) and Dennis Olsen (Norway) put in a energetic quarrel with a seasoned specialists Otto Klohs and Lars Kern (both Germany). A week progressing during a Le Mans 24 Hours, a Porsche organisation had claimed feat in a pledge category. The Iron Force by Ring Police patrol with a dual Germans Jan-Erik Slooten and Lucas Luhr as good as Steve Jans (Luxembourg) and Adrien de Leener (Belgium) brought a No. 8 Porsche 911 GT3 R home on twelfth place, that handed them fourth in a Pro-Am class.

However, not usually a 7 911 GT3 R finished an sense during a event. In a near-standard category, too, many of a vehicles that set a gait came from Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen. Eight of a 24 classes were won by Porsche teams.

Comments on a race

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “We demonstrated an intensely good opening over a 24 hours with a Porsche 911 GT3 R. A clever organisation worked brilliantly and pulled all together. Luck wasn’t on a side, and dual teenager mistakes eventually meant we couldn’t move home victory. A worthy second place and difficulty win in a Pro-Am – all in all a good weekend for Porsche.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “I consider we had a best automobile and a best organisation in a array lane. We finished a mistake and that cost us victory. We spent 5:32 mins in a pits and mislaid a good 40 seconds. The shows clearly usually how clever we were. Every one of us could have finished a mistake that led to this penalty. It’s unequivocally tough to see all a delayed zones and yellow flags. But such set-back gives us some-more proclivity to lapse to a Nürburgring even stronger.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “We led a foe convincingly over a prolonged duration of time and had a unequivocally good car. Unfortunately a mistake cost us a victory. At a Nürburgring it’s not always easy to see a dwindle signals, and it’s generally severe to foe here during night. My fastest path underlined how good we were, though unfortunately we finished second today.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “That was a crazy race. So many can occur in 24 hours, though a drivers, organisation and everybody concerned did a good job. Our automobile was ideally prepared, a engineers and mechanics gave us a best support. Today simply wasn’t a day.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “We finished usually one mistake over a whole 24-hour race. we didn’t see a yellow flag. we don’t know how it happened. we can still see a stage in my mind, though even afterwards we didn’t notice it. Unfortunately it had critical consequences. Other than a ignored flag, a rest of foe ran perfectly.”

More comments in a press release (Downloads).


1. Kaffer/Stippler/Vervish/Vanthoor (D/D/D/B), Audi R8 LMS, 157 laps
2. Bamber/Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor (NZ/DK/F/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 156 laps
3. Winkelhock/Haase/Fässler/Rast (D/D/CH/D), Audi R8 LMS, 156 laps
5. Klohs/Kern/Olsen/Cairoli (D/D/N/I), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 155 laps
12. Slooten/Luhr/De Leener/Jans) (D/D/B/L), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 153 laps
17. Bachler/Bergmeister/Ragginger/Werner (A/D/A/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 145 laps
39. Abbelen/Müller/Renauer/Preining (D/D/D/A), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 135 laps
42. Dumas/Campbell/Müller/Jaminet) (F/AUS/D/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 134 laps
126. Lietz/Makowiecki/Pilet/Tandy (A/F/F/GB), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 61 laps

Porsche difficulty winner
Class SP9 Pro-Am: (Porsche 911 GT3 R #12) Manthey Racing, Otto Klohs, Matteo Cairoli, Dennis Olsen, Lars Kern
Class AT: (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #320) Team Care for Climate, Thomas von Löwis of Menar, Daniel Schellhaas, Axel Duffner
Class Cup 3: (Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport #310) Team Mathol Racing, Marc Keilwerth, Marcos Adolfo Vazque, Rüdiger Schicht, Montana
Class SP6: (Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport #80) Schmickler Performance, Achim Wawer, Michael Grassl, Ivan Jacoma, Claudius Karch
Class SP7: (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #62) Mühlner Motorsport, Mark J. Thomas, Sebastian von Gartzen, Moritz Kranz, Marcel Hoppe
Class V3T: (Porsche 718 Cayman S #718) Ralf Zensen, Fabian Peitzmeier, Michael Küke, Edgar Salewsky
Class V5: (Porsche Cayman S #146) FK Performance Motorsport, Fabian Finck, Fabio Grosse, Jens Moetfindt, Yann Munhowen
Class V6: (Porsche 911 Carrera#133) Black Falcon, Christoph Hoffmann, Carsten Palluth, Tobias Wahl, Robert Woodside

