WEC: Porsche 911 RSR finishes second in Austin

The race

At a circle of their Porsche 911 RSR, that is formed on a high-performance 911 GT3 RS road-legal sports car, Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark) were usually 4.210 seconds off claiming feat after 173 laps though a singular yellow phase. Their teammates Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Richard Lietz (Austria), however, were unlucky. A technical problem threw a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR 3 places down a field, with a span eventually holding a dwindle in seventh place in a GTE-Pro class. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche retains second place. In a GTE-Am class, Matteo Cairoli (Italy), Egidio Perfetti (Norway) and Germany’s Laurents Hörr clinched third place in a 2017-spec Porche 911 RSR fielded by a Project 1 squad. 

Round 5 of a WEC in Austin was characterised by opposite tyre strategies and many duels. Under pale skies and in temperatures of around 20 degrees Celsius, spectators were treated to a six-hour scurry eventuality though a singular reserve automobile proviso on a Circuit of a Americas (COTA). Taking adult a competition from a second grid spot, Estre and Christensen put in a energetic and flawless expostulate and were rewarded with second place. However, a competition for a Silverstone winners Bruni and Lietz valid disappointing. While using in fourth place, Bruni unexpected found he could not change gears and rolled to a dilemma of a track. After resetting a electrical system, a rigging changeable worked again. Still, to be on a protected side, a group transposed a battery during a subsequent array stop. The mislaid time relegated a Porsche 911 RSR behind to seventh place in a GTE-Pro class.

The #92 911 RSR of Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre

Comments on a race

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “I have churned feelings about this round. The series 92 automobile had a unequivocally good race, that resulted in a worthy second place. Unfortunately we gifted an electrical problem with a series 91 Porsche 911 RSR. The automobile stood during a side of a lane and we had to change a battery. That cost us several positions and hence many championship points.” 

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “In terms of tyre choice, we chose a opposite plan than many of a competitors today. We raced on used slicks for many of a time while a rivals ran new tyres and clamp versa. That’s since we were infrequently brazen and infrequently behind. But we didn’t let that confuse us and we simply focussed on a pursuit during hand. Unfortunately, it wasn’t utterly adequate to win and we were usually 4 seconds off, though second place yields us critical points for a championship.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “We got a best out of a car. The group did a flawless pursuit and we gathering a solid race. we wish we’ll be during a tip of a lectern again subsequent time.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Unfortunately, record threw a tool in a works today. It’s a genuine shame, generally so tighten to a finish of a race. Still, a new 911 RSR is in a lass season. We had a speed and a plan to strech a lectern today. We’ll do a pinnacle to be adult a front again during a subsequent race.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The automobile ran good right from a start. Our rivals were means to lift transparent a small on a straights, though we hold adult on a narrow, technically perfectionist passages. The change of a 911 RSR was excellent. The tyres still looked good after a double stint, and a plan was perfect. Unfortunately we were hampered by a electrics. But Kevin and Michael’s good outcome denote that a automobile has a lot of potential.” 

Egidio Perfetti (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “Basically a competition went unequivocally well. We unequivocally could have implemented a opposite plan to finish even serve adult a field, though third place with a new motorist choice is unequivocally good and I’m happy with it.”

Race result

GTE-Pro class
1. Thiim/Sörensen (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 173 laps
2. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 172 laps
3. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, 172 laps
7. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 170 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Yoluc/Eastwood/Adam (TR/IRL/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 170 laps
2. Turner/Dalla Lana/Gunn (GB/CDN/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 170 laps
3. Perfetti/Hörr/Cairoli (N/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 170 laps
5. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 169 laps
6. Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 169 laps
9. Preining/de Leener/Curtis (A/B/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, 168 laps
11. Keating/Fraga/Bleekemolen (USA/BRA/NL), Porsche 911 RSR, laps

