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The Hyperpole

The Belgian, who is a hermit of a Porsche works motorist Laurens Vanthoor, came out on tip opposite clever antithesis from all works teams in a cut-throat hunt for tip times. In a GTE-Am category, 911 racing cars will take adult a foe on Saturday during 16:00 from a initial 3 grid spots. At a circle of Dempsey-Proton Racing’s No. 88 entry, Porsche Young Professional Julian Andlauer from France was some-more than half a second faster than Benjamin Barker in a matching automobile of GR Racing and Matteo Cairoli in Project 1’s No. 56 vehicle.

Julien Andlauer (l) and Dries Vanthoor

The Hyperpole is a final subordinate eventuality to secure a best grid positions for a 89th book of a Le Mans 24-hour race. The 6 fastest cars from a prior day’s subordinate were authorised to foe in both classes. In enlightened continue conditions with cold temperatures during sunset, a dual factory-run Porsche 911 RSR racers went out on to a 13.626-kilometre racetrack as shortly as a eventuality began. With a 23-strong margin from 4 classes, they had to get a cleanest probable path with small traffic. Hence, a start of a final subordinate eventuality incited hectic. All drivers immediately went in office of a tip time – with a compared high risk.

Bad fitness for Kévin Estre in a 911 RSR #92

Under these circumstances, Kévin Estre gifted bad fitness in a No. 92 automobile of a Porsche works team. The Frenchman went all-out on his initial drifting path though had to radio a pits during about a seven-kilometre mark: “I’ve had a crash. I’m ok though we can’t continue. I’m so sorry!” Estre had mislaid control of a ca. 515 PS 911 during a opening to a famous Indianapolis spin and strike a barriers with a back of his car. The repairs to a automobile prevented him from continuing. The Hyperpole eventuality was stopped for around 10 mins due to a accident.

When a eventuality restarted, Gianmaria Bruni planted a No. 91 sister automobile on P5. The Italian struggled with determined understeer and was incompetent to daub a full intensity of his 911 RSR. Meanwhile, Dries Vanthoor incited heads during a circle of HubAuto Racing’s patron car: during his initial Le Mans expostulate in a Weissach racing car, a Belgian set a fastest path time in a GTE-Pro difficulty in 3:46.882 minutes. The rivals from Ferrari and Corvette had no answer to Vanthoor’s time. “Pole position for HubAuto Racing in a GTE-Pro, and a grid lockout with Dempsey-Proton, GR Racing and Project 1 occupying a initial 3 spots in a GTE-Am difficulty – what a illusory outcome for a patron teams,” pronounced a gay Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport. “We’re not confident with positions 5 and 6 for a works cars. Still, we’ll lift out all stops in a race. All in all, a formula uncover unequivocally clearly that Porsche Motorsport’s patron squads always accept top-quality element that enables them to expostulate during a tip level!”

Stehlig: “Like a double-edged sword.”

“The outcome of this subordinate feels like a double-edged sword for us. Congratulations to HubAuto Racing. They clinched stick position in a GTE-Pro difficulty during their unequivocally initial tour with a 911 RSR. And a automobile is new for Dries Vanthoor. A mega success,” adds Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. “For us as a works team, a subordinate didn’t go as well. Kévin finished a mistake during his initial prohibited lap. He slid into a barriers and unfortunately had to desert a session. Gianmaria Bruni’s automobile didn’t grasp what we’d hoped for possibly with fifth place. We now have some work brazen of us and we’ll do a task so that we can perform improved on Saturday.”

For a clever Porsche patron teams in a GTE-Am class, all ran like clockwork. Porsche Young Professional Julien Andlauer, who had already left a durability clarity in a subordinate and giveaway use sessions, gave his rivals no chance. With a path time of 3:47.987 minutes, a Frenchman was in a joining of his possess in front of home crowds. Britain’s Benjamin Barker ranked second in GR Racing’s 911 RSR customarily 0.573 seconds behind, with Matteo Cairoli in third, 0.889 seconds off difficulty stick in a Project 1 car.

