Porsche loses duel for a universe championship pretension in a really final metres

Race 6

At a eight-hour foe in Bahrain, a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Kévin Estre (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) reason a well-earned lead in a retaining final scurry to a dwindle and was on march for a pretension when a Ferrari shunted a Porsche into a spin. Race Control did not penalize a competitor. The identical sister automobile common by Gianmaria Bruni from Italy, Richard Lietz from Austria and Frédéric Makowiecki from France resolved a sixth and final foe of a deteriorate on fourth place in a GTE-Pro class. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche wrapped adult a continuation deteriorate in second place. The patron teams Dempsey-Proton Racing and Project 1 notched adult another success, any planting their 911 RSR on a lectern in a GTE-Am category.

“It’s a unhappy day for Porsche Motorsport,” comments Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President Motorsport. “Our opposition nudged a streamer automobile into a spin and gathering on to victory. We can’t know given a foe executive initial released a chastisement and thereafter withdrew it. Our drivers and teams merit a pinnacle respect. Everyone gathering a satisfactory and purify foe for 8 hours and gave spectators a good show. I’d like to appreciate them all for this. Right adult until a end, a foe was a unequivocally good graduation for engine racing.”

“It was a unhappy finish to an intensely sparkling foe for us. Unfortunately, we were spun off a lane by a competitor,” remarks Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC, giving an comment of his impressions. “We can’t know a foe stewards’ decision. First, a dual streamer cars were ostensible to switch positions after a strike that would’ve put a Porsche behind in a lead. A small later, they withdrew this proclamation during a No. 92’s array stop. So, notwithstanding a satisfactory and purify race, we couldn’t grasp a goals. That’s given we’ve lodged a protest.”

Up until a final stage, a protagonists had been sealed in a wheel-to-wheel conflict and treated fans to energetic fights over 7:45 hours. After a start, polesitter Estre defended his front spot, and as a foe progressed, a frontrunners took turns during a lead. Clever decisions by strategists in a Porsche GT Team pits and flawless performances by a drivers enabled Christensen to conduct into a final 15 mins of a deteriorate culmination as a personality – usually to have Alessandro Pier Guidi (Italy) shunt a behind of a Porsche 911 RSR with his Ferrari. 

Bad fitness hampered a organisation in a No. 91 sister automobile in a second half of a race. The 911 RSR driven by Bruni, Lietz and Makowiecki took a lead mixed times in a initial 4 hours yet thereafter mislaid time due to a pit-stop penalty. A small later, a lax behind circle caused poignant vibrations and, as a result, a behind left circle postulated teenager damages. The group had to make an unscheduled array stop, and Bruni thereafter brought a struggling nine-eleven home in fourth place.



In a GTE-Am class, a German patron teams Dempsey-Proton Racing and Project 1 solid their successes from a prior week during a same racetrack. Germany’s Christian Ried, works motorist Matt Campbell from Australia and New Zealander Jaxon Evans finished second in their No. 77 Porsche 911 RSR. The matching automobile common by Norway‘s Egidio Perfetti and a dual Italians Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera achieved third place. The British group GR Racing came tenth, with a No. 88 entrance of Dempsey-Proton Racing timid early after a spin. 

The Porsche GT Team resolved a 2021 deteriorate after 6 races with 277 points as runner-up in a manufacturers’ classification. In a universe drivers’ championship, Kévin Estre and Neel Jani warranted 166 points on their approach to second place. Their group colleagues Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz wrapped adult a year in third with 111 points. In a group classification, Dempsey-Proton Racing finished a deteriorate in third place. 

Drivers’ comments after a race

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “What a outrageous disappointment! Our group did a ideal pursuit and got us to a front with a good strategy. In a final 30 mins of a race, a tyres run-down rapidly. we had to lift out all stops to stay in a lead. we fended off a Ferrari and was satisfactory during all times – yet thereafter it pushed me off a track. And that was a finish of a possibility to win and pretension dream.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Our quarrel was tough and satisfactory and we reason a well-deserved lead. With a few mins to go, a Ferrari strike a car. At first, foe control systematic that he should palm initial place behind to us. While we were pushing to a scheduled refuelling array stop, they thereafter retracted this preference and we didn’t get a position back. we don’t consider that’s fair.” 

