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Spa: Strong start for Porsche patron teams

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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.

Kévin Estre, GPX Racing, race, 24 Hours of Spa, 2019, Porsche AG
Kévin Estre has done adult a lot of belligerent for a group GPX 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 clever 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, though 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 clever 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, though 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).

The qualifying

911 GT3 R (99), ROWE Racing, giveaway practice, 24 Hours of Spa, 2019, Porsche AG

Porsche’s patron teams have delivered a clever 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.

Qualifying quotes

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 clever 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, though 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).

The schedule

Saturday, 27 July
15:35 – 16:15 hrs: Start ceremony
16:30 hrs: Start Total 24 Hours of Spa

The 24-hour competition can be noticed around live tide on a internet website of a Blancpain GT Series as good as on a homepage of a Intercontinental GT Challenge.