Drivers’ comments after a Hyperpole

Dries Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #72): “This is customarily my second time during Le Mans and a group isn’t nonetheless totally informed with a automobile either. The use sessions didn’t go so smoothly, though it looks like we’ve progressed in a right instruction with a changes to my car. This is customarily a start of a prolonged foe weekend, though right now I’m unequivocally happy.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “

That was a formidable qualifying. We’d mutated a setup previously to serve urge a Porsche. It worked, though it wasn’t probable to burst in a automobile and immediately exercise a changes. It was unequivocally dim when we went out on my second set of tyres. we lacked a bit of certainty in these conditions given this is my initial Le Mans path during night – we took a mangle in yesterday’s second giveaway practice.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I’m unequivocally unhappy and insane with myself. The start of a path wasn’t great, somehow we didn’t get a feel for a brakes and we wasn’t as quick as we wanted to be. we lacked a certainty that’s needed. we was a hold too quick in a Indianapolis area. we mislaid a automobile and strike a tyre wall backwards. It wasn’t a vital crash, though a back is badly shop-worn – it’s such a contrition for a team.”

Julien Andlauer (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “It’s customarily incredible! The automobile was unequivocally overwhelming – customarily like in a use and subordinate sessions. We customarily had to refuel for a Hyperpole, fit uninformed tyres and put a feet down. The group has finished an implausible pursuit over a past few days. A outrageous appreciate we for that. This is my initial try during a Hyperpole – and we soon set stick position. we couldn’t be happier. Now we have a prolonged foe brazen of us. But we’re unequivocally streamer into a 24-hour foe feeling terrific.”

Benjamin Barker (Porsche 911 RSR #86): “The automobile was illusory and my group did an glorious job. It’s a contrition that a eventuality was red-flagged during one stage. At that point, we was two-tenths of a second faster in sectors one and dual of my initial drifting path – we reckon that would have been a unequivocally good time. On my second attempt, we didn’t wish to take any nonessential risks and was some-more cautious. In a final sector, we finished a teenager mistake and that cost me a bit of time. All in all a good outcome and a good starting position for a 24-hour race.”

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “I indeed wanted to do something good for a group tonight, though unfortunately it wasn’t adequate for pole. we suspicion we’d be closer to a top. Luckily, a foe is prolonged and we still have copiousness of time to improve. Congratulations to Julien Andlauer on his well-developed lap.”

Hyperpole results

GTE-Pro class
1. Martin/Parente/D. Vanthoor (B/P/B), HubAuto Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #72, 3:46.882 minutes
2. Serra/Molina/Bird (BR/E/GB), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #52, 3:47.063 mins 

3. Milner/Tandy/Sims (USA/GB/GB), Corvette Racing, Chevrolet Corvette C8.R #64, 3:47.093 minutes
4. Calado/Pier Guidi/Ledogar (GB/I/F), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 3:47.247 minutes
5. Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #91, 3:47.696 minutes
6. Estre/Jani/Christensen (F/CH/DK), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #92, no path time

GTE-Am class
1. Andlauer/Bastien/Arnold (F/USA/D), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #88, 3:47.987 minutes
2. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 3:38.560 minutes
3. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #56, 3:48.876 minutes
4. Lacorte/Sernagiotto/Fuoco (I/I/I), Cetilar Racing, Ferrari 488 GTE #47, 3:49.387 minutes
5. Iribe/Millroy/Barnicoat (USA/GB/GB), Inception Racing, Ferrari 488 GTE #71, 3:49.477 minutes
6. Keating/Pereira/Fraga (USA/L/BR), TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage AMR #33, 3:49.676 minutes

Full formula and points’ standings: fiawec.alkamelsystems.com

At a start of a one-hour subordinate eventuality on a storied 13.626-kilometre circuit in France, Kévin Estre put in a gorgeous opening in a No. 92 car. The internal favourite set a new path record for GTE cars in 3:46.779 mins on his unequivocally initial drifting lap. This time was afterwards undercut again by dual Ferraris. For a race, Estre shares a cockpit of a 911 RSR with his works motorist co-worker Neel Jani from Switzerland and Denmark’s Michael Christensen. The Italian Gianmaria Bruni also competent a second factory-run 911 RSR for a Hyperpole. His co-drivers for a foe this entrance weekend are Richard Lietz from Austria and Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki.

