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WEC: Perfect debut: One-two for a new Porsche 911 RSR during Silverstone

The race

A ideal tactic from a universe champion team, clever pushing performances, quick array stops, and a arguable and quick automobile in both dry and a soppy conditions were a pivotal factors for this double win.

After a common subordinate performance, a dual Porsche 911 RSR run by a bureau patrol took adult a four-hour foe from positions 4 and 6 on a grid. In balmy conditions in a early phase, a dual new GTE racers from Weissach primarily done adult unequivocally small ground. A complicated showering after around 90 mins of racing altered a conditions significantly. In contrariety to a rivals, a Porsche GT Team opted for sleet tyres – an ideal choice. The drivers done ideal use of a softened tyre hold on a soppy lane and managed to lift good transparent of a domain in a new 911 RSR, that is formed on a high-performance 911 GT3 RS*. This considerable margin, however, left when a reserve automobile was deployed after dual hours of racing. In a remaining 120 minutes, a drivers staved off attacks from a foe on a drying lane and crossed a finish line in initial and second place, distant by 3.802 seconds. 

In a GTE-Am class, a best-placed Porsche 911 RSR (last year’s model) achieved fourth place. Right adult until a final array stop, a all-British motorist choice of Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Andrew Watson were on march for a lectern outcome in a No. 86 automobile fielded by Gulf Racing. Fifth place went to a No. 77 automobile run by Dempsey-Proton Racing with Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia), Christian Ried (Germany) and Riccardo Pera (Italy). The sister automobile with a starting array 88, in that Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) had his initial outing, finished on eleventh. The dual Porsche 911 RSR campaigned by Project 1 yielded positions 6 (No. 56) and 10 (No. 57).

After a double feat during a opening spin of a 2019/2020 season, Porsche leads all categories of a GTE-Pro class. Next adult on a calendar is a foe in Fuji (Japan) on 6 October. 

Comments on a race

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “At a foe premiere, a new Porsche 911 RSR clearly exceeded a expectations. Congratulations to a drivers and a group for a ideal opening during Silverstone. This good success was usually probable since a whole Porsche Motorsport group did such glorious work. Many interjection to everybody who contributed to this plan and done a new automobile into a winner.” 

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “What a illusory weekend. Our patron group Proton Racing won a ELMS on Saturday, and a day after we grasp a one-two with a new Porsche 911 RSR in a universe championship – it doesn’t get improved than that. A outrageous appreciate we to a group during a racetrack and to everybody during a Weissach Motorsport Centre. The tough work of a final few months has paid off.”

Jeromy Moore (Technical Project Manager Porsche 911 RSR): “A double feat during a initial foe – a entrance of a racing automobile can’t get improved than that. we consider a new Porsche 911 RSR has clearly underlined a qualities right off a bat. we entirely enjoyed a race, generally a final result. I’m certain that all a growth engineers in my group who followed a foe from Germany felt a same way.”

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “It’s incredible. We trafficked to Silverstone with a idea of achieving a plain outcome during a lass foe of a new Porsche 911 RSR. And we picked adult accurately where we left off final season. Perfect teamwork, clever performances in a cockpit and a quick racing automobile – these factors enabled us to move home this double victory. A dream has come loyal for us.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Our group opted for a ideal tactic. we was in initial place after a array stop and had a transparent run. This enabled me to build a wilful lead, that we confirmed to a flag. A entrance of a new racing automobile can’t be better. I’m unapproachable to be partial of this implausible team.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We spent a year building a new automobile and couldn’t wait for a initial foe outing. To soon win a foe is perfect. We done this feat probable by ideal tactics. There is still a lot to learn with a new Porsche 911 RSR. At a successive spin we wish to perform even stronger in a qualifying.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “It was a good foe with many duels and copiousness of movement on a track. That was good fun. It’s a empathize for us that we narrowly missed out on winning, though for Porsche it was a ideal start to a new season.” 

