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WEC: Porsche sets sights on scoring another success in China

Thanks to a feat during a final foe in Fuji (Japan) to interpretation a initial half of a season, Porsche has combined a lead in a GTE-Pro difficulty of a World Sports Car Championship. Porsche is now fervent to extend this advantage over a foe from Ferrari, BMW, Aston Martin and Ford during a final foe of a 2018 year. Moreover, 3 patron teams quarrel for points towards a GTE-Am difficulty with 4 additional Porsche 911 RSR.

The Porsche GT Team has a measure to settle during a Shanghai International Circuit. Last year, both 911 RSR were during times on march for victory. Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) mislaid around 15 seconds when they were shunted by an LMP1 antecedent in a final third of a foe and finished second. The sister automobile late early. In a 2014 season, a Porsche GT Team distinguished a one-two outcome on a Formula 1 circuit in China. The following year, a Dane Michael Christensen and Lietz won. Shanghai has hosted a World Endurance Championship (WEC) each year given 2012. The Grand Prix circuit places high final on a tyres and offers many overtaking opportunities.


Sharing pushing duties in a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR are Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy). At a 6 WEC races contested in Shanghai, a Austrian has climbed a lectern 4 times. Bruni is anticipating to explain his initial win on a different racetrack only outward a Chinese metropolis. Kévin Estre and Christensen share a cockpit of a No. 93 sister car. After their feat during a 24 Hours of Le Mans with Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), a twin from France and Denmark went on to win a many new foe in Japan.

Three patron teams margin 4 additional Porsche 911 RSR in a GTE-Am class. The German Project 1 team, that cumulative a initial WEC feat in Fuji, fields a No. 56 Porsche for Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Egidio Perfetti (Norway) and Patrick Lindsey (USA). The Porsche-Junior Thomas Preining will competition his second foe in a World Sports Car Championship. The Austrian shares a No. 86 automobile fielded by Gulf Racing with a dual British racing drivers Ben Barker and Michael Wainwright. Dempsey-Proton Racing targets some-more successes with dual Porsche 911 RSR. Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Great Britain), Porsche-Junior Julien Andlauer (France) and Christian Ried (Germany) now lead a championship with a No. 77 car. Sharing pushing duties in a No. 88 sister automobile are Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli from Italy, his compatriot Riccardo Pera and Khaled Al Qubaisi (United Arab Emirates).

911 RSR, race, FIA WEC, Fuji, 2018, Porsche AG

The Porsche 911 RSR distinguished a World Sports Car Championship (WEC) entrance during Silverstone in 2017. So distant this season, a racer from Weissach has clinched a one-two outcome in a GTE-Pro difficulty during Le Mans and cumulative a GTE-Am difficulty category win during a continuation classical in France as good as during a Silverstone race. The RSR with a four-litre fighter engine is formed on a seventh era of a iconic 911 sports automobile and produces around 510 hp depending on a restrictor. With a sum of 6 vehicles, a Porsche code is represented by a largest fortuitous of GT racers in a World Sports Car Championship.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “After winning a Fuji foe we’re streamer to Shanghai feeling rarely motivated. But we have to consider a conditions realistically. Our win in Japan wasn’t wholly a possess doing, several things happened that played into a hands. With this in mind, a foe in China positively won’t be a foregone conclusion. We have to stay entirely focused to equivocate creation any mistakes. If we conduct to do this and make a many of a 911 RSR’s potential, we should be means to stand a lectern during Shanghai – maybe even a tip step.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “The Formula 1 circuit in Shanghai is really demanding, generally on a tyres. This is partly due to a really prolonged initial right-hander. Our Porsche 911 RSR has to have a ideal setup for this turn. Our victories in Fuji and during Road Atlanta underlined that a automobile has really special qualities over a distance. In 2017 we achieved really strongly in Shanghai, though we weren’t rewarded with a win. Now we wish to redress that.”

More quotes in a press release (downloads).

The six-hour WEC foe in Shanghai gets underway on Sunday, Nov 18, 2018, during 4:00 hours CET (11.00 hrs internal time).

The free-to-air hire Sport1 will promote a foe live from 6:00 to 8:00 hrs as good as a final proviso (9:00 to 10:15 hrs). The whole foe can be noticed free-of-charge around live streaming on The foe is also aired in full length on a pay-TV channel Sport 1 Plus. Including a pre- and post-race coverage, a broadcasting runs from 3:30 to 10:30 hrs. The free-TV hire Eurosport 1 televises a foe from 6:30 to 8:30 hrs and from 9:30 to 10:15 hrs. Moreover, a whole foe can be watched on a pay-TV channel Eurosport Player. Motorsport.TV also broadcasts a whole six-hour foe live. For a fee, a FIA WEC app offers live streaming of a finish foe as good as a time-keeping.

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 GT Team contests a GTE-Pro class, while a patron teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Racing quarrel for honours in a GTE-Am class.