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Porsche Wins The 4 Hours Of Shanghai After Ferrari Disqualified

Following the 4-hour race at Shanghai on Sunday, Porsche was awarded first and second in the FIA WEC’s GTE Pro category following a ride height infringement which cost the AF Corse team the class win. Porsche drivers Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen started the race from pole position in the #92 car with Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz closely behind in the sister #91 911 RSR. They rolled across the checkered flag second and third respectively, having used a full course yellow period to secure the perfect final pit stop for fuel. The team’s strategy, the skill of the drivers, and a bit of good fortune, paid dividends throughout the race.

The caution came perfectly timed at 1:05 remaining in the race, and took out the Porsche team’s main rival as it was a high speed tire explosion on the #95 Aston Martin which caused a caution to clean up the debris. Coming out of the pits on that final stop, both Porsches were briefly stuck behind one of the Aston Martin team’s entries. Within half an hour of that stop, both Porsche cars had made their way past the Aston, Estre performing a particularly impressive late braking overtake.

A side-to-side contretemps between the #91 Porsche and one of the AF Corse Ferraris coming out of the pits netted the P-car a 10-second pit stop penalty for unsafe release. Watch below and decide for yourself.

 

By finishing ahead of both Aston Martins and with the disqualification of the #51 Ferrari, Estre and Christensen were able to extend their lead in the drivers’ classification significantly.

The Porsche customer team Project 1 also secured a podium result in the GTE-Am class. The driver squad of Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Larry ten Voorde brought the 2017-spec Porsche 911 RSR home after 113 laps in second position.

Comments on the race (quotes came before the disqualification of the #51 Ferrari was announced)

Alexander Stehlig (Head of Operations FIA WEC): “We knew that we’d have a difficult race ahead of us. Unfortunately we lost a position with the number 92 car, which had started from pole position. Our second car started from sixth and finished in third. We weren’t the fastest out there at times, but we compensated for this through our teamwork. We’re thrilled to have extended our lead in the championship standings and with our perfect performance as a team this weekend.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “We had a good race with a great strategy. Tyre management was a challenge as we had to be very careful with the tyres without it costing too much time. In the final stint I was running in fourth place and managed to overtake another vehicle. Richard also did an outstanding job at the start. We’re really pleased with second and third place.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “It was a very good race for us, even though we weren’t the fastest on the track today. Still, everyone in the team did a good job, in fact, without the ten-second penalty we might have even won. Now I’m looking forward to Bahrain. After three second places in a row, I’d like to climb to the top step of the podium again.”

Race result
GTE-Pro class
1. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 125 laps
2. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 125 laps

GTE-Am class
2. Keating/ten Voorde/Bleekemolen (USA/NL/NL), Porsche 911 RSR, 113 laps
5. Perfetti/Heinemeier Hansson/Cairoli (N/DK/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 112 laps
6. Negro/Bamber/Preining (I/NZ/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 112 laps
9. Wainwright/Watson/Barker (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 112 laps
10. Ried/Pera/Campbell (AUS/D/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 112 laps
12. Prette/Prette/Abril (I/I/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 112 laps

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WEC – Porsche étend son avance avec un double podium à Shanghai

Avec deux podiums remportés lors de la troisième manche du Championnat du monde d’endurance (WEC), Porsche a renforcé son avance au championnat du monde. Au volant de la nouvelle Porsche 911 RSR, les champions du monde en titre, Kévin Estre et Michael Christensen ont pris le départ pour la course de quatre heures sur le …

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WEC – Deuxième pole position pour Porsche en GTE aux 4 heures de Shanghai 2019

Porsche décroche sa deuxième pole position avec la nouvelle Porsche 911 RSR de 515 ch lors de la troisième manche du Championnat du monde d’endurance FIA ​​WEC 2019/20 en Chine. Kévin Estre et Michael Christensen ont dominé la compétition lors des qualifications le samedi 10/11/2019 sur le Circuit international de Shanghai – long de 5,451 …

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Nick Tandy Celebrated Porsche’s IMSA Championship With A Run Around Talladega

Last weekend Porsche ran at Petit Le Mans, the closing round of the 2019 IMSA championship. While the mid-engine 911 RSRs didn’t win their class, they did clinch several GTLM class championships. While IMSA was racing in Atlanta on Saturday, NASCAR was setting up for a race at Talladega just a few hours away in Alabama. As soon as Porsche finished the race and celebrated their season-long victories, the team packed up the Coca Cola-liveried cars and trucked across the state border east on I-20 to ‘Dega. What on earth are they going to do there?

Well, Nick Tandy is a massive NASCAR nerd, and he was given the opportunity to come to the Alabama oval to do a couple of laps in the 911. In case you were unaware, IMSA and NASCAR are owned by the same parent company, and the two series attempt He took that as an invitation to smoke a few Michelins, putting on a show for the fans. You can see exterior video of the car shredding tire from a viewpoint in the stands in the tweet below.

 

As cool as that is to watch, the in-car video is even cooler.

It’s pretty awesome to see Porsche’s sports car entry hauling ass on a NASCAR track. Porsche has some history at Talladega, too, having owned the top speed record there with Mark Donohue and the 917/30 from 1975 until 1987 (221.12 mph). While it’s a bummer that Porsche never took the 919 Hybrid there to re-take its closed-track speed record back, it’s still pretty neat to see the 911 RSR given a few minutes of flat-out running. There’s more in the car with aero tweaks and gearing, I’m almost positive, but Tandy still saw about 275 kph on the back straight, which is equal to 171 mph. With the right setup, I’m confident the RSR would easily clear 200 mph. But we may never know for sure.

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Succès de la Porsche 911 RSR en course : trois années de victoires et de titres

Treize victoires, 34 podiums, les titres du Championnat du monde d’endurance FIA ​​et de la série IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar, ainsi que des victoires des grandes courses classiques au Mans, à Sebring et à Road Atlanta : c’est le résumé impressionnant de la Porsche 911 RSR (2017) après sa 50ème et dernière campagne. La voiture de …

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