Full results: http://fiawec.alkamelsystems.com

The qualifying

The reigning universe sports automobile champions Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre secured position dual in subordinate for a fifth spin of a Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC on a Circuit of a Americas. The dual were usually 0.219 seconds bashful of stick position in a new Porsche 911 RSR on a 5.513-kilometre Grand Prix circuit. In a No. 91 sister car, Gianmaria Bruni from Italy and a Austrian Richard Lietz resolved a subordinate on fifth place and take adult Sunday’s competition from a third grid row. In a GTE-Am class, a motorist contingent Matteo Cairoli (Italy), Le Mans difficulty leader Egidio Perfetti (Norway) and Germany’s Laurents Hörr clinched stick position in a 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR fielded by a Project 1 patron squad. 

During a 20-minute subordinate event hold in a early evening, a Porsche GT Team drivers were constantly hampered on their drifting laps by complicated trade and overtaking manoeuvres. Bruni and Christensen took adult a hunt for tip times underneath partly pale skies and in an outward heat of 16 degrees Celsius. Halfway by a session, they handed a automobile to their teammates, Lietz and Estre, in positions dual and five. The Frenchman managed to urge a normal time, however complicated trade prevented Lietz from clocking a improved time in a final phase. Christensen and Estre take adult a six-hour competition during midday on Sunday from position dual in a GTE-Pro class. Their colleagues Bruni and Lietz conduct into spin 5 from P5. 

Qualifying quotes

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “We could have finished improved today, though though we’re assured with positions dual and five. We tackle a six-hour competition feeling assured since a cars ran good during giveaway practice, a prolonged runs and in qualifying. Congratulations to a Project 1 patron group for posting stick position in a GTE-Am class.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Neither Michael nor we managed to spin a ideal lap, so we’re assured with second place. It’s critical to start from a front grid row. We have to try to stay during a front and go for a lead. The automobile achieved unequivocally good during both a giveaway use and a prolonged runs.” 

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “We couldn’t do any improved today. As expected, Aston Martin was unequivocally clever in qualifying. Our cars ran unequivocally good and we were unequivocally tighten to a polesitter. For this reason I’m feeling unequivocally confident for a race.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The new Porsche 911 RSR ran beautifully and a front quarrel mark would have been possible. Unfortunately, Richard encountered a lot of trade and had to pass twice, that cost him time unfortunately. Still, it’s good that he still managed to explain fifth place for us.” 

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “It was a prolonged day now with dual use sessions and a dusk qualifying. We managed to urge a automobile from event to session. Unfortunately we had a lot traffic, though that’s what happens when you’re out on a lane with opposite classes. We’re holding adult a competition from a second grid row. A lot can occur over 6 hours.”

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “It’s illusory to be on stick here. However, my path wasn’t totally perfect. we finished a mistake in a final dilemma and mislaid some time. Luckily, Egidio Perfetti finished adult for it. The setup and a change of a Porsche 911 RSR was fundamentally unequivocally good today.”

Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class
1. Thiim/Sörensen (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 2:00.733 minutes
2. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:00.952 minutes
3. Martin/Lynn (B/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 2:01.029 minutes
5. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:01.049 minutes

GTE-Am class
1. Perfetti/Hörr/Cairoli (N/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:02.784 minutes
2. Turner/Dalla Lana/Gunn (GB/CDN/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 2:02.830 minutes
3. Yoluc/Eastwood/Adam (TR/IRL/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 2:02.909 minutes
4. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:03.110 minutes
6. Keating/Fraga/Bleekemolen (USA/BRA/NL), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:03.450 minutes
8. Preining/de Leener/Curtis (A/B/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:03.682 minutes 
11. Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 2:04.296 minutes

The preview

At spin 5 of a Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC during a Circuit of a Americas (COTA) in Austin on 23 February, Porsche aims to bind a initial U.S. feat with a new 911 RSR.

After a successful start to a 2019/2020 deteriorate with a one-two during Silverstone (Great Britain) as good as lectern spots in Fuji (Japan) and Shanghai (China), fifth and sixth places followed during a Sakhir (Bahrain) competition in Dec before to a winter break.