The drivers of Porsche’s clever patron group fortuitous also incited heads. In a GTE-Pro class, Dries Vanthoor incited a peppery path in a second half of a eventuality and planted a No. 72 opening from HubAuto Racing on a marvellous fifth place. In a GTE-Am category, a Porsche Young Professional Julien Andlauer also shone: The Frenchman set a new record for a pledge difficulty with Dempsey-Proton Racing’s No. 88 automobile in 3:48.620 mins and landed on P1 with a lead of roughly half a second. Britain’s Benjamin Barker cumulative second place in a matching 911 RSR fielded by GR Racing. At a unequivocally final moment, Italy’s Matteo Cairoli scored fifth with a No. 56 opening from Project 1.

Drivers’ comments after a qualifying

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “We wanted to set a gait in a unequivocally initial lap. That worked and was adequate for P1 during that moment. We were certain that this time would give us opening into a Hyperpole so we stayed in a pits – and things incited out customarily as we’d thought. Third place with a opening of seven-tenths of a second to a fastest is fine for a subordinate session. The path times are impossibly quick this year: Gimmi’s tip time from 3 years ago was beaten by 1.5 seconds. But we’re where we wish to be: in a Hyperpole. Tomorrow we’ll go for P1.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “That was a unequivocally heated qualifying. Both works cars finished it into a Hyperpole. Now we have to see what we can do in a shootout. Our No. 91 automobile ran good today, though it’s not nonetheless perfect. We’ll take another tighten demeanour during a information and we wish to remove a small some-more opening for a Hyperpole.”

Dries Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #72): “We didn’t design we’d make it into a Hyperpole though a group did a good setup pursuit for a subordinate and it went unequivocally well. The fastest path wasn’t a best path of my life, though it was fine – and it was adequate to get into a Hyperpole. That was a large goal. I’m unequivocally vehement to see what we can do in tomorrow’s shootout.” 

Julien Andlauer (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “We didn’t have adequate time in a initial use eventuality to find a ideal setup for a car. So in a session, we went out on used tyres to get a feel for it and to check out how it felt. What can we say? The automobile was simply fantastic! we veered off a lane somewhat on a initial uninformed set of tyres, so a initial path time was voided. On my second attempt, all came together perfectly. The opening was good though we haven’t nonetheless achieved everything. Tomorrow we’ll go max-attack in a Hyperpole!”

Benjamin Barker (Porsche 911 RSR #86): “Second place is good though we don’t insert a lot of significance on subordinate for a 24-hour race. In my view, it’s many some-more significance for a automobile to have glorious balance. That helps us in a foe – generally when it unequivocally matters. Still, I’m gratified with today’s outcome of course. we consider we can go even faster. Let’s see if we can do that in a Hyperpole.” 

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “That was a toughest subordinate in my life so far! The vigour intensifies as a eventuality progresses. On my drifting lap, we kept using into slower trade customarily before a finish line. we never got a unequivocally giveaway run. we customarily scraped into a tip 6 shortly before a finish of a session. I’m unequivocally gratified about that. Tomorrow is another day and we’ll do a unequivocally best again.”

Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class
1. Serra/Molina/Bird (BR/E/GB), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #52, 3:46.011 minutes
2. Calado/Pier Guidi/Ledogar (GB/I/F), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 3:46.581 minutes
3. Estre/Jani/Christensen (F/CH/DK), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #92, 3:46.779 minutes
5. Martin/Parente/D. Vanthoor (B/P/B), HubAuto Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #72, 3:47.599 minutes
6. Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #91, 3:47.624 minutes
7. MacNeil/Bamber/L. Vanthoor (USA/NZ/B), WeatherTech Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #79, 3:47.682 minutes

