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WEC: Porsche defends universe championship lead with lectern outcome in Japan

The race

Porsche has successfully shielded a lead in a universe championship during spin dual of FIA World Endurance Championship. At a six-hour competition in Fuji (Japan), Denmark’s Michael Christensen and a Frenchman Kévin Estre finished in second place with a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR. At a same time, a universe champions changed into a lead of a drivers’ championship. Their bureau motorist colleagues Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Richard Lietz (Austria), who won a season-opening spin during Silverstone (Great Britain), saw a checkered dwindle in sixth place. In a GTE-Am class, a Porsche patron group from Germany, Project 1, finished on third place. 

Christensen and Estre launched an considerable assign by a margin in a competition during a feet of Mount Fuji. Thanks to quick path times and a team’s crafty vital decisions, a ca. 515 hp 911 RSR, that is formed on a high-performance Porsche 911 GT3 RS* road-going sports car, worked a approach adult a sequence from a final grid spot. When sleet set in after a initial third of a race, a Porsche GT Team opted for a best tyre choice, and finished a array stops during a right time during a counsel phases. The Silverstone winners, Lietz and Bruni, had reduction fitness in a series 91 sister car. A puncture, a drive-through chastisement and ongoing misfiring problems relegated a polesitters down a margin to sixth place. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche retains a lead after spin dual of a season. In a drivers’ championship, Christensen/Estre have changed into a lead forward of their works motorist colleagues Bruni/Lietz (position 3). 


Christensen and Estre launched an considerable assign by a field

In a GTE-Am category, a Porsche patron group Project 1 distinguished a initial lectern outcome of a season. Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands), Ben Keating (USA) and Felipe Fraga (Brazil) achieved third place after a energetic follow in a No. 57 Porsche 911 RSR. The fortuitous had taken adult a competition from a behind of a grid. The No. 56 sister car, driven by Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) among others, crossed a finish line in seventh place. The dual Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey-Proton Racing resolved a competition on fifth and ninth place. The matching automobile campaigned by Gulf Racing came eighth. 

Round 3 of a 2019/2020 World Endurance Sports Car Championship will be contested on 10 Nov in Shanghai (China). 

Comments on a race

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “After a one-two success during Silverstone we’ve now finished on a lectern during Fuji with a new Porsche 911 RSR. We’re still during a tip of a manufacturers’ championship, and a Porsche twin is also streamer a driver’s classification. Our change piece looks good. We’re now feeling assured and full of fad for a arriving competition in China.” 

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “The altogether outcome with both vehicles doesn’t unequivocally accommodate a expectations, though we’re gratified about second place for a series 92 car. In a initial dual races of a season, we’ve cumulative a one-two during Silverstone as good as a lectern outcome and stick position during Fuji. That’s a good start for a new Porsche 911 RSR. We’re streamer to a subsequent races feeling rarely motivated.” 

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “Pole position on Saturday, second in a competition on Sunday, we can be unequivocally gratified with this. Everything went according to devise with a series 92 car, though a series 91 automobile was tormented with troubles. Damage from a puncture, a drive-through chastisement and misfiring – it seems flattering many all that could go wrong did go wrong. we wish that we’ve used adult all a bad fitness for a rest of a season. We’ll be behind in full force again during Shanghai.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Early on in a competition a automobile was strong. we managed to quarrel among a frontrunners and even take a lead for a prolonged time. Then a chastisement and a puncture threw us down a field. When a misfiring began, all a chances went adult in smoke. Such things can infrequently occur with a code new car. What’s critical is that a automobile has outrageous potential.” 

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “After a super stick position on Saturday, we were unhappy with how a competition went for us on Sunday. Our gait was good during a commencement though unfortunately a penalty, tyre problem and misfiring relegated us to sixth place. We’ll now take a unequivocally good demeanour during this and repair a problem.” 

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “After a bad fitness in subordinate we started with one set of tyres reduction than all a other cars. We finished adult for this waste with a ideal plan and flawless work in a cockpit. After finishing in second place twice in a quarrel we’re now during a tip of a championship standings. Like final year, we’d like to keep this position until a finish of a season.” 

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “When we start from a final grid mark and cranky a finish line in second, afterwards you’ve unequivocally finished all right. Our plan worked perfectly, we got a comprehensive limit out of it. Thanks to this lectern result, Kévin and we are now streamer a universe championship. We’re positively can’t protest about that.”

Race result

GTE-Pro class
1. Sörensen/Thiim (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 211 laps
2. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 210 laps
3. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage, 210 laps
6. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 208 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Yoluc/Eastwood/Adam (TR/IRL/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 208 laps
2. Perrodo/Collard/Nielsen (F/F/DK), Ferrari 488 GTE, 207 laps
3. Keating/Fraga/Bleekemolen (USA/BR/NL), Porsche 911 RSR, 207 laps
5. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 207 laps
7. Perfetti/Heinemeier Hansson/Cairoli (N/DK/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 206 laps 
8. Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 204 laps
9. Preining/de Leener/Hoshino (A/B/J), Porsche 911 RSR, 198 laps

The qualifying

The new Porsche 911 RSR will take adult spin dual of a FIA World Endurance Championship during Fuji (Japan) from stick position. Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz, a winners of a season-opener during Silverstone (Great Britain), incited a fastest path in a series 91 vehicle.

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 finished 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 finished 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

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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 www.sport1.de. 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.