WEC: Championship personality Porsche aims for lectern in Fuji

Round 4 of a 2018 deteriorate is contested on a Fuji Speedway in Japan on 14 October. On a tradition-steeped 4.563-kilometre racetrack during a feet of Mount Fuji, a Porsche GT Team fields dual 911 RSR foe cars. Four matching vehicles will be campaigned by patron teams in a GTE-Am difficulty during a fourth foe of a 2018/2019 WEC Super Season.

At final year’s foe in Fuji, both of a latest era Porsche 911 RSR cumulative lectern spots with second and third during a lass tour during Fuji. Since a substructure of a FIA WEC in 2012, teams and drivers have trafficked to Japan in autumn to take on a special challenges. In 2013, a foe had to be stopped after 16 laps due to torrential rain. Changeable continue conditions are also approaching this year. For engineers, a Fuji Raceway is quite demanding. The prolonged 1.475-kilometre start-finish true leads into a twisty section, that requires a good understanding of downforce and good traction. Finding a suitable automobile setup in a use sessions is equally as tricky.

Richard Lietz from Austria and his works motorist teammate Gianmaria Bruni from Italy share a cockpit of a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR car. The Italian has notched adult dual foe victories on a Fuji Speedway, with Lietz winning a entrance WEC foe in Japan. The cockpit of a No. 92 automobile is common by Frenchman Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen (Denmark). The twin leads a drivers’ sequence of a 2018 WEC after winning a 24 Hours of Le Mans and claiming lectern places in Belgium and Great Britain. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche heads to turn 4 of a deteriorate ranking a transparent initial in a hotly contested GTE-Pro category.

Four some-more Porsche 911 RSR will foe a GTE-Am class. Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (France), Christian Ried from Germany and Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) contest in a #77 automobile fielded by a Dempsey Proton Racing patron squad. The fortuitous travels to Japan heading a GTE-Am difficulty after scoring difficulty wins from Le Mans and Silverstone. Manning a No. 88 sister automobile is Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy), his compatriot Giorgio Roda and a Japanese racing motorist Satoshi Hoshino. Competing in a 911 RSR campaigned by a German Project 1 group are Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Lindsey from America and Norwegian Egidio Perfetti. The patron group Gulf Racing relies on Porsche Junior Thomas Preining from Austria. The newly crowned champion of a Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland contests his lass WEC foe with dual British racing drivers Benjamin Barker and Michael Wainwright.

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The Porsche 911 RSR distinguished a WEC entrance during Silverstone in 2017. So distant this season, a racer from Weissach has clinched a one-two outcome in a GTE-Pro difficulty during Le Mans and cumulative a GTE-Am difficulty difficulty win during a continuation classical in France as good as during a prior foe during Silverstone. The RSR with a water-cooled four-litre fighter engine is formed on a seventh era of a iconic 911 sports automobile and produces around 510 hp depending on a restrictor. With a sum of 6 vehicles, a Porsche code is represented by a largest fortuitous of GT racers in a World Sports Car Championship.

The six-hour WEC foe during Fuji gets underway on Sunday, Oct 14, 2018, during 4:00 hours CEST (11.00 hrs internal time).

The free-to-air hire Sport1 will promote a foe live from 6:00 to 8:00 hrs as good as a final proviso (9:00 to 10:15 hrs). The whole foe can be noticed free-of-charge around live streaming on sport1.de. The foe is also aired in full length on a pay-TV channel Sport 1 Plus. Including a pre- and post-race coverage, a broadcasting runs from 3:30 hrs to 10:30 hrs. The free-TV hire Eurosport 1 televises a foe between 8:30 and 10:15 hrs. Moreover, a whole foe can be watched on a pay-TV channel Eurosport Player. The pay-TV channel Motorsport.TV also broadcasts a six-hour foe from 12:45 to 19:15 hours. For a fee, a FIA WEC app offers live streaming of a finish foe as good as a time-keeping.

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “Fuji is a genuine highlight, alone due to a Japanese fan enlightenment and a implausible passion for engine racing. The whole Porsche GT Team advantages from a fact that a drivers unequivocally suffer competing there. The racetrack with a intensely prolonged straights and quick corners throws special hurdles during us. The foe in a WEC is intensely sparkling and tough, and a manufacturers are removing closer. We saw this recently during Silverstone. We’re good prepared and we wish to extend a lead in a championship. Although a foe in Japan is a penultimate turn of a stream year, a deteriorate is still prolonged with 3 some-more races to tackle in 2019. There are still copiousness of points to earn.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “Despite winning during Le Mans and climbing a lectern during Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone, a WEC deteriorate is not a finished deal. At a arriving foe in Japan we’ll do a best to urge or serve extend a points’ lead. However, a foe in Fuji during this time of a year is unpredictable. We have to be prepared for all kinds of continue scenarios. Whoever does a right thing during a right time has a best chances.”

More quotes in a press release (downloads).

In a Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), that was initial contested in 2012, sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest in 4 classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. They all contest together in one foe though are personal separately. The Porsche GT Team contests a GTE-Pro class, while a patron teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Racing quarrel for honours in a GTE-Am class.