WEC World championship final: Porsche works drivers quarrel for pretension during Le Mans

At a 24-hour race, a championship drivers’ pretension will go to possibly Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen in a No. 92 car, or Gianmaria Bruni and a Austrian Richard Lietz. As final year’s Le Mans winners, Porsche will debate 4 works vehicles in a GTE-Pro class, like in 2018. Three patron squads margin another 6 sports cars from Weissach during a Le Mans classic. Thus, a sum of 10 Porsche 911 RSR racers will tackle a competition on a mythological Circuit des 24 Heures in a French Departement Sarthe. 

911 RSR (91), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG
The Porsche 911 RSR (91) during Le Mans

Comments before a race

Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “We’ve already claimed a manufacturers’ title, and now one of a WEC motorist teams will move home a drivers’ championship. The conditions in a lead-up to a deteriorate culmination couldn’t be better. Still, we have large goals. We wish to win a 24 Hours of Le Mans again. In a tide epoch of a sports automobile universe championship, no manufacturer has managed to win a GTE-Pro difficulty during a French classical twice in a row. Porsche should be a initial to do this. Perhaps a Porsche fable Hurley Haywood, who takes a titular purpose of Grand Marshal this year, will move us an additional apportionment of luck.”

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport): “We‘ve gifted rare success this season. And a American Porsche GT Team is during an all-time high after 3 true wins. All of a drivers, both teams and everybody concerned are streamer to a biggest competition of a year feeling assured and motivated. When confronting such a challenge, it doesn’t get many improved than this.” 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Last year Porsche distinguished a double victory. This dream will be formidable to repeat during Le Mans. We, in a array 91 Porsche 911 RSR, customarily have fanciful chances to explain a drivers’ title. Still, we’ll do a utmost, though during a same time we don’t wish imperil a success of a whole team. We wish to suffer a competition and eventually see where we finish adult in a drivers’ universe championship. One thing is certain: a pretension will go to Porsche drivers. That’s what counts.”

More comments in the press release.

The race

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is deliberate a many princely long-distance eventuality in a world. The initial using of a competition was in 1923 to showcase automotive innovation, continuance and performance. The customarily years a classical was not contested in a city in north-western France was in 1936 (general strike in France) and between 1940 and 1948 (WWII and reconstruction). This year outlines a 87th using of a Le Mans 24-hour race. On a afternoon of 15 June, 62 vehicles will conduct off into a competition in 4 classes – a represents a record starting margin on a 13.626-kilometre racetrack. The march is a multiple of permanent racetrack (Circuit Bugatti) and open roads that are sealed to trade during a event. The famous Mulsanne true – also famous as Hunaudières – customarily serves as a categorical track between Le Mans and Tours. The quick Porsche curves are famous and notorious. High speeds and slight run-off zones pledge additional thrills and fantastic racing. 

The Porsche GT Team drivers

The 2018 winners, Michael Christensen (Denmark), Kévin Estre (France) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), join army again in a No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR. The No. 91 sister automobile is driven by Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) and Richard Lietz (Austria) as good as Frédéric Makowiecki (France), who upheld them during final year’s Le Mans continuation race. The dual 911 from a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be embellished out in a clothing of a rarely successful North American team, Brumos Racing. Sharing a cockpit of a No. 93 automobile are Earl Bamber (New Zealand), Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Patrick Pilet (France). The youngest Porsche crew, Sven Müller (Germany) and a dual Porsche Young Professionals Mathieu Jaminet (France) and Dennis Olsen (Norway), share a No. 94 cockpit. The Porsche GT Team from a U.S. continuation array recently won a 3 races during Sebring, Long Beach and Mid-Ohio. 

