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.
Sebastian Golz (Project Manager 911 GT3 R): “Here during Spa, a vehicles are unequivocally tighten in terms of performance. That’s because with some-more than 60 cars on this lane it’s critical to get a purify path during qualifying. We were hampered several times, though so were a competitors. All in all a outcome was good. Two pro-cars have competent for a Super Pole. We’re now focussing on that and a aim is to grasp good grid positions for a race.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “I had a lot of hold in a initial path and was unequivocally fast, though we got hold adult by several slower drivers. That was annoying, though we competent for a Super Pole and that’s what counts.”
Romain Dumas (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “There was a lot of trade on a lane and it wasn’t easy to get a purify run. But a competitors gifted a same conditions. We’re in a tip 20 and that’s important.”
Dirk Werner (Porsche 911 GT3 R #911): “It was a formidable subordinate session. My initial dual laps weren’t so good, though eventually it was adequate to get into a Super Pole, despite during a final minute. The automobile feels good, now we have to expostulate a flawless race, afterwards everything’s possible.”
Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “The car’s change was great, though we was blocked by some cars. That won’t be a box in tomorrow’s Super Pole – we’ll get a giveaway run.”
Timo Bernhard (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “I incited a unequivocally good path and set a sixth quickest time in my session. The categorical idea was to get into a tip 20 with a group so that we can aim for a front grid spots tomorrow. I’m happy that we did so good with eighth place.”
Laurens Vanthoor (Porsche 911 GT3 R #117): “I’m assured with a qualifying. With so many cars out on a track, a categorical thing is to get a transparent lap. That didn’t utterly work for me, though a group has clearly competent for a Super Pole.”
Marc Lieb (Porsche 911 GT3 R #540): “It didn’t go so good for me, we simply didn’t get a giveaway lap. We have to expostulate a solid competition and work a approach adult a field. That’ll be a diversion plan.”
Alfred Renauer (Porsche 911 GT3 R #991): “It could frequency have left improved for us. All a drivers in a group gave their best and a automobile was fantastic, too. We can tackle a competition feeling assured and see what comes out during a end.”
— Porsche Motorsport (@PorscheRaces) 26. Juli 2018
First contested in 1924, a Spa 24-hour competition 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 competition cars on Wednesday in a motorcade from a racetrack to a city of Spa has turn legendary. The competition takes off on Saturday during 16.30 hours.
Porsche supports 4 patron teams with works drivers and engineers during a competition 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 competition 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.
Friday, 27 July
17:45–18:15 hrs: Warm-up Super Pole
18:30–19:00 hrs: Super Pole
Saturday, 28 July
16:30 hrs: Race start
Sunday, 29 July
16:30 hrs: Finish
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 group during a initial competition 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 competition 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 competition on a Nürburgring-Nordschleife. For 2018, Porsche offers a patron teams an evo-kit.
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 competition 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 competition 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)