The 911 GT3 R driven by a dual Belgians Maxime Martin and Laurens Vanthoor as good as final year’s personality from Britain Nick Tandy crossed a finish line after 554 laps in front of a sister automobile common by Josh Burdon (Australia), Alexandre Imperatori (Switzerland) and Edoardo Liberati (Italy). The continuation classical in a Ardennes is regarded as one of a largest GT3 races in a world. This year, 58 vehicles from 9 opposite manufacturers tackled a 7.004-kilometre rollercoaster circuit in 4 classes.
In a Pro-Am class, a group owner of EBM Giga Racing Will Bamber, his New Zealand compatriot Reid Harker, Carlos Rivas from Luxembourg and Wolfgang Triller finished in 20th place. The German had jumped in as a surrogate motorist shortly before a start. As a quartet, they came out on tip in their difficulty opposite Herberth Motorsport’s No. 911 Porsche crewed by Antares Au (Great Britain), Daniel Allemann (Switzerland) and a German brothers Alfred and Robert Renauer. The Am difficulty was won by Pieder Decourtins from Switzerland with Marc Basseng, Dennis Busch and Manuel Lauck (all Germany) in a 911 GT3 R fielded by Haegeli by T2 Racing. In a Silver Cup, Allied Racing’s 500+PS patron racing automobile from Weissach achieved ninth with drivers Julien Apotheloz (Switzerland), Bastian Buus (Denmark), Lars Kern (Germany) and Arno Santamato (France).
Ten Porsche patron teams tackled a 24-hour marathon during a Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps with a sum of twelve 911 GT3 R. The initial proviso of a foe was noted by a vicious collision in a Raidillon corner. This signalled an early finish for Rutronik Racing’s 911 common by works drivers Kévin Estre (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria) as good as Sven Müller (Germany), and resulted in a counsel proviso that lasted a good 50 minutes. When a foe went immature again, a complicated sleet showering caused disharmony on a track. Multiple array line drive-through penalties for except a line markings and another full march yellow during an hapless time saw a Porsche, that had been using in a earnest position, dump out of a streamer trail during around midnight.
Subsequently, a automobile campaigned by GPX Racing with drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and works drivers Matt Campbell (Australia) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) had to retire with steering problems. Dinamic Motorsport withdrew both 911 GT3 R, after penalties and repairs threw them out of row for earnest positions. For a until afterwards best-placed Porsche from Schnabl Engineering, a foe was over usually before dawn: during around 4 am, hit with another opposition led to an accident, that threw Michael Christensen (Denmark), Dennis Olsen (Norway) and a French works motorist Frédéric Makowiecki out of a competition.
Only a dual KCMG Porsche managed to make it by a continuation classical comparatively unscathed. As a result, they were among a frontrunners. In a final hour, a final complicated surge authorised a No. 47 automobile to make adult dual places and pierce into fifth. However, even this organisation suffered setbacks: Nick Tandy and Maxime Martin had to foe a final third of a foe alone. Their teammate Laurens Vanthoor had to watch a foe movement from a sideline after an hapless collision in a paddock.
Comments on a race
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “That was a standard 24-hour foe for Spa-Francorchamps. First a vital accident, we had dry and soppy line conditions and prolonged counsel phases. Ultimately, some of a Porsche 911 GT3 reached a finish line. Some had problems, others didn’t. Fifth place is a good result, congratulations to KCMG. Team Haegeli by T2 Racing won a Am class, congratulations to them, as well. Thank we to a patron teams. They demonstrated outrageous fasten this weekend. We’re now looking brazen and we’ll lapse to Spa subsequent year stronger than ever – given we wish to retrieve a 24-hour trophy.”
Maxime Martin (KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #47): “All in all, a formidable foe for us. I’m unequivocally gratified with fifth place. Our group had a dual best-ranked Porsche. In perspective of a fanciful conditions, a length of a foe and a many competitors on a track, we had to sojourn totally focussed a whole time. In my final stint, we was pushing on a partly soppy line with slicks. Nick took a circle and he was also taken by warn by complicated sleet on dry tyres. It was unequivocally a lot of fun, that’s for sure. But it’s not always easy removing a right feeling for a reason and gripping a automobile on a track. We were dynamic to finish. After Laurens Vanthoor’s bad luck, Nick and we had to expostulate alone. We wish him a rapid liberation and we’re gratified that zero some-more vicious happened to him in a collision. Now I’m happy that a foe is over and a pursuit is done.”
