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Intercontinental GT Challenge: Good starting position for Porsche during a Bathurst 12 Hour

Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell set a seventh quickest time in a Top 10 shootout on a Mount Panorama Circuit. The immature Australian tapped probably a full intensity of a Porsche 911 GT3 R, that he shares with bureau motorist Dirk Werner (Germany) and Porsche Young Professional Dennis Olsen (Norway). Up opposite unbending antithesis from 7 other GT3 manufacturers, Campbell took usually 2:03.186 mins to path a 6.213-kilometre racetrack in a No. 912 Porsche. 

In a prior dual subordinate sessions, Frenchman Mathieu Jaminet narrowly missed out on being authorised to quarrel for a tip 10 grid mark in a sister automobile run by a EBM (Earl Bamber Motorsport) patron team. On his hottest lap, a Porsche Young Professional was usually 0.08 seconds bashful of a tip 10 place. The No. 911 Porsche 911 GT3 R, that Jaminet shares with a works drivers Romain Dumas (France) and Sven Müller (Germany), takes adult a foe from twelfth on a grid. Factory motorist Kévin Estre planted a matching ca. 500 hp automobile fielded by a Competition Motorsports/McElrea Racing patron patrol on 13th place. The Frenchman is assimilated in a cockpit of a No.12 automobile by Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans (New Zealand) and David Calvert-Jones (USA).

The Porsche 911 GT3 R campaigned by a North American patron group Black Swan Racing postulated lost indemnification in an collision during Friday’s giveaway use and is incompetent to take partial in any serve foe activities. After a incident, Tim Pappas (USA), who common a automobile with works motorist Marc Lieb (Germany) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), was ecstatic to a sanatorium in Sydney for treatment. He suffered fractures to his right humerus and pelvis. 

GT3 Cup, Grove Racing, Qualifying, Intercontinental GT Challenge, Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst, 2019, Porsche AG

The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Grove Racing patrol in a B Class

In a B Class, a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup run by a gifted Grove Racing squad, will tackle a continuation foe from a best starting position. Britain’s Ben Barker dominated a hunt for tip times opposite a matching cars run by a patron teams Ashley Seward Motorsport and Team Carrera Cup Asia. 

The Bathurst 12 Hour gets underway on Sunday, 3 February, during 05:45 hrs internal time (Saturday, 19:45 hrs CET). The foe can be watched live on a Internet outward Australia on At a opening turn of this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge, a 2018-spec GT3 automobile will be fielded for a final time, as stipulated by a regulations. For turn dual of a deteriorate during Laguna Seca (USA), contested over 8 hours, patron teams will margin a new Porsche 911 GT3 R, that distinguished a foe entrance final weekend during Daytona (USA).

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “We witnessed an sparkling and unequivocally tighten shootout. Just a entertain of a second lay between seventh and second place. I’m certain that we’re good positioned with a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Anything is probable for this car’s final tour during a vital continuation race. We aim to go all-out and quarrel for victory.”

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “This is a unequivocally plain outcome that we positively don’t need to censor from. We are adult opposite clever teams and drivers here. The internal guys are always quite quick on this singular racetrack in Bathurst. Matt incited a good lap. Our starting position is positively fine. The gait of a automobile should be unchanging via a race, and by now a fledgling EBM group is operative flawlessly. We’re looking good in a twisty sections, that speaks for a Porsche’s good driveability. If we could now get some some-more speed on a straights afterwards it’s firm to be a clever race.”

Earl Bamber (EBM group principal): “Our performances were good. We set a sights on removing a automobile into a tip 10 shootout, and we succeeded. We’d personally hoped to do a small improved than seventh, though it’s okay. Our Porsche 911 GT3 R is fast, consistent and gentle to expostulate over a distance, and a drivers are first-class. These are pivotal factors in a long-distance race. If we can make a many of a chances in a race, afterwards we should be means to quarrel for a lectern spot.” 

More quotes in the press release (download).

