WEC: Porsche patron group Project 1 celebrates initial win of a season

The race

At a eight-hour competition in Sakhir (Bahrain), a American Ben Keating and his dual Dutchmen teammates Larry 10 Voorde and Jeroen Bleekemolen won a GTE-Am difficulty in their No. 57 Porsche 911 RSR. After claiming stick position, a Project 1 group has changed to a tip of a altogether sequence interjection to their lass victory. The Porsche GT Team (GTE-Pro) has enjoyed an outstandingly successful 2019 season, however a patrol was struck by set-back during a eight-hour race.

The new Porsche 911 RSR had during times hold a lead, usually to have technical problems banish both works-run vehicles distant down a field. A startle absorber pennyless on a No. 92 automobile driven by a universe champions Kévin Estre (France) and Michael Christensen (Denmark), while a circle bulb on a sister automobile manned by Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Richard Lietz (Austria) came lax and caused tyre damage. The repairs resulted in both ca. 515-hp cars losing about dual laps to a frontrunners. Despite ideal teamwork and a clever opening from a drivers, a opening could not be closed. Porsche heads into a second half of a deteriorate ranking second in a manufacturers’ classification. 

In a GTE-Am class, a 3 patron teams gave an considerable performances with their ca. 510-hp Porsche 911 RSR in a 2017-spec. In serve to a competition winners Keating, Bleekemolen and 10 Voorde, a No. 86 automobile fielded by Gulf Racing also took a lead during times. The all-British motorist crew, Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Andrew Watson, resolved a final competition of a year on position 3 after receiving a drive-through penalty. The No. 77 Porsche 911 RSR, common by a works motorist Matt Campbell (Australia), Dempsey-Proton Racing group owners Christian Ried (Germany) and a Italian Riccardo Pera, finished on sixth place. The No. 88 sister automobile late after an accident. Project 1’s series 56 automobile took a dwindle in ninth place after a extensive array stop for repairs. 

Comments on a race

Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “I’m gay for a Project 1 patron squad, who claimed their initial win of a deteriorate and took over a championship lead. For Ben, Jeroen and Larry – a new Porsche family members in a WEC – this is a well-deserved and extensive success. In a GTE-Pro class, a works teams were tormented by a lot of bad luck. Finishing fifth and sixth still puts us in a good position in a championship. We’ll strike behind subsequent year during a Austin round.”

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “What a outrageous disappointment. We usually achieved fifth and sixth during a longest and many vicious competition of a initial half of a season. The fact that a lot of points were awarded during this spin creates it even worse. We had teenager defects on both cars, that we’ll now take a good demeanour at. We didn’t consider a final tour of a year would spin out like this.” 

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We simply have to accept this result. We all did a best, yet infrequently we even stood in a possess way. We’ll learn from this and will lapse stronger. The vicious thing is that we reached a finish line with a cars and during slightest warranted some points.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “This is not accurately a nicest benefaction usually before Christmas. Our automobile was quick and unchanging as always, yet this time we were detrimental on a technical side. We’ll inspect a causes in some-more fact during a exam on Sunday. we consider it is superb how a group never gave adult and kept pulling notwithstanding a setbacks. We would have deserved more, yet infrequently that’s how it goes in engine racing. Setbacks are usually partial of it.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Initially a competition went good for us. With this lane layout, it was tough to find an event to overtake. But during some indicate it worked and we was in a lead. As a result, we was means to build a decent lead, yet afterwards bad fitness struck. The left behind startle broke. We mislaid a lot of time in a pits and couldn’t locate up. We’ve mislaid a lot of belligerent in a drivers’ standings.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Our automobile was strong, a group worked ideally and we drivers did a job. A tip outcome would have been probable during Bahrain. Unfortunately this time record threw a tool in a works. Things like this can happen, nonetheless of march it unpleasant for us, quite during this competition where so many points were adult for grabs.”

