Porsche wins the turbulent Le Mans rehearsal in Belgium
The Porsche GT Team has scored its second win of the season at round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC.
The race In a chaotic race with heavy rain and three safety car phases, the factory squad kept cool at all times. Implementing a perfect tactic and with a strong driving performance, the successful team of the sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart won the race from pole position. In the GTE-Am category, the experienced Dempsey-Proton Racing customer squad finished the race in second place. Heavy rain flooded the racetrack to such an extent that the six-hour race had to start behind the safety car. Another heavy shower in the first half of the race resulted in a second safety car phase.
Comments on the race
Pascal Zurlinden (Director Factory Motorsport): “Congratulations to the entire team at the track and to our development squad in Weissach. The Porsche 911 RSR proved extremely competitive in all sessions. In the race, the team’s and drivers’ wealth of experience paid off once again. The tactics were perfect in difficult conditions, our works drivers pushed the car to the limit at all times and brought them over the finish line unscathed. This win gives us an addition boost for the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans in September. We’re ready for the big highlight!”
1. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR #92, 135 laps 4. Calado/Pier Guidi (GB/I), Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 135 laps 5. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR #91, 135 laps 2. Campbell/Ried/Pera (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR #77, 134 laps 4. Perfetti/Hörr/Cairoli (N/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR #56, 134 laps Wainwright/Barker/Watson (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR #86, 134 laps
In qualifying for the six-hour race of the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC in Spa-Francorchamps, the Porsche GT Team has secured a solid starting position. In the hunt for top times in Belgium’s Ardennes, Michael Christensen from Denmark and the Frenchman Kévin Estre initially planted the Porsche 911 RSR (#92) on pole position, only to eventually lose it. His lap time was voided and the vehicle was relegated to the last position. Christian Ried from Germany, factory driver Matt Campbell (Australia) and the Italian Riccardo Pera will take up round six of the 2019/2020 FIA WEC on Saturday from position one.
The qualifying in the GTE-Am category
In the GTE-Am category, the customer squads clearly demonstrated the strengths of the ca. Team owner Ried later managed to beat the identical models of the customer team Project 1. The second 911 fielded by Dempsey-Proton Racing will take up the race from P8. The Gulf Racing outfit qualified on tenth.
Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “It was an almost perfect start after the six-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic. Kévin and Michael posted extremely fast lap times and planted the car on position one – unfortunately their time was cancelled. Allegedly, Kévin left the track in the first corner. We have to analyse this and assess it for ourselves. Gimmi and Richard were strong, as well. We opted for different strategies with our two Porsche 911 RSR to cover all bases. We’ll go all-out on Saturday and our aim is to earn as many points as possible. Congratulations to our customer teams who managed to achieve equally impressive results in the qualifying. After such a successful qualifying session, I’m really looking forward to the race.”
Aug 15, 2020 at 23:16