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Heavy rain acquired a agitated chase and led to assorted assurance car phases, red-flags and abounding changes of position on the racetrack. Afterwards six hours and a able aggregation effort, the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR beyond the accomplishment band in added place. The cockpit of the sports car was aggregate by the Austrian Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni from Italy. The No. 92 sister car apprenticed by Kévin Estre from France and the Dane Michael Christensen came third in China. A absolute of eleven cartage run by six manufacturers battled for GTE-Pro chic achievement on the 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit. Thanks to this result, Porsche has continued its advance in the manufacturers’ and drivers’ championship.
Porsche additionally had acumen to bless in the GTE-Am class. The three Porsche 911 RSR campaigned by the chump aggregation Dempsey Proton Antagonism and Project 1 assured the chase on positions one to three. Climbing to the actual top of the all-Porsche belvedere was Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (Germany) and Porsche-Junior Julien Andlauer (F), who aggregate active duties in the No. 77 Porsche 911.
Spectators were advised to a heart-stopping afterpiece in both categories. Persistent downpours and the access of black appropriate absolute absorption from drivers. At the caster of the No. 91 vehicle, Lietz fought his way from fourth to added abode in the final 40 minutes. In the 911 with the starting cardinal 92, his cast aide Christensen overtook a battling in the aftermost lap to defended position three.
In the GTE-Am class, Porsche works disciplinarian Jörg Bergmeister from Germany active for the Porsche chump aggregation Project 1 swept accomplished the added Porsche 911 RSR fielded by the Dempsey Proton Antagonism band in the penultimate lap and took the banderole in second. Sharing the cockpit of the No. 56 car with Bergmeister was Patrick Lindsey (USA) and Egidio Perfetti (N). Position three was active by the No. 88 agent of Dempsey Proton Antagonism with drivers Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Riccardo Pera (I) and Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (I). The Gulf Antagonism trio, Michael Wainwright (GB), Ben Barker (GB) and Porsche-Junior Thomas Preining (A), accomplished on ninth place.
Round six of the FIA Apple Sports Car Championship WEC will be contested in Sebring on March 15, 2019.
Comments on the chase
Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “After the aboriginal three hours of the chase we were actual ambiguous whether it was still a race. But it angry into a ablaze event. Our drivers with Nordschleife acquaintance accent their prowess. Finishing added and third becoming important credibility appear the apple championship, it additionally broadcast our lead, and we’re branch home from Shanghai activity actual happy. We’re additionally acutely admiring to accept continued our accord with the Manthey Antagonism aggregation for the abutting two WEC seasons. In the GTE-Am chic Porsche bound out the absolute podium. I’m captivated for all three. A absurd job – it doesn’t get any bigger than that!”
Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We accomplished on the belvedere with both vehicles. That’s absurd and I’m appreciative of the abundant aggregation performance, decidedly with the pits stops. We managed to do actuality what we absent out on at Fuji. For me, that’s the Porsche spirit! Richard collection blithely and things went able-bodied for me abnormally at the end, although the rain and falling black fabricated altitude actual difficult.”
Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “It was a hard-fought added place. A admirable aftereffect for the team. I’m absolutely captivated about that because they all formed absolutely hard. We can be proud. The altitude were difficult. We autonomous for the appropriate tyres at the appropriate time. The alpha with all the aerosol was chaotic, but afresh it got better. I begin the final 30 minutes, back dark fell, abnormally tricky. Still, the No. 92 still managed to accompany home P3.”
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GTE-Pro class1. Sorensen/Thiim (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 109 laps2. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 109 laps3. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 109 laps4. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 109 laps5. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 109 laps6. Tomczyk/Catsburg (D/NL), BMW M8 GTE, 109 laps7. Priaulx/Tincknell (GB/GB), Ford GT, 109 laps8. Rigon/Bird (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 109 laps9. Mücke/Pla (D/F), Ford GT, 109 laps10. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Corvette C7.R, 109 laps11. Blomqvist/Felix da Costa (GB/P), BMW M8 GTE, 108 laps
GTE-Am class1. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 108 laps2. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 108 laps3. Al Qubaisi/Pera/Cairoli (UAE/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 108 laps4. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 108 laps5. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 108 laps6. Ishikawa/Beretta/Cheever (J/MC/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 107 laps7. Mok/Sawa/Griffin (MAL/J/IRL), Ferrari 488 GTE, 107 laps8. Yoluc/Adam/Eastwood (TR/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 107 laps9. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 107 laps
Frenchman Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen from Denmark accept able the No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR on the fourth filigree atom for annular bristles of the Apple Sports Car Championship WEC. The brace lapped the 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Ambit in 1:59.031 account beneath blurred skies and in temperatures of 16 degrees Celsius. At the caster of the 510 hp No. 91 sister car, Richard Lietz from Austria and the Italian Gianmaria Bruni accomplished the eighth quickest time in the GTE-Pro class. Porsche takes up the six-hour chase at 4am CET on Sunday as the baton of the manufacturers’ and drivers’ (Estre/Christensen) championship.
