The 24 Hours of Spa

At a long-distance classical in a Ardennes, a Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by a KÜS Team75 Bernhard organisation done it by a night though any problems. Drivers Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) put in a flawless expostulate with a #117 automobile on a storied 7.004-kilometre racetrack and now distortion in a earnest position. After carrying finished a mandatory 5 notation technical array stop, a patron foe racer is clearly on line for a lectern spot. The Manthey-Racing patrol was reduction propitious with a sister car. The Porsche 911 GT3 R (#911) mislaid hit to a tip by endless repairs in a pits. Drivers Romain Dumas (France), Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) will now try to recover positions during a final third of a race.

Putting in a clever organisation effort, Black Swan Racing has cumulative a place in a streamer organisation of a Pro-Am-class. Tim Pappas (USA), Marc Miller (USA), Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) and Marc Lieb (Germany) are looking good for a tip 3 finish with their Porsche 911 GT3 R (#540). After technical problems, Herberth Motorsport (#991) has depressed behind in a Am-class and has tiny possibility of securing a lectern mark that a German patrol had hoped for.

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “We were means to urge during a night and compare a gait of a frontrunners. The KÜS Team75 Bernhard has finished a technical array stop and hence is looking good for a lectern spot. Now we have to continue operative though any hiccups and try to get serve ahead. Black Swan Racing has delivered a monumental quarrel during a night and also has a sights set on a lectern spot.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “I had a integrate of rather tough fights with other cars out on a track. Then came a counsel phase, that gave us a eventuality to do a mandatory technical array stop. That’s great, since a automobile is really fast. Now we can make a approach serve adult a ranks – a foe is still long.”

Dirk Werner (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “We had a problem with a automobile during a night and had to spend time in a pits for repairs. That cost us a lot of time. Now we aim to make adult a few places and finish a foe though any mishaps.”

Tim Pappas (Porsche 911 GT3 R #540): “That was a prolonged night and we did a best. Unfortunately we mislaid some time during a array stop. But we still have a few hours left and we’ll keep fighting for a lectern place.”

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Ein Beitrag geteilt von Porsche Newsroom (@porsche_newsroom) am Jul 28, 2018 um 1:09 PDT

After a trained start phase, a 63-strong margin are still using tighten together. The two-time undisguised Le Mans leader Earl Bamber (New Zealand) handed a 911 fielded by KÜS Team75 Bernhard to his bureau motorist teammate Timo Bernhard (Germany) unscathed. Dirk Werner (Germany) also substituted seats with Romain Dumas (France) in an unscratched yellow-and-green 911 GT3 R campaigned by Manthey-Racing.

Marc Lieb from Team Black Swan Racing also managed to make adult several positions in a #540 Porsche 911 GT3 R and is on march for a lectern mark in a Pro-Am class. The same relates to a 500 hp patron foe racer run by Herberth Motorsport (#991) in a Am-category, in that Jürgen Häring took over a circle from Wolfgang Triller.

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “Under good conditions we gifted a ease and trained start proviso though accident, that speaks for a peculiarity of a drivers. Everyone is still tighten together, we’re satisfied, utterly with a cars’ balance. We’re focusing on a whole stretch and aim to make adult some-more positions.” 

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “We had a problem-free start, all of a cars done it by a initial corners. We can compare a gait during a front, though with such a rival margin it’s a tough fight. But as they say, we’re still in a game.”

Dirk Werner (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “That was a good start here in Spa. Everyone behaved themselves and didn’t take risks. That’s how it should be during a 24-hour race. we managed to pass several cars, it can continue like this.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “We got divided good during a start and we done adult some positions during my stint. The automobile is fast. Everything’s using to devise during a moment.”

With this result, a internal favourite and his teammates Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) conduct into a 70th book of a Ardennes marathon for a KÜS Team75 Bernhard patrol from P11.

Frédéric Makowiecki helmed a cockpit of a Porsche 911 GT3 R (#911) for a Manthey-Racing team. For a Frenchman, a time stopped during 2:19.649 minutes, that represented ninth place in a Super Pole. This position, however, was not upheld. Due to a speed transgression in a array line during giveaway practice, Frédéric Makowiecki and his teammates Romain Dumas (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) will be relegated 10 spots down a grid. Thus, Manthey-Racing tackles a long-distance classical in Belgium from position 19.