Alexandre Imperatori (KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #18): “First and foremost, we can be happy that we reached a finish line – a foe was though a doubt unequivocally difficult. Our group lonesome a full stretch with both Porsche however, many other cars didn’t make it that far. On a side of a garage, we struggled a bit with a opening on a dry track. The change wasn’t unequivocally right from a start. We don’t nonetheless know why. In any case, we had to get past a problem and we opted for a regressive approach. Now we’re focussing on a positives. Congratulations to a racing patrol on this good result.“
Will Bamber (EBM Giga Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #61): “We were dynamic to see a finish here and we succeeded. What’s more: nonetheless we started from a behind of a grid, we finished adult claiming 20th altogether and are a best-placed Porsche in a Pro-Am Cup. The right devise valid to be a wilful means here. We narrowly missed out on a lectern in a class, though this outcome is still a good success for us – generally given that we struggled with problems during a pre-test. Everyone in a group did a flawless pursuit and a drivers delivered as well.”
1. Ledogar/Nielsen/Pier Guidi (I/DK/I), Iron Lynx, Ferrari 488 GT3 #51, 556 laps
2. Van der Linde/L. Vanthoor/Weert (RSA/B/B), WRT, Audi R8 GT3 #32, 556 laps
3. Gunn/Soerensen/Thiim (GB/DK/DK), Garage 59, Aston Martin Vantage GT3 #95, 556 laps
5. L. Vanthoor/Martin/Tandy (B/B/GB), KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #47, 554 laps
12. Burdon/Imperatori/Liberati (AUS/CH/I), KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #18, 550 laps
20. W. Bamber/Harker/Rivas/Triller (NZ/NZ/L/D), EBM Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3 R #61, 547 laps
26. Allemann/Au/A. Renauer/R. Renauer (CH/GB/D/D), Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R #911, 542 laps
27. Apotheloz/Buus/Kern/Santamato (CH/DK/D/F), Allied Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #222, 542 laps
33. Basseng/Busch/Decurtins/Lauck (D/D/CH/D), Haegeli by T2 Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #166, 518 laps
Interim news 2
After an eventful night, Porsche is within distinguished stretch of a streamer container with a 911 GT3 R fielded by a patron group KCMG during a 24-hour foe during Spa-Francorchamps. The No. 47 automobile driven by Maxime Martin, his Belgian compatriot Laurens Vanthoor and Britain’s Nick Tandy is now using in fifth place after 18 hours. After 370 laps on a 7.004-kilometre Grand Prix circuit, a automobile is usually one trail behind a leader. The second best nine-eleven with KCMG drivers Josh Burdon (Australia), Alexandere Imperatori (Switzerland) and Edoardo Liberati (Italy) ranks eleventh.
An hapless counsel proviso around midnight cost a armada of 911 GT3 R a approach hit to a streamer vehicles. This was followed by a strain of bad luck, that knocked many of a sports cars from Weissach out of contention. At around 3am, a No. 22 opening from GPX Racing had to array for repairs due to a steering problem. At about 5.30am, a automobile common by Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and a works motorist Matt Campbell (Australia) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) pulled out.
Over prolonged stretches during a night, Schnabl Engineering’s 911 GT3 R took over a purpose as a streamer Porsche and confirmed a solid gait among a tip ten. Shortly before 4am, however, a automobile came into hit with another automobile during a opening to Eau Rouge, heralding an early finish for Michael Christensen (Denmark), Dennis Olsen (Norway) and a French works motorist Frédéric Makowiecki.
From that indicate on, a dual KCMG racing cars and Dinamic Motorsport’s No. 54 opening reason a dwindle high for Porsche. After a tactically crafty technical array stop underneath yellow, that is customarily used to change a brakes during a front axle, Tandy, Vanthoor and Martin even seemed to be within strech of a streamer lap. When a foe got a possibility to take a use stop of during slightest 4 mins during a full march yellow shortly before 8am, this wish was dashed.
Race goes on though Dinamic Motorsport
Dinamic Motorsport withdrew both Porsches from a foe before a 16-hour mark. The No. 56 automobile crewed by Mikkel O. Pedersen (Denmark), Andrea Rizzoli (Italy) and works motorist Romain Dumas (France) left from a formula list, in partial due to several penalties. The sister automobile common by Klaus Bachler (Austria), Christian Engelhart (Germany) and Matteo Cairoli (Italy) mislaid time initial due to stop repairs and afterwards with a deputy of a alternator. With no possibility for success, this automobile also late early.
The final 8 hours on a Ardennes rollercoaster presents a best-placed Porsche with an additional challenge: Nick Tandy and Maxime Martin have to finish a remaining laps though a assistance of a third motorist Laurens Vanthoor, who was concerned in an collision in a paddock and, as a precaution, was taken to sanatorium for a closer examination.
Comments on a foe so far
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “Unfortunately, we mislaid a lot of cars given of accidents and technical problems, and we also kept removing thrown down a margin with penalties. That’s given we aren’t among a streamer container during a moment. Still, on a flip side, a KCMG patron group is doing a illusory job. Unfortunately, in a counsel phase, they weren’t means to react a frontrunners as they’d hoped. But we’re not giving adult during this indicate – we still have 8 hours of racing brazen of us.”