In the GTE-Am category, Dempsey Proton Antagonism almost absent out on pole position, with the No. 77 car aloof 0.067 abnormal shy of the leader. For the race, the cockpit is aggregate by Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (D) and Porsche-Junior Julien Andlauer (F). The added the No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey Proton Antagonism able on fourth in the class. Sharing active duties are Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE), Riccardo Pera (I) and Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (I). The first-time Fuji (Japan) winners, the Project 1 chump aggregation with Porsche works disciplinarian Jörg Bergmeister (D), Patrick Lindsey (USA) and Egidio Perfetti (N), assured the condoning affair on position seven. Lining up one position abaft on the eighth filigree atom is the Gulf Antagonism band with Michael Wainwright (GB), Ben Barker (GB) and Porsche-Junior Thomas Preining (A).
Pascal Zurlinden, (Director GT Branch Motorsport): “After the rain on Friday we accomplished a dry condoning affair today. It wasn’t accessible for us as we alone had an hour in the morning during the final chargeless convenance to acquisition a bureaucracy for dry conditions. It wasn’t absolute and ultimately we had to achieve for fourth place. Rain is anticipation for the race, so annihilation is possible. We’re actual able-bodied prepared.”
Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “The condoning was absolutely difficult for us. We had problems in the morning with the antithesis and couldn’t absolutely break it in time for the qualifying. But that apparently doesn’t matter, because we’ll be active in the wet tomorrow. Of course, we’ll do aggregate we can to get ahead.”
Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We learnt a lot today. It was dry for the aboriginal time, so it was new and capricious for anybody in qualifying. Our aboriginal set of tyres somehow didn’t absolutely work. We charge to booty addition attending at the data. The added set was normal, and afresh it all came calm well.”
Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “That was a difficult condoning for us. It’s important not to booty too abounding risks on this fast racetrack, contrarily it could get dangerous. My aerial lap was acceptable but not perfect. The abrasion and breach on the racetrack is high. I wasn’t active new tyres and couldn’t absolutely amount out how far I could push.”
Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “Both of us did well, admitting aloof missing out on the pole. I anticipate we can be blessed with fourth. In agreement of the all-embracing classification, it’s not the affliction filigree position for the race.”
Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “Preparing for the condoning with aloof one affair in the dry was acutely not ideal. But anybody was in the aforementioned situation. Although we managed to advance the car significantly, it would assume that the action fabricated alike added progress. Perhaps they additionally ran a altered tyre compound. If it rains during the chase the cards will be reshuffled.”
Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “The car acquainted abundant and we alone almost absent out on claiming pole position. In any case, we had the speed. Christian Ried angry a absolutely acceptable lap and anchored the base for added place. Back our car was actual acceptable in the wet on Friday I’m activity assured for Sunday.”
Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “I absolutely enjoyed my laps. At the end of the day it was alone acceptable for fourth in the GTE-Am class. But six hours is a continued time and a lot can happen. I’d be actual admiring if it rained, because I adulation active in such conditions.”
GTE-Pro class1. Mücke/Pla (D/F), Ford GT, 1:58.627 minutes2. Tomczyk/Catsburg (D/NL), BMW M8 GTE, 0.247 seconds3. Lynn/Martin (GB/B), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 0.373 seconds4. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 0.404 seconds5. Blomqvist/Da Costa (GB/E), BMW M8 GTE, 0.428 seconds6. Sorensen/Thiim (DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 0.530 seconds7. Priaulx/Tincknell (GB/GB), Ford GT, 0.651 seconds8. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 0.659 seconds9. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 0.827 seconds10. Rigon/Bird (I/GB), Ferrari 488 GTE EVO, 1.062 seconds11. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Corvette C7.R, 1.601 seconds
GTE-Am class1. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin Vantage GTE, 2:01.884 minutes2. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 0.067 seconds3. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 0.206 seconds4. Al Qubaisi/Pera/Cairoli (UAE/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 0.231 seconds5. Yoluc/Adam/Eastwood (TR/GB/GB), Aston Martin Vant. GTE, 0.327 seconds6. Mok/Sawa/Griffin (MAL/J/IRL), Ferrari 488 GTE, 0.516 seconds7. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 0.545 seconds8. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 2.357 seconds9. Ishikawa/Beretta/Cheever (J/MC/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 2.764 seconds
The Porsche GT Aggregation tackles annular bristles of the 2018/2019 FIA WEC Super Division with abundant confidence. At the six-hour chase in Shanghai (China) on 18 November, the branch band from Weissach aims to cleft up addition success with two 911 RSR. Thanks to a achievement at the aftermost chase in Fuji (Japan) to achieve the aboriginal bisected of the season, Porsche has circumscribed its advance in the GTE-Pro chic of the Apple Sports Car Championship. Porsche is now acquisitive to extend this advantage over the antagonism from Ferrari, BMW, Aston Martin and Ford at the aftermost chase of the 2018 year. Moreover, three chump teams action for credibility appear the GTE-Am chic with four added Porsche 911 RSR.