Neel Jani (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “We were champions until 8 mins before a dwindle and thereafter we mislaid it. If someone overtakes us satisfactory and block we don’t have a problem with this and they’re a deserved leader – yet not with a shunt. The group did a superb job, a plan and array stops were super. we can usually appreciate Kévin and Michael for this season.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “After such a race, we can overtly contend I’m blissful it’s over. Things were looking so earnest for us. We were in a lead and were unequivocally fast. Then came a botched array stop, followed by a forsake and thereafter a penalty. Many things didn’t go as we’d hoped. Unfortunately, that’s a approach it is in motorsport sometimes. But let’s usually forget this one.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I consider we can’t foe prolonged adequate to have seen it all. The whole eventuality was flattering sparkling and good to watch – until a No. 92 was hit. From a sporting indicate of view, what came thereafter was unequivocally questionable. Our possess gait was good, a Porsche rubbed well. But we put a gamble on a unsure plan and unfortunately lost.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I feel unequivocally contemptible for my teammates in a series 92 automobile – that’s not a approach to confirm a universe championship title. We go racing; integrity is partial of a sport. And we didn’t see that during a finish of this race. we can suppose how terribly unhappy they are in a group right now. With us, things went good initially. We had an intensely quick automobile yet we weren’t means to spin that into a win. That hurts. Our chances looked unequivocally good, yet it wasn’t meant to be.”

Christian Ried (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “That was a super foe and a good finish to a season. We changed adult to third place in a championship so it couldn’t have left softened for us. Jaxon Evans and generally Matt Campbell put in an overwhelming quarrel – we suspicion I’d have a heart attack. Matt wasn’t totally happy with a automobile during a final stint, yet he fought tough and managed to gradually tighten a gap. Then on a final lap, in a final corner, he snatched second place! Super cool!”

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “We would’ve elite third place in a championship yet unfortunately Dempsey-Proton Racing’s automobile overtook us on a final path – during slightest it was a Porsche. we contingency admit, though, I’m unequivocally disappointed. We’ll be behind in full force subsequent year.” 

Race result

GTE-Pro class
1. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 233 laps
2. Estre/Jani/Christensen (F/CH/DK), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #92, 233 laps
3. Serra/Molina (BR/E), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #52, 233 laps
4. Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #91, 231 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera (F/DK/I), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #83, 230 laps
2. Ried/Campbell/Evans (D/AUS/NZ), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #77, 229 laps
3. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #56, 229 laps
10. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 224 laps
DNF. Andlauer/Jefferies/Al Qubaisi (F/GB/UAE), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #88, 90 laps

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Qualifying

The Porsche GT Team tackles a final turn of a FIA World Endurance Championship WEC from stick position. Works motorist Kévin Estre incited a fastest GTE-Pro difficulty path in a final subordinate eventuality for a eight-hour foe on Bahrain International Circuit. For a Frenchman, this was a fifth stick position from a sixth eventuality this year during a circle of a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR. Given that a 911 fielded by a patron group HubAuto Racing was a fastest automobile in a hunt for tip times during a prominence in Le Mans, the racer from Weissach stays dominant in subordinate for a whole 2021 deteriorate – a record in a story of a FIA WEC. The Italian Gianmaria Bruni set a third quickest time with a No. 91 car. 

“That was a unequivocally tighten and retaining qualifying,” states Alexander Stehlig. The Head of Operations for a FIA WEC adds: “We achieved accurately what we wanted with a No. 92 automobile – to start from stick position and acquire a additional indicate for it. Every indicate counts. This subordinate was many closer than final weekend, that gives us a ambience of what’s to come in a race. It’s going to be utterly a fight. We’re looking brazen to it and we can frequency wait to get going.” 

The final subordinate eventuality of a deteriorate was reason in Bahrain in a early eve during 5:20 pm. Conditions were opposite in a prior dual giveaway practices, with atmosphere temperatures of good over 30 degrees Celsius. The Porsche GT Team still managed to find an optimal setup for cooler conditions for both 911 RSR in a final qualifying. Estre surfaced a timesheets right from a start of a session, yet his time was cancelled when he veered from a track. At his second attempt, a Frenchman pulled out all stops and achieved a tip time in 1:56.041 minutes, narrowly violence a sister automobile and rivals from Ferrari. For stick position, Estre and his Swiss teammate Neel Jani accept an additional indicate towards a universe championship. The duo, who share a cockpit of a No. 92 automobile with Michael Christensen from Denmark, are now tied for points with a best Ferrari span during a tip of a drivers’ sequence rankings. Two of Gianmaria Bruni’s path times were voided. Due to these setbacks, a Italian finished adult in third place. For a race, Bruni joins army in a No. 91 cockpit with Richard Lietz from Austria and Frédéric Makowiecki from France.