Ben Keating (Porsche 911 RSR #57): “What a illusory race! When we start from pole, all is most easier. we was means to immediately build a opening during a front after a start. we was in high form. So good, in fact, that my group left me in a automobile for 3 true stints. This had a advantage that we could save a motorist change during a end. My teammates put in intensely clever drives, a group did a ideal job. This is my initial win in a WEC, and it’s now time to celebrate!”

Race result

GTE-Pro class
1. Thiim/Sörensen (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, 235 laps
2. Molina/Rigon (E/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 235 laps
3. Martin/Lynn (B/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 235 laps 
5. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 233 laps
6. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 233 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Keating/ten Voorde/Bleekemolen (USA/NL/NL), Porsche 911 RSR, 233 laps
2. Turner/Dalla Lana/Gunn (GB/CDN/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, 233 laps
3. Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 233 laps 
6. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 231 laps
9. Perfetti/Heinemeier Hansson/Cairoli (N/DK/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 214 laps
11. Preining/Al Qubaisi/de Leener (A/UAE/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 109 laps 

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


The 2019/2020 FIA WEC deteriorate will resume on 22 Feb 2020 in Austin (USA).


The reigning universe champions Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France) take adult a competition in a  sister automobile with a starting series 92 from a second grid spot. In a GTE-Am category, a No. 57 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by a Project 1 group tackles a eight-hour competition on a Bahrain International Circuit from a best starting position.

The hunt for tip times hold during nightfall tighten to a collateral Manama was noted by strategies, teamwork and pushing skill. Shortly after a event got underway, a Porsche GT Team sent Christensen out, while his works motorist teammate Bruni waited in a pits in a sister car. As a Italian afterwards took adult a follow 3 mins into a session, he found an ideal opening in a differently complicated traffic. In 1:55.342 minutes, Bruni incited a fastest subordinate path of all GTE vehicles. Excellent path times from Christensen and Estre in a Porsche 911 RSR, that is formed on a high-performance 911 GT3 RS (911 GT3 RS: Fuel expenditure sum 12.8 l/100 km; CO2 emissions sum 291 g/km) road-going sports car, yielded a initial double stick of a season. The No. 92 automobile was usually 0.060 seconds bashful of a automobile of a code colleagues. 

Christensen and Kévin Estre take adult from a second grid spot

In a GTE-Am category, a Project 1 group clinched a ideal starting position for a competition with a 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR. In a No. 57 car, Dutchman Larry 10 Voorde and a American Ben Keating achieved a fastest normal time. For a fourth spin of a year, a span shares pushing duties with Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands). Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) takes adult a competition from position dual in a Porsche 911 RSR (No. 88) campaigned by Dempsey-Proton Racing with his teammates Khaled Al Qubaisi (United Arab Emirates) and Adrien de Leener (Belgium).

Qualifying quotes

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “Our idea is to interpretation this unusual year for Porsche Motorsport with another prominence in Bahrain. By securing a initial dual grid spots we’ve achieved a ideal starting position for a race. The competition over 8 hours will again be tough. We’re assured that we’ll also be clever over a prolonged stretch on this severe track. The whole group some-more than deserves to finish this fanciful year with another tip result.”

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “I’m totally satisfied. The journey, that began behind in 2018 with a start of a universe champion season, continues usually as well. It’s simply fantastic. The whole group works in such an impossibly focussed and prudent way. At each outing, we make tiny adjustments to turn even better. The outcome is a initial one-two subordinate outcome with a new Porsche 911 RSR. I’m now unequivocally most looking brazen to a race.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I immediately felt right during home in a car, even yet we’d usually worked on a competition setup adult to a qualifying. The group found a ideal subordinate setup. When it comes to branch a unequivocally quick path from scratch, carrying finish certainty in a automobile and a group is a pivotal factor. Everything came together ideally – a group is simply a best.”

