WEC: Porsche 911 RSR wins interjection to a best strategy and tip pushing performance

The race

For a works motorist duo, this was a second win from a third foe so distant this deteriorate after their delight during a opening spin in Belgium. Gianmaria Bruni from Italy and a Austrian Richard Lietz resolved a retaining six-hour foe on a home territory of their categorical opposition Ferrari in third place. As a best patron team, Project 1 scored fourth place in a GTE-Am difficulty with a No. 56 Porsche 911 RSR. 

“Congratulations to a whole team! The drivers and organisation put in an considerable performance. And they achieved this attainment underneath a many formidable conditions because, of course, a inauspicious flooding in Germany is on everyone’s mind – generally given employees of a Manthey operations group have also been affected. we can’t appreciate a organisation enough,” resolved Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport. “Thanks to this feat in a home of a categorical opposition Ferrari, we’ve reclaimed a lead in a drivers’ sequence and significantly reduced a opening in a manufacturers’ championship. It was a ideal operation for a 24 Hours of Le Mans, that we’ll tackle with limit motivation.”

“It’s a good outcome that we hadn’t approaching in this form,” explains Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. “I’m unequivocally unequivocally relieved given we were underneath vigour after not achieving a preferred outcome during a final foe in Portugal. We took adult this foe meaningful full good that Monza was not indispensably ideally matched to a Porsche 911 RSR. So, we set all adult to daub a full intensity of what was possible. That worked perfectly. It’s a outrageous feat to mount during a tip of a lectern during Ferrari’s home foe in Monza.” 

The singular array of spectators accessible to watch a FIA WEC foe during a racetrack for a initial time after a conflict of a coronavirus pandemic, worked adult a persperate in some-more ways than one – not usually due to a prohibited temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius though some-more given of a retaining movement and nail-biting quarrel between Porsche and Ferrari in a GTE-Pro class. At a start, polesitter Kévin Estre successfully fended off a red rivals and, notwithstanding a occasional yellow phase, confirmed a tiny opening until a finish of his double stint. Neel Jani afterwards became inextricable in several duels, that saw him quickly remove a tip spot, usually to recover it again with an considerable effort. In a final third of a race, Estre brought home a second win of a deteriorate for Porsche interjection to a flawless pushing performance, ideal devise and tip teamwork.

Meanwhile, a No. 91 sister automobile was during times hampered by bad fitness in a stirring race. Gianmaria Bruni put in a clever early gait though was incompetent to equivocate a spinning GTE-Am automobile shortly before a finish of his second stint. In a collision, a Italian’s 911 RSR postulated teenager indemnification to a front. However, Bruni and Richard Lietz managed to reason their possess opposite a second Ferrari and eventually achieved an vicious lectern result. Thanks to a second difficulty feat from a third race, Kévin Estre and Neel Jani have reclaimed a lead in a drivers’ championship. In a manufacturers’ classification, Porsche ranks second, usually 7 points off a lead as they conduct to a 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

The GTE-Am difficulty also treated fans to action-packed racing to a flag. Norway’s Egidio Perfetti as good as a dual Italians Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera were in tip form during Monza. The contingent pity a No. 56 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by a Project 1 patron group matched a gait of a heading container in their class, though eventually had to settle for fourth place due to a reduction than ideal array stop strategy. The German squad’s sister automobile took a dwindle in P13. The dual vehicles campaigned by Dempsey-Proton Racing resolved a foe in positions 5 and six, with a GR Racing’s 911 finishing on ninth. 

Round 4 of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is a prominence of a season: a 24 Hours of Le Mans on 21/22 August. The central exam day on a 13.626-kilometre Circuit des 24 Heures du Mans will be hold a week before a start of a 89th book of a continuation classic. 

Drivers’ comments on a race

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I’m intensely gratified given this win came as a finish surprise. We knew that a 911 RSR was unequivocally quick over one path and we valid this with stick position. But during a same time, we had approaching Ferrari to be faster than us over a whole distance. We delivered a flawless foe – everybody did. Thanks to blisteringly quick array stops, a group managed to win vicious seconds over a competition. What’s more, we had an ideal devise and my teammate Neel Jani was in tip form. That was one of a toughest WEC races I’ve ever contested.”