Nick Tandy (KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #47):“I gathering a triple army in a night and was means to suffer a honour of pushing from dim to emergence for a initial time here during Spa – that was unequivocally cool. The other good news: Our Porsche is using like a dream. The line conditions matched us and a boys from KCMG did a unequivocally good pursuit in environment adult a 911 GT3 R for a race.”
Josh Burdon (KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #18): “It’s unequivocally okay. We started on P37 and knew that we had a tough pursuit brazen of us. We managed to make a approach adult a sequence to 15th comparatively quickly. Everything’s going unequivocally well. Our automobile is some-more rival in a foe than it was in a use sessions. We’re now in tenth or eleventh and there’s still a prolonged approach to go to a flag. We devise to lift out all stops again in a final few hours.”
Interim news 1
Porsche patron teams aim to use a night to their advantage: e 24 Hours of Spa got off to a furious start. After a initial 4 hours of racing with 84 laps completed, a best Porsche patron teams are looking earnest in positions seven, nine, twelve and 15. Schnabl Engineering’s 911 GT3 R with a French works motorist Fred Makowiecki as good as Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Dennis Olsen (Norway) have ploughed by a margin from P25 to seventh place. Josh Burdon (Australia), Alexandre Imperatori (Switzerland) and Edoardo Liberati (Italy) even managed to assign from 37th on a grid to ninth place with their 500+PS Porsche fielded by a KCMG squad.
The initial proviso of a continuation classical was interrupted by a vicious collision in a Eau Rouge/Raidillon dilemma combination, in that Rutronik Racing’s opening became entangled. While a Porsche motorist Kévin Estre was unharmed, this noted a finish of a foe for a Frenchman and his teammates Richard Lietz (Austria) and Sven Müller (Germany). Shortly after a 50-minute full march yellow, complicated sleet resulted in pell-mell activity in a array lane. Later, a 7.004-kilometre Grand Prix circuit dusty up, creation it required to switch behind to slicks. Various drive-through penalties for except a line markings threw a best-placed Porsche patron teams down a margin time and again.
Live streaming of a event
Spectators can watch a Spa 24-hour foe around a giveaway live tide on a website www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com. Live timing is also accessible here.
Comments about a start of a race
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “The initial 4 hours here in Spa-Francorchamps were exciting. We’ve gifted it all here today: from a dry to soppy line by to a vital accident, from that Kévin Estre came out unscathed. It’s been a purify foe so distant for a teams, though we’re fighting on a dilemma and a drivers infrequently mistake a line boundary in some places. That handed us a peculiar drive-through chastisement and cost profitable points. We’re now operative on solution this emanate and we’re perplexing to get a cars behind adult a front. Let’s wait and see what a night brings.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (Schnabl Engineering, Porsche 911 GT3 R #3): “The start was a plea – it’s a bit outlandish when we start in a center of some-more than 50 cars. Luckily a start went though incident. Our nine-eleven responds good and we’re means to quarrel a approach it should be. We’re clever on slicks in a rain. There’s still some setup work brazen of us with a soppy tyres. I’m unapproachable of how some of a teams managed to ready a cars for this foe in a shortest probable time.”
Josh Burdon (KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #18): “Despite a fanciful conditions, a foe got off to a good start for us. During a preparations, we struggled with a change of a automobile and we knew that it would be tough for us to swell from 37th on a grid. After my double stint, we handed a Porsche over in P15, so we’re on schedule. We’ll try to equivocate creation any mistakes and get by a night safely.”
Mathieu Jaminet (GPX Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #22): “It was a small crazy. Two laps after we took a circle from Earl Bamber, sleet set in. We stayed out a small longer on a slicks, though there was so many H2O on a line that we roughly flew off. That cost us some time. we managed to pass a lot of cars on soppy tyres. After a line dusty off, we switched behind to slicks. Unfortunately, we was reason adult by a automobile from a china class. The motorist attempted desperately to urge his position as if it were a final scurry opposite a finish line after 24 hours.”
Laurens Vanthoor (KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #47): “Everything went good for us during a start. When sleet set in, we done a right preference and switched to a suitable tyres during a right time. This has brought us adult to second position. Unfortunately, we were afterwards handed a array line drive-through chastisement given Nick and we exceeded a line boundary – that cancelled out a swell we’d made. That shouldn’t indeed happen, though we still have time to get brazen again.”
Klaus Bachler (Dinamic Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3 R #54): “Our start was flattering good. Unfortunately, after a few laps, there was a teenager poke with another automobile that shop-worn a front splitter. After a vicious pile-up in Raidillon, we encountered waste afterwards sleet set in after a full march yellow – so a initial proviso of a foe was rather chaotic. All in all, a Porsche is using well.”