Interim news 2

The No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R run by Manthey-Racing is now on march for feat during a Nürburgring 24-hour classic. After a good 5 hours of racing, Kévin Estre snatched a lead with a fantastic overtaking manoeuvre. The Frenchman and his teammates Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) quietly shielded this tip mark around a night. Multiple accidents, many code-60 zones and racing underneath yellow unsuccessful to bushel a assign of a motorist quartet, who now enter a final third of a foe with good chances to win.

The Porsche patrol Frikadelli Racing have also achieved impressively with a nine-eleven (#31). Matt Campbell (Australia), Mathieu Jaminet (France), Romain Dumas (France) and Sven Müller (Germany) battled their approach by a margin during a night and are now on lane to explain a lectern mark during a long-distance marathon. Despite a complicated trade on a track, a choice in a No. 12 Porsche 911 GTR 3 fielded by Manthey-Racing, Matteo Cairoli (Italy), Dennis Olsen (Norway), Otto Klohs and Lars Kern (both Germany), have recorded their possibility to finish in a tip ten. For a prolonged time, a organisation in a No. 8 automobile run by Iron Force by Ring Police looked approaching to join a tip 10 group, though a time chastisement relegated Lucas Luhr, Jan-Erik Slooten (both Germany), Steve Jans (Luxembourg) and Adrien de Leener (Belgium) down a field.

For final year’s winners Frédéric Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet (both France), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), a debate to urge their pretension was scuttled in path 61. The gifted patrol in a No. 1 Porsche 911 GTR 3 was primarily using in third place, usually to have a puncture chuck them behind to 37th place. Richard Lietz’s catch-up foe by a night was thwarted by an collision that shop-worn a automobile over repair.

Comments on a foe so far

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “Unfortunately, we mislaid a automobile during a night. A Falken Motorsports automobile postulated indemnification that indispensable repairing. The array 30 Frikadelli Porsche had problems with a steering. How-ever, a array 91 and 31 cars finished it by a night, a crews haven’t finished any mistakes notwithstanding a high gait and they kept out of any trouble. In this approach they’ve manoeuvred themselves into a good position to finish during a unequivocally front.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 GT3 R #1): “That was a normal Nordschleife accident, it’s something that happens mostly here. we wish a other motorist concerned is okay. I’m fine, though sadly a automobile is kaput. But that’s racing. If we don’t attack, you’re too slow. If we conflict too hard, there’s always a risk that something can happen. I’m channel my fingers for a array 911 automobile and wish it stays in a lead.”

More comments in a press release (Downloads).

Interim news 1

The Porsche patron teams have started successfully into a 24-hour foe during a Nürburgring. The nine-eleven (#911) fielded by Manthey-Racing with Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen, Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor had taken adult a foe from position 3 and have now staid in among a streamer pack. The No. 31 Porsche 911 GT3 R campaigned by Frikadelli Racing primarily forsaken out of a tip ten. However, a organisation consisting of Matt Campbell (Australia), Mathieu Jaminet (France), Romain Dumas (France) and Sven Müller (Germany) put in discerning path times to react a tip group. Bad fitness tormented final year’s winners Patrick Pilet, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain). While leading, their Manthey-Racing nine-eleven with a starting array 1 mislaid 4:30 mins due to a puncture. They are now battling their approach behind adult by a field. 

Manthey-Racing’s third Porsche 911 GT3 R (#12) driven by Matteo Cairoli (Italy), Dennis Olsen (Norway), Otto Klohs and Lars Kern (both Germany) has survived a initial proviso good and is chasing down a tip 10 group. The nine-elevens fielded by Iron Force by Ring Police (#8), Falken Motorsports (#44) and Frikadelli Racing (#30) continue their assign by a margin and, like all Porsche patron teams, are streamer into a prolonged night during a Nürburgring good prepared.