Neel Jani (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Mega! What a foe – so retaining and so close. It was such a tough quarrel opposite a No. 51 Ferrari. The fact that we won a duel is simply sensational. We never approaching this, so, of course, this usually adds to a joy. This feat gives us outrageous certainty as we conduct to a prominence of a deteriorate during Le Mans.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We had a formidable weekend, quite for some members of a Manthey operations group who were influenced by a terrible flooding in their home country. Because of this, we had to change a array organisation slightly. At this point, I’d like to appreciate a team, who worked underneath a many formidable conditions this weekend.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Quite frankly, we approaching a small some-more given a Porsche 911 RSR was ideally set adult and unequivocally fast. Unfortunately, we weren’t means to entirely exercise that in a race. Still, most some-more vicious than a position in a rankings is that a victims of a flooding disaster accept as most support as possible.” 

Egidio Perfetti (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “For many years we kept conference that Monza was built for Ferrari. we didn’t trust it until we saw it in today’s race. Although we did a comprehensive best and fought tough to a end, it usually wasn’t enough. It’s a shame. Now we have to analyse either a tactical proceed was correct. On a certain note, we were a fastest Porsche patron car. That was good though I’d have desired to be on a lectern during Monza.” 

Result GTE-Pro class

1. Estre/Jani (F/CH), Porsche 911 RSR #92, 190 laps 
2. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 190 laps 
3. Bruni/Lietz (I/A), Porsche 911 RSR #91, 190 laps
4. Serra/Molina (BR/E), Ferrari 488 GTE #71, 190 laps

Result GTE-Am class

1. Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera (F/DK/I), Ferrari 488 GTE #83, 187 laps
2. Dalla Lana/Farfus/Gomes (CDN/BR/BR), Aston Martin #97, 87 laps
3. Hoshino/Fujii/Watson (J/J/GB), Aston Martin #33, 187 laps
4. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR #56, 187 laps
5. Ried/Evans/Campbell (D/NZ/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR #77, 186 laps
6. Haryanto/Seefried/Picariello (RI/D/B), Porsche 911 RSR #88, 186 laps
9. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR #86, 185 laps
13. Olsen/Buchardt/Root (N/N/USA), Porsche 911 RSR #46, 183 laps

The qualifying

Porsche takes adult spin 3 of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) from stick position on a Autodromo Nazionale di Monza. In a 911 RSR, works motorist Kévin Estre from France incited a fastest subordinate path on a high-speed circuit in 1:45.412 minutes. With this third uninterrupted tip subordinate time, a Porsche GT Team celebrates a flawless hat-trick in a GTE-Pro category. Estre shares a automobile with Neel Jani from Switzerland. At a circle of a sister car, that followed a opposite tyre strategy, Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) posted a third quickest time on home territory in 1:45.844 minutes. For a race, he shares a cockpit with Austria’s Richard Lietz. In a GTE-Am class, a 911 RSR fielded by a Project 1 patron group starts from P4. This eventuality outlines a initial time a FIA World Endurance Championship races on a storied 5.793-kilometre racetrack usually outward Milan.

Only 10 mins were accessible to a WEC teams to qualify. Estre hold behind on his initial drifting path and instead used his second try to go for pole. His teammate Bruni gathering a 1:46.009-minute path on his initial try and followed adult with dual some-more prohibited laps. Then, during his fourth attempt, he certified a third grid mark in a GTE-Pro difficulty with a time of 1:45.844 minutes.

“From a sporting perspective, we’re of march gay about a third true stick position in a stream FIA WEC season,” pronounced Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Motorsport. “However, a thoughts are with a people who were badly influenced by a inauspicious flooding in a Nürburgring segment – including many employees and their families of a operations group Manthey, whom we wish a strength they need to get by this formidable time.”

“Third eventuality of a season, third stick position: The trustworthiness of a team’s opening is impressive,” underlines Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC. “We tackled a weekend with a transparent devise and we implemented it evenly during a use sessions. As a result, we were ideally prepared to go for tip times in a qualifying. First and third on a grid – a good result. We’ll build on this in a foe and will try to put a spoke in a circle of a rivals during Ferrari during their home race.”

In a GTE-Am class, Egidio Perfetti planted a 911 RSR of a Project 1 patron patrol on fourth place. The Norwegian incited his fastest path in 1:48.057 minutes. In a race, he receives support from a Italians Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera. P10 was claimed by a matching automobile fielded by Dempsey-Proton Racing with group owners Christian Ried during a wheel. The German shares pushing duties with Jaxon Evans from New Zealand and a Australian works motorist Matt Campbell.