The Super Pole
The dual best-placed Porsche patron teams take adult a 24-hour foe during Spa-Francorchamps tomorrow from positions 9 and 20. In a Super Pole eventuality on Friday evening, Porsche works motorist Mathieu Jaminet incited a ninth fastest trail with GPX Racing’s 911 GT3 R. In a 20-minute shootout, a tip 20 vehicles from Thursday’s subordinate competed opposite any other in particular time trials. The fastest time of dual laps was counted. The 26-year-old Frenchman achieved a trail time of 2:18.729 minutes. For a race, Jaminet shares a cockpit with Earl Bamber from New Zealand and a Australian Matt Campbell.
Laurens Vanthoor planted his KCMG 911 GT3 R on P20 with a time of 2:19.742 minutes. The 30-year-old Belgian’s initial try was voided after he quickly exceeded a line boundary with his Porsche. He tackles a marathon classical on home territory with his compatriot Maxime Martin and Britain’s Nick Tandy.
The 24 Hours of Spa is deliberate one of a world’s many vicious events for GT3 vehicles. At this year’s race, Porsche is represented by a largest choice ever with a sum of twelve 911 GT3 R, 10 patron teams and 40 vehicles. The sports automobile manufacturer aims to measure a third true undisguised feat during a continuation classical in Belgium’s Ardennes region. In 2020, Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy assimilated a list of winners with a 911 GT3 R fielded by Rowe Racing. A year earlier, Kévin Estre (France), Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Richard Lietz (Austria) climbed to a tip of a lectern for a GPX Racing squad. So far, Porsche has notched adult 8 altogether victories during this continuation classic.
In a 4 subordinate heats on Thursday evening, Estre and his Rutronik Racing teammates Richard Lietz and Sven Müller (Germany) narrowly missed out on holding partial in a Super Pole by six-hundredths of a second. The contingent pushing for Dinamic Motorsport, Klaus Bachler (Austria), Matteo Cairoli (Italy) and Christian Engelhart (Germany), as good as Schnabl Engineering’s drivers Michael Christensen, Fred Makowiecki (France) and Dennis Olsen (Norway) competent usually outward a tip 20 in 23rd and 25th respectively.
Live streaming of a event
Spectators can watch a Spa 24-hour foe around a giveaway live tide on a website www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com. The 24-hour foe takes off on Saturday during 4:30 pm.
Comments on a Super Pole
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “We used a time between yesterday and now to analyse a subordinate data. We took a unequivocally tighten demeanour during GPX Racing’s 911 GT3 R and KCMG’s No. 47 automobile and total a best setups in each. The GPX automobile was good in a Super Pole – nonetheless a opening to a tip is still too large. We did what we could and that subject is now closed. We now face a 24-hour race. We know that a opening is rival over prolonged distances. We’ll play to a strengths in a race.”
Mathieu Jaminet (GPX Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #22): “I’m assured with my lap. we managed to make a best use of a breadth of a track. Our automobile felt good though unfortunately it wasn’t adequate for stick position. The guys during a tip are in a opposite league. Ninth on a grid is a bit unsatisfactory though a foe is long. Our speed over longer distances in a use sessions was improved – we wish we can use that to a advantage in a race.”
Laurens Vanthoor (KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #47): “I don’t know what to say. The automobile feels a bit strange. We suspicion we’d done an alleviation for a warmup, though it felt like it did yesterday. We afterwards tweaked it again for a Super Pole and it was totally different. However, there’s usually one trail where a tyres strech their optimal reason in this eventuality – and we didn’t conduct that. I’m unequivocally disappointed.”
