The Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Rowe Racing (#998) dull off a one-two feat of a Porsche teams during a marathon in a Ardennes. Five of a 6 Pro-cars from Porsche finished a 71st using of a 24 Hours of Spa in a tip ten.
Right from a start, a sleet played a heading purpose during a 24-hour classical in Belgium. In a early hours of Sunday morning, a competition had to be stopped for roughly 6 hours due to complicated downpours. But even this stop couldn’t finish a winning expostulate of a array 20 Porsche 911 GT3 R. The organisation with Estre, Christensen, and Lietz, that had been relegated down a margin by a drive-through chastisement in a evening, put in an considerable assign by a field. When a competition was halted, a motorist contingent had done it behind to eighth place with a array of flawless and constantly quick stints and done adult some-more positions after a competition was restarted. With dual hours to go, a GT3 R driven by Kévin Estre took a lead, that a Frenchman hold pushing a slick-shod automobile on a damp line surface. After 9 years, it was time to applaud again for Porsche during a prestigious continuation classical in a Ardennes.
During a shutting stages of a race, Tandy cowed second place
The Rowe Racing array 998 Porsche 911 GT3 R also had a competition of churned fortunes on a 7.004 kilometre storied circuit. Patrick Pilet (France), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) und Nick Tandy (Great Britain) also mislaid many places due to a drive-through chastisement and hold adult to a frontrunners in a night with a crafty opening in a rain. During a shutting stages of a race, sleet dilettante Tandy cowed second place with several crafty overtaking manoeuvres to secure a one-two win for Porsche.
Scoring 3 some-more tip 10 placings, a Porsche patron teams crowned their crafty and one display during a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by Rowe Racing with a starting numbers 98 and 99 finished fifth and seventh. KÜS Team75 Bernhard brought a matching array 117 nine-eleven home in ninth place.
Comments on a race
Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport: “Congratulations to a patron teams during Spa. The bid of a engineers, strategists, a array crews, and a drivers tender me deeply. They all co-operated with a support organisation from Weissach in a best probable way. We’ve scored this feat together. And a Porsche 911 again valid to be a automobile to kick during sportscar races.”
Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R: “I’m speechless. For 24 hours one plea came after a other during Spa. We put in a crafty opening underneath all conditions – from a subordinate to a final competition lap. Our teams worked ideally together over a whole weekend. This creates this one-two feat a common success for all. The start was great, thereafter a best using cars were unfortunately thrown behind by penalties yet charged behind to a front in a night. The drivers and teams didn’t make any some-more mistakes, commanded a gait and pushed right by to a end. The 911 GT3 R put in a crafty opening during Spa. Our behind engined automobile displayed illusory traction, and all drivers praised a driveability of a new GT3 R. Under all line conditions a nine-eleven was a best car. Moreover, a vehicles didn’t have a smallest technical problems.”
Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 GT3 R #20): “This was another typically crazy competition during Spa. We had to master several continue conditions and aquaplaning. With tough wheel-to-wheel racing we cowed one position after a other, we were on slicks in a sleet and on wets on a drying track. During a final 30 mins of a competition there were yellow and reserve automobile phases – a approach to a feat was truly a tough square of work. But after a competition was halted in a morning we were assured to have a right plan to make it to a top. we am unapproachable of a group that usually started a co-operation with Porsche this year. And we am unapproachable to be a member of this squad.”
Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #20): “An unimaginable race. Tackling Spa is always something special with a indeterminate weather. And a fights on line are intensely tough from start to finish. As a group we have mastered all those feats good and did a good office right to a end.”
Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 GT3 R #20): “This outlines a special feat since a group ran a Pro automobile for a initial time. We were welcomed good and now we are a happy ones who won. Everything was prepared immaculately, and a group have certainly deserved this win.”
1. Estre/Christensen/Lietz (F/DK/A), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 363 laps
2. Pilet/Makowiecki/Tandy (F/F/GB), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 363 laps
3. Engel/Buurman/Stolz (D/NL/D), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 363 laps
5. Müller/Dumas/Jaminet (D/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 362 laps
7. Olsen/Campbell/Werner (N/AUS/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 362 laps
9. Bernhard/Vanthoor/Bamber (D/B/NZ), Porsche 911 GT3 R, 362 laps
248 drivers took adult a 24 hour classical during Spa-Francorchamps in 72 cars. Eleven marques were represented during a 71st using of a Ardennes marathon that is regarded a world’s many critical GT3 event.
On Sunday, Porsche won a 71st using of a 24-hour competition during Spa-Francorchamps. The Porsche 911 GT3 R with a starting array 20 from GPX Racing driven by Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Richard Lietz finished initial in a competition that was hold in furious continue conditions, securing a seventh altogether win for Porsche during a prolonged stretch classical in a Ardennes. In a early morning hours, a competition was halted for roughly 6 hours due to complicated rain.