In a GTE-Am class, Egidio Perfetti solid his attainment from final weekend during a same venue and was a fastest motorist of a Porsche 911 RSR in a GTE-Am class. The Norwegian set a fourth-fastest subordinate time during a circle of a No. 56 automobile fielded by a Project 1 patron squad. The dual matching nine-eleven run by Dempsey-Proton Racing will take adult a foe from positions 7 and nine. The automobile campaigned by a British patrol GR Racing lines adult on a grid on P12.

The final turn of a FIA World Endurance Championship WEC deteriorate on a Bahrain International Circuit gets underway on Saturday 6 Nov during 2:00 pm internal time (midday CET). The free-TV hire Eurosport 1 broadcasts a foe in full length live. Viewers can also watch endless coverage of a eventuality from Bahrain on RTL Nitro and Sport1. For a fee, a central FIA WEC app offers live streaming and live timing.

Drivers’ comments after a qualifying

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I’m unequivocally pleased. It was intensely tighten and a genuine nail-biter. We warranted a additional indicate for stick position and are now tied for points with a colleagues from Ferrari during a tip of a drivers’ universe championship standings. The conditions before a final foe couldn’t be some-more exciting. We start from stick – that is good, yet of course, it’s no pledge of anything. I’m certain it’ll be a unequivocally tough foe over 8 hours, generally given a competitors are clearly faster than they were final week. we wish we keep a tip palm during a final.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I had to quarrel to a final second in a subordinate given dual of my path times were cancelled. Our automobile is good set adult for a foe so I’m feeling confident. One thing is certain, though: Our aspirant has turn faster. I’m extraordinary how this will vessel out on foe day.” 

Egidio Perfetti (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “We have a best-placed Porsche 911 RSR in a GTE-Am difficulty – I’m assured with my performance. The subordinate was tough. I’m gratified that we softened in some respects compared to a Aston Martin. But we’re streamer into a prolonged eight-hour race. We’ll now combine on that and wish for a good result.”

Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class
1. Estre/Jani/Christensen (F/CH/DK), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #92, 1:56.041 minutes
2. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 1:56.201 minutes 
3. Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #91, 1:56.541 minutes
4. Serra/Molina (BR/E), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #52, 1:56.603 minutes

GTE-Am class
1. Lacorte/Sernagiotto/Fuoco (I/I/I), Cetilar Racing, Ferrari 488 GTE #47, 1:58.712 minutes
2. Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera (F/DK/I), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #83, 1:58.759 minutes
3. Frey/Bovy/Legge (CH/B/GB), Iron Lynx, Ferrari 488 GTE #85, 1:58.958 minutes
4. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #56, 1:58.989 minutes
7. Andlauer/Jefferies/Al Qubaisi (F/GB/UAE), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #88, 1:59.359 minutes
9. Ried/Campbell/Evans (D/AUS/NZ), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #77, 1:59.936 minutes
12. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 2:01.282 minutes

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Race 5

Facing formidable conditions, a Porsche GT Team has achieved a third win of a deteriorate in a FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. At a six-hour foe in Bahrain, Frenchman Kévin Estre and Neel Jani from Switzerland in a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR narrowly kick their works motorist colleagues Gianmaria Bruni from Italy and Austrian Richard Lietz. Thanks to a one-two outcome in a Kingdom of Bahrain on a Persian Gulf, Porsche has changed into a lead of a manufacturers’ championship before a final turn of a season. In a GTE-Am class, a patron teams Dempsey-Proton Racing and Project 1 claimed lectern stairs with their nine-eleven cars. 

“It was a formidable weekend given there was a lot of vigour – we unequivocally had to perform today,” explains Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. “We indispensable to acquire limit points in sequence to stay in a quarrel for a championship streamer to a final round. It worked. I’d like to appreciate all a mechanics, engineers and drivers – that was a ideal performance. From a outside, maybe this double attainment looked easy – it was anything yet that. The tyres had to continue prolonged stints in exhilarated heat. It always hangs on a knife’s edge. We offset this beautifully. Now we go adult opposite a rivals on an equal balance for a large culmination subsequent weekend. I’m unequivocally looking brazen to it!”