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Our automobile was quick over a whole race. Unfortunately it wasn’t utterly adequate to win. Perhaps we mislaid essential time during a final array stop. We’ll now have to take a tighten demeanour during that.”

Race result

GTE-Pro class
1. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 115 laps
2. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 3.802 seconds
3. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage, + 6.286 seconds
4. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, + 16.054 seconds
5. Thiim/Sörensen (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 114 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Perrodo/Collard/Nielsen (F/F/DK), Ferrari 488 GTE, 114 laps
2. Dalla Lana/Turner/Gunn (CDN/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 113 laps
3. Ishikawa/Beretta/Cozzolino (J/I/J), Ferrari 488 GTE, 113 laps
4. Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 113 laps
5. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 113 laps
6. Perfetti/Kolkmann/Cairoli (N/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 113 laps
10. Keating/Frage/Bleekemolen (USA/BR/NL), Porsche 911 RSR, 112 laps
11. Preining/Giraudi/Sanchez (A/I/MEX), Porsche 911 RSR, 111 laps

The qualifying

The new Porsche 911 RSR will start a racing entrance from a second grid row. In subordinate for a season-opening spin of a FIA World Endurance Championship during Silverstone, a Italian Gianmaria Bruni and his Austrian works motorist teammate Richard Lietz planted a No. 91 automobile on fourth place. The reigning universe champions Kévin Estre from France and Michael Christensen from Denmark claimed a sixth grid mark in a sister automobile with a starting array 92.

Between a third giveaway use in a morning and a subordinate eventuality during midday, a lane conditions during a British Formula 1 circuit had altered significantly. The dual new Porsche 911 RSR, that had achieved impressively in a initial eventuality of a day, were not ideally setup for a opposite conditions. Bruni spun early in his second drifting lap. A successive tyre forsake shop-worn a front of a No. 91 vehicle. The mechanics remade a automobile in record time so that teammate Lietz could time a good path time to secure fourth place. Christensen and Estre veered from a ideal line several times during their prohibited laps due to a reduction than optimal automobile balance. Under these circumstances, some-more than sixth place on a grid was not possible. 

In a GTE-Am class, Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) and Egidio Perfetti (Norway) incited a second quickest time in a Porsche 911 RSR from final year. The span share a cockpit of a No. 56 automobile fielded by a Project 1 patrol for a four-hour foe on Sunday (start during 1pm CEST) with Germany’s David Kolkmann. 

Qualifying quotes

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “The subordinate didn’t go utterly as we’d anticipated. The cars weren’t as good offset as they had been in a prior practices, that resulted in a drivers creation several mistakes. A lot is probable from positions 4 and six. We’re streamer into a foe feeling optimistic, since a new automobile has clearly underlined a qualities during use with glorious coherence and quick path times. Apart from a qualifying, a entrance weekend has left unequivocally good so far. we wish this continues in a race.”

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “Our drivers were intensely gratified with a automobile doing in a use sessions. Unfortunately, it wasn’t utterly right in a qualifying. The change and a tyre vigour were not within a ideal window. That’s since we’re not on a starting positions we’d directed for. We’ll now analyse a information closely and pull a conclusions for Sunday. We’ll go all-out in a foe and underline a strengths of a new car.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “After my initial quick path we wanted to unequivocally go for it on a second lap. Then, as if out of nowhere, we spun in a second dilemma – in a mark where we frequency expostulate and never had problems. The spin caused a tyre problem, that afterwards shop-worn partial of a front. Our organisation did a first-class pursuit in repair it quickly. Richard managed to spin a good path and kept us on fourth place.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We gifted a lot in a brief qualifying: spin, tyre defect, repairs to a front. That was unequivocally intense. we was means to spin my laps routinely after a repairs. Ultimately, fourth place was probable – a position that is positively glorious for a initial tour of a new Porsche 911 RSR.” 

Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class
1. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 1:54.171 minutes
2. Rigon/Molina (I/E), Ferrari 488 GTE, + 0.131 seconds
3. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.821 seconds
4. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.896 seconds
6. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.322 seconds

GTE-Am class
1. Yoluc/Eastwood/Adam (TR/IRL/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 1:56.034 minutes
2. Perfetti/Kolkmann/Cairoli (N/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.337 seconds
3. Dalla Lana/Turner/Gunn (CDN/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.435 seconds
6. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.317 seconds
7. Preining/Giraudi/Sanchez (A/I/MEX), Porsche 911 RSR, + 1.473 seconds
9. Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, + 2.165 seconds


The reigning universe champions Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen claimed a sixth grid spot

The new Porsche 911 RSR celebrates a foe entrance during a season-opening spin of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The initial foe of a 2019/2020 deteriorate will be hold on a weekend of 30 Aug to 1 Sep during a Formula 1 racetrack during Silverstone (Great Britain). The Porsche GT Team, that tackles a FIA WEC as a reigning manufacturers’ universe champion, fields dual sports cars from Weissach in a foe over 4 hours. In a GTE-Am category, a patron teams Project 1, Gulf Racing and Dempsey Proton Racing debate a sum of 5 of final year’s Porsche 911 RSR models. 

The race

For a initial time, a FIA WEC deteriorate kicks off in summer. The initial spin during Silverstone offers another speciality: The Sports Car World Endurance Championship deviates from a customary format of a past with six-hour races. The generation of a foe in Great Britain will now be 4 hours. The storied circuit in a British Midlands, with a mythological passages such as Copse, Stowe and Becketts, poses large hurdles for drivers, engineers and teams. Moreover, sleet can always be approaching in a British Isles, even in late summer. In a past dual seasons, a Porsche GT Team has achieved a lectern outcome during Silverstone in a fiercely contested GTE-Pro class. 

The Porsche GT Team drivers

Austria’s Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni from Italy tackle a foe in a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR. The second Porsche 911 RSR (No. 92) is common by a drivers’ universe champions Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark). After winning all universe titles in a 2018/2019 Super Season, a motorist combinations in a dual bureau cars stays unvaried for a arriving season. 

The patron teams

The prior year’s indication with a starting array 56 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 (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 expostulate a ca. 510 hp No. 86 racer run by a patron group Gulf Racing. Manning a dual vehicles fielded by a German patrol Dempsey-Proton Racing (#77 and #88) are a dual Porsche Young Professionals Matt Campbell (Australia) and Thomas Preining (Austria) as good as group owners Christian Ried (Germany) and a Italian Riccardo Pera. With 5 Porsche 911 RSR, a sports automobile manufacturer from Stuttgart is represented by a largest fortuitous in a GTE-Am category. 

The Porsche 911 RSR

The new Porsche 911 RSR (2019 indication year) contests a lass foe during a season-opening spin of a FIA WEC in Silverstone. The automobile from Weissach, that produces around 515 hp depending on a atmosphere restrictor, was launched on a arise of a Goodwood Festival of Speed (Great Britain) in Jul 2019. 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 911 RSR

The schedule

The four-hour FIA WEC foe during Silverstone gets underway on Sunday, 1 Sep during midday internal time (1pm CEST).

The foe on TV and a Internet

A live promote of a season-opening spin of a FIA WEC will be shown on www.sport1.de. The free-to-air hire Sport 1 will promote endless highlights of a Silverstone foe in a Porsche GT Magazine on 1 Sep from 10.45pm. Eurosport televises a final proviso live from 3.50pm. The pay-TV channel Motorsport.TV televises a initial foe of a deteriorate in full length. For a fee, a FIA WEC app offers live streaming and live timing. 