“The final success dates behind 9 years. To lapse to a tip of a lectern now is a good achievement,” says Sebastian Golz, plan manager Porsche 911 GT3 R. “Congratulations to a GPX Racing group and a 3 successful drivers who done this success probable with their superb opening in a rain. The whole group were enormously focused and a Porsche 911 GT3 R ran like self-evident clockwork.“
Interim news 2
With crafty performances from a drivers and good strategies, Porsche’s patron teams shone during a night during a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Because of complicated rainfall, a assign of a Porsche 911 GT3 R was thwarted when a Stewards of a Meeting stopped a competition in a early morning hours. At 5.55am, a Belgian continuation classical was temporarily red-flagged.
Prior to this, a No. 20 Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by GPX-Racing had put in a utterly considerable pursuit. Kévin Estre (France), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Richard Lietz (Austria), who had during times led a pack, were handed a drive-through chastisement in a evening, that threw them distant down a field. In a night and in pouring rain, a motorist contingent implemented a good plan and gathering flawless stints to quarrel their approach behind adult a order. Despite mixed accidents that resulted in prolonged counsel phases, and a red-flagging of a eventuality hampering a No. 20 nine-eleven, it heads into a final third of a competition still with good chances.
A drive-through chastisement also mislaid a No. 998 automobile campaigned by Rowe Racing a lot of ground. Patrick Pilet (France), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) gave a world-class opening in inauspicious conditions during a circle of their Porsche 911 GT3 R and fought their approach by a margin one position after a other.
Dinamic Motorsport’s organisation has also survived a prolonged night during Spa. Putting in quick and plain stints, a team’s 3 drivers Klaus Bachler (Austria), Andrea Rizzoli (Italy) and Zaid Ashkanani (Kuwait) gave convincing drives in a 500+hp nine-eleven (#54), and, before racing stopped, were within strech of a front pack. Rowe Racing’s second Porsche 911 GT3 R with a starting array 99 is also on march for a mark during a front after a flawless expostulate by a night.
Comments after a start
Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R: “The competition was utterly righteously red-flagged due to complicated rain. It simply became too dangerous to continue in these conditions. Until this point, though, a teams went by a rollercoaster of experiences. The Porsche 911 GT3 R achieved unequivocally good in a soppy conditions during a start of a competition and were a pacesetters. Then, unfortunately, a array of mistakes followed. Rowe Racing and KÜS Team75 Bernhard gathering too quick underneath yellow, and GPX Racing had one automechanic too many during a automobile during a array stop. The ensuing drive-through penalties threw a vehicles back. However, interjection to crafty strategies they have done adult belligerent to a front. Now a teams are behind within distinguished stretch to a tip and we’re feeling certain about a rest of a race.”
Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #20): “We done it by a night protection and have fought a approach behind into a race. Since we’ve already finished a mandatory technical array stop, a chances of claiming a front mark have improved. Our automobile is using like clockwork, so we’ll usually keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
Interim news 1
In inauspicious continue conditions, a 911 GT3 R racing cars mounted with a rear-engine done a many of a traction advantage and snatched one position after a other. Driving for GPX Racing, Kévin Estre done adult a many belligerent in his No. 20 Porsche GT3 R. Taking adult a competition from position eleven, a Frenchman has now changed within distinguished stretch of a leaders after 90 mins of racing.
The No. 117 patron automobile fielded by KÜS Team75 Bernhard has also sealed in on a frontrunners after an hour and a half. Right behind him is Rowe Racing’s best Porsche 911 GT3 R (#998), so rounding off a Porsche contingent in a tip 10 during a world’s many critical GT3 event.
Comments after a start
Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 GT3 R #20): “I started from eleventh on a grid in sleet and on a soppy line and managed to make adult a lot of positions. It was fun overtaking crafty rivals underneath these conditions. Our plan is good, a group is operative good together and that’s critical during a tough competition like Spa.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 GT3 R #998): “The start was flattering wily in these conditions and it was a right preference to start behind a reserve car. Luckily, a line afterwards dried, yet we have to design some-more sleet over a march of a race.”
The Super Pole
The best-placed Porsche 911 GT3 R takes adult a 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps from a initial grid row. In a retaining and hotly-contested Super Pole, in that usually a tip twenty qualifiers were eligible, usually one motorist per automobile was available to take part. In a hunt for a best time, Laurens Vanthoor incited an exquisite path for a KÜS Team75 Bernhard squad.
At a circle of a No. 117 Porsche 911 GT3 R, a Belgian lapped a tradition-steeped 7.004-kilometre racetrack in a time of 2:18.605 mins on his second drifting lap. For a prolonged period, he surfaced a Super Pole time sheets, before a final contender trumped his time by a small 17-thousandth of a second. Thus, a internal favourite will take adult a 71st using of a Ardennes marathon on Saturday with his teammates Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) from a second grid spot.
Posting a time of 2:18.822 minutes, Nick Tandy planted his Porsche fielded by Rowe Racing on P4. The British racing motorist shares a No. 998 Porsche 911 GT3 R with a dual Frenchmen Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki.
Team co-worker Mathieu Jaminet (France) resolved a Super Pole in tenth with a No. 98 nine-eleven. Lining adult behind him on eleventh is Kévin Estre (France) from GPX Racing (No. 20) with a Norwegian Dennis Olsen on twelfth in Rowe Racing’s third Porsche GT3 R (No. 99). In a No. 54 Porsche 911 GTR 3 campaigned by Dinamic Motorsport, Klaus Bachler (Austria) starts from 16th and rounds off a crafty Porsche opening in a Super Pole of a Ardennes classic.