Super Pole result
1. Marciello/Juncadella/Gounon (I/E/F), Akka ASP, Mercedes-AMG GT3 #88, 2:17.949 minutes
2. Bortolotti/Mapelli/Caldarelli (I/I/I), FFF Racing, Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo #63, 2:18.252 minutes
3. Engel/Stolz/Abril (D/D/F), HRT, Mercedes-AMG GT3 #4, 2:18.545 minutes
9. Jaminet/E. Bamber/Campbell (F/NZ/AUS), GPX Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #22, + 0.780 seconds
20. L. Vanthoor/Martin/Tandy (B/B/GB), KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #47, + 1.793 seconds
Grid positions for a other Porsche 911 GT3 R patron teams
22. Estre/Lietz/Müller (F/A/D), Rutronik Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #21
23. Bachler/Cairoli/Engelhart (A/I/D), Dinamic Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3 R #54
25. Christensen/Makowiecki/Olsen (DK/F/N), Schnabl Engineering, Porsche 911 GT3 R #3
33. Dumas/Pedersen/Rizzoli (F/DK/I), Dinamic Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3 R #56
37. Burdon/Imperatori/Liberati (AUS/CH/I), KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #18
47. Apotheloz/Buus/Kern/Santamato (CH/DK/D/F), Allied Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #222
52. Basseng/Busch/Decurtins/Lauck (D/D/CH/D), Haegeli by T2 Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #166
53. Jacoma/Leutwiler/Menzel/Schell (CH/CH/D/D), Huber Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3 R #23
54. Allemann/Au/A. Renauer/R. Renauer (CH/GB/D/D), Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R #911
56. W. Bamber/Harker/D’Silva/Rivas (NZ/NZ/MY/L), EBM Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3 R #61
In subordinate for a Spa 24 Hours, dual 911 GT3 R racers fielded by Porsche’s patron teams have done it into a Super Pole. The final hunt for a 20 best grid spots will be reason on Friday between 7.50 am and 8.20 am (CEST). After mixed subordinate sessions, GPX Racing’s opening emerged as a fastest nine-eleven. Earl Bamber (New Zealand) as good as works drivers Matt Campbell (Australia) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) set an normal time of 2:19.259 mins in their particular 15-minute segments, that put them in eighth place. Bamber incited a fastest trail of all 911 GT3 R in 2:18.878 minutes. The 24-hour classical on a 7.004-kilometre Grand Prix circuit in Belgium’s Ardennes shred takes off on Saturday during 4.30 pm.
Like a dual use sessions, a dusk subordinate was reason on a dry line and ran into a night. The consistent lapping of slower trade among a 58-strong margin as good as a good 20-minute stop after an collision mid by a second eventuality did small to assistance a twelve 911 GT3 fielded by Porsche patron teams. In further to GPX Racing, KCMG with drivers Maxime Martin (Belgium), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and works motorist Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) achieved a mark in a tip 20 as a 18th fastest vehicle. In a Pro-Am class, in that professionals share pushing duties with gentlemen drivers, Herberth Motorsport’s 911 GT3 R achieved a best 911 GT3 R outcome with a motorist party Alfred and Robert Renauer (both Germany), Antares Au (Great Britain) and Daniel Allemann (Switzerland). In a Silver Cup for semi-professionals, a Porsche patron patrol Allied Racing ranked 15th. In a Am difficulty indifferent exclusively for privateers, Haegeli by T2 Racing came out on tip opposite Huber Motorsport.
This year’s Spa 24 Hours is regarded as a largest eventuality for GT3 vehicles and depends towards a GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and a Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC). Drivers and vehicles can acquire points towards a GT World Challenge after six, twelve and 24 hours.
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “The subordinate outcome is rather sobering for Porsche. Two vehicles in a tip 20 is not a outcome we’d expected. We’re not removing to a crux of a matter in terms of performance. We’re now confronting a lot of work to find out what’s going on. Our speed over one trail doesn’t simulate a competitiveness for a race, though we also have to conduct this discipline.”
Mathieu Jaminet (Porsche 911 GT3 R #22): “Matt Campbell gifted a formidable subordinate shred and he didn’t have a lot of fitness overtaking. Still, he managed to post a decent trail time. So did Earl Bamber. That done my pursuit for a final subordinate shred straightforward: expostulate a purify trail though risking a chastisement for surpassing a line limits. We simply wanted to make certain we got into a Super Pole session. We achieved this with P8 and a idea for now was completed. Now let’s see what we can do tomorrow. We aim to start a foe from as distant adult a grid as possible.”
Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 GT3 R #21): “We approaching a tough subordinate with a lot overtaking and red flags, and that’s accurately what happened. Our initial quali shred cost us all given Sven Müller didn’t get a transparent run and was dual second off a leader. That said, substantially half a margin had a same experience. we managed a transparent trail in a finish though it wasn’t enough. Ultimately, we were usually six-hundredths of a second off creation it into a Super Pole. Still, a grid position during a 24-hour foe isn’t so vicious for a finish result. We usually have to make certain we can benefit positions though any incidents – afterwards anything is possible.”
Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #47): “I’m rather dissatisfied. Right from a start, we had a few problems with a car, that didn’t uncover adult during a test. The car’s doing is formidable and we haven’t nonetheless found a cause. Still, we’re in a Super Pole.”
Lars Kern (Porsche 911 GT3 R #222 – Silver Cup): “Things didn’t go uniformly for us. My initial trail was voided given we gathering over a line limits, afterwards a yellow dwindle came out and we had to delayed down. It was utterly pell-mell out there. At a finish of a day, a starting position is okay. Maybe a fitness that was blank from a subordinate will be on a side in a race.”