GTE-Am class
1. Andlauer/Bastien/Arnold (F/USA/D), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #88, 3:48.620 minutes
2. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 3:49.100 minutes
3. Lacorte/Sernagiotto/Fuoco (I/I/I), Cetilar Racing, Ferrari 488 GTE #47, 3:49.102 minutes
5. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #56, 3:49.608 minutes
9. Inthraphuvasak/Latorre/Tincknell (T/F/GB), Proton Competition, Porsche 911 RSR #99, 3:49,788 minutes
12. Ried/Campbell/Evans (D/AUS/NZ), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR 3:49.913 minutes
13. Haryanto/Picariello/Seefried (RI/B/D), Absolute Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #18, 3:50.016 minutes
20. Olsen/Buchardt/Foley (N/N/USA), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #46, 3:51.411 minutes
23. Renauer/Ineichen/Bohn (D/CH/D), Herberth Motorsport, Porsche 911 RSR #69, 3:52.960 minutes

Lates News

The Porsche GT Team is competing in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with dual 911 RSR in a GTE-Pro class. In sequence to yield reporters with a upsurge of extensive information approach from a event, in serve to opportunities of articulate to a works drivers and group management, Porsche has non-stop adult a array of communication channels during Le Mans. 

These embody personal ’Meet a Team’ events for accredited reporters in front of a Porsche Hospitality in a paddock and unchanging talk sessions during a foe around a Zoom video discussion platform.

News and extensive credentials stories about a Porsche GT Team, a Porsche patron teams, as good as a 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be presented on a motorsport media microsite media.porsche.com/motorsport – from stream press releases, homestory portraits of a drivers to countless videos that can be common on amicable media portals. The microsite will be frequently updated and supplemented with new content.

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (#91), Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni, Frederic Makowiecki; Porsche GT Team (#92), Neel Jani, Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen (l-r)

The @PorscheRaces Twitter comment can also be accessed around a Motorsport Media Microsite. This comment presents nearby real-time information from a racetrack with facts, photos and brief videos. Whether this covers a motorist change, choice of tyres or reasons for delays, @PorscheRaces is a fastest and many arguable source for reporters and fans alike. Quotes and press releases will also be posted here. This is a place where journalists, bloggers and a online village download press releases, photos and videos – though carrying to record in. The @porsche_newsroom Instagram comment supplements a use with disdainful photos.

An picture and film archive, in serve to press information can be found on a Porsche Press database. Journalists and bloggers can register during press.porsche.com to accept press releases automatically. Press releases, photos and videos can also be accessed though carrying to record in.

Discover a whole Porsche Motorsport world: From ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to GT bureau and patron racing as good as Porsche’s possess one-make crater array such as a Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup by to a practical Porsche TAG Heuer Esports Supercup, an overview of a sports automobile manufacturer’s operation of racing activities is accessible on a Porsche Motorsport Hub, that is easy to entrance around motorsports.porsche.com. This calm can also be accessed simply on https://www.porsche.com, https://www.facebook.com/porsche and https://www.youtube.com/user/Porsche.

Test day

With a path time of 3:52.901 minutes, a 911 RSR driven by Kévin Estre (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) set a best time in a GTE-Pro difficulty during this morning’s session. The No. 91 sister automobile common by a works motorist contingent Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Fréderic Makowiecki (France) resolved a dual sessions in second with 3:52.904 mins – a time roughly matching to their code colleagues’. The dual Porsche patron teams WeatherTech Racing and Hub Auto Racing wrapped adult a day in third and sixth place out of a 8 participants in this category. The WeatherTech automobile crewed by a Belgian works motorist Laurens Vanthoor, Cooper MacNeil (USA) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) finished a afternoon eventuality as a fastest in a Pro category.

In a GTE Am division, a No. 99 opening fielded by Proton Competition and Project 1’s No. 56 automobile cumulative positions one and dual with their matching 911 RSR. In this class, pledge drivers with FIA “bronze” or “silver” standing share a cockpit with professionals. At a circle of Dempsey-Proton Racing’s No. 77 car, Hollywood actor Michael Fassbender distinguished his GTE entrance during Le Mans. However, a Irish-German will not foe a race.

The deteriorate prominence of a FIA World Endurance Championship WEC takes off this Saturday during 4pm. The exam day is a customarily eventuality before a start of a tangible Le Mans week to fine-tune a automatic and aerodynamic setup on a 13.626-kilometre multiple of permanent circuit and open roads. At a pre-test in high summer, teams faced prohibited pavement temperatures of roughly 50 degrees Celsius. On Sunday, a twelve 2019-generation 911 RSR incited a sum of 991 laps, that corresponds to a stretch of 13,503 kilometres.