Gianmaria Bruni (I), Richard Lietz (A), Frederic Makowiecki (F), l-r, 911 RSR (91), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Laurens Vanthoor (B), Michael Christensen (DK), Kevin Estre (F), l-r, 911 RSR (92), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Earl Bamber (NZ), Nick Tandy (GB), Patrick Pilet (F), l-r, 911 RSR (93), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Sven Müller (D), Dennis Olsen (N), Mathieu Jaminet (F), l-r, 911 RSR (94), scrutineering, FIA WEC, Le Mans, 2019, Porsche AG

Customer teams

With support from a American actor Patrick Dempsey, a Porsche patron group Proton Racing faces a largest endeavour by now during a Le Mans 24-hour race. The patrol from a Swabian city of Ummendorf fields 4 Porsche 911 RSR. Sharing a circle of a No. 77 automobile is group owners Christian Ried (Germany), Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer from France. In a No. 88 sister car, Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) joins army with Satoshi Hoshino from Japan and a Italian Giorgio Roda. Porsche works motorist Patrick Long (USA) shares a No. 99 cockpit with his compatriot Tracy Krohn and Niclas Jönsson (Sweden). Representing Proton Competition, a Italian father-son twin Louis and Philippe Prette as good Vincent Abril (France) contest in a No. 78 Porsche 911 RSR.

The Project 1 group fights for a pretension in a GTE-Am difficulty with works motorist Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) as good as Patrick Lindsey (USA) and Egidio Perfetti (Norway). In their lass deteriorate in a FIA WEC, a patron patrol from Lohne in Germany heads to a final turn during Le Mans heading a group and drivers’ classifications. Project 1 lines adult on a grid with a No. 56 Porsche 911 RSR embellished as an Art Car. The American cocktail art artist Richard Phillips combined a particular pattern that was denounced during a Le Mans pre-tests on 2 June. Porsche Young Professional Thomas Preining (Austria) shares pushing duties in Gulf Racing’s automobile (No. 86) with a dual British drivers Benjamin Barker and Michael Wainwright. 

Porsche’s successes during a 24 Hours of Le Mans

Porsche is by distant a many successful marque in a roughly 100-year story of a long-distance competition in France. The sports automobile manufacturer has notched adult 19 altogether victories and 107 difficulty wins. Porsche drivers have set many annals on a storied racetrack. Hans Herrmann (Germany) and Richard Attwood (Great Britain) achieved a initial altogether feat for Porsche during Le Mans during a circle of a 917K. A year later, Helmut Marko (Austria) and Gijs outpost Lennep (Netherlands) set a stretch record (5.335.31 kilometres) in an matching automobile that remained consecutive for 39 years. Prior to this, Britain’s Jackie Oliver posted a path time of 3:13.600 mins in a Porsche 917LH – an feat that has nonetheless to be matched in an central session. In 2018, Gianmaria Bruni set a new record for GT cars during Le Mans with a subordinate path time of 3:47.504 minutes. 

The Porsche 911 RSR

The latest Porsche 911 RSR distinguished a entrance in a WEC Sports Car World Championship during Silverstone in 2017. In a tide 2018/2019 Super Season, a racer from Weissach has clinched initial and second in a GTE-Pro difficulty during Le Mans as good as a GTE-Am difficulty category win. The 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. The works vehicles tackle a 2019 Le Man competition embellished out in special liveries. The dual Porsche 911 RSR from a FIA WEC bear a universe champion trademark on a roof, with bullion stripes to symbolize a pretension victory. The sister cars from North America will competition in a same Brumos finish that was used during a initial dual races of a IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship deteriorate on a storied Daytona and Sebring racetracks.

911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (93), pre-test for a 2019 Le Mans 24-hour race, 2019, Porsche AG
The 911 RSR will be embellished out in speical liveries

The schedule

The 24 Hours of Le Mans takes off on Saturday, Jun 15, 2019, during 3pm internal time. Just one giveaway use is hold on a prior Wednesday, Jun 12, during 4pm. The 3 subordinate sessions take place on Wednesday, Jun 12, during 10pm as good as Thursday (13 June) during 7pm and 10pm. Another prominence of a eventuality is a drivers’ march in a Le Mans city centre on Jun 14 from 5pm. 

The competition on TV and in a Internet
The sports channel Eurosport broadcasts a giveaway practice, subordinate sessions and a whole competition live on a Eurosport 1 channel and as a live tide in Eurosport Player. The pay-TV streaming use Motorsport.TV also offers live footage of all sessions for a fee, as does a FIA WEC app. The German free-to-air hire SPORT1 televises endless highlights on Monday, Jun 17, from 8.30pm as good as in a Porsche GT Magazine on Wednesday, Jun 19, from 11pm. The pay-TV channel SPORT1+ will uncover a roundup of a competition movement on Monday, Jun 17, from 7.15pm.