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IntGTC: Porsche claims manufacturers’ and drivers’ titles with win in South Africa

The race

In a pell-mell nine-hour race, works motorist Nick Tandy (Great Britain) as good as a Porsche Young Professionals Dennis Olsen (Norway) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) dominated a movement when it mattered. Porsche warranted a wilful points interjection to third place for a GPX Racing patrol with drivers Kévin Estre (France), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Richard Lietz (Austria). The drivers’ championship pretension also went to Porsche: Dennis Olsen cumulative a climax with his second feat of a deteriorate after winning a season-opening spin during Bathurst (Australia).

At a initial general long-distance foe on a Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit given 1982, a 911 GT3 R, that is shaped on a high-performance Porsche 911 GT3 RS* road-legal sports car, dominated a foe over prolonged stretches. After a start in summery 29-degree temperatures and pavement temperatures of roughly 50 degrees Celsius, a 3 GT3 vehicles campaigned by Frikadelli Racing (#31), GPX Racing (#20) and Dinamic Motorsport (#12) immediately shaped a spearhead during a front. After several laps, a universe sports automobile champion Christensen altered into a lead with a Porsche 911 GT3 R of a winning organisation during 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The array 20 automobile afterwards shielded a tip spot.

With around dual hours left on a clock, an heated thunderstorm with complicated downpours altered a sequence during a front. Due to essential refuelling stops behind a reserve car, that had been deployed due to a formidable conditions, a dual best Porsche 911 GT3 R were primarily relegated to third and fourth place. With 25 mins to go, a valet of a assembly gave a immature light. Porsche’s works motorist Nick Tandy afterwards pulled out all stops to put in an substantial drive, demonstrating a ideal energy of a GT3 automobile from Stuttgart on a soppy track. The Briton, who had planted a No. 31 automobile on stick position on Friday, ploughed his approach by a margin over usually one path to take a lead and eventually cranky a finish line with a 6.746-second advantage.


Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Frikadelli Racing Team (31) and KÜS Team 75 Bernhard (911)

The Spa winners Lietz, Estre and Christensen claimed third place for a patron organisation GPX Racing. Bathurst personality Matt Campbell (Australia) as good as a IMSA champions Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) achieved eighth place in a array 12 automobile run by Dinamic Motorsport. The fortuitous had mislaid a lot of time while pitting underneath yellow. The office of a No. 911 automobile fielded by KÜS Team 75 Bernhard with bureau motorist Romain Dumas from France and his German teammates Sven Müller and Dirk Werner resolved with ninth place. With 4 vehicles finishing in a tip ten, Porsche was clearly a strongest manufacturer in a greatly rival 28-strong field.

The GT3 automobile with that Lechner Racing contested a china difficulty won a difficulty (14th overall). Porsche growth motorist Lars Kern (Germany) common pushing duties during a circle of a No. 9 automobile with a South African Saul Hack and Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg. The Porsche 911 GT3 R (997 model) fielded by a South African patron organisation Perfect Circle resolved a initial nine-hour foe in South Africa in 37 years third in a pledge category.

Porsche rounds off a 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge deteriorate as array one in a manufacturers’ championship. After winning a season-opening eventuality in Bathurst with final year’s indication of Porsche 911 GT3 R, victories followed during a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and during Kyalami as good as lectern finishes during Laguna Seca (USA) and Suzuka (Japan).

Comments on a race

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “Three wins from 5 races, and lectern finishes during all rounds – that’s how we win championships. The pivotal to a success was a glorious teamwork of a squads around a world. The final foe during Kyalami with sun, heat, lightning, rumble and sleet was like a rollercoaster ride. In a finish we deserved to win. Now it’s time to celebrate.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 GT3 R #31): “The Porsche 911 GT3 R was a strongest automobile in a cutthroat foe of a GT3 manufacturers. We were a fastest in dry conditions, and in a sleet a nine-eleven set a benchmark. I’m gratified that a foe went immature again so that we could denote a strength of a rear-engine car. Halfway by a foe we had to cope with a integrate of teenager setbacks, though interjection to ideal teamwork we were eventually means to take a lead. I’m quite anxious about Dennis’s pretension win. we know how many this means to him.”

Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #31): “This is unequivocally a best day of my career by now. When we was asked recently to name my biggest achievement, we pronounced it was a feat during Bathurst. When we was afterwards asked what could be softened than that, we pronounced a feat during Kyalami, winning a manufacturers’ pretension with Porsche as good as a drivers’ championship. That has now happened – unbelievable, it feels like a dream. When a foe was finally restarted, we had a good feeling. If we have someone like Nick Tandy in a Porsche 911 GT3 R on a soppy lane in a final sprint, afterwards anything is possible.”

Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 GT3 R #31): “Despite a violent conditions during a foe we never gave up. We went for pennyless in any singular lap, and gathering a fastest foe path in a dry. It all paid off. Before a start of a foe weekend, we told Dennis we were going to win during Kyalami and he would explain a title. We’ve incited that prophecy into reality. Now we’ll celebrate.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 GT3 R #20): “Another successful tour for Kévin, Michael and me in GPX Racing’s car. We were clever over a whole weekend, and we led for many of a race. Unfortunately, it wasn’t adequate to move home initial place in a rain. But many importantly, Porsche has won a manufacturers’ pretension – goal accomplished.”

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 GT3 R #12): “It was a unsatisfactory weekend for us in a array 12 car. We attempted everything, though never unequivocally matched a gait of a strongest Porsche 911 GT3 R. we don’t know since this happened, though during a finish of a day it’s illusory that a manufacturers’ pretension went to Porsche and Dennis took a drivers’ crown.”

Dirk Werner (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “That was a formidable weekend. It all started with a behind attainment of a enclosure with a automobile and all a equipment. In a race, a engine heat was always during a tip limit. We had to take caring and we couldn’t go all-out. For this reason we couldn’t do better. Congratulations to Dennis and a whole Porsche squad. These championship titles are good deserved.”

Lars Kern (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “The 90 mins in torrential sleet behind a reserve automobile were a many formidable 90 mins of my racing career. It was some-more like swimming than driving. Despite losing a small time during a array stops during a beginning, we still finished adult as a honourable difficulty winners. We done a slightest volume of mistakes and so a initial place was righteously earned.”

Race result

01. Olsen/Jaminet/Tandy (N/F/GB), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 259 laps
02. Catsburg/Krognes/Jensen (NL/N/DK), BMW M6 GT3, 259 laps
03. Lietz/Christensen/Estre (A/DK/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 259 laps
08. Vanthoor/Bamber/Campbell (B/NZ/AUS), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 259 laps
09. Dumas/Müller/Werner (F/D/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 259 laps
13. Hack/Kern/Pereira (ZA/D/LUX), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 257 laps
28. Bezuidenhout/Scribante/Scribante (ZA/ZA/ZA), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 85 laps

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The qualifying

The Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Frikadelli Racing will take adult a nine-hour foe in Kyalami (South Africa) from stick position. At a circle of a No. 31 vehicle, Nick Tandy incited a fastest path in a wilful shootout on a soppy 4.522-kilometre circuit in a time of 1:52.825 minutes. The matching vehicles campaigned by GPX Racing (No. 20) and Dinamic Motorsport (No. 12) will tackle a final spin of a 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge from positions 4 and five. 

Porsche’s works motorist Nick Tandy (Great Britain) treated spectators to a illusory hunt for a best grid spot. Facing soppy conditions during a third subordinate session, a Briton slid into a barriers in spin seven. After a German patrol done quick repairs, he managed to plant his automobile in a tip 10 and so in a stick shootout. In a final session, Tandy eventually outshone all of his rivals. For a race, a 2015 Le Mans altogether personality shares a automobile with Porsche Young Professionals Dennis Olsen (Norway) and Mathieu Jaminet (France).