A sum of 221 drivers and 63 vehicles tackle this year’s 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Thirteen manufacturers are represented during a 70th book of a Ardennes marathon, that is regarded as a largest and many critical GT3 eventuality in a world.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “The Super Pole was okay, though not fantastic. The vigour of foe here during Spa is intensely high. We are not coping as good with a feverishness as a competitors, though we’re within distinguished distance. It’s ostensible to be somewhat cooler on Saturday and that would assistance us. The critical thing during Spa is not to make mistakes. The pivotal to this foe will be consistency.”

Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “We resolved a Super Pole on positions 9 and twelve, so zero is mislaid yet. The rate of retirements during Spa is high, hence we need to now concentration on a race, put in a unchanging expostulate and keep out of any trouble. Then anything’s probable here.”

Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “I’m not happy with a result. we had a purify and flawless lap, though in terms of gait we couldn’t do more. It’s not easy for us in this heat. we wish if a heat cools down on Saturday during a foe it’ll be better.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “My path was good though unfortunately we done a tiny mistake in Eau Rouge since a tyre vigour wasn’t utterly right. But all in all I’m satisfied. We have a good automobile and now we need to combine on a race.”

1. Vanthoor/Riberas/Mies (B/ES/D), Audi R8 LMS, 2:18.578 minutes
2. Baumann/Kirchhöfer/Martin (AUT/D/B), Aston Martin Vantage, +0.605 seconds
3. Rast/Müller/Frijns (D/CH/ND), Audi R8 LMS, +0.788 seconds
4. Aleshin/Molina/Rigon (RU/ES/IT), Ferrari 488 GT3, +0.855 seconds
5. Van der Linde/van der Linde/Schmidt (ZA/ZA/CH), Audi R8 LMS, +0.915 seconds
9. Makowiecki/Dumas/Werner (F/F/D), Porsche 911 GT3 R, +1.071 seconds
12. Bamber/Bernhard/Vanthoor (NZ/D/B), Porsche 911 GT3 R, +1.316 seconds

Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) lapped a 7.004-kilometre circuit during a circle of a #117 Porsche 911 GT3 R in a time of 2:19.843 minutes. With this result, a KÜS Team75 Bernhard has competent for Friday’s Super Pole, where a 20 fastest cars will quarrel for a best grid positions for a 24-hour marathon in a Ardennes.

A new subordinate format for a long-distance classical in Belgium was introduced this year: Each motorist in a automobile is given 15 mins to spin a quick lap. The final subordinate time is dynamic by a normal of a fastest laps set by all drivers in a team.

Driving for Manthey-Racing, Frédéric Makowiecki, Romain Dumas (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) also competent for a top-20 session. With their Porsche 911 GT3 R (#911), a contingent achieved a time of 2:20.144 minutes, that eventually put them on 13th place.

24 Hours of Spa: largest and many critical GT3 eventuality in a world

Putting in a clever subordinate performance, Herberth Motorsport planted a #991 Porsche 911 GT3 R on second place in a Am-category. The organisation from Black Swan Racing finished a eventuality in a Pro-Am difficulty on seventh. A sum of 221 drivers and 63 vehicles tackle this year’s 24 Hours of Spa. Thirteen manufacturers are represented during a 70th book of a Ardennes marathon, that is regarded as a largest and many critical GT3 eventuality in a world.

First contested in 1924, a Spa 24-hour foe is only one year younger than a mythological long-distance classical during Le Mans. The final altogether feat for Porsche in a Ardennes was achieved in 2010 with Romain Dumas, Jörg Bergmeister, Wolf Henzler and Martin Ragginger in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by a BMS Scuderia Italia team. Since 2011, a eventuality on a 7.004-kilometre Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps has represented a prominence on a general GT3 calendar. The display of a foe cars on Wednesday in a motorcade from a racetrack to a city of Spa has turn legendary. The foe takes off on Saturday during 16.30 hours.