Comments on a foe so far

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “After about dual and a half hours of racing it’s branch out to be a unequivocally discerning race. Compared to 2018, a path times have forsaken by about dual to 3 seconds. All of a Porsche finished a good start. Our array 1 automobile mislaid around 4 and a half mins due to a puncture caused by a unfamiliar object. Frikadelli is also doing a good pursuit during a moment, with a array 31 automobile using in a tip five.” 

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 GT3 R #1): “We got divided good during a start and we managed to work my approach from fifth to third place. we mislaid a small time to a streamer span though we have to import adult a risks during a Nürburgring 24-hour foe and not get too assertive in all a traffic. The automobile is using exquisitely and we still have a lot of kilometres brazen of us.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “I started good into a foe and fast sealed a opening to a frontrunners. Initially it was unequivocally formidable in a complicated traffic, given many of a drivers hadn’t nonetheless found their rhythm. Luckily we didn’t strike anyone and a automobile feels unequivocally good. The foe is long, though it’s still good to be adult a front.” 

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “It’s tough out there. With so many cars on a lane we have to be unequivocally clever not to hold any of them. But infrequently we usually don’t know how to equivocate them. Our gait is great; we usually have to sojourn unequivocally focussed.” 

Robert Renauer (Porsche 911 GT3 R #30): “Everything ran uniformly during a start and that’s a many critical thing. The car’s opening is good and we wish to get by a initial partial of a foe unscathed. We’ll see what we can do during a night.”

Jan-Erik Slooten (Porsche 911 GT3 R #8): “The initial army went well. It’s pell-mell out there, though everything’s fine. we had dual teenager contacts with other vehicles, given it can get unequivocally parsimonious when you’re lapping other vehicles. But afterwards all came right again.”


The best Porsche patron organisation takes adult a 24-hour classical on a Nürburgring from position 3 on a grid. At a Top Qualifying session, Laurens Vanthoor lapped a 25.378 kilometre racetrack in a No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Manthey-Racing in 8:11.567 minutes. With this, Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and his teammates Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France) have cumulative a unequivocally good starting baseline to tackle a race. 

The 28 fastest cars headed off into a particular time trials during ten-second intervals to try dual discerning laps on a Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife combination. Mathieu Jaminet was a initial Porsche motorist to tackle a wilful qualifier. The Frenchman, who shares a cockpit with Matt Campbell (Australia), Romain Dumas (France) and Sven Müller (Germany), clocked a fifth fastest time with his No. 31 500+hp nine-eleven from Weissach on fifth place. This finished Frikadelli Racing a second best patron organisation during a Top Qualifying on a Nürburgring.

Frédéric Makowiecki (France) scored a seventh fastest time in a cockpit of Manthey-Racing’s title-defending Porsche 911 GT3 R with a starting array 1. With this grid spot, a gifted patrol from Meuspath, with Richard Lietz (Austria), Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain), has a best chances of repeating final year’s triumph. The third Porsche 911 GT3 R run by Manthey-Racing with Matteo Cairoli (Italy) and Dennis Olsen (Norway) as good as a dual German drivers Otto Klohs and Lars Kern takes adult a Eifel classical on Saturday from twelfth. Klaus Bachler, Martin Ragginger (both Austria), Jörg Bergmeister and Dirk Werner (both Germany) conduct into a Nürburgring 24-hour foe for Falken Motorsports from P18 in their Porsche 911 GT3 R (#44). The IronForce by Ring Police patrol with drivers Lucas Luhr (Germany), Jan-Erik Slooten (Germany), Steve Jans (Luxembourg) and Adrien de Leener (Belgium) resolved a subordinate on 24th with a No. 8 Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Quotes from a Top Qualifying

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “As expected, a outcome of a subordinate was unequivocally close. The opening between a frontrunners is tight. I’m unequivocally gratified with position 3 and also with a performances of a other Porsche 911 GT3 R. Hopefully we’ll fist out a final remaining bit in a race.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “My second path was a small improved than my first. But unfortunately we finished a teenager mistake and that busted my chances of a improved time. Still, third place is a unequivocally good starting position for such a race. The automobile is flexible and unequivocally good balanced. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to a race. However, as we’ve gifted mostly enough, anything can occur here during a Nürburgring.”

Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 GT3 R #31): “My path was indeed utterly good. Maybe we could have finished a small improved in a initial drifting path on uninformed tyres, though a fifth and second best Porsche is flattering good. we was indeed during a extent in all sectors and we took utterly a risk. The vigour was enormous, though we had a lot of fun. We’re starting from a front of a field, that primarily means not a lot of traffic. But a foe is prolonged and a lot can happen.”

Result Top Qualifying

1. Christodoulou/Engel/Metzger/Müller (GB/D/D/D), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 8:10.910 minutes
2. Hohenadel/Arnold/Marciello/Götz (D/D/I/D), Mercedes-AMG GT3, + 0.137 seconds
3. Bamber/Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor (NZ/DK/F/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 0.657 seconds
5. Dumas/Campbell/Müller/Jaminet) (F/AUS/D/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 1.871 seconds
7. Lietz/Makowiecki/Pilet/Tandy (A/F/F/GB), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 2.678 seconds
12. Klohs/Kern/Olsen/Cairoli (D/D/N/I), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 4.023 seconds
18. Bachler/Bergmeister/Ragginger/Werner (A/D/A/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 5.800 seconds
24. Slooten/Luhr/De Leener/Jans) (D/D/B/L), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 8.381 seconds


In a tip SP9 difficulty for GT3 cars, 7 Porsche 911 GT3 R vehicles have been entered underneath a 4 patron teams Manthey-Racing, Frikadelli Racing, IronForce by Ring Police and Falken Motorsport. A sum of 45 foe cars from Porsche are on a entrance list. 

Five of a 7 Porsche 911 GT3 R paint a latest era of a GT3 automobile from Weissach, that was denounced during final year’s 24-hour foe during a Nürburgring. The idea for a patron foe racer, that has already underlined a good intensity during a Nürburgring long-distance championship (VLN), a North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, a Blancpain GT Series and a ADAC GT Masters, is to build on a successes of a prior indication during a “Green Hell” classic. 

“Defending a pretension is on this year’s agenda. This charge began on a unequivocally same day we clinched feat in 2018,” says Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. “To date, a new GT3 automobile has clocked adult some-more than 25,000 kilometres on a Nordschleife. The strength of a Porsche 911 GT3 R lies in a coherence over prolonged stints. Our patron teams Frikadelli Racing, Falken Motorsport, Ring Police and Manthey-Racing have contributed significantly to creation a altogether package competitive. We now wish to spin that into a tip outcome during a 24-hour race.” 

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Frikadelli Racing Team #31, Romain Dumas (F), Sven Müller (D), Mathieu Jaminet (F), Matt Campbell (AUS), 2019, Porsche AG
Porsche 911 GT3 R, Frikadelli Racing Team

The ADAC TOTAL 24-hour foe will be contested on a 25.378-kilometre multiple of a Grand Prix circuit and a Nordschleife northern loop. “It’s like a circuitous nation road. But as against to highway traffic, extent speed is available on a Nordschleife – it’s outrageous fun,” says pretension defender Richard Lietz (Austria). “The many unusual thing is that we have to in. your approach closer to a extent any singular lap. The conditions mostly change in a opposite lane sectors, a trade is unpredictable, and a fuel expenditure alone changes a poise of a automobile on any lap,” explains Frédéric Makowiecki (France).

Christensen: “There can be usually one goal: initial place!”