With 19 undisguised victories and 108 difficulty wins, Porsche is by distant a many successful manufacturer during a French 24-hour classic. The many new win for a nine-eleven in a GTE-Pro difficulty on a storied racetrack was in 2018. At that time, Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen and Belgium’s Laurens Vanthoor sat in a cockpit. In serve to a bureau delegation, 7 patron teams with a sum of 7 works drivers as good as a Porsche Young Professional Julien Andlauer (France) will tackle a 89th book of a famous continuation race. They can acquire twice as many points towards a universe championship as in a shorter FIA WEC races. After clinching dual difficulty wins from a initial 3 races this season, a works drivers Estre and Jani now lead a drivers’ classification. Porsche ranks second in a manufacturers’ universe championship, customarily 7 points behind a leader.

Comments on a exam day

Alexander Stehlig (Porsche Head of Operations FIA WEC): “The exam day went good for us. The racetrack had surprisingly decent grip, that we hadn’t expected, and we found some unequivocally standard conditions in a morning session. We can already see that it’ll be a unequivocally tighten foe – 7 of a 8 cars in a Pro difficulty are within three-tenths of a second. The group and a automobile that can grasp a best opening with a fewest mistakes will be during a front in a end. We managed to evenly parasite off all equipment on a to-do list. We now have dual days to work on a 911 RSR and analyse all a information before we continue on Wednesday afternoon.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We were means to exercise what we schooled from a morning eventuality in a afternoon and so serve urge a car’s balance. Ultimately, this resulted in a some-more quick back spindle in quick corners. Now we customarily have to find a small some-more hold on a front spindle in a delayed corners, and we’ll be good.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Today was okay. We worked by a pursuit piece and attempted a few things to see how they went. we finished a teenager mistake on a final army – we attempted something new on a initial path and mislaid a car. But not many happened.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Compared to prior years, a lane was unequivocally purify with good grip. The Le Mans organisers did a good pursuit here. We managed to start work on a setup unequivocally early – and that’s generally not a case. Our Porsche felt unequivocally good from a get-go and we fast got adult to speed. Still, we went by a checklist and found a few things. We now have a lot of information to analyse and discuss. It’s always formidable to know what a foe is doing, though we’ll mix on a possess business. We’re gratified given we’ve schooled a lot and we were always adult with a play in terms of change and path times.”

Neel Jani (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “My initial laps in a GT racer during Le Mans were a new experience, though they were also good fun. It was unequivocally prohibited today, we can’t remember a final time we had such temperatures during Le Mans. It’s foresee to be unequivocally comfortable on a foe weekend, though a high temperatures matched us. We might have to do some work on a automobile so that we can cope with a feverishness better.”

Florian Latorre (Porsche 911 RSR #99): “I consider we got a good start into a foe week. All drivers set a good pace. We didn’t make any mistakes and we were means to give a automobile a few additional tweaks. This was my initial time in a 911 RSR. We’re unequivocally confident with today’s exam sessions.”

Michael Fassbender (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “That was my initial try in a 911 RSR here during Le Mans. I’m holding it step by step. It feels good to be here and a partial of this event.”

Results, GTE-Pro class:

1. Estre / Jani / Christensen (F/CH/DK), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #92, 3:52.901 minutes
2. Lietz / Bruni / Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #91, 3:52.904 minutes
3. MacNeil / Bamber / L. Vanthoor (USA/NZ/B), WeatherTech Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #79, 3:52.938 minutes
6. Martin / Parente / D. Vanthoor (B/P/B), HubAuto Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #72, 3:53.221 minutes