Alfred Renauer (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911 – Pro-Am Cup): “Not an easy day for us. Our automobile suffered vicious tyre repairs during a pre-qualifying, that badly shop-worn a car. Our boys managed to correct a Porsche as best they could. We done a many out of a qualifying. The foe is over 24 hours. We’ll try to get by though creation mistakes – though many penalties have been released for surpassing a line limits. We also had some of a trail times erased given of this.”
Pieder Decurtins (Porsche 911 GT3 R #166 – Am Cup): “Things didn’t go so good for me, though Manuel Lauck, Marc Basseng and Dennis Busch were great. They had designed to be a fastest in their class. We’re on a right path.”
1. Marciello/Juncadella/Gounon (I/E/F), Mercedes-AMG GT3 #88, 2:18.433 minutes
2. Thiim/Gunn/Sorensen (DK/GB/DK), Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 #95, 2:18.867 minutes
3. Drudi/Marschall/Mies (I/D/D), Audi R8 LMS GT3 #66, 2:19.090 minutes
8. E. Bamber/Campbell/Mathieu Jaminet (NZ/AUS/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R #22, + 0.825 seconds
18. Martin/Tandy/L. Vanthoor (B/GB/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R #47, + 1.562 seconds
22. Estre/Lietz/Müller (F/A/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R #21, + 1.689 seconds
23. Bachler/Cairoli/Engelhart (A/I/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R #54, + 1.709 seconds
25. Christensen/Makowiecki/Olsen (DK/F/N), Porsche 911 GT3 R #3, + 1.911 seconds
33. Dumas/Pedersen/Rizzoli (F/DK/I), Porsche 911 GT3 R #56, + 2.368 seconds
37. Burdon/Imperatori/Liberati (AUS/CH/I), Porsche 911 GT3 R #18, + 2.566 seconds
47. Apotheloz/Buus/Kern/Santamato (CH/DK/D/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R #222, + 3.564 seconds
52. Basseng/Busch/Decurtins/Lauck (D/D/CH/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R #166, + 4.220 seconds
53. Jacoma/Leutwiler/Menzel/Schell (CH/CH/D/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R #23, + 4.841 seconds
54. Allemann/Au/A. Renauer/R. Renauer (CH/GB/D/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R #911, + 5.697 seconds
56. W. Bamber/Harker/D’Silva/Rivas (NZ/NZ/MY/L), Porsche 911 GT3 R #61, + 7.279 seconds
Hardly any other manufacturer will have some-more racing cars on a grid of a continuation classical this entrance weekend. The mythological eventuality on a 7.004-kilometre ‘Ardennes rollercoaster’ is deliberate one of a many vicious GT3 events in a universe and depends towards dual of this season’s championships: a GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and a Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC). Porsche is aiming for a shawl pretence on a Belgian Grand Prix circuit. In 2019, works drivers Michael Christensen (Denmark), Kévin Estre (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria) claimed undisguised feat in a 911 GT3 R fielded by GPX Racing. Last year, another bureau motorist trio, Nick Tandy (Great Britain), Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), won a prominence of a GT3 season, that time with a Rowe Racing squad.
It is a century-old engine racing tradition. The Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps has been one of a biggest hurdles for drivers from all around a universe given 1921. As early as 1924 – usually 3 years after a opening – a initial 24-hour foe was reason in a eastern-most dilemma of Belgium not distant from a German border. At that time, a racetrack totalled 14.863 km and ran between a towns of Malmedy, Francorchamps and Stavelot. In 1979, a shorter chronicle was introduced. At 7.004 km and with 21 corners, a storied Grand Prix circuit is still a longest on a Formula One calendar. Thanks to a spectacularly high territory Raidillon/Eau Rouge and a downhill thoroughfare with a barbarous Blanchimont left-hander, a circuit continues to live adult to a repute as a ‘Ardennes rollercoaster’. The parsimonious La Source hairpin during a finish of a start-finish true is one of a slowest corners of a GT3 season.
In a prolonged and shining story of this continuation classic, Porsche has so distant notched adult 8 altogether victories – a final dual in succession. For a Spa-Francorchamps event, drivers and vehicles can acquire points towards a IGTC and a GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup after six, 12 and 24 hours. Due to a Covid-19 pandemic, usually a singular array of spectators are authorised to attend a 24-hour race.
An overview of a Porsche teams and drivers
The 12 911 GT3 R cars fielded by Porsche’s patron teams will tackle a Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour foe in 4 opposite classes. Seven 911 racing cars any helmed by 3 drivers will quarrel for altogether feat in a 25-strong Pro division. Dinamic Motorsport and KCMG any debate dual of a Weissach-developed rear-wheel expostulate vehicles. The 2019 Spa personality GPX Racing fields one car. For a initial time, Rutronik Racing runs a 911 GT3 R with another Porsche entered by Schnabl Engineering. The group famous from a Nürburgring-Nordschleife motionless during brief notice to foe a entrance foe during a continuation classic. The vehicles fielded by GPX and Schnabl Engineering, a No. 47 automobile from KCMG and Dinamic No. 54 opening as good as a Porsche of Huber Motorsport and Herberth Motorsport from a Am and Pro-Am classes can also acquire points for a manufacturer’s sequence of a IGTC.