Mathieu Jaminet (F), Nick Tandy (GB), Dennis Olsen (N) (l-r)

Taking adult a foe from a fourth grid spot, GPX Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 R drifting a mythological Gulf colours has good chances for a tip result. Richard Lietz competent a automobile fielded by a winning organisation of a 2019 Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour foe on a second grid row. In a race, a Austrian shares pushing duties with a universe sports automobile champions Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France). On a soppy circuit, Matt Campbell put Dinamic Motorsport’s 911 GT3 R, that is shaped on a high-performance Porsche 911 GT3 RS* road-legal sports car, on position five. The Porsche Young Professional from Australia is assimilated in a array 12 cockpit by a IMSA champions Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium).

The Porsche 911 GT3 R run by KÜS Team 75 Bernhard (No. 911) will tackle a final foe of a 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge from twelfth on a grid. Romain Dumas (France) had mislaid a lot of time during a initial subordinate path in complicated trade with 28 vehicles from 5 classes. His German works motorist colleagues Sven Müller and Dirk Werner done adult 5 positions with a 500+hp GT3 car, however this was not adequate to benefit them entrance into a Pole Shootout. 

Porsche growth motorist Lars Kern (Germany) contests a china sequence with his teammates Dylan Pereira (Luxembourg) and Saul Hack (South Africa) from a second grid spot. The fortuitous in Lechner Racing’s No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R competent on P18. The South African patron organisation Perfect Circle takes adult a foe from position 28. 

Qualifying quotes

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “That was Nick Tandy as we’ve famous and appreciated him for many years. In a third subordinate round, he pushes over a boundary of hold and lands in a barriers. But afterwards he not usually qualifies a automobile for a stick shootout, though soon plants it on pole. We have 3 Porsche 911 GT3 R in a tip five. That gives us a really best chances for a tip outcome in a foe on Saturday.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 GT3 R #31): “That was not my success alone; it was a illusory organisation effort. The mechanics remade a automobile fast after my small outing off a lane and gave a automobile a ideal setup. Previously, my teammates and we had managed to validate a Porsche 911 GT3 R in a shootout. All this helped to put us on a front spot. To be honest, a stick position was a best approach for me to make justification after my small crash.” 

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 GT3 R #20): “Congratulations to Nick for his good lap. We attempted out a few things on a automobile during a subordinate and schooled a lot that will assistance us on Saturday. The hold in a shootout was anything though good. With that in mind, I’m gratified that we have a second quarrel position with fourth place. This puts us in a good position to take adult a nine-hour race.” 

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 GT3 R #12): “We weren’t accurately in a right window with a tyre pressure, so we couldn’t do softened than fifth place. Despite a miss of grip, we had a lot of fun out there on a soppy track. It was good to exam a boundary underneath these conditions. We’re awaiting some-more sleet for a race, so it’s profitable to have already gained some applicable experience. we design good chances from P5.”

Romain Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “The subordinate was anything though easy for me. we usually got a giveaway run in my initial drifting lap, after that it was impossible. we was stranded in a center of a vast organisation of vehicles, we had substantial understeer and therefore we couldn’t do anything more. My teammates managed to do a small better, though it wasn’t adequate for a tip 10 outcome – what a shame.” 

Lars Kern (Porsche 911 GT3 R #9): “This is a initial time a organisation tackles a long-distance foe with a Porsche 911 GT3. In a qualifying, it was a matter of removing a purify run and training as many as possible. We succeeded. We got faster and faster as a eventuality progressed. I’m looking brazen to an sparkling race.”

Qualifying result

01. Olsen/Jaminet/Tandy (N/F/GB), Porsche 911 GT3 R
02. Winkelhock/Haase/Mies (D/D/D), Audi R8 LMS GT3
03. Marciello/Buhk/Engel (I/D/D), Mercedes-AMG GT3
04. Lietz/Christensen/Estre (A/DK/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R
05. Vanthoor/Bamber/Campbell (B/NZ/AUS), Porsche 911 GT3 R
12. Dumas/Müller/Werner (F/D/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R
18. Hack/Kern/Pereira (ZA/D/LUX), Porsche 911 GT3 R
28. Bezuidenhout/Scribante/Scribante (ZA/ZA/ZA), Porsche 911 GT3 R (997)

