Intercontinental GT Challenge: Porsche 911 GT3 R finish eleventh and twelfth in Japan

Kévin Estre (France), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) crossed a finish line during turn 3 of a Intercontinental GT Challenge in Japan directly in front of Romain Dumas, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany). Due to a late spin, a Manthey automobile narrowly missed out on a tip 10 symbol and finished behind a Craft-Bamboo entry.

Taking adult a competition from 17th on a grid, Porsche works drivers Estre and Vanthoor with Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet worked their approach adult a margin over a distance. After 275 laps, Vanthoor swept over a finish line usually 8 seconds forward of Werner. The German and his works motorist teammates Dumas and Makowiecki left their symbol in subordinate with sixth place. The competition on a 5.807-kilometre Suzuka Circuit in a Mie Prefecture was noted by impassioned steam and high temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius. Of a 35 vehicles to competition a race, 23 were driven exclusively by veteran drivers.

Bamber, Müller and Fujii dump out

Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Sven Müller (Germany) and Tomonobu Fujii from Japan, who common pushing duties in a cockpit of a array 7 Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by D’station Racing, did not see a flag. Bamber, a two-time undisguised Le Mans winner, late after around dual and a half hours after losing drive.

911 GT3 R, Craft-Bamboo Racing, competition 3, Suzuka, 2018, Porsche AG

In a Pro-Am difficulty for veteran and pledge drivers, both Porsche 911 GT3 R finished a full ten-hour distance. Driving for Black Swan Racing, Tim Pappas, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marc Miller scored fourth in their class. Like Manthey-Racing, a American patrol contests all rounds of this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge. In a second entrance (No. 77) of a D’station team, Satoshi Hoshino, Tsubasa Kondo and Jono Lester finished ninth in a Pro-Am class.

The Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) planted a array 911 patron automobile on P6 for turn 3 of a Intercontinental GT Challenge in Japan. Thirty-seven-year-old Makowiecki set a path time of 2:02.425 mins on Saturday during a final subordinate on a Suzuka Circuit.

The Porsche cars fielded by Craft-Bamboo Racing and D’station Racing also competent in a tip twenty: Kévin Estre posted a 17th quickest subordinate time in a ca. 500 hp patron competition racer campaigned by a Craft-Bamboo team. The Frenchman shares a cockpit of a array 991 automobile this weekend with his works motorist teammate Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (France). Earl Bamber (New Zealand) planted a D’station automobile on P19. His teammates in Suzuka are Sven Müller (Germany) and Tomonobu Fujii from Japan.

Two additional Porsche 911 GT3 R racers tackle a Pro-Am difficulty for professionals and amateurs this weekend. The second entrance of a Asian group D’station Racing with drivers Satoshi Hoshino, Tsubasa Kondo and Jono Lester resolved a subordinate on position 32. Tim Pappas, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Marc Miller share pushing duties in a #54 automobile of Black Swan Racing. The contingent took a 33rd grid spot. Like Manthey-Racing, a patrol from a USA contests all 4 rounds of this year’s Intercontinental GT Challenge.

The four-part subordinate on a 5.807-kilometre Grand Prix circuit took place in fever and a wet 34 degrees Celsius. Per vehicle, any motorist had to finish one of a initial 3 segments. The ensuing normal path time dynamic entrance into a tip twenty qualifying. In a fourth and final session, usually one motorist per automobile was available to go behind out on a track: from this, a fastest path counted.

The Intercontinental GT Challenge is a world’s initial racing series, in that vehicles complying with a FIA GT3 regulations make adult a tip class. The array was founded in 2016 by a SRO Motorsports Group underneath Stéphane Ratel. Rather than margin a bureau squad, Porsche supports general patron teams in their debate with a 911 GT3 R by providing works drivers and engineers from Weissach. For any race, a limit of 4 vehicles comparison by a manufacturer are entitled to acquire points. Of these, a dual best-placed vehicles during a finish of a competition are awarded points for a manufacturer’s altogether classification. In a driver’s category, however, a drivers of all cars nominated by manufacturers are authorised for points.

4 February: Bathurst 12 Hour, Bathurst/Australia
28/29 July: 24 Hours of Spa, Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
26 August: Suzuka 10 Hours, Suzuka/Japan
28 October: California 8 Hours, Monterey/USA

Porsche 911 GT3 R authorised for points during a Suzuka 10 Hours:
• #911 (Manthey-Racing)
• #991 (Craft-Bamboo Racing)
• #7 (D’station Racing)
• #54 (Black Swan Racing)

New on a 2018 calendar, a Suzuka 10 Hours outlines turn 3 of a Intercontinental GT Challenge. The initial book of a competition was hold here in 1966. This year’s competition will be contested over 10 hours instead of a prior 1,000 kilometres as support to a Super GT. Last season, around 45,000 spectators witnessed a Summer Endurance Race on a high-speed circuit in a Mie Prefecture.

Just like during a 24 Hours of Spa, a unchanging Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup bureau drivers Romain Dumas, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) will tackle a competition for Manthey-Racing. Also contesting a Pro difficulty for veteran drivers are Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), Kévin Estre and Porsche Young Professional Mathieu Jaminet (both France). The contingent share a cockpit of a 911 GT3 R fielded by Craft-Bamboo Racing, that also took on a season-opening competition during Bathurst, Australia. In a Pro automobile fielded by D’station Racing, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) joins army with internal favourite Tomonobu Fujii as good as his works motorist co-worker Sven Müller (Germany), who is contesting his second finish Super GT seasons for a Japanese patron group this year.

911 GT3 R, Craft-Bamboo Racing, Intercontinental GT Challenge, 2018, Porsche AG

The 911 GT3 R was designed by Porsche for worldwide GT3 series. Mounted with a ultra-modern, four-litre flat-six engine with approach fuel injection, a 368 kW (500 hp) patron sports racer distinguished a competition entrance in Jan 2016 during a Daytona 24-hour race. Since then, a automobile has notched adult victories in countless general racing series, for instance in a IMSA SportsCar Championship, a World Challenge, a ADAC GT Masters, and during a 24-hour competition on a Nürburgring.

The fourth and final turn of a 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge takes place on 28 Oct during a Laguna Seca Raceway in California (USA).

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “After a good subordinate effort, we’d hoped for a softened outcome to be honest. The opening in a competition was not adequate to put us on a podium. We now have to take a good demeanour during a areas that need to be softened before a deteriorate culmination during Laguna Seca.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 GT3 R #991): “This competition was tough and, above all, unequivocally hot. You win a ten-hour competition with consistency, though this time we weren’t unchanging enough. Compared to qualifying, we gained some positions though it unequivocally wasn’t enough.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #991): “Driving here in Japan was a illusory experience. The fans are truly singular and a racetrack is good fun to expostulate on. However, a temperatures and a impassioned steam were exhausting. Hopefully it’ll be a bit cooler subsequent year.”

Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 GT3 R #991): “It was a rollercoaster ride, though eventually we missed out on a tip 10 finish. For anything some-more than a quick path we didn’t have a gait to compare a frontrunners. Moreover, a impassioned feverishness done tyre government some-more difficult. I’m gratified that Porsche gave me a possibility to competition during Suzuka. In annoy of a result, it was a good experience.”

Romain Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “That was a bizarre race. We put in a best opening of a whole season, though we still can’t compare a gait on a straights. Our setup was good and we were unequivocally consistent. But we couldn’t unequivocally overtake.”