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WEC: First stick position for a new Porsche 911 RSR

The qualifying

The No. 92 sister automobile driven by Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) will tackle a six-hour competition from a sixth grid spot. In a GTE-Am class, Porsche’s German patron group Project 1 achieved a initial grid position.

Under blues skies and in temperatures of around 30 degrees Celsius during a feet of a famous Mount Fuji, a subordinate incited into a retaining shootout. Initially, a Porsche GT Team employed plan and sent usually a series 92 automobile out with universe sports automobile champion Estre during a wheel. In complicated traffic, a Frenchman done teenager errors. Afterwards, his teammate Christensen nudged a barriers somewhat in his initial drifting lap. As a outcome of a repairs to a behind of a car, a Dane was incompetent to urge on his time.

The tactic of a No. 91 vehicle, however, worked perfectly. Bruni (Italy) found a decent opening in a unenlightened trade and primarily set a third fastest time. Lietz (Austria) afterwards managed to make full use of a measureless intensity of a new Porsche 911 RSR (2019 indication year), that is formed on a high-performance 911 GT3 RS road-going sports car. With an normal time of 1:37.356 minutes, a WEC front-runners posted a initial stick position for Stuttgart sports automobile manufacturer’s new racer.

In a GTE-Am category, a Brazilian Felipe Fraga and a American Ben Keating set a fastest time during a circle of a Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Project 1. The span shares a cockpit of a No. 57 automobile with a gifted Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen. The No. 56 sister automobile of a German patrol takes adult a second competition of a deteriorate from fifth place. The dual matching ca. 510 hp vehicles campaigned by Dempsey-Proton Racing start from a positions 6 and eight. Gulf Racing competent on ninth.

Qualifying quotes

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “Richard and Gimmi incited unblemished laps, we can usually honour them. The fact that we’re starting from stick after only a second subordinate of a deteriorate with a Porsche 911 RSR on a behind of a feat from a season-opening spin during Silverstone is a transparent sign: a code new automobile is a genuine deal. This creates me assured for a six-hour race.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “We can all feel unapproachable of a lass stick position for a new Porsche 911 RSR. So distant during Fuji we’ve were during a tip in all sessions. That bodes good for a clever opening in a race. we have churned feelings about a qualifying. Things didn’t go so good with a series 92 car. We have to take a good demeanour during what happened there.”

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): Pole position is a ideal prerogative for a whole team. In annoy of a Silverstone victory, we had some task to do. It was essential to get some-more speed over an whole path out of a car. It seems we succeeded in this. It’s a contrition that it didn’t go so good for a sister car, though even from sixth place all is possible.

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Everything ran like clockwork for us. Our group put a ideally prepared Porsche 911 RSR on a lane for us for this morning’s qualifying. We drivers afterwards done a many of a car’s outrageous intensity in a session. Our starting position for a competition is perfect. I’m assured that we’ll be clever over a six-hour duration.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We found a good subordinate setup during a giveaway practice. Pole position is a outrageous success. Now we’ll set a automobile adult for a race. I’m extraordinary to see if a setup for a six-hour competition is as good. To set stick position after a feat during Silverstone is a ideal approach to start a season.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “The car’s change wasn’t bad, it was only that we lacked a bit of speed. Now we have to see why. The plan implemented by a sister automobile seemed to be better. We’re not unequivocally where we wish to be, though we still design a chances to be good for a race.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I wanted to try another drifting path and we went all-out in spin three. Unfortunately we went too far-reaching and we mislaid a behind of a automobile on a kerb and a bumps behind it and we strike a barriers. Unfortunately this means additional work for a mechanics. It’s a pity, though that’s how it goes in engine racing sometimes.”

Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class
1. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:37.356 minutes
2. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 1:37.379 minutes
3. Thiim/Sörensen (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 1:37.466 minutes
6. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:37.980 minutes

GTE-Am class
1. Keating/Fraga/Bleekemolen (USA/BR/NL), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:38.733 minutes
2. Yoluc/Eastwood/Adam (TR/IRL/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 1:38.821 minutes
3. Perrodo/Collard/Nielsen (F/F/DK), Ferrari 488 GTE, 1:38.850 minutes
5. Perfetti/Heinemeier Hansson/Cairoli (N/DK/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:39.022 minutes
6. Preining/de Leener/Hoshino (A/B/J), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:39.025 minutes
8. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:39.549 minutes
9. Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:39.610 minutes

Full results:

The preview

Porsche heads to spin dual of a FIA World Endurance Championship during Fuji (Japan) as a personality of all GTE-Pro classifications. After claiming a one-two outcome during a season-opener from Silverstone (Great Britain), a successful works patrol is aiming to again finish on a lectern with a dual Porsche 911 RSR racers. In a GTE-Am category, a patron teams Project 1, Gulf Racing and Dempsey Proton Racing margin a sum of 5 Porsche 911 RSR in final year’s spec.  The 4.563-kilometre-long Fuji Raceway presents engineers and drivers with special challenges. The racetrack, that was non-stop in 1965, facilities a multiple of many parsimonious passages and a prolonged 1.475-kilometre start-finish straight. Working out a suitable setup requires a concede between high speed and a good understanding of downforce in a corners. During a Japanese gale season, a races contested during a feet of a famous Mount Fuji are mostly tormented by fanciful continue conditions. In 2013, a competition had to be red-flagged after 16 laps due to torrential rain. In a 2018/2019 Super Season, a reigning universe drivers’ champions Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) distinguished a wilful feat during Fuji with their Porsche 911 RSR on a approach to winning a title. 

The Porsche GT Team drivers

Silverstone winners Richard Lietz (Austria) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) tackle spin dual of a 2019/2020 FIA WEC deteriorate in a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR. The second automobile (No. 92) is common by a reigning champions Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark). After a one-two outcome during a season-opening spin with a dual new Porsche 911 RSR, a motorist crews now arrange initial and second in a universe championship standings. Porsche heads to a second competition of a deteriorate as a personality of a manufacturer’s classification. 

The patron teams

The series 56 Porsche 911 RSR in final year’s spec fielded by a patron group Project 1 is common by Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy), a reigning GTE-Am champion and Le Mans difficulty leader Egidio Perfetti from Norway as good as David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark). Sharing pushing duties in a No. 57 sister automobile is a American Ben Keating, Felipe Fraga from Brazil and a former Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup champion Jeroen Bleekemolen from a Netherlands.

The all-British motorist choice of Ben Barker, Andrew Watson and Michael Wainwright will helm a No. 86 racer run by Gulf Racing. In a No. 77 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey-Proton Racing, a Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) joins army with group owners Christian Ried (Germany) and a Italian Riccardo Pera. In a No. 88 sister car, Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) will be assimilated by Adrien de Leener (Belgium) and Satoshi Hoshino (Japan). With 5 vehicles on a grid, Porsche is represented by a largest fortuitous in a fiercely contested GTE-Am class. 

The Porsche 911 RSR

The new Porsche 911 RSR (2019 indication year) contests a lass competition in a FIA WEC. The automobile from Weissach, that produces around 515 hp depending on a atmosphere restrictor, is formed on a high-performance 911 GT3 RS* road-going sports car. Compared to a intensely successful prototype model, a automobile for a GTE-Pro difficulty of a FIA WEC perceived improvements to areas such as driveability, efficiency, ergonomics and serviceability. About 95 percent of a automobile is new. The 911 RSR is powered by a 4.2-litre, six-cylinder fighter engine. 

The schedule

The six-hour FIA WEC competition during Fuji gets underway on Sunday, 6 Oct during 11am internal time (4am CEST).

The competition on TV and a Internet

Round dual of a FIA WEC deteriorate will be shown in full length on The free-to-air hire Sport 1 will publish live from Japan on 6 Oct from 3:55am to 8:00am. The pay-TV hire Sport 1+ broadcasts a whole competition live from 3:30am to 10:30am. Eurosport televises a final proviso live from 8.30am. Motorsport.TV televises a competition in Japan in full length. For a fee, a FIA WEC app offers live streaming and live timing. 

The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC

In a Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), that was initial contested in 2012, sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest in 4 classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. They all contest together in one competition though are personal separately. The Porsche bureau patrol contests a GTE-Pro difficulty as a reigning universe manufacturers’ champions, while a patron teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Racing quarrel for honours in a GTE-Am class.