GTE-Am class

1. Inthraphuvasak / Latorre / Tincknell (T/F/GB), Proton Competition, Porsche 911 RSR #99, 3:54.472 minutes
2. Perfetti / Cairoli / Pera (N/I/I), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #56, 3:54.502 v
4. Andlauer / Bastien / Arnold (F/USA/D), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #88, 3:54.619 minutes
6. Wainwright / Barker / Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 3:54.668 minutes
9. Haryanto / Picariello / Seefried (RI/B/D), Absolute Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #18, 3:55.011 minutes
14. Renauer / Ineichen / Bohn (D/CH/D), Herberth Motorsport, Porsche 911 RSR #69, 3:55.595 minutes
18. Ried / Campbell / Evans / Fassbender (D/AUS/NZ/IRL), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR 3:55.895 minutes
20. Olsen / Buchardt / Foley (N/N/USA), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #46, 3:56.190 minutes

The preview

So distant in this season’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), a bureau patrol has cumulative dual difficulty wins from 3 races. The mythological Circuit de la Sarthe hosts turn 4 on 21/22 August, when Porsche again relies on a three-driver organisation in any of a cars.

In total, 12 911 RSR racers will tackle a GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes during a 89th book of a world’s fastest continuation race. The eventuality starts this Sunday (15 August) with a pre-test on a 13.626-kilometre course, that takes in a circuit and open roads. With 19 altogether victories and 108 difficulty wins to a credit, Porsche is by distant a many successful manufacturer during a 24-hour foe in France.

“We contested Le Mans for a initial time final year with a Porsche 911 RSR-19 and we struggled a bit opposite a extreme foe in a GTE-Pro class,” recalls Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport. “I’m certain we’ll be significantly some-more rival this year. We’ve collected a outrageous volume of information and knowledge with a works group and a patron squads, who get a possibility this year to margin a latest chronicle of a 911 in a WEC. These insights assistance us find a ideal setup. We also achieved strongly on a high-speed lane during Monza. Our success there gave us an additional boost for Le Mans.”

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is intensely renouned with engine racing fans and is a prominence on a FIA World Endurance Championship calendar. Situated south of a 150,000-inhabitant city, a march consists generally of open roads, with hundreds of trucks and cars pushing a mythological Mulsanne true any day on their approach between Le Mans and Tours. Treacherous ruts benefaction special challenges, generally in a rain.

While a long-distance classical was creatively set for June, a 89th 24-hour foe is being contested in Aug this year due to a coronavirus pandemic. Unlike final year, adult to 50,000 fans will be means to watch a movement live from a racetrack as a latest era Porsche 911 RSR tackles a world’s biggest continuation foe for customarily a second time.

“I’m assured that we’ll be many some-more rival this year,” says Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. “In a meantime, we’ve collected extremely some-more knowledge with a car, and a successes during Spa and Monza have been hugely encouraging. There’s no improved inducement for us than a win on a high-speed circuit in Italy. What’s critical during a 24-hour foe is to say hit with a streamer container during all times so that we’re in a position during a finish to quarrel for victory. This means that we have to conflict right from a start. we consider this a earnest recipe for success.”

Due to a length of a 24-hour race, double a common points are awarded compared to a required six-hour WEC race. As such, a foe has mostly proven to be wilful in terms of a WEC manufacturer and motorist standings. The prominence of a year also facilities a special subordinate rule: in a Pro class, customarily a 6 fastest cars from a one-hour gift eventuality on Wednesday (18 August) are accessible to take partial in a Hyperpole hold a following day. This eventuality afterwards determines a best grid positions for a race.

Porsche GT Team drivers

The unchanging WEC drivers Gianmaria Bruni from Italy and Richard Lietz from Austria join army with Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki in a cockpit of a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR. The Frenchman, who contested this year’s eight-hour foe in Portugal, brings a resources of knowledge with him. Makowiecki has contested a Le Mans classical a sum of 10 times – for a final 4 years pity pushing duties in a factory-run automobile with Bruni and Lietz. In a No. 92 sister car, Frenchman Kévin Estre and Neel Jani from Switzerland accept bolster from Danish racer Michael Christensen. The contingent used a WEC foe in Portimão in Jun to get in sync with any other. Estre and Jani now lead a drivers’ championship after scoring dual difficulty wins from 3 races. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche ranks second customarily 7 points behind a leader.