In a Silver Cup, Allied Racing flies a dwindle for a sports automobile manufacturer. In this class, 4 drivers are accessible per racing automobile and their FIA standing contingency be no some-more than ‘silver’. Simply put, this difficulty is indifferent for semi-professionals. With 17 entries expected, this difficulty is a second largest in a starting field.
Fourteen vehicles foe a Pro-Am class. Aside from Herberth Motorsport, another visitor campaigns a 911 GT3 R in a long-distance classic: a EBM Giga Racing belongs to Will Bamber and his hermit Earl, who claimed altogether feat twice during Le Mans in a 919 Hybrid as a Porsche works driver. To be authorised to foe a Pro-Am category, during slightest dual drivers contingency have ‘bronze’ status, share a circle for during slightest 8 hours and spend during slightest 60 mins in a cockpit per foe quarter.
In a Am Cup indifferent exclusively for privateers, Porsche is represented by Huber Motorsport and Hägeli by T2 Racing. In this category, too, 4 drivers share any cockpit, of that during slightest 3 contingency reason ‘bronze’ standing and a fourth contingency have no aloft than ‘silver’ status.
Porsche supports a patron teams with engineers and advisors as good as 7 works drivers: Kévin Estre and Richard Lietz foe for Rutronik, Matt Campbell (Australia) and Mathieu Jaminet (France) fly a colours for GPX Racing. Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor helms KCMG’s No. 47 car, with Frenchman Romain Dumas pushing for Dinamic Motorsport and his compatriot Frédéric Makowiecki for Schnabl Engineering. Moreover, Porsche’s exam motorist Lars Kern from Germany provides bolster for a Allied Racing squad.
Schnabl Engineering (Porsche 911 GT3 R #3)
Michael Christensen (Denmark), Frédéric Makowiecki (France), Dennis Olsen (Norway)
KCMG (Porsche 911 GT3 R #18)
Josh Burdon (Australia), Alexandre Imperatori (Switzerland), Edoardo Liberati (Italy)
Rutronik Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #21)
Kévin Estre (France), Richard Lietz (Austria), Sven Müller (Germany)
GPX Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #22)
Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Matt Campbell (Australia), Mathieu Jaminet (France)
KCMG (Porsche 911 GT3 R #47)
Maxime Martin (Belgium), Nick Tandy (Great Britain), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium)
Dinamic Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT3 R #54)
Klaus Bachler (Austria), Matteo Cairoli (Italy), Christian Engelhart (Germany)
Dinamic Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT3 R #56)
Romain Dumas (France), Mikkel O. Pedersen (Denmark), Andrea Rizzoli (Italy)
Silver Cup class
Team Allied Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #222)
Julien Apotheloz (Switzerland), Bastian Buus (Denmark), Lars Kern (Germany)
Pro-Am Cup class
EBM Giga Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #61)
Will Bamber, Reid Harker (both New Zealand), Adrian Henry D’Silva (Malaysia), Carlos Rivas (Luxembourg)
Herberth Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911)
Daniel Allemann (Switzerland), Antares Au (Great Britain), Alfred Renauer, Robert Renauer (both Germany)
Huber Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #23)
Ivan Jacoma, Nicolas Leutwiler (both Switzerland), Nico Menzel, Jacob Schell (both Germany)
Hägeli by T2 Racing (Porsche 911 GT3 R #166)
Marc Basseng, Dennis Busch (both Germany), Pieder Decurtins (Switzerland), Manuel Lauck (Germany)
Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour foe – all undisguised victories with Porsche
2020: Tandy / Bamber / Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
2019: Lietz / Christensen / Estre (Porsche 911 GT3 R)
2010: Dumas / J. Bergmeister / Ragginger / Henzler (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR)
2003: Ortelli / Lieb / Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 RSR)
1993: C. Fittipaldi / Jarier / Alzen (Porsche 911 RSR)
1969: Chasseuil / Ballot-Léna (Porsche 911)
1968: Kremer / H. Kelleners / Kauhsen (Porsche 911)
1967: Gaban / Van Assche (Porsche 911)
Comments before a race
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager Porsche 911 GT3 R): “After we won a Spa 24 Hours in 2019 and 2020 with a Porsche 911 GT3 R, expectations are apparently unequivocally high. In a past few years, teamwork has been a tip to success. This is precisely what we wish to continue perfecting. We have 10 teams with 12 cars rebellious a Pro, Pro-Am, Silver, and Am categories. Everything is probable on Belgium’s tradition-steeped racetrack. Like during a Nürburgring, a continue conditions can change totally within a unequivocally brief time. So that’s given we put a lot of importance on ancillary a patron teams with useful information during a track. We’ll do a unequivocally best to make a shawl pretence during Spa possible.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (Schnabl Engineering, Porsche 911 GT3 R #3): “
