Porsche fights for a universe championship pretension during a final races in Bahrain


This is a initial doubleheader eventuality in a story of a World Endurance Championship. Round 5 on 30 Oct runs over 6 hours, with a Bahrain International Circuit hosting an eight-hour foe a week later. Porsche contests a notoriously cutthroat GTE-Pro category with dual 911 RSR. In a GTE-Am class, 3 patron teams margin 5 matching nine-eleven racers.

“We’re rebellious a final dual races of a deteriorate in Bahrain with unequivocally transparent goals: We wish to win a manufacturers’ championship and we’re also aiming to take home a drivers’ prize with a series 92 crew,” explains Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport. “Last year we clinched a double attainment on this dried racetrack. We’re fervent to repeat this feat. If we can do this during a final dual races of a year, a championship will be ours. Our Porsche 911 RSR is good matched to a special characteristics of this racetrack – and that creates me hopeful.”

Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport

“We’re unequivocally most looking brazen to a dual races in Bahrain. Our double attainment there final year bodes good for a clever opening during a first-ever doubleheader eventuality for a WEC,” says Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC, surveying his expectations. “The six-hour foe will be hold in daylight. We have to be prepared for a heat. Plus, handling a tyres over a full army will be decisive. The final eight-hour foe will finish in a dark. The plea here will be a small opposite given we’re awaiting cooler pavement temperatures and we need to respond accordingly. It’s certain to be sparkling and illusory for fans, drivers and teams. When a doubleheader is over, we’d like to applaud a universe championship pretension win.”

Post-season rookie test

Following a final dual races, a WEC has organized a post-season rookie exam during a Bahrain International Circuit on 7 November. The Bahrain International Circuit has hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix frequently given 2004. The FIA WEC was initial contested on a 5.412-kilometre circuit tighten to a collateral Manama in a 2012 initial season. The usually time a continuation foe was not hold in Sakhir was in a 2018/2019 season. High daytime temperatures, descending temperatures during eve and excellent silt during times covering a pavement make a foe a outrageous plea for teams, engineers and drivers.

911 RSR

 Tyre wear is a vital care on a Grand Prix circuit with a 15 turns. A unchanging gait over a full army is regarded as a pivotal to success. At a initial of dual races in Bahrain, points will be awarded following a required FIA regulation (25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1). For a second race, a points are double by a cause of 1.5 and dull adult (38-27-23-18-15-12-9-6-3-2). Moreover, achieving stick position yields an additional indicate towards a universe championship.

The Porsche GT Team drivers

Sharing pushing duties in a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR during a six-hour foe in Bahrain are a unchanging WEC drivers Gianmaria Bruni from Italy and Richard Lietz from Austria. Works motorist Frédéric Makowiecki supports a twin during a final eight-hour round. The Frenchman has already assimilated army with a span in Portimão and Le Mans. The No. 92 sister automobile is manned by Frenchman Kévin Estre and Neel Jani from Switzerland. They are assimilated in a cockpit for a final foe of a deteriorate on 6 Nov by Michael Christensen from Denmark. The unchanging organisation of a No. 92 automobile now ranks second in a drivers’ championship with their code colleagues in a No. 91 automobile in third place. In a manufacturer’s classification, Porsche ranks second.

The patron teams

The gifted German patron teams Project 1 and Dempsey-Proton Racing any margin dual Porsche 911 RSR during a dual WEC races in Bahrain. The British patrol GR Racing fields another vehicle. One of a organisation in Dempsey-Proton Racing’s No. 77 entrance is a works motorist Matt Campbell from Australia.

An overview of teams and drivers (in italics: usually turn six)

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)

GTE-Am class
Team Project 1 #46 – D. Olsen (N) / TBA / TBA
Team Project 1 #56 – E. Perfetti (N) / M. Cairoli (I) / R. Pera (I)
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 – K. Al Qubaisi (UAE) / A. de Leener (B) / J. Andlauer (F) / A. Jefferies (GB

Drivers’ comments before a race

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Two races will be hold during a same venue, though a characteristics are unequivocally different. The opposite starting times and distances need specifically blending strategies. It’ll unequivocally be interesting. In terms of a championship, we don’t have most to remove with a series 91 automobile so we’ll go all-out. Hopefully, we’ll finally have racing fitness on a side again.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The back-to-back races in Bahrain this year will make things unequivocally interesting. The initial foe is contested in daylight. The object beats down mercilessly on a pavement and we’re awaiting a genuine scorcher of a race. The second eventuality goes into a night, so with a engineers, we have to envision as precisely as probable how a lane will change as a temperatures drop. We’re have large goals and we’ll do all in a energy to make certain that Porsche wins a manufacturers’ title. Fred will yield bolster for a final eight-hour race. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to that.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I consider it’s illusory that I’ll stand into a No. 91 cockpit again for a eight-hour race. We wish to move home limit points and assistance Porsche win a manufacturers’ title. If we can also support a code colleagues in a sister automobile to bind a drivers’ trophy, afterwards that would be even better. The foe is going to be tough. We always face breathless temperatures in Bahrain and a racetrack is perfectionist on a brakes and tyres. Still, I’m confident – also given we won there in 2015.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “It’s a contrition that we had to relinquish a lead in a drivers’ championship during a prior foe in Le Mans. At a same time, this also gives us outrageous motivation. We still have an iron in a fire: If we win both races, a pretension is ours. That’s a large goal. We’ve always been clever in Bahrain with a Porsche 911 RSR. So that gives us a lot of certainty streamer into these dual races. Plus, I’m gratified that Michael will be pity pushing duties in a automobile again for a final race.”

Neel Jani (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I unequivocally like a lane and a environment in Bahrain. I’ve enjoyed some good successes there during my time racing a Porsche 919 Hybrid. I’m penetrating to build on that this year with a 911 RSR. We’ll do all probable to bind a large trophy. It’s a two-way conflict between a automobile and a No. 51 Ferrari. Let’s see how a foe goes in both races. It’s wholly probable that a initial foe is used as vital credentials for a second race, where we can acquire a lot some-more points. We’ll only have to wait and see.

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “It’s good fun pushing a Porsche 911 RSR. So that creates me all a some-more vehement about my lapse to a WEC team. we wish that in a initial of a dual Bahrain races, a patrol can lay a foundations for a retaining conflict for a crown. The 911 RSR set a benchmark in a GTE Pro category final year. We scored a double attainment there – and we wish to grasp zero reduction this year. This could palm Porsche and my colleagues Kévin and Neel a universe championship title. That’s precisely my large goal.”

The report (all times CEST/CET)

Thursday, 28 October
2:30 – 4:00 pm: Free use 1

Friday, 29 October
7:00 – 8:30 am: Free use 2
11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Free use 3
3:30 – 3:40 pm: Qualifying GTE

Saturday, 30 October
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: Race 5

Thursday, 4 November
2:30 – 4:00 pm: Free use 1

Friday, 5 November
6:00 – 7:30 am: Free use 2
10:20 – 11:20 am: Free use 3
2:20 – 2:30 pm: Qualifying GTE

Saturday, 6 November
11:00 am – 7:00 pm: Race 6