Porsche supports 4 patron teams with works drivers and engineers during a foe on 28-29 July. Tackling a eventuality are a dual Porsche teams from a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Manthey-Racing and Herberth Motorsport, as good as a KÜS Team75 Bernhard and Black Swan Racing squads. Six stream works drivers as good as a former bureau motorist and a stream conduct of Porsche Customer Racing, Marc Lieb, form a motorist crews in a 4 patron racers. For a marathon foe in Belgium, 68 cars from 13 marques are entered. In further to a 64 vehicles that approve with a FIA GT3 regulations, 4 other vehicles are registered, including 3 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

The 24 Hours of Spa takes off on 28 Jul during 16.30 hrs CEST and will be promote live on a websites of a Intercontinental GT Challenge and a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. On television, Eurosport televises live reports and highlights of a eventuality in Belgium. In addition, a German TV hire Sport1 will uncover highlights and credentials reports from Spa in a “Porsche GT Magazin” on Sunday during 22.00 hours.


The cockpits of a dual 911 GT3 R entered in a pro-driver difficulty are common exclusively by works drivers: Competing for Manthey-Racing are a unchanging drivers in a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Romain Dumas, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany). The automobile run by KÜS Team75 Bernhard is common by a dual former Le Mans altogether winners Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Earl Bamber (New Zealand) as good as a Le Mans difficulty leader Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium). The dual American drivers Tim Pappas and Marc Miller join army with Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands) to competition a Pro-Am difficulty for Black Swan Racing. They will be upheld by Marc Lieb, who was partial of a organisation during a initial foe of a Intercontinental GT Challenge during Bathurst, Australia, in February. Herberth Motorsport’s 911 GT3 R is piloted by Jürgen Häring, Edward-Lewis Brauner, Wolfgang Triller and Alfred Renauer. The 4 Germans will tackle a pledge difficulty for lady drivers. With Dumas, Lieb and Vanthoor, there are 3 drivers in a Porsche patrol that have already scored altogether feat during Spa.

The 911 GT3 R was designed by Porsche for worldwide GT3 series. Mounted with a ultra-modern, four-litre flat-six engine with approach fuel injection, a patron sports racer distinguished a foe entrance in Jan 2016 during a Daytona 24-hour race. Since then, it has notched adult victories in countless general racing series, such as a IMSA SportsCar Championship, a World Challenge, a ADAC GT Masters, as good as a 24-hour foe on a Nürburgring-Nordschleife. For 2018, Porsche offers a patron teams an evo-kit.

911 GT3 R, Manthey-Racing, Le Castellet, 2018, Porsche AG

The Intercontinental GT Challenge is a initial tellurian racing array with GT3 vehicles as a tip calss. It was founded in 2016 by a SRO Motorsports Group led by Stéphane Ratel. Rather than contest with a bureau squad, Porsche supports general patron teams in their debate with a 911 GT3 R by providing works drivers and engineers from Weissach. For any race, a limit of 4 vehicles comparison by a manufacturer are entitled to acquire points. Of these, a dual best-placed vehicles during a finish of a foe are awarded points for a manufacturer’s altogether classification. In a driver’s category, however, a drivers of all cars nominated by manufacturers are authorised for points.

4 February: Bathurst 12 Hour, Bathurst/Australia
28/29 July: 24 Hours of Spa, Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
26 August: Suzuka 10 Hours, Suzuka/Japan
28 October: California 8 Hours, Monterey/USA

The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, also run by a SRO Motorsports Group, is indifferent for foe cars that approve with FIA GT3 regulations. Storied racetracks, cost-effective conditions of appearance and equivalence in terms of record interjection to a Balance of Performance form a horizon of this customer-oriented championship. The deteriorate prominence of a championship, a 24 Hours of Spa, is run alongside a Intercontinental GT Challenge. In a array contested all over Europe, there are altogether classifications for teams and drivers.

22 April: Monza/Italy (3 hours)
20 May: Silverstone/Great Britain (3 hours)
2 June: Le Castellet/France (6 hours)
28/29 July: 24 Hours of Spa, Spa-Francorchamps/Belgium
30 September: Barcelona/Spain (3 hours)