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The preview

Porsche heads to a final spin of a Intercontinental GT Challenge deteriorate in South Africa with a tip fortuitous of 4 911 GT3 R in a pro category, another automobile in a pledge difficulty and twelve drivers from a bureau and youth motorist squads. For a nine-hour foe during a Kyalami circuit on 24 November, a patron teams GPX Racing, Dinamic Motorsport, Frikadelli Racing and Team 75 Bernhard will any margin a GT3 automobile from Weissach. In a altogether standings, Porsche tackles a final spin still holding chances to explain a manufacturers’ title. The winning fortuitous during Bathurst – works motorist Dirk Werner (Germany) and a dual Porsche Young Professionals Matt Campbell (Australia) and Dennis Olsen (Norway) – are usually 10 points bashful of a drivers’ sequence leader.

The nine-hour eventuality in South Africa outlines a final spin of a 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge. Between 1967 and 1993, a Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit hosted a sum of 20 Formula 1 Grands Prix. Under a protection of Porsche South Africa, endless renovations and upgrades have been undertaken in new years. Around 65 percent of a 4.2-kilometre-long Grand Prix circuit was retained, a finish true was lengthened, pacifist reserve was improved, 4 new dilemma passages were combined and a paddock was rebuilt. For a teams contesting a Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC), a Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit is new terrain. The IGTC is now a usually general GT foe array to competition on a African continent.

The Porsche teams and drivers

To maximize a chances of winning a drivers’ championship, a Bathurst winners Werner, Campbell and Olsen will competition a deteriorate culmination in 3 opposite cars. The fortuitous heads to a final foe ranking fifth, though are usually 10 points behind a leader. Campbell shares a cockpit of Dinamic Motorsport’s Porsche 911 GT3 R with a stream leaders of a IMSA series, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium). In a matching indication run by a Team 75 Bernhard, Dirk Werner joins army with his works motorist teammates Sven Müller (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France).

Dennis Olsen helms a 911 GT3 R campaigned by Frikadelli Racing with bureau commander Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (France). The fourth GT3 racer from Weissach will tackle a tip difficulty embellished out in a ancestral blue and orange colours of Gulf. This year’s winners of a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, a universe sports automobile champions Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France) as good as Richard Lietz (Austria), share pushing duties in a Porsche 911 GT3 R of GPX Racing. One other 911 GT3 R will competition a pledge class.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R


The Porsche 911 GT3 R, that is shaped on a high-performance 911 GT3 RS road-going sports car, 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 foe outings of a predecessor. The six-cylinder engine in a back of a GT3 patron racer produces over 368 kW (500 hp). The new Porsche 911 GT3 R underlined a competitiveness during a entrance deteriorate with victories during a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, in a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and a Blancpain GT Series.

Comments before a race

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “With a sum of 5 clever teams, 5 professionally prepared Porsche 911 GT3 R and twelve inspired drivers from a bureau squad, a fortuitous for a IGTC deteriorate final couldn’t be better. We’re deliberately dividing a 3 Bathurst winners between 3 opposite cars to maximize a chances of winning a drivers’ championship title. We have usually an outward possibility of winning a manufacturers’ crown, though we’ll still do all we can to make a many of a opportunity. Kyalami has a big, ancestral repute in engine racing, though it is new domain for us all since this is a initial general GT foe on a new track. The South African culture, a implausible plcae and a world’s chosen in GT racing will spin this foe into a deteriorate highlight. We wish to quarrel for victory.”

The schedule

The “Kyalami 8 Hour” takes off on Saturday, 23 November, during 1pm (midday CET). Porsche has fanciful chances to win a manufacturers’ pretension during a final foe of a season. The Bathurst winners Campbell, Werner and Olsen are within distinguished stretch of holding home a drivers’ championship.

The deteriorate culmination can be watched live on www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com.

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 competition with a bureau squad, though instead supports several patron teams in their campaign.