Podium finish for a Porsche 911 RSR during a 24 Hours of Le Mans

The No. 91 sister automobile driven by Gianmaria Bruni from Italy, Richard Lietz from Austria and Frenchman Frédéric Makowiecki wrapped adult turn 4 of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in fourth place. The in-house quarrel between a dual works cars for a final lectern mark was motionless about an hour before a dwindle dropped: After shifting in a final chicane, a behind of a No. 91 had to bear repairs and a deputy of a brakes.

“Our group put in a flawless and energetic performance,” explains Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Motorsport. “Unfortunately, we lacked a bit of speed to be means to plea a foe for difficulty victory. The lectern outcome for a No. 92 automobile is still a good prerogative for a ardent work that a employees have finished during a racetrack and behind during a domicile in Weissach. Thank we to everybody who contributed to this achievement.”

The dual 911 racers from Weissach set a decent gait over prolonged stretches of a French long-distance classic. However, due to bad fitness during dual reserve automobile phases, a opening of around 3 mins from a personality emerged in a initial third of a race. It valid unfit to revoke this domain by opening alone over a remaining hours of a 24-hour continuation race. The credentials to this hapless occurrence for a Porsche GT Team is a particular underline in a approach a eventuality during La Sarthe is run.

Unlike other racing events, when an occurrence occurs during Le Mans, 3 reserve cars are sent out onto a lane during a same time. This is due to a perfect length of a circuit, during 13.626 kilometres. As a result, a margin is divided into 3 groups. If drivers are behind a same reserve automobile as a leader, they can recover mislaid ground. Those who follow a second reserve automobile are immediately disadvantaged by no error of their own, losing during slightest 90 seconds. This happened to a works team’s dual Porsche 911 RSR cars twice.

“The foe wasn’t usually difficult, it was also unsatisfactory for us. We had coming to quarrel for victory,” concludes Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. “Despite a good and systematic preparation, we didn’t have a lap-time opening and a tip speed we’d hoped for compared to a competition. We’ll now take some time to analyse all once again with a FIA and ACO to see because we weren’t utterly means to compare a opening of a antithesis in a race.”

Bad fitness for a patron teams in the GTE-Pro class

While a dual factory-run 911 RSR cars anxious spectators with their inner duels for positions 3 and four, a dual patron cars in a GTE-Pro difficulty had already pulled into a pits early. The No. 79 entrance from WeatherTech Racing was incompetent to react a foe after an collision involving a American Cooper MacNeil early on Sunday morning. HubAuto Racing’s vehicle, that had taken adult a foe from stick position, late with a technical forsake shortly after sunrise.

The No. 77 automobile fielded by Dempsey-Proton Racing with Porsche works motorist Matt Campbell (Australia), group owners Christian Ried from Germany and New Zealander Jaxon Evans, finished in fifth place as a best 911 RSR in a GTE-Am category. The No. 88 sister car, that had started from stick position in this class, achieved P13. The patron squads Absolut Racing and Herberth Motorsport resolved their Le Mans entrance in seventh and tenth positions. Several other Porsche crews had to chuck in a towel early. The dual vehicles fielded by Project 1 and a No. 99 automobile of Proton Competition had to retire. GR Racing mislaid a lot of belligerent due to extensive repairs after an collision and finished a foe in 14th.

Drivers’ comments on a foe

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “We’d hoped for some-more and took adult a foe on a arrogance that we could quarrel during a tip of a field. Unfortunately, this didn’t happen. Still, a group and drivers did their utmost. Ultimately, a lectern mark was a best we could do. That said, to finish on a lectern in a GTE-Pro difficulty during Le Mans is no meant feat.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “If we don’t have any punctures during Le Mans, if a group does a flawless job, if we exercise a good plan and afterwards usually finish on third and fourth, afterwards we have to take a good demeanour during things. This outcome is not good enough. Anyone who watched a foe knows that it was a unpleasant 24 hours for us. Now we have to demeanour during why.”

Dries Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #72): “During my morning stint, we was coming a initial dilemma when unexpected zero worked. we couldn’t even get behind to a pits – that was it. Up until that indicate we’d already gifted a series of setbacks: a drive-through penalty, a spin and more. All in all, we never had a unchanging gait of a other GTE-Pro cars. It’s a shame.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 RSR #79): “We worked unequivocally good as a team. The automobile was good, a change was right and we were fast. Unfortunately, Cooper had an collision during a night in a equivocation before a start-finish straight. The framework was irreparably shop-worn and we had to give adult early. we enjoyed each singular path and felt unequivocally good in a Porsche 911 RSR. These certain practice are a categorical things for me.”

Christian Ried (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “I’m super happy – we managed to move 3 of a 5 911 RSR over a finish line. That was quite formidable early on in a foe with fanciful continue conditions. Plus, we had an collision and a technical issue. We have to have another look. Otherwise, everybody did a argent job. we finished fifth with my automobile and I’m indeed happy with that. My teammates Matt Campbell and Jaxon Evans gathering flawless laps notwithstanding a formidable conditions and put in a clever performance.”

Andrew Haryanto (Porsche 911 RSR #18): “I’m totally overwhelmed. That was a initial tour during Le Mans. Seventh place is really really impressive. For me, a dream has only come true. we can frequency trust what we’ve achieved during a initial attempt. It’s an unbelievably good result.”

Robert Renauer (Porsche 911 RSR #69): “A smashing outcome for a team! We didn’t design to finish so distant adult a field. Of course, a events in a foe contributed to this, though we reached a checkered dwindle though any mistakes. we didn’t design this during a Le Mans entrance – generally with some of a special regulations that have to be celebrated here. Ok, maybe we weren’t a fastest, though we’ve schooled a outrageous volume this weekend. We’d indeed be prepared to tackle a 24 Hours of Le Mans again right now.”

Race results

GTE-Pro class
1. Calado/Pier Guidi/Ledogar (GB/I/F), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 345 laps
2. Garcia/Taylor/Catsburg (E/USA/NL), Corvette Racing, Corvette C8.R #63, 345 laps
3. Estre/Jani/Christensen (F/CH/DK), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #92, 344 laps
4. Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #91, 343 laps
5. Serra/Molina/Bird (BR/E/GB), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #52, 331 laps
6. Milner/Tandy/Sims (USA/GB/GB), Corvette Racing, Corvette C8.R #64, 313 laps
7. Martin/Parente/D. Vanthoor (B/P/B), HubAuto Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #72, 227 laps
8. MacNeil/Bamber/L. Vanthoor (USA/NZ/B), WeatherTech Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #79, 139 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera (F/DK/I), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #83, 340 laps
2. Keating/Pereira/Fraga (USA/L/BR), TF Sport, Aston Martin Vantage #33, 339 laps
3. Cressoni/Mastronardi/Illot (I/I/GB), Iron Lynx, Ferrari 488 GTE #80, 338 laps
5. Ried/Campbell/Evans (D/AUS/NZ), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #77, 335 laps
7. Haryanto/Picariello/Seefried (RI/B/D), Absolute Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #18, 332 laps Runden
10. Renauer/Ineichen/Bohn (D/CH/D), Herberth Motorsport, Porsche 911 RSR #69, 330 laps
13. Andlauer/Bastien/Arnold (F/USA/D), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #88, 327 laps
14. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 322 laps
16. Olsen/Buchardt/Foley (N/N/USA), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #46, 138 laps
21. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #56, 84 laps
22. Inthraphuvasak/Latorre/Tincknell (T/F/GB), Proton Competition, Porsche 911 RSR #99, 66 laps

Full formula and points standings: fiawec.alkamelsystems.com