Super Pole result
1. Engel/Buurman/Stolz (D/NL/D), Mercedes-AMG GT3, 2:18.588 minutes
2. Bernhard/Vanthoor/Bamber (D/B/NZ), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 0.017 seconds
3. Molina/Aleshin/Rigon (E/R/I), Ferrari 488 GT3, + 0.218 seconds
4. Pilet/Makowiecki/Tandy (F/F/GB), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 0.234 seconds
10. Müller/Dumas/Jaminet (D/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 0.439 seconds
11. Estre/Christensen/Lietz (F/DK/A), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 0.479 seconds
12. Olsen/Campbell/Werner (N/AUS/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 0.671 seconds
16. Bachler/Rizzoli/Ashkanani (A/I/KWT), Porsche 911 GT3 R, + 1.293 seconds
Super Pole quotes
Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R: “That was a retaining qualifying. The times of all a cars were unequivocally close. Laurens gathering a illusory path and was usually a few thousandths of a second behind a fastest. The Super Pole has underlined that we’re mark on. Everything came together when it mattered and we can now be in a using for victory. Now we need to prepared a vehicles for a race. The continue will be indeterminate and we’re awaiting changing conditions. To get a best performance, we have to respond with a right tyres during a right atmosphere vigour during a right time.”
Timo Bernhard, group owners KÜS Team75 Bernhard and motorist (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “The initial grid quarrel is a dream and a ideal position to start a race. Laurens put in a flawless drive, and it gives us a lot of confidence. It’s still new for me to hearten from a outside, yet as a motorist and group owners we now get to knowledge things from both sides. We’ll now switch over racing trim and afterwards we’re prepared for a 24 Hours of Spa.”
Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “That was illusory – we’re on a initial grid row. Obviously, for me personally, it’s sour to have led a Super Pole for a prolonged time usually to remove it by usually 17-thousandths of a second. Still, it’s a good starting position for a competition and that’s what counts.”
Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 GT3 R #998): “That was fun. It’s always good to take partial in a subordinate eventuality in that usually a best and fastest cars go head-to-head. This is a illusory outcome for Porsche, with dual GT3 R vehicles in a tip five. That was a extensive group bid from my Rowe Racing squad. We’ve put all 3 cars in a tip twelve.”
More quotes in a press release (downloads).
Porsche’s patron teams have delivered a crafty opening during a initial subordinate eventuality of a 24-hour competition during Spa-Francorchamps: All 6 vehicles in a pro-category have competent for Friday’s Super Pole, in that a fastest 20 cars quarrel for a tip grid spots for a 24-hour marathon in a Ardennes.
Per vehicle, any motorist had 15 mins in a subordinate to try a drifting lap. At a finish of a session, a normal was distributed from a best time of any motorist in a team. The best Porsche 911 GT3 R was a No. 998 automobile fielded by Rowe Racing, with Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and his works motorist teammates Patrick Pilet (France) and Nick Tandy (Great Britain) posting fifth. Driving for KÜS Team75 Bernhard, Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) planted a matching No. 117 racing automobile on ninth.
Klaus Bachler (Austria), Andrea Rizzoli (Italy) and Zaid Ashkanani (Kuwait) competent their No. 54 nine-eleven on eleventh for Dinamic Motorsport. Rowe Racing’s dual other Porsche 911 GT3 R with a starting numbers 99 and 98 also competent for a Super Pole on Friday with positions 16 and 18. Achieving 20th, a GT3 R automobile campaigned by GPX Racing done a plain group opening ideal for Porsche.
A sum of 248 drivers tackle a 24 Hours of Le Mans in 72 vehicles. Eleven manufacturers are represented during a Ardennes marathon, that is deliberate a largest and many critical GT3 eventuality in a world.
Sebastian Golz, Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R: “We’ve achieved a unequivocally good outcome with 6 cars in a tip 20 in a unequivocally crafty field. This means a vehicles make adult roughly 30 percent of a Super Pole grid. If we wish to attain in this session, all has to come together perfectly. You have usually one path where a tyres have to work during their peak.”
Klaus Bachler (Porsche 911 GT3 R #54): “We encountered a lot of trade out there, yet a automobile ran unequivocally good and a change is great. Qualifying on eleventh for a Super Pole is a good result. Anything is probable now and I’m vehement for tomorrow.”
Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #20): “It was wily to spin a decent path with so many cars on a track. But we’re all in a same boat. You also need a bit of fitness and we had that currently as a 20th.”
Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #99): “All of a pro-class Porsches including a 3 Rowe Racing cars are in a Super Pole, and that’s an superb result. In this qualifying, where a best path of any motorist counts, teamwork is a pivotal factor. And that worked ideally with all Porsche squads.”
More quotes in a press release (downloads).
Saturday, 27 July
15:35 – 16:15 hrs: Start ceremony
16:30 hrs: Start Total 24 Hours of Spa