In an atmosphere feverishness of 35 degrees Celsius and with a intensely hotter lane surface, turn 5 of a deteriorate incited into a approaching exhilarated conflict in a truest sense. Taking adult a foe from positions one and dual on a grid, Kévin Estre and Gianmaria Bruni kept their cold and successfully fended off their competitors’ attacks. The subsequent plea was to conduct their Michelin tyres over prolonged distances on a intensely perfectionist asphalt, that a gifted drivers did ideally – interjection as good to a first-class work of their array crews. The use from a 3 use sessions helped to say a gait over a hour-long stints. The No. 92 automobile in a GTE-Pro difficulty crossed a finish line a small 0.690 seconds brazen of a matching sister car. With this result, Estre and Jani managed to condense a opening in a drivers’ universe championship to usually one indicate as they conduct to a final turn in Bahrain subsequent weekend. Bruni and Lietz arrange third. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche has recaptured a lead. 

In a GTE-Am class, a foe on a Bahrain International Circuit was not usually noted by tyre government yet also by path times of a pledge drivers. In a parsimonious foe among 13 vehicles, Christian Ried and Egidio Perfetti gave a quite considerable performance. The Dempsey-Proton group owners from Germany delivered clever stints during a circle of a No. 77 racer, with his teammates Matt Campbell from Australia and New Zealander Jaxon Evans among a fastest in a margin on a approach to claiming second place in their class. Perfetti common a cockpit of Project 1’s No. 56 automobile with a Italians Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera. In a wilful army mid by a race, a Norwegian confirmed a solid lectern march with his patron RSR and laid a substructure for third place. The No. 88 technically matching 911 fielded by Dempsey-Proton Racing achieved position 13. GR Racing’s entrance took a dwindle in sixth place. 

The FIA WEC culmination takes off subsequent Saturday, 6 November, again on a Bahrain International Circuit. The sixth and final turn of a deteriorate will be contested over 8 hours. 

Drivers’ comments after a race

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “That was a unequivocally vicious attainment for us in a No. 92 automobile and an intensely critical one-two outcome for Porsche. This gives us any possibility to quarrel for a pretension during a finale. As a team, we gave a ideal performance. I’d like to appreciate a teammates in a sister automobile for not creation life too formidable for us. That unequivocally helped. Now I’m looking brazen to a wilful race. We unequivocally wish to grasp a matching tip outcome again.” 

Neel Jani (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “A one-two success for a Porsche 911 RSR – it couldn’t be better. We gathering with a sister automobile in arrangement for a whole race. Right during a end, they stopped their attack. Many interjection to a colleagues! First place now is hugely critical for us to be in a best position in a drivers’ universe championship for a final round. We’re now usually one indicate behind a leaders. Next weekend we’ll do all to dip a pretension pool during a deteriorate finale.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Mission accomplished. We wanted positions one and dual – and we did it. It couldn’t be softened for Porsche. I’m unequivocally beholden to be partial of this large Porsche family. We’ve taken another step towards a probable pretension win. Hopefully, we’ll take a many bigger step subsequent Saturday.” 

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “It was essential to safety a tyres over a distance. Bahrain is intensely perfectionist so we have to take care. If we overexploit a rise reason during a start on uninformed tyres, we compensate a cost during a finish of a stint. That’s given a concentration was always on not putting too many appetite into a tyres. This worked well. We also motionless not to quarrel opposite a group colleagues given that would have cost us a lot of time. From my indicate of view, this was a ideal foe for Porsche.” 

Race result

GTE-Pro class
1. Estre/Jani (F/CH), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #92, 174 laps
2. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #91, 174 laps
3. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 174 laps
4. Serra/Molina (BR/E), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #52, 174 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Keating/Pereira/Fraga (USA/L/BR), Aston Martin Vantage GTE #33, 172 laps
2. Ried/Campbell/Evans (D/AUS/NZ), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #77, 172 laps
3. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #56, 172 laps
Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 171 laps
6. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 171 laps
13. Andlauer/de Leener/Al Qubaisi (F/B/UAE), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #88, 166 laps

Qualifying

Works motorist Kévin Estre has planted a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR on stick position in subordinate for a six-hour foe in Bahrain. In a tighten hunt for tip times, a Frenchman usually usually outpaced his Italian code co-worker Gianmaria Bruni in a matching nine-eleven with a starting series 91. For Kévin Estre and Neel Jani, who now arrange second in a FIA World Endurance Championship WEC, this is a fourth stick position from a fifth and penultimate foe of a season. In a GTE-Am class, a best 911 RSR takes adult a foe from third place.

