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WEC: World champion Porsche aims to urge array lead in Japan

The race

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 foe 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 foe 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 category 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 foe 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 category 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. 


Comments before a race

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “After a implausible success during Silverstone a mood in a group and in a growth dialect during Weissach is during an all-time high. We’re heading all categories after a initial race. This not usually creates us assured for a tasks forward though also gives us a bit of a breather to improved familiarise ourselves with a new Porsche 911 RSR. There’s still a lot of intensity in a vehicle. That’s what we wish to denote during Fuji.” 

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “We mustn’t concede a one-two success of Silverstone to confuse us from investing some-more bid into optimising a setup of a new Porsche 911 RSR. I’m certain that a gifted group and a drivers will conduct to make some-more progress. At Fuji, we are penetrating to perform better, quite in qualifying, and to grasp a good starting position for a six-hour race.” 

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “The good success during Silverstone was interjection to a drivers’ exquisite efforts, a unequivocally good plan and a flawless pursuit from a whole group of mechanics and engineers. Nonetheless, we didn’t have a fastest automobile in a field. Now we wish to keep operative on a setup and make serve progress. No matter what continue is thrown during us in Japan, we’ll use each notation of lane time to benefit as many information as we can and afterwards use this to urge a car.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The new deteriorate began ideally with a one-two success. We can’t do improved than this in Japan. Despite a Silverstone victory, we have some work forward of us. We need to use a Fuji eventuality to serve urge a driveability of a new Porsche 911 RSR. We still have room for improvement, generally in a car’s balance. If we conduct to take these stairs during subordinate in Japan, afterwards we can wish for another tip outcome in a rival GTE-Pro class.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I unequivocally suffer Japan since of a genius of a people there. And a Fuji racetrack is also fascinating. Unfortunately a autumn continue is mostly not so good for engine racing. we wish it stays dry this year. We’d like fast conditions during a second foe tour of a new Porsche 911 RSR so that we can benefit as many insights as possible. In a universe championship, we wish to connect a position.” 

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I always feel desirous by a Japanese fans. They’re impossibly enthusiastic, and they provide a teams and drivers with measureless respect. This is simply incredible. We travelling there as final year’s winners, so we have good memories of Fuji. In Japan we’ll be behind to a customary WEC foe format of 6 hours. I’m certain that we’ll confront some tough competition.” 

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “The vital success during a initial spin in Great Britain was great, though it is no pledge of serve victories. We have to keep operative tough and make a many of a opportunities. We design a tasks in Fuji will be unequivocally opposite to what we faced recently during Silverstone. The racetrack has a unequivocally special impression and a continue can fast spin all upside down. What happens in a foe is unpredictable. But one thing is certain: once again, a fans will make a Fuji foe a genuine spectacle.” 

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “Our categorical idea during Fuji has to be to do several things a lot improved than during a Silverstone season-opener. We weren’t sorted there, and we also had bad fitness in a reserve automobile phases. I’m certain that as a group we’re means to learn unequivocally fast and immediately exercise those findings. Project 1 won a Fuji foe final year with a Porsche 911 RSR. That’s a good feeling for a arriving race.” 

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “Our gait was good during a opening spin of a deteriorate during Silverstone, though it didn’t interpret into a good result. We aim to change this during Fuji and again finish on a podium. We were good prepared there in 2018. The racetrack is one of my favourites on a FIA WEC calendar. The prolonged true leads onto a partly unequivocally slight passage, though it always flows nicely. That’s what we love.” 

The schedule

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

The foe 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 foe live from 3:30am to 10:30am. Eurosport televises a final proviso live from 8.30am. Motorsport.TV televises a foe 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 foe though are personal separately. The Porsche bureau patrol contests a GTE-Pro category 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.