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1. Dennis/Vaxiviere/Kirchhöfer, Aston Martin #62, 2:02.495 minutes
2. Buhk/Marciello/Götz, Mercedes #999, 2:02.935 minutes
3. Engel/Stolz/Paffett, Mercedes #77, 2:03.042 minutes
7. Werner/Olsen/Campbell, Porsche 911 GT3 R #912, 2:03.186 minutes
12. Dumas/Müller/Jaminet, Porsche 911 GT3 R #911, 2:02.879 minutes
13. Estre/Evans/Calvert-Jones, Porsche 911 GT3 R #12, 2:02.912 minutes
26. Grove/Grove/Barker, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #4, 2:06.452 minutes
28. Stutterd/Fillmore/Muscat, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #43, 2:07.297 minutes
31. Tresidder/v.d. Drift/ Bao/Hamprecht, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup #23, 2:08.538 minutes

The 12-hour foe on a mythological Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst kicks off a 2019 deteriorate of a Intercontinental GT Challenge. Four Porsche 911 GT3 R will foe a fantastic eventuality in Australia on a initial weekend in February. Three patron teams margin a successful GT3 vehicle, that will give a final farewell opening Down Under. As stipulated by a regulations, a GT3 cars contingency be final year’s spec. Facing unbending foe from vehicles from 9 other manufacturers in a tip category, a Porsche teams have good chances of success. Different this year: Instead of holding his place in a cockpit, Porsche works motorist Earl Bamber (New Zealand) assumes a purpose of group trainer during a array wall.

The GT foe was initial contested on a 6.213-kilometre Mount Panorama Circuit in 1991. The circuit 200 kilometres west of Sydney consists of open roads that breeze over 23 curves by a hilly panorama of New South Wales. Per lap, a vehicles contingency overcome an betterment disproportion of 174 metres. The snaking, slight passages opposite a shallow of a towering paint a sheer contrariety to a prolonged straights during a feet of Mount Panorama. The racetrack poses a good plea to drivers, engineers and teams alike. Traditionally, a 12-hour eventuality takes off before morning during 5.45am, with a checkered dwindle dropping in a early dusk before sundown.

With his EBM Team (Earl Bamber Motorsport), Porsche works motorist Earl Bamber campaigns dual ca. 500-hp Porsche 911 GT3 R. Sharing pushing duties in his cars, a New Zealander has 6 of his colleagues from a patrol of a sports automobile manufacturer from Weissach. Taking a circle of a No. 911 automobile are Sven Müller (Germany) and a dual Frenchmen Romain Dumas and Mathieu Jaminet. In a cockpit of a No. 912 automobile are Porsche Young Professionals Dennis Olsen (Norway) and Matt Campbell (Australia) as good as works motorist Dirk Werner (Germany). Marc Lieb (Germany), Timothy Pappas (USA) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) helm a matching No. 540 automobile run by Black Swan Racing. The Competition Motorsports/McElrea Racing patrol put their trust in works motorist Kévin Estre (France), Porsche-Junior Jaxon Evans (New Zealand) and David Calvert Jones (Australia).

 911 GT3 R, 2019, Porsche AG

The 911 GT3 R was designed by Porsche for worldwide GT3 series. Mounted with a ultra-modern, four-litre flat-six engine with approach fuel injection, a 368 kW (500 hp) patron competition racer distinguished a foe entrance in Jan 2016 during a Daytona 24-hour race. Since then, a racer has notched adult victories in countless general racing series, for instance in a IMSA SportsCar Championship, a World Challenge, a ADAC GT Masters, and during a Nürburgring VLN prolonged stretch championship. For 2019, a indication will be transposed by a new version.

The Bathurst 12 Hour takes off on Sunday, 3 February, during 5:45 hrs internal time (Saturday, 19:45 hrs CET). The foe can be watched live on a Internet outward Australia on

The 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge calendar is done adult of 5 continuation foe on 5 continents. While a teams are usually available to margin 2018-spec GT3 cars during a season-opening turn in Bathurst (Australia), a latest era is authorised during a following races in Laguna Seca (USA), Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Suzuka (Japan) and during a deteriorate culmination in Kyalami (South Africa). Porsche will not contest with a bureau squad, though instead supports opposite patron teams in their campaign.