“The outcome looks good. Considering a slight gap, it’s transparent that both drivers incited clever laps,” pronounced Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. “We did a good pursuit in a giveaway use sessions. In prohibited conditions, we managed to get a tyres within a handling window – over prolonged distances and a drifting lap. First and second are ideal starting positions. We have to try all in a foe to reason on to these positions until a flag. That would urge a ranking in a championship considerably.” Thanks to their stick position, Estre/Jani have slashed a opening in a drivers’ standings to eleven points. In a manufacturers’ classification, 15 points apart Porsche from a lead.

Conditions were wily in a ten-minute subordinate on Friday eve on a Bahrain International Circuit. Due to a unequivocally disintegrating pavement and high temperatures of over 30-degrees Celsius in a desert, a Michelin tyres on all GTE-Pro cars usually authorised optimal reason for a singular drifting lap. About 90 seconds after a eventuality started, Estre was a initial GTE-Pro motorist to conduct out onto a 5.412-kilometre racetrack. His works motorist teammate Bruni followed shortly after. Flying in formation, a dual seasoned specialists soon clocked tip times in a Porsche 911 RSR, that a foe was incompetent to undercut. In a time of 1:56.144 minutes, Estre kick Bruni in a sister automobile by a small 0.034 seconds.

The subordinate in the GTE-Am class

In a GTE-Am class, a Project 1 patrol scored a worthy grid mark with third place for a foe in Sakhir. Setting a path time of 1:59.404 minutes, a Norwegian Egidio Perfetti missed out on a front-row mark by reduction than a tenth of a second. The dual Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey-Proton Racing tackle a six-hour foe from positions 7 and nine. GR Racing’s technically matching automobile takes adult foe 5 of a deteriorate from P12.

The six-hour foe of a FIA World Endurance Championship WEC on a Bahrain International Circuit gets underway on Saturday 30 Oct during 11:00 am internal time (10:00 am CEST). For a fee, a central FIA WEC app offers live streaming and live timing.

Drivers’ comments after a qualifying

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “My path competence not have been ideal yet it was adequate for stick position – and I’m unequivocally happy about that. It was unequivocally parsimonious between us and a sister car. This shows that Porsche is unequivocally good here, generally in qualifying. The manufacturers’ universe championship is unequivocally critical for us, so a No. 91 automobile also plays a vital role. And it stands between us and a ‘reds’. we wish we also conduct to say a tip palm in a race.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The subordinate outcome is unequivocally good: Our path times were roughly a same. Our Porsche 911 RSR felt illusory on a drifting lap, that was a outcome of a ideal preparation. I’m feeling unequivocally assured about a race. We have a clever automobile and we can unequivocally quarrel during a front.”

Egidio Perfetti (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “Third isn’t as good as initial of course, yet I’m happy we managed to kick many of a Ferraris and Aston Martins. We face dual races in 10 days. It’s good that we are during a front. We were clever here in Bahrain final year and we won a class. we wish we’ll make it behind to a lectern tomorrow, preferably on a tip step.”

Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class
1. Estre/Jani (F/CH), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #92, 1:56.144 minutes
2. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche GT Team, Porsche 911 RSR #91, 1:56.178 minutes
3. Serra/Molina (BR/E), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #52, 1:57.327 minutes
4. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), AF Corse, Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 1:57.573 minutes

GTE-Am class
1. Mastronardi/Piccini/Cressoni (I/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE #60, 1:58.687 minutes
2. Dalla Lana/Farfus/Gomez (CDN/BR/BR), Aston Martin Vantage GTE #98, 1:59.331 minutes
3. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Team Project 1, Porsche 911 RSR #56, 1:59.404 minutes
7. Andlauer/de Leener/Al Qubaisi (F/B/UAE), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #88, 1:59.923 minutes
9. Ried/Campbell/Evans (D/AUS/NZ), Dempsey-Proton Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #77, 2:00.294 minutes
12. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), GR Racing, Porsche 911 RSR #86, 2:00.939 minutes

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

Preview

At a final dual rounds of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season, a Porsche GT Team has a sights resolutely set on winning a universe championship title. The 2021 deteriorate wraps adult with back-to-back races in Bahrain over a subsequent dual weekends. 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 difficulty 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 many 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 reason 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 reason 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 reason during a same venue, yet 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 many 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, thereafter 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 usually 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 difficulty 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