Even a lead-up to a Spa foe was a bit of a rollercoaster for us. we was ostensible to foe for Frikadelli Racing though it was cancelled during a final notation given of a catastrophic flooding in a Eifel – a harmful conditions in Germany where many lives, livelihoods and homes were lost. Michael Christensen, Dennis Olsen and we now get a possibility to foe this 24-hour foe with Schnabl Engineering. We’re rarely encouraged and, we’ll do a comprehensive pinnacle – we can guarantee that. Spa is one of a biggest events of a whole GT3 season. I’ve climbed a lectern during this continuation classical in second place, though I’ve not nonetheless won it …”
Matt Campbell (GPX Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #22): “There’s no doubt that we’re well-positioned with a GPX Racing group – we underlined this with a clever opening during a final GT World Challenge Europe foe in Le Castellet. We’re streamer a championship so we’re streamer to a Spa 24 Hours feeling unequivocally confident. The group won there in 2019, so they know how to do it. There’s unequivocally usually one idea for us in Belgium – victory!”
Mathieu Jaminet (GPX Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #22): “The 24 Hours of Spa is my personal favourite on this year’s racing calendar. The continuation foe is a largest GT3 eventuality in a universe and an vicious one in a GT World Challenge Europe. We now arrange initial in this championship with a GPX Racing team. A good outcome in Belgium is vicious to boost a possibility of claiming a title. Our devise is to be discreet in a initial few hours afterwards go all-out for a final 4 or 5 hours. Let’s see if that works. In a past dual years, a Porsche 911 GT3 R has won Spa. That’s a good feeling for us.”
Kévin Estre (Rutronik Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #21): “I’m gay to foe during Spa this year. we have common a cockpit there with Richard Lietz for a final 3 years and now Sven Müller is fasten us. He’s another unequivocally quick man with a lot of experience. Rutronik is new to a array and to Porsche, though they have unequivocally achieved people, such as a team’s sporting executive Manuel Reuter. They underlined usually how rival they are during a Nürburgring 24-hour race. The margin includes a lot of cars able of winning and that’ll be super cool. Spa is always a prominence for me – with spectators this year.”
Richard Lietz (Rutronik Racing, Porsche 911 GT3 R #21): “The 24-hour foe during Spa-Francorchamps is one of a world’s toughest GT3 races. we know my teammates Kévin Estre and Sven Müller unequivocally well, and nonetheless Rutronik Racing is new to me, we got to know them during a Spa pre-test. The automobile should be good. I’m feeling certain about a race. The grid will be packed, so we need to tarry a start unscathed. Then let’s see where we mount …”
Laurens Vanthoor (KCMG, Porsche 911 GT3 R #47): “The 24-hour foe during Spa-Francorchamps is my home race, so I’m unequivocally looking brazen to this event. It’s one of a world’s largest GT3 continuation races with clever manufacturers, teams and drivers. The foe this year is intensely sparkling and intense. we won here final year, and I’d unequivocally many like to repeat that with a KCMG patrol and my teammates Nick Tandy and Maxime Martin. Like me, Maxime comes from Belgium – he’s from Wallonia, I’m from Flanders. To date, we’ve always been rivals, though now we’re teaming up. That’ll be good fun.”
Romain Dumas (Dinamic Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT3 R #56): “With roughly 60 GT3 vehicles on a track, a Spa 24-hour foe will be one of a toughest hurdles of a year. we won this foe in 2003 and 2010 and we always suffer competing there. But we never know what you’re going to get in a Ardennes. Bad continue could be fitting for us. In fact, I’d be happy if it rained. Hopefully, we’ll grasp a good outcome there.”
The report (all times CEST)
Thursday, 29 July
10:50 – 12:20: Free practice
15:45 – 16:45: Pre-Qualifying
20:50 – 21:05: Qualifying 1
21:12 – 21:27: Qualifying 2
21:34 – 21:49: Qualifying 3
21:56 – 22:11: Qualifying 4
22:30 – 0:00: Night practice
Friday, 30 July
19:10 – 19:40: Warm Up
19:50 – 20:20: Super Pole
Saturday, 31 July
16:30: Start Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race
Sunday, 25 July
16:30: Finish Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race
Live streaming of a event
The Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours takes off on 31 Jul during 4:30 pm. A giveaway live tide of a classical is accessible on a website http://www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com.