WEC: Porsche extends championship lead after win during Fuji

The sister automobile driven by Richard Lietz (A) and Gianmaria Bruni (I) resolved a competition in fifth place. With this, Porsche has extended a lead in a manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications. Porsche also won a GTE-Am difficulty on Sunday: The visitor group Project 1 with Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister from Germany, Patrick Lindsey (USA) and Egidio Perfetti (N) cumulative a lass feat in a WEC.

The 911 RSR No. 91 scored fifth

Ten vehicles from 5 manufacturers done a bid for feat in a GTE-Pro difficulty underneath changing continue conditions. After drizzle fell in a initial hour of a race, a lane solemnly dusty during a 30-minute reserve automobile phase. After an early switch to slicks, Estre (F) and Christensen (DK) strong on operative their approach by a field. With an optimal setup and a crafty array stop strategy, a French-Danish twin evenly reeled in a frontrunners. With about 1.5 hours to go, Christensen swept into a lead. At a final array stop with a motorist change, a Porsche GT Team again timed things ideally and Estre went on to take a dwindle in initial place. Scoring fifth place on a 4.563-kilometre racetrack, a sister automobile warranted vicious points, however Bruni and Lietz struggled with a reduction than ideal array stop and deteriorating tyres towards a end.

In a GTE-Am class, Project 1 distinguished a initial WEC win and Dempsey Proton Racing a second place. Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (I), a Japanese motorist Satoshi Hoshino and Giorgio Roda from Italy were gay to stand a lectern for a initial time this year. Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A) also enjoyed a successful debut. Joining army with Michael Wainwright (GB) and Ben Barker (GB) for Gulf Racing, he resolved a competition on fifth place. A array stop for repairs threw Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (Germany) and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer down a field. Finishing on eighth, a second 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing warranted some-more vicious points towards a championship and continues to lead a GTE-Am classification.


Patrick Lindsey, Egidio Perfetti, Joerg Bergmeister, l-r, FIA WEC, Fuji, 2018, Porsche AG

Project 1 distinguished a initial WEC win

Round 5 of a FIA WEC World Sports Car Championship takes place in Shanghai/China on 16 November.

Alexander Stehlig (Program Manager Factory GT Motorsports): “After a beating with a subordinate results, currently was a good day. It was a hugely successful weekend for Porsche with a feat during Petit Le Mans in a USA and a dual successes here during Fuji in a Pro and Am categories. We roughly always done a right decisions during a competition and a automobile was good and fast. The series 92 automobile gathering a flawless race, a series 91 unfortunately had problems during a array stop. On tip of that, a change wasn’t good in a final stint. But all in all, we’re really satisfied.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “The changing continue and lane conditions were a challenge, though we mastered them really well. We altered to slicks progressing than a others and that was really substantially a pivotal cause for a success. The continue foresee was uncertain, though we distinguished a cars that were already on slicks and took a risk. That eventually paid off.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I’m impossibly happy about a victory. Our setup was simply illusory and a good braking opening was an critical aspect of a success during Fuji. After we altered to slicks during a reserve automobile proviso early on in a race, a automobile setup authorised us to stop after than a others and so benefit positions. Our array stop plan also ran perfectly.”

More quotes in a press release (downloads).

GTE-Pro class
1. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 207 laps
2. Blomquist/da Costa (S/P), BMW M8 GTE, 207 laps
3. Priaulx/Tincknell (GB/GB), Ford GT, 207 laps
4. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 207 laps
5. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 207 laps
6. Mücke/Pla (D/F), Ford GT, 206 laps
7. Sorensen/Thiim (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 206 laps
8. Tomczyk/Catsburg (D/NL), BMW M8 GTE, 206 laps
9. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 206 laps
10. Rigon/Bird (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 202 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 201 laps
2. Hoshino/Roda/Cairoli (J/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 201 laps
3. Yoluc/Adam/Eastwood (TR/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 201 laps
4. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 201 laps
5. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 201 laps
6. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 200 laps
7. Mok/Sawa/Griffin (MAL/J/IRL), Ferrari 488 GTE, 200 laps
8. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 176 laps
9. Ishikawa/Beretta/Cheever (J/MC/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 14 laps

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The Porsche GT Team competent on starting positions 8 and 10 for a FIA WEC World Sports Car Championship in Fuji, Japan. Richard Lietz (A) and Gianmaria Bruni (I) in a No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR and Kevin Estre (F) and Michael Christensen (DK) in a No. 92 sister automobile will now concentration on a competition performance. After environment a fastest path with a RSR in a GTE-Pro difficulty during a giveaway use on Saturday morning, a subordinate event hold 3 hours after did not produce a approaching path times. Lietz and Bruni take adult a six-hour competition on a 4.563-kilometre racetrack from a fourth grid row. The French-Danish motorist pairing starts directly behind them.

In a GTE-Am class, Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (I) and a Japanese racing motorist Satoshi Hoshino claimed stick position. They tackle a competition in a No. 88 automobile fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing with Giorgio Roda from Italy. The second 911 RSR campaigned by Dempsey Proton Racing with drivers Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (Germany) and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F) competent on a third grid spot.

The Project 1 patrol resolved a subordinate on fourth place

The Project 1 patrol resolved a 20-minute subordinate event during a Fuji Speedway on fourth place. The No. 56 Porsche 911 RSR is manned by Porsche works motorist Jörg Bergmeister from Germany, Patrick Lindsey (USA) and Egidio Perfetti (N). The seventh grid mark is assigned by Gulf Racing’s entrance with drivers Michael Wainwright (GB), Ben Barker (GB) and Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (A).


911 RSR, qualifying, Fuji, FIA WEC, 2018, Porsche AG

Estre and Christensen will now concentration on a competition performance

The Porsche GT Team is penetrating to extend a lead in a GTE-Pro difficulty of a FIA World Sports Car Championship WEC. After scoring a double feat during Le Mans, as good as lectern finishes during a season-opener in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Silverstone, Great Britain, Porsche now leads a manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications.

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 competition cars. Four matching vehicles will be campaigned by patron teams in a GTE-Am difficulty during a fourth competition of a 2018/2019 WEC Super Season.

At final year’s competition 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 competition 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 competition victories on a Fuji Speedway, with Lietz winning a entrance WEC competition 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 competition 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 competition with dual British racing drivers Benjamin Barker and Michael Wainwright.


911 RSR, race, Silverstone, FIA WEC, 2018, Porsche AG

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 competition 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.

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 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.