The winners of a 2018 24-hour foe will take adult a plea in a Porsche 911 GT3 R with a starting array 1. Porsche works drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Michael Christensen (Denmark), Kévin Estre (France) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) share a cockpit of Manthey’s matching No. 911 sister car. “This foe is one large adventure,” says Michael Christensen. “The continue always plays a vital role, and a trade conditions is mostly tricky. It’s a outrageous plea that we adore to take on. When we expostulate for Manthey-Racing, there can be usually one goal: initial place!”

With 6 altogether victories, including 4 in a quarrel from 2006 to 2009, Manthey-Racing is a many successful organisation during a 24-hour classic, that has been contested in a Eifel given 1970. The organisation underneath a brothers Martin and Nicolas Raeder fields a third Porsche 911 GT3 R. Otto Klohs shares pushing duties during a circle of a 2018-spec automobile (No. 12) with a Porsche Young Professionals Dennis Olsen (Norway) and Matteo Cairoli (Italy) as good as growth motorist Lars Kern (Germany).

Porsche assists it long-standing partners with technical support and drivers. The No. 44 automobile campaigned by Falken Motorsport is manned by works drivers Jörg Bergmeister and Dirk Werner (both Germany) as good as a Austrians Martin Ragginger and Klaus Bachler. Joining army in a new Porsche 911 GT3 R run by Frikadelli Racing (No. 31) are a works drivers Romain Dumas (France) and Sven Müller (Germany) as good as a Porsche Young Professionals Mathieu Jaminet (France) and Matt Campbell (Australia). The prior season’s automobile with a array 30 is driven by organisation owners Klaus Abbelen, Alexander Müller and Robert Renauer (all from Germany) and a Porsche Young Professional from Austria, Thomas Preining. Jan-Erik Sloten (Germany), Steve Jans (Luxembourg), Adrien de Leener (Belgium) and Lucas Luhr (Germany) take adult a foe for IronForce by Ring Police in a No. 8 car. 

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey-Racing #1, Richard Lietz (A), Frédéric Makowiecki (F), Patrick Pilet (F), Nick Tandy (GB), Manthey-Racing #911, Earl Bamber (NZ), Michael Christensen (DK), Kévin Estre (F), Laurens Vanthoor (B), 2019, Porsche AG
Porsche 911 GT3 R, Manthey-Racing #1

An overview of a cockpit crews (SP9 class)

Manthey-Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #1)
Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Frédéric Makowiecki, Nick Tandy

Manthey-Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911)
Earl Bamber, Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen, Laurens Vanthoor

Manthey-Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #12)
Otto Klohs, Lars Kern, Dennis Olsen, Matteo Cairoli

IronForce by Ring Police (Porsche 911 GT3 R #8)
Jan-Erik Slooten, Lucas Luhr, Steve Jans, Adrien de Leener

Frikadelli Racing Team (Porsche 911 GT3 R #30)
Klaus Abbelen, Alexander Müller, Robert Renauer, Thomas Preining

Frikadelli Racing Team (Porsche 911 GT3 R #31)
Romain Dumas, Sven Müller, Mathieu Jaminet, Matt Campbell

Falken Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT3 R #44)
Jörg Bergmeister, Dirk Werner, Martin Ragginger, Klaus Bachler

The Porsche 911 GT3 R

The 911 GT3 R was newly grown for a 2019 season. Improvements in a areas of aerodynamics and kinematics were evenly implemented from a insights garnered from a many foe outings of a predecessor. The six-cylinder engine in a back of a GT3 patron racer produces over 368 kW (500 hp). The successful prototype automobile has netted many victories in general racing series, including a IMSA SportsCar Championship, a World Challenge, a ADAC GT Masters, a 24- hour foe on a Nürburgring and a Bathurst 12-hour race.

The Schedule

The 24-hour foe during a Nürburgring is one of a largest motorsport events in a world, to that some-more than 200,000 spectators are expected. 158 cars and around 580 drivers will conduct into a Eifel classical during 3.30pm on Saturday.
The free-TV hire RTL Nitro broadcasts a tip subordinate (21 June, 19:00 hours) as good as a whole foe live. The Eifel classical can been noticed free-of-charge around live streaming on a internet website as good as on countless motorsport web portals.