The patron teams

Two patron teams tackle a 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Porsche 911 RSR in a GTE-Pro difficulty – a difficulty that is customarily a domain of bureau teams. WeatherTech Racing puts a trust in Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium, Earl Bamber from New Zealand and a American pledge motorist Cooper MacNeil. Sharing a cockpit of a matching automobile campaigned by HubAuto Racing from Taiwan are Maxime Martin from Belgium, Alvaro Parente from Portugal and Belgian Dries Vanthoor – a younger hermit of Porsche works motorist Laurens Vanthoor.

A sum of 8 of a latest era Porsche 911 RSR racers will foe a GTE-Am category, in that pledge drivers with a Bronze or Silver FIA standing share a automobile with professionals. Dempsey-Proton Racing runs dual 911 from Weissach. The German patron group also fields another automobile underneath a name Proton Competition. Project 1 has also purebred dual entries. The patron squads Absolute Racing, Herberth Motorsport and GR Racing will also debate a automobile any during Le Mans.

An overview of a teams and drivers

GTE-Pro class
Porsche GT Team #91 – R. Lietz (A) / G. Bruni (I) / F. Makowiecki (F)
Porsche GT Team #92 – K. Estre (F) / N. Jani (CH) / M. Christensen (DK)
HubAuto Racing #72 – M. Martin (B) / A. Parente (P) / D. Vanthoor (B)
WeatherTech Racing #79 – C. MacNeil (USA) / E. Bamber (NZ) / L. Vanthoor (B)

GTE-Am class
Absolute Racing #18 – A. Haryanto (RI) / A. Picariello (B) / M. Seefried (D)
Team Project 1 #46 – D. Olsen (N) / A. Buchardt (N) / R. Foley (USA)
Team Project 1 #56 – E. Perfetti (N) / M. Cairoli (I) / R. Pera (I)
Herberth Motorsport #69 – R. Renauer (D) / R. Ineichen (CH) / R. Bohn (D)
Dempsey-Proton Racing #77 – C. Ried (D) / M. Campbell (AUS) / J. Evans (NZ)
GR Racing #86 – M. Wainwright (GB) / B. Barker (GB) / T. Gamble (GB)
Dempsey-Proton Racing #88 – J. Andlauer (F) / D. Bastien (USA) / L. D. Arnold (D)
Proton Competition #99 – V. Inthraphuvasak (T) / F. Latorre (F) / H. Tincknell (GB)

Porsche’s undisguised victories during Le Mans

1970 – Herrmann (D) / Attwood (GB) – Porsche 917 KH
1971 – Marko (A) / Van Lennep (NL) – Porsche 917 KH
1976 – Ickx (B) / Van Lennep (NL) – Porsche 936
1977 – Ickx (B) / Haywood (USA) / Barth (D) – Porsche 936/77
1979 – Ludwig (D) / Whittington (USA) / Whittington (USA) – Porsche 935 K3
1981 – Ickx (B) / Bell (GB) – Porsche 936
1982 – Ickx (B) / Bell (GB) – Porsche 956
1983 – Schuppan (AUS) / Haywood (USA) / Holbert (USA) – Porsche 956
1984 – Pescarolo (F) / Ludwig (D) – Porsche 956
1985 – Barilla (I) / Ludwig (D) / Krages (D) – Porsche 956
1986 – Bell (GB) / Stuck (D) / Holbert (USA) – Porsche 962C
1987 – Bell (GB) / Stuck (D) / Holbert (USA) – Porsche 962C
1994 – Dalmas (F) / Haywood (USA) / Baldi (I) – Dauer Porsche 962 LM
1996 – Wurz (A) / Reuter (D) / Jones (USA) – TWR Porsche WSC-95
1997 – Kristensen (DK) / Alboreto (I) / Johansson (S) – TWR Porsche WSC-95
1998 – Aiello (F) / McNish (GB) / Ortelli (F) – Porsche 911 GT1
2015 – Bamber (NZ) / Tandy (GB) / Hülkenberg (D) – Porsche 919 Hybrid
2016 – Jani (CH) / Lieb (D) / Dumas (F) – Porsche 919 Hybrid
2017 – Bernhard (D) / Hartley (NZ) / Bamber (NZ) – Porsche 919 Hybrid

