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IntGTC: Best Porsche 911 GT3 R starts from eleventh grid mark in Japan

The qualifying

The German shares a No. 912 Porsche 911 GT3 R with Porsche Young Professionals Matt Campbell (Australia) and Dennis Olsen (Norway). The contingent won a season-opening spin during Bathurst (Australia) and now arrange third in a drivers’ classification. The matching automobile fielded by Earl Bamber Motorsport (EBM) with a starting array 911 competent on 24th. 

Werner was a usually Porsche motorist who was authorised to take partial in a final subordinate eventuality with a 20 fastest cars. Prior to this, his teammates Olsen and Campbell had assimilated army with a German works motorist to lay a substructure for a stick shootout with quick path times in a 3 subordinate sessions. Bad fitness tormented a winning group of a season-opener during Bathurst (Australia), Earl Bamber Motorsport. Factory motorist Romain Dumas from France was stopped by a red dwindle while attempting his drifting path in a initial subordinate session. Afterwards, a ragged tyres of his Porsche 911 GT3 R prevented a Frenchman from attempting another quick lap. His compatriot Mathieu Jaminet and Porsche works motorist Sven Müller (Germany) were incompetent to make any poignant advance in a remaining sessions. The No. 911 automobile now faces a ten-hour office from P24 on a grid. 

The “Suzuka 10 Hours” takes off on Sunday, 25 August, during 10:00am internal time

In a Pro-Am category, a No. 60 automobile of a patron group LM corsa, with Japanese drivers Juichi Wakisaka, Kei Nakanishi and Shigekazu Wakisaka, takes adult a ten-hour competition from a 27th altogether mark as a best automobile of a class. The Porsche 911 GT 3 R (model 997) run by a AMAC Motorsport squad, that is entered in a china class, achieved fourth in a difficulty (34th overall). Sharing pushing duties in a No. 51 automobile are a Australians Andrew MacPherson, Ben Porter and Brad Shiels.

The “Suzuka 10 Hours” takes off on Sunday, 25 August, during 10:00am internal time (3:00am CEST).


Dirk Werner incited a fastest Porsche path so distant this weekend

Qualifying quotes

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “Only one automobile in a stick shootout, and a best automobile on eleventh – this is not what we expected. We need to demeanour during a information to see a reasons for this. I’m assured that both Porsche 911 GT3 R will be rival in a race. Our strength is a unchanging gait over prolonged distances. So we see good chances for a cars to make adult belligerent over a 10 hours of a competition and join a frontrunners.” 

Dirk Werner (Porsche 911 GT3 R #912): “It was a good knowledge to get a possibility to competition a stick shootout on a mythological Suzuka racetrack. My path was good, though we braked a small too late before a chicane. Perhaps we could have competent one or dual spots serve adult a grid. We usually had one use eventuality in dry conditions before a subordinate and we didn’t get to spin a singular lap. In perspective of this, I’m unequivocally pleased. The automobile was good to expostulate and, with this setup, we’re also good prepared for a race.”

Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “It was a formidable day for us. Unfortunately, we missed out on a place among a tip 20 cars in qualifying. And that meant we weren’t authorised to take partial in a stick shootout. We have to analyse because a automobile didn’t run optimally. The group is doing all probable to make poignant improvements to a automobile in time for a race. We wish to launch a vital pursuit.”

Qualifying result

01. Farfus/Tomczyk/Yelloly (BR/D/GB), BMW M6 GT3
02. Vanthoor/van der Linde/Vervisch (B/ZA/B), Audi R8 LMS GT3
03. Krognes/Catsburg/Jensen (N/NL/DK), BMW M6 GT3
11. Campbell/Olsen/Werner (AUS/N/), Porsche 911 GT3 R
24. Dumas/Jaminet/Müller (F/F/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R 
27. Wakisaka/Wakisaka/Nakanishi (J/J/J), Porsche 911 GT3 R
34. MacPherson/Porter/Shiels (AUS/AUS/AUS), Porsche 911 GT3 R (997)

The preview

After a successful season-opener during Bathurst, Australia, and a one-two feat during a world’s many critical GT3 competition in Spa, Belgium, Porsche is again aiming for a tip outcome during a ten-hour competition in Suzuka (Japan).The dual Porsche teams, Earl Bamber Motorsport and Absolute Racing, any margin a Porsche 911 GT3 R in a Pro category. Three Porsche works drivers and 3 Porsche Young Professionals will share pushing duties in a dual vehicles on 25 August. Thirty-six vehicles are entered for spin 4 of a Intercontinental GT Challenge on a 5.807-kilometre Suzuka Circuit.

The race

The ten-hour competition in Japan outlines a fourth of 5 rounds of a 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge. The Suzuka Circuit, with a many twists and turns, including slow, semi-fast and flat-out corners, has a repute as one of a world’s many perfectionist racetracks for drivers. Moreover, it is one of a really few marks to underline a figure-eight blueprint with an overpass.

The Porsche teams and drivers

Earl Bamber Motorsport (EBM) fields a Porsche 911 GT3 R with a starting array 911, with a French Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet as good as works drivers Sven Müller (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) pity a cockpit. At a circle of a No. 912 Porsche 911 GT3 R run by Absolute Racing is a winning contingent from Bathurst: Porsche works motorist Dirk Werner (Germany) and a Porsche Young Professionals Matt Campbell (Australia) and Dennis Olsen (Norway).

The patron patrol LM corsa also fields a latest era Porsche 911 GT3 R in a Pro-Am category, with a No. 60 automobile common by 3 Japanese internal heroes. AMAC Motorsport contests a china difficulty with a GT3 automobile from Weissach in final year’s spec. Three Australian pledge racers share a No. 51 car.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R

The Porsche 911 GT3 R was newly grown for a 2019 season. Improvements in a areas of aerodynamics, kinematics, potency and driveability were evenly implemented from a insights garnered from a many competition 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 has notched adult victories in countless general racing series, for instance in a IMSA SportsCar Championship, a World Challenge, a ADAC GT Masters, during a Nürburgring 24-hour competition and a Bathurst 12 Hour.

The schedule

The ten-hour competition during Suzuka takes off on Sunday, 25 August, during 10am (3am CEST). The competition can be watched live on www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com.

Comments before a race

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “We still have a measure to settle during a IGTC competition in Suzuka. This year a teams Absolute Racing and Earl Bamber Motorsport will contest with a new 911 GT3 R. Last year’s high temperatures put drivers underneath impassioned stress. That will be a thing of a past interjection to a active motorist cooling system, that ensures a consistent pushing performance. The 5.807-kilometre-long circuit is one of a many technically perfectionist racetracks on a IGTC calendar. High-speed passages total with remarkable changes of instruction need a approach and fast automobile platform. We’re assured that a altogether package is clever and we’ll quarrel for a lectern and some-more championship points.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “We managed to grasp good formula with a internal teams during a initial 3 races of a series. We won a Bathurst and Spa races, and we climbed a lectern during Laguna Seca. In 2018, a competition in Japan wasn’t a best, though a teams and drivers are really good prepared and will hopefully be among a frontrunners. We’re quite looking brazen to a Japanese fans. They always come to a lane in droves and they give a eventuality a illusory atmosphere.”

More comments in a press release (Downloads).

This is a Intercontinental GT Challenge

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