Round 3 of a World Endurance Championship WEC takes off on Sunday, 18 Jul 2021, during midday (CEST) and is contested over 6 hours.

Drivers’ subordinate quotes

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “It’s a good feat to validate forward of a ‘Reds’ during Monza. It was formidable to envision given Ferrari is enormously clever on this racetrack. we got a bit of a breeze during a right moment, a path was purify and unequivocally fast. In a end, we was forward by a small 6 hundredths of a second. It was tight, sparkling and, in a end, unequivocally good. Nevertheless, a thoughts are with a people in a Eifel segment who were badly strike by a inauspicious floods. We know many of those affected, including friends from a team, many fans around a Nürburgring and countless other squads from a region. We unequivocally most wish that a victims of this disaster accept a lot of support from a motorsport community.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We implemented a opposite tyre devise than a organisation of a sister car. On this basis, we gathering a flawless path though any mistakes and that was great. Now we have to wait and see how clever a competitors are in a race. We’re prepared for a tough fight.”

Egidio Perfetti (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “On a one hand, I’m unequivocally happy to be a fastest 911 RSR motorist in a GTE-Am category, though I’m not so anxious about fourth overall. That was substantially given we opted for a regressive proceed with middle tyres. we would’ve been faster now with a soothing compound. Still, let’s wait and see. I’m assured that this choice will infer to be a improved one for a early stages of a race.”

Result GTE-Pro class

1. Estre/Jani (F/CH), Porsche 911 RSR #92, 1:45.412 minutes
2. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 1:45.477 minutes
3. Bruni/Lietz (I/A), Porsche 911 RSR #91, 1:45.844 minutes
4. Serra/Molina (BR/E), Ferrari 488 GTE #71, 1:46.214 minutes

Result GTE-Am class

1. Keating/Pereira/Fraga (USA/L/BR), Aston Martin #33, 1:47.272 minutes
2. Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera (F/DK/I), Ferrari 488 GTE Evo #83, 1:47.541 minutes
3. Lacorte/Sernagiotto/Fuoco (I/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE Evo #47, 1:47.950 minutes
4. Perfetti/Cairoli/Pera (N/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR #56, 1:48.057 minutes
10. Ried/Evans/Campbell (D/NZ/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR #77, 1:48.766 minutes
12. Haryanto/Seefried/Picariello (RI/D/B), Porsche 911 RSR #88, 1:49.211 minutes
13. Wainwright/Barker/Gamble (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR #86, 1:49.244 minutes
14. Olsen/Buchardt/Root (N/N/USA), Porsche 911 RSR #46, 1:51.051 minutes

The preview

The Porsche works group is good prepared as it travels to spin 3 of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Monza. The high-speed circuit in Italy hosts a universe continuation array for a initial time. At a six-hour foe on Jul 18, a patrol of a Stuttgart sports automobile manufacturer has a transparent goal: a Porsche GT group aims to recapture a tip mark of a universe championship rankings that it mislaid during a before foe in Portugal. In a GTE-Pro difficulty for bureau teams, Porsche fields two 911 RSR. In a GTE-Am category, a patron teams Project 1, Dempsey-Proton Racing and GR Racing debate a sum of 5 911 racers.

“At a final foe in Portimão, we struggled to find a right use of a tyres. The group looked during a causes and took suitable measures to equivocate something like this function again,” explains Pascal Zurlinden, Director Factory Motorsport. “We resolutely trust that we’ll find a approach behind to a former competitiveness in time for a Monza foe and that we’ll retrieve a championship lead during a home foe of a categorical opposition Ferrari in Italy.” After dual of 6 rounds this season, Porsche ranks second in a manufacturer’s classification, usually 18 points off a tip of a leaderboard.

“We’re all vehement about a eventuality on a storied circuit with a unequivocally special flair. It’s certain to be a highlight,” says Alexander Stehlig, Head of Operations FIA WEC, as he looks forward to spin 3 of a season. “Still, we’re confronting a vital challenge. Our Porsche 911 RSR is quite clever in a semi-fast and quick corners. Unfortunately, there aren’t many of these passages during Monza. The concentration is not on downforce or
aerodynamic efficiency, though rather on a ideal tip speed and braking opening of a cars. We have to respond to this with a special setup. I’m assured that we’ll be rival in Monza and measure many universe championship points.”