Moreover, a Porsche GT Team had posted stick position 3 times. After 4 rounds, a works group now ranks second in a manufacturers’ sequence with a dual latest-generation Porsche 911 RSR racers. In a drivers’ category, a dual GT racers lay third and fifth. Three patron teams margin another 5 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR in a GTE-Am difficulty during a six-hour competition in Austin, Texas.

After a termination of a competition in São Paulo (Brazil), a FIA World Endurance Championship WEC earnings to Austin this season. The Circuit of a Americas already hosted a World Sports Car Championship between 2013 and 2017. The 5.513-kilometre Grand Prix circuit with a 20 turns and during times poignant changes in betterment is deliberate a unequivocally perfectionist racetrack. Since a execution in 2012, a Circuit of a Americas to a south of Austin is a unchanging venue for Formula 1 races in a USA. On comment of a many rough sections, tools of a lane aspect were private and transposed during a commencement of 2020.

The Porsche GT Team drivers

Gianmaria Bruni from Italy and Austria’s Richard Lietz helm a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR. The twin earnings to Austin with lustful memories. Lietz won a GTE-Pro difficulty in 2015. In a past, his teammate Bruni has claimed 3 lectern spots during a WEC competition in Texas. The stream WEC champions Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre also have good memories: Christensen won in 2015 and finished second with Estre during a final WEC spin during Austin in 2017. The Danish-French span shares a cockpit of a No. 92 car.

The patron teams

Dempsey-Proton Racing tackles a competition in a USA with dual 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR. Sharing pushing duties in a racer (No. 77) is a newly-signed Porsche works motorist Matt Campbell (Australia), group owners Christian Ried (Germany) and a Italian Riccardo Pera. Manning a No. 88 sister automobile is Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining from Austria, Belgium’s Adrien de Leener and Bret Curtis from a USA.

The Project 1 patron group also campaigns dual 2017-generation Porsche 911 RSR. At a circle of a No. 56 automobile are Matteo Cairoli (Italy), Le Mans difficulty leader Egidio Perfetti (Norway) and a Dane David Heinemeier Hansson. Ben Keating from America joins army with Jeroen Bleekemolen from a Netherlands and Felipe Fraga from Brazil to tackle a race. Gulf Racing’s No. 86 automobile is common by a all-British choice Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Andrew Watson.

Comments before a race

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “After a winter break, we’re looking brazen to a second half of a WEC season. we wish we can continue a good opening from a initial 3 races.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “The new Porsche 911 RSR has already underlined a outrageous intensity in this season’s WEC. We had a good start with a one-two and other lectern formula from a initial 3 races. Unfortunately, things didn’t go so good for us in Bahrain, though we’ve finished a task and we’re streamer to a USA full of optimism.”

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “Unfortunately, we mislaid a indicate advantage during a prior competition in Bahrain and we’ve now incited from a wanted to a hunter. We’re happy to assume this role. We’ve had a good demeanour during what happened in Bahrain and drawn a conclusions. We’ve implemented a lessons from a final competition and will now tackle a rest of a deteriorate stronger. Austin has always been good territory for us so we’re looking brazen to a arriving race.”

You can find some-more comments in a press release.

The Porsche 911 RSR

The new Porsche 911 RSR (2019 indication year) celebrates a lass WEC season. The automobile from Weissach is formed on a high-performance 911 GT3 RS road-going sports car. Compared to a intensely successful prototype model, a automobile fielded in a GTE-Pro difficulty of a FIA WEC, perceived improvements, many particularly to areas such as driveability, efficiency, ergonomics and serviceability. About 95 percent of all components are new. The 911 RSR is powered by a 4.2-litre, six-cylinder fighter engine.

The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC

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 competition though are personal separately. The Porsche bureau patrol contests a GTE-Pro difficulty as a reigning universe manufacturers’ champions, while a patron teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Racing quarrel for honours in a GTE-Am class.