Drivers’ comments before a race

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We were unequivocally astounded that we were so rival during Monza. The racetrack there needs as many tip speed as a Le Mans circuit, so this is a good sign. Still, we know unequivocally good from final year how severe a foe is during this 24-hour race. I’m awaiting a unequivocally tough quarrel in a GTE-Pro class. Le Mans is apparently a large prominence for any driver. We’ll do a comprehensive best. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to a exam and a foe week in France.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Le Mans is always unpredictable. At this event, teams and drivers have to be prepared for any eventuality. That creates a sporting augury probably impossible. I’ve planted a Porsche on stick position for a past 3 years and I’m fervent to continue this streak. we wish that we have a purify foe and that we eventually reap a rewards of a efforts. Our array 91 automobile has finished a final 3 races second in class. Hopefully, we’ll now conduct to finally mount to a tip step of a podium.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “At final a large prominence of a year is roughly here. I’m always unequivocally vehement about this race. And I’m even some-more vehement for this year given finally spectators will lapse to a lane – that’s fantastic! It was dull final year. The whole eventuality felt like a test, not a biggest continuation foe in a world. These zealous fans minister significantly to a special Le Mans charm. We’re competing with a Porsche 911 RSR in a difficulty with 8 other cars, all of that are on a same level. It’ll be a stirring and smashing foe and we feel we have a good possibility to succeed.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “As a Frenchman, Le Mans is apparently a large prominence on a calendar. We’re streamer there streamer a drivers’ championship after a difficulty win during Monza – we don’t need some-more proclivity than that! We struggled during Le Mans final year. Now we know a automobile a lot improved and we’re unequivocally well-positioned. What’s more, a sum of 4 911 RSR are contesting GTE-Pro class. If we mix a commentary of all a squads from a use sessions, we’ll have a ideal substructure for operative out an ideal setup for a race.”

Neel Jani (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “After a Monza win, we’re streamer to Le Mans with certainty and in high spirits. Still, everybody knows that anything can occur during any time in this vital 24-hour race. I’ve gifted this first-hand both in a certain and disastrous sense. I’ve contested Le Mans any year given 2009, solely final season. So that creates me all a some-more vehement to lapse to this unequivocally special racetrack. We’re good prepared and we can frequency wait for a start of a eventuality with a pre-test a week before a race.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I’m gay to finally foe during Le Mans again. And I’m even some-more gay that a fans can lapse to a track. The grandstands won’t be full, though a Le Mans atmosphere simply lives from a spectators’ passion. we wish that we’ll be competitive. I’d unequivocally adore to mount during a tip of a lectern – like in 2018 when we won there with a 911 RSR embellished out in a Pink Pig livery.”

The news (all times CEST)

Sunday, 15 August
09:00 am to 13:00 – Pre-test eventuality 1
14:00 to 19:00 – Pre-test eventuality 2

Wednesday, 18 August
14:00 to 17:00 – Free use 1
19:00 to 20:00 – Qualifying
22:00 to midnight – Free use 2

Thursday, 19 August
14:00 to 17:00 – Free use 3
21:00 to 21:30 – Hyperpole
22:00 to midnight – Free use 4

Saturday, 21 August
11:30 to 11:45 – Warmup
16:00 – Start 89th book of a 24 Hours of Le Mans

Sunday, 22 August
16:00 – Finish 89th book of a 24 Hours of Le Mans

The foe on TV, around livestream and on a Porsche Motorsport microsite

The whole eventuality will be televised giveaway by RTL NITRO for a initial time after a RTL Group cumulative a broadcasting rights for a FIA WEC and a 24 Hours of Le Mans. Eurosport will also news extensively on a 89th book of a classic. Via their paid apps, a World Endurance Championship (WEC) and a ACO, that organises a 24 Hours of Le Mans, will offer a livestream and live timing.

Detailed information on a Porsche 911 RSR, a group and a works drivers will be accessible around a Porsche Motorsport website:  https://media.porsche.com/motorsport, where media multipliers will also find a latest updates and news, credentials stories, picture galleries and countless video features.