The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza has a prolonged and abounding history. The initial races in a Royal Park were contested as early as 1922, during that time on an oval circuit. The ruins of this are still dignified today. The now 5.793-kilometre several of a circuit with a prolonged straights is geared towards high speeds. Since 1950, a sum of 70 Formula 1 Grands Prix have been hold on a circuit nearby a northern Italian capital of Milan. The FIA WEC conducted a central tests here before to a 2017 deteriorate – a supposed voluntary in Monza. This year, a six-hour foe will be hold for a initial time. As partial of a preparations, a Porsche GT Team can pull on information and insights from a patron teams contesting a European Le Mans Series (ELMS). The European continuation array has raced frequently on this illusory circuit given 2017.   

The Porsche GT Team drivers

Sharing pushing duties in a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR are Richard Lietz from Austria and his works motorist teammate Gianmaria Bruni. This is a initial time a Italian races on home territory with a FIA WEC. The twin now ranks fourth in a drivers’ championship. Their code colleagues Kévin Estre and Neel Jani from Switzerland distortion second in a universe championship. Sharing a cockpit of a No. 92 car, a span won a deteriorate opener in Belgium and has so distant posted stick position during all GTE-Pro subordinate sessions in 2021.

The patron teams

Dempsey-Proton Racing fields dual Porsche 911 RSR during spin 3 of a WEC season. Works motorist Matt Campbell from Australia joins army in a No. 77 automobile with a group owners Christian Ried (Germany) and a former Porsche Junior Jaxon Evans from New Zealand. Alessio Picariello from Belgium and Andrew Haryanto from Indonesia helm a No. 88 sister automobile with Germany’s Marco Seefried. Project 1 campaigns a No. 46 Porsche 911 RSR with Norwegians Anders Burchardt and Dennis Olsen as good as Axcil Jefferies from Britain. In a No. 56 automobile from a German patron team, Egidio Perfetti from Norway shares pushing duties with a dual Italians Matteo Cairoli and Riccardo Pera. The all-British motorist organisation Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Tom Gamble contest for GR Racing in a No. 86 car.

Drivers’ comments before a race

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The Monza foe is a home eventuality for my Italian teammate Gimmi, so apparently we have to be during a unequivocally front. However, there’s still a lot of work forward of us. At a final foe in Portimão, we had an emanate with a tyres. we wish we can find a setup that allows us to spin good and unchanging laps. If we attain in this and we’re spared bad fitness with a array 91 car, afterwards all will be usually fine.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I’m an Italian and I’m competing for Porsche on Ferrari’s home territory in Monza – that’s hugely motivating. The eventuality has a unequivocally special definition for me. It might sound strange, though a law is: nonetheless Monza is a famous lane in my home country, I’ve not raced there often. we know a circuit, though not most improved than many other engine racing venues in Europe. The expectation is high and so are a expectations. After unwell to grasp a success we’d hoped for with a array 91 car, it’s now time to move home limit points.” 

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “The fad is outrageous for me for several reasons. we immediately favourite a lane during my initial foe there in 2009 with a Porsche Carrera Cup France. we also have lustful memories of a 2017 voluntary there. Thousands of spectators incited adult – usually to watch a exam drives! That was fantastic. What’s more, we consider Monza is ideal for WEC races with a opposite classes. The many straights and a occasional prolonged braking section make lapping trade most easier. Plus, Monza is most a home foe for me this year. The circuit is usually about 300 kilometres from where we live in Austria. No other racing venue is closer.”

Neel Jani (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Monza is a classic, old-school racetrack. we unequivocally like that. I’m extraordinary to see how a WEC foe will be on this intensely quick circuit. The foresee is for unequivocally prohibited temperatures. we wish we cope fine with a tyres and that we ultimate applaud a success.”

The report (all times CEST)

Friday, 16 July
15:30 to 17:00 – Free practice 1

Saturday 17 July
09:35 to 11:00 – Free use 2
14:00 to 15:00 – Free use 3
18:00 to 18:10 – Qualifying GTE-Pro and GTE-Am

Sunday 18 July
12:00 to 18:00 – Race

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2021 WEC calendar

26/27 April – Prologue in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
1 May – 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
13 June – 8 Hours of Portimão (Portugal)
18 July – 6 Hours of Monza (Italy)
21/22 August – 24 Hours of Le Mans (France)
26 September – 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan)
20 November – 8 Hours of Bahrain (Bahrain)