The Porsche GT Aggregation has a account to achieve at the Shanghai International Circuit. Aftermost year, both 911 RSR were at times on advance for victory. Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) absent about 15 abnormal back they were shunted by an LMP1 ancestor in the aftermost third of the chase and accomplished second. The sister car retired early. In the 2014 season, the Porsche GT Aggregation acclaimed a one-two aftereffect on the Formula 1 ambit in China. The afterward year, the Dane Michael Christensen and Lietz won. Shanghai has hosted the Apple Ability Championship (WEC) every year back 2012. The Grand Prix ambit places aerial demands on the tyres and offers abounding overtaking opportunities.
The Porsche GT Aggregation drivers
Sharing active duties in the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR are Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy). At the six WEC challenge contested in Shanghai, the Austrian has climbed the belvedere four times. Bruni is acquisitive to affirmation his aboriginal win on the assorted racetrack aloof alfresco the Chinese metropolis. Kévin Estre and Christensen allotment the cockpit of the No. 93 sister car. Afterwards their achievement at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium), the duo from France and Denmark went on to win the best contempo chase in Japan.
The chump teams
Three chump teams acreage four added Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Am class. The German Project 1 team, which anchored its aboriginal WEC achievement in Fuji, fields the No. 56 Porsche for Porsche works disciplinarian Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Egidio Perfetti (Norway) and Patrick Lindsey (USA). The Porsche-Junior Thomas Preining will challenge his added chase in the Apple Sports Car Championship. The Austrian shares the No. 86 car fielded by Gulf Antagonism with the two British antagonism drivers Ben Barker and Michael Wainwright. Dempsey-Proton Antagonism targets added successes with two Porsche 911 RSR. Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Great Britain), Porsche-Junior Julien Andlauer (France) and Christian Ried (Germany) currently advance the championship with the No. 77 car. Sharing active duties in the No. 88 sister car are Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli from Italy, his accessory Riccardo Pera and Khaled Al Qubaisi (United Arab Emirates).
The Porsche 911 RSR
The Porsche 911 RSR acclaimed its Apple Sports Car Championship (WEC) admission at Silverstone in 2017. So far this season, the racer from Weissach has clinched a one-two aftereffect in the GTE-Pro chic at Le Mans and anchored the GTE-Am chic chic win at the ability archetypal in France as able-bodied as at the Silverstone race. The RSR with its four-litre boxer agent is based on the seventh bearing of the iconic 911 sports car and produces about 510 hp depending on the restrictor. With a absolute of six vehicles, the Porsche cast is represented by the better accidental of GT racers in the Apple Sports Car Championship.
Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “After acceptable the Fuji chase we’re branch to Shanghai activity awful motivated. But we accept to appraise the bearings realistically. Our win in Japan wasn’t absolutely our own doing, several things happened that played into our hands. With this in mind, the chase in China absolutely won’t be a foregone conclusion. We accept to break absolutely focused to abstain authoritative any mistakes. If we administer to do this and accomplish the best of our 911 RSR’s potential, we should be able to ascend the belvedere at Shanghai – maybe alike the top step.”
Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Branch Motorsport): “The Formula 1 ambit in Shanghai is actual demanding, abnormally on the tyres. This is partly due to the actual continued aboriginal right-hander. Our Porsche 911 RSR has to accept a absolute bureaucracy for this turn. Our victories in Fuji and at Road Atlanta accent that our car has actual appropriate qualities over the distance. In 2017 we performed actual acerb in Shanghai, but we weren’t adored with a win. Now we appetite to adjust that.”
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The Sports Car Apple Ability Championship WEC
In the Sports Car Apple Ability Championship (WEC), which was aboriginal contested in 2012, sports prototypes and GT cartage attempt in four classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. They all attempt calm in one chase but are classified separately. The Porsche GT Aggregation contests the GTE-Pro class, while the chump teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Antagonism action for honours in the GTE-Am class.
Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen beyond the accomplishment band in aboriginal abode in the GTE-Pro category.
Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen accomplished on third abode at the caster of the 911 RSR with the cardinal 92.
Porsche has already afresh fabricated history and won both GTE classes at the world’s toughest continued ambit race.
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