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Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class
1. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:55.485 minutes
2. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:55.545 minutes
3. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 1:56.087 minutes

GTE-Am class
1. Keating/t. Voorde/Bleekemolen (USA/NL/NL), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:57.602 minutes
2. Preining/Al Qubaisi/de Leener (A/UAE/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:57.661 minutes
3. Perrodo/Collard/Nielsen (F/F/DK), Ferrari 488 GTE, 1:57.690 minutes
4. Perfetti/Heinemeier Hansson/Cairoli (N/DK/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:57.863 minutes
5. Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:57.977 minutes
10. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 1:59.959 minutes

The preview

Porsche intends to interpretation a intensely successful 2019 motorsport deteriorate with another prominence during a eight-hour competition of a FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Bahrain on 14 December. The sports automobile manufacturer from Stuttgart binds a convincing lead in a universe championship after a new Porsche 911 RSR claimed a one-two during Silverstone (Great Britain) and Shanghai (China) as good as lectern finishes during Fuji (Japan). Both Porsche duos are also during a tip of a drivers’ standings. In a GTE-Am classification, 3 patron teams margin a sum of 5 Porsche 911 RSR in final year’s spec during a long-distance competition in a Gulf region.

The race

The Bahrain International Circuit has hosted a Formula 1 Grand Prix frequently given 2004. The WEC world sports automobile championship was initial contested on a 5.412-kilometre circuit tighten to a collateral Manama in a 2012 initial deteriorate – a usually difference was in a 2018/2019 Super Season. At this year’s lapse to a severe racetrack, a FIA WEC will competition over 8 hours for a initial time. High daytime temperatures, descending temperatures during eve and silt during times covering a pavement make a competition a large plea for teams, engineers and drivers. Tyre wear on a Grand Prix circuit with a 15 turns is regarded as a vicious cause for intensity success. In 2015, a French works drivers Patrick Pilet and Frédéric Makowiecki won a GTE-Pro difficulty in a Porsche 911 RSR.

The Porsche GT Team drivers

The universe sports automobile champions Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France) share pushing duties in a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR. The successful twin leads a altogether standings after winning a prior competition in Shanghai as good as achieving second place during both Silverstone and Fuji. The winners of a season-opening spin in Great Britain, Richard Lietz (Austria) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy), helm a No. 91 sister car. The new Porsche 911 RSR also underlined a huge intensity during a prior races of a 2019/2020 deteriorate with stick positions in Japan and China.

The patron teams

The German patron group Dempsey-Proton Racing fields dual Porsche 911 RSR in final year’s spec. At a circle of a No. 77 automobile are Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia), group owners Christian Ried (Germany) and a Italian Riccardo Pera. Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining from Austria shares a cockpit of a No. 88 sister car.

Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) joins army with Egidio Perfetti (Norway) and David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark) in a No. 56 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by a German patron patrol Project 1. The No. 57 automobile is common by a dual Dutchmen Larry 10 Voorde and Jeroen Bleekemolen and a American Ben Keating. Gulf Racing’s No. 86 automobile is manned by a all-British choice of Michael Wainwright, Ben Barker and Andrew Watson.

The Porsche 911 RSR

The new Porsche 911 RSR (2019 indication year) contests a lass competition in a universe sports automobile championship. 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 for a GTE-Pro difficulty of a FIA WEC received improvements to areas such as driveability, efficiency, ergonomics and serviceability. About 95 percent of a automobile is new. The 911 RSR is powered by a 4.2-litre, six-cylinder fighter engine.

The schedule

The eight-hour FIA WEC race in Bahrain gets underway on Saturday, 14 Dec during 3 pm internal time (1 pm CET).

The competition on TV and a Internet

Round 4 of a FIA WEC season will be shown in full length on www.sport1.de. The pay-TV hire Sport 1+ broadcasts a whole competition live from 12:30am to 9:30pm. Eurosport televises a final proviso 4 spin 4 live from 6.00pm on a Eurosport 2 channel. Motorsport.tv televises a competition in full length. For a fee, a FIA WECapp offers live streaming and live timing. 

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 yet 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.