Porsche takes universe championship lead with a one-two result


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 though 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 category 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 though 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 improved 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


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 though 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, though 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


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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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