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WEC: Porsche GT Team serve extends universe championship lead

Their works motorist colleagues, Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark), achieved fifth place in a ca. 510-hp sports automobile from Weissach. After a sixth of this season’s 8 races, a twin in a No. 92 automobile binds a transparent championship lead. In a manufacturer’s classification, Porsche has succeeded in serve fluctuating a tip position. In a GTE-Am class, a Dempsey Proton Racing patrol notched adult a second true win.

The Sebring competition (USA), that was capped during 8 hours, on a 6.02-kilometre circuit ran but occurrence over prolonged stretches for Bruni (Italy) and Lietz (Austria). Thanks to flawless drives, good plan and ideal teamwork, a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR was regulating in second place. When sleet set in about 25 mins before a finish, creation an additional array stop necessary, a Manthey-Racing bureau organisation did a ideal pursuit and ensured that a automobile driven by Bruni and Lietz changed into a lead. With this, a winning motorist patrol have softened their ranking in a championship and changed adult to second place. Their world-championship-leading teammates gifted a competition of churned fortunes. Estre was incompetent to urge his stick position after a start, collided with an competition in a indirect follow and was thrown distant down a margin by a stop-and-go penalty. The few overtaking manoeuvres probable on this infamously rough line hampered him from throwing a heading pack. Rain in a shutting proviso did not change this situation. 

In a GTE-Am category, a Dempsey Proton Racing group distinguished another win. Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia), Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (France) and Christian Ried (Germany) were rewarded for their unchanging and flawless expostulate with initial place. The Porsche patron group Project 1 with works drivers Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), a American Patrick Lindsey and Egidio Perfetti (Norway) cumulative third place during a Sebring competition to urge their position in a altogether classification. Gulf Racing with Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (Austria) and a dual British racing drivers Ben Barker and Michael Wainwright achieved fourth. The No. 88 automobile fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing driven by Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) and his compatriots Giorgio Roda and Gianluca Roda resolved a competition on seventh place.

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “I’m totally delighted. After clinching stick position in both a WEC and IMSA and now winning a initial of dual races in Sebring, and in such formidable conditions in a shutting stages – we don’t get it improved than this. I’m also really unapproachable of a patron teams who did brilliantly in a GTE-Am class. Now we face a IMSA twelve-hour race, that we also take adult from stick position. It can continue accurately as it has been.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “What a ideal day. First stick position in both series, now feat during a 1,000-mile competition – it doesn’t get improved than this. At a final array stop in a rain, a group did an unblemished tyre change and, with a improved strategy, managed to make adult some-more than 5 seconds over a formerly heading BMW. Congratulations to a mechanics – they finished this feat possible. A one-two outcome would also have been probable today. Unfortunately a chastisement threw a series 92 automobile down a field. Still, we’ve extended a lead in a universe championship and we’re intensely pleased.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “It’s a illusory outcome for us drivers and for Porsche. The approach a group managed to mortar us to a front during a final array stop was simply sensational. This shows usually how special a organisation is. The fact that we were means to win a 1,000-mile competition during a lapse of a WEC to Sebring is incredible. For me privately it’s even some-more special: it’s a initial time I’ve won a competition for Porsche. That means so many to me.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The sleet during a finish was a blessing. Gimmi managed to keep a automobile solid on a soppy track, and a group worked during lightning speed. That was a wilful cause in a race. Everything ran ideally for us. I’m totally over a moon with my initial win of this season.” 

More quotes in a press release (downloads).

GTE-Pro class
1. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 226 laps
2. Tomczyk/Catsburg/Sims (D/NL/GB), BMW M8 GTE, 226 laps
3. Priaulx/Tincknell/Bomarito (GB/GB/USA), Ford GT, 225 laps
5. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 225 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 221 laps
2. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 221 laps
3. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 221 laps
4. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 221 laps
7. Roda/Roda/Cairoli (I/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 219 laps

Piloting their ca. 510-hp competition automobile with starting series 91, Richard Lietz (Austria) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) will take adult turn 6 of this year’s Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) from eighth on a grid. In a GT-Am category, patron teams Dempsey Proton Racing (#77) and Project 1 (#56) sealed out a initial grid row.

The Porsche GT Team kept both bureau cars in a array line during a opening proviso of a subordinate in an try to equivocate complicated trade during a hunt for tip times. Christensen finished a best use of a conditions with a quick path time; his teammate Estre incited a ideal path utilising all a hold of his uninformed tyres. The total time of 1:57.500 mins put a twin during a tip of a time piece and warranted them an additional championship point. Bruni during times encountered complicated trade during his subordinate attempt. Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell was a fastest in a GT-Am class. The Australian, who won a Bathurst 12-hour competition in Australia during a commencement of February, will take adult a competition over 1,000 miles (or 8 hours) from a initial grid mark with his teammates Christian Ried (Germany) and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (France).

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “It’s simply ideal when we measure stick position with a world-championship-leading automobile and acquire an additional indicate for it. That’s how we illusory a Sebring performance. It’s also a good pleasure to see how good a patron teams have positioned themselves for a prolonged race, with first, second and fifth on a grid. A outrageous enrich to a Project 1 squad. They had to build adult a totally new automobile after an occurrence in a exam before to a competition weekend.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We managed to find an glorious change for a car. Our changes to a cessation setup were perfect. The automobile ran really good in qualifying. As against to a competitors, we didn’t use a second set of uninformed tyres. We wish that this plan will compensate off for us in a competition and that we can make a many of this advantage.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We’re substantially a usually group who opted out of regulating another set of uninformed tyres. That was a right decision, since early on in my subordinate army a line was so unwashed that a initial path was usually good for cleaning adult a rubber. In a second path we held adult to an Aston Martin. Otherwise we would have really finished improved than position eight.”

GTE-Pro class
1. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:57.500 minutes
2. Priaulx/Tincknell/Bomarito (GB/GB/USA), Ford GT, + 0.115 seconds
3. Mücke/Pla/Johnson (D/F/USA), Ford GT, + 0.214 seconds
8. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.613 seconds

GTE-Am class
1. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:59.790 minutes
2. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.145 seconds
3. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, + 0.286 seconds
5. Roda/Roda/Cairoli (I/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.627 seconds
8. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 4.007 seconds