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24h Nürburgring: Porsche tackles Nürburgring 24-hour competition from third on a grid


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 group 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.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 GT3 R #1): “The setup we chose wasn’t utterly right for a conditions compared to a prior sessions. We now have to consider a reason for this. The doing in a right and left-hand corners was unequivocally different. Of course, a subordinate isn’t a many critical thing, though we’ll work on a automobile setup again in time for a race.” 

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 GT3 R #12): “At a finish of a day, I’m unequivocally satisfied. we pushed hard, though we encountered a yellow dwindle during my quick path and we had to delayed down. Twelfth on a grid for a 24-hour foe is positively okay. Anything can occur during a race. We have a quick automobile and we’re streamer into a foe with a good feeling.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche 911 GT3 R #44): “It’s indeed crazy to get such a giveaway run on a Nordschleife. That happens usually once a year during a Top Qualifying. My path was flattering good, though we didn’t conduct to fibre all a sectors together perfectly. Still, we can live with P18. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to a race.”

Lucas Luhr (Porsche 911 GT3 R #8): “My army was okay, though we could have pushed a small some-more during certain points in my initial lap. The opening to a tip dual is unequivocally big, though a cards will be reshuffled in a race.”

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 group 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 group 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.