Comments before a race

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “During endless tests as good as a voluntary of a FIA WEC in Barcelona, a new Porsche 911 RSR ran though problems. We’re branch adult as a universe champions with a transparent goal: to urge a title. The automobile is code new and swell has been achieved in many areas compared to a successful predecessor. With a group and a motorist crews in a dual sports cars, we’re adhering with a reliable specialists. And nonetheless a tragedy is high among everybody concerned in a initial foe of a new automobile – all a signs demeanour glorious to produce some-more successes.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “There are a few innovations for a new FIA WEC season. The array starts in summer with a Silverstone event, a foe distances have altered and a rivals in a GTE-Pro difficulty have a deteriorate of knowledge with their vehicles underneath their belt. We’re during a unequivocally commencement with a new car, though we’ve managed to prepared ideally for a new challenges. The team, drivers and a new Porsche 911 RSR are prepared for a start. We’re fervent to build on a world-class performances of final deteriorate with some-more successes.” 

Alexander Stehlig (Programme Manager FIA WEC): “The final 18 months have been unequivocally intense. Parallel to a universe championship season, we conducted endless tests with a new Porsche 911 RSR. For this reason, we’re all looking brazen to finally rebellious a initial foe with a new car. Despite all a changes, there are dual critical constants: a dual motorist pairings and a group behind a mission. So we’re unequivocally assured we’re following in a good footsteps of a aged RSR and in doing good during a Silverstone race.” 

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Starting a new deteriorate in summer takes a bit of removing used to. This is a effect of a FIA WEC’s supposed ‘winter calendar’. I’m gratified that, after a duration of complete testing, a time has finally come to go racing with a new Porsche 911 RSR. The rival sourroundings has altered for a arriving season, though a difficulty stays intensely rival with glorious cars and fast, seasoned drivers. Our automobile is new and we still have a lot to learn, though I’m anticipating for a tip outcome during a initial foe of a season.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “At a phenomenon of a new Porsche 911 RSR we got crow bumps when we had a possibility to expostulate adult a mountain during Goodwood in front of zealous fans. Now we’ll take a new baby for a initial race. I’m extraordinary and vehement to tackle my second FIA WEC deteriorate for Porsche. we have desirous goals for me and my teammate Richard Lietz. We aim to be during a unequivocally front this season.” 

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “To be means to take on a new deteriorate as universe champion is a unequivocally special feeling, of course. The expectation is huge. We’re confronting a vital plea since we’re competing with a code new vehicle. Everything ran ideally with a tests, and a formula during a voluntary looked good, too. Still, we have to wait and see where we indeed mount compared to a competition. Silverstone always attracts a lot of spectators. This and a fact that it’s a superb lane make a foe a lot of fun.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Of course, as final year’s champions a goals are high. We wish to win and explain some-more titles. The new Porsche 911 RSR tender us during a tests. Now we’re all unequivocally extraordinary to see how a automobile performs in approach comparison to a competition. The fact that a group is clever is totally over doubt after winning a universe championship. We have all a mixture for serve successes.”

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “I’m holding on a 2019/2020 deteriorate for a new team, though I’m already informed with a squad. In 2015 we contested a Porsche one-make cups with Project 1. Winning a pretension in a WEC entrance deteriorate underlines how clever a group is in continuation racing. I’m streamer to Silverstone feeling encouraged and full of energy. I’m looking brazen to operative with Egidio and David. We are penetrating to continue a successes of final season.” 

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “I’m gay to conduct into my second FIA WEC deteriorate again with Dempsey-Proton Racing. We’re a well-oiled team. We demonstrated this clearly with tip formula final season. Unfortunately it wasn’t utterly adequate to move home a title, though we aim to change that this season. We have each event to win a championship in a GTE-Am difficulty and we wish to lay a substructure for this with a feat during Silverstone.” 

Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “That fact that a new deteriorate starts a good dual months after a large deteriorate culmination during Le Mans feels a small strange. There was no genuine break. For me as a motorist that’s good, since I’d be happy to expostulate a Porsche 911 RSR each day. I’m extraordinary about my new team. we like a Silverstone Circuit. It has quick passages and there are always illusory duels. If we wish to be successful there, we have to conduct your tyres perfectly. That’s what we’ll concentration on.” 

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 foe 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.