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An Australian Racing Ace Reunites with a Special Porsche 962

Though not well known to American racing fans, Tomas Mezera is a celebrated name in Australian motorsports who’s raced most major styles of car over his long and storied career. After starting in Formula Fords, he quickly moved into touring cars, V8 Supercars, and even took a stab at sportscars/prototypes. Perhaps the two greatest accolades in his career were victory at the 1988 Bathurst 1000 and a shot at Le Mans 1990 in a Porsche 962C.

Now the chief driving instructor at the Porsche Sport Driving School on the Gold Coast, Mezera gets invited to plenty of high-profile Porsche events. At one of these events, some 21 years after driving the 962 at Le Mans, one kind soul at Porsche lent Mezera the production car-style key to one of the model’s most famous examples.

The Le Mans winner from 1987, this Rothmans-liveried 962 is one of the most iconic racing cars ever. It’s also a great memory jogger. Listen as Mezera—constantly grinning—regales us with stories from racing the 962; a car which left him « absolutely knackered » and bruised. Such was the speed of this car that, after moving from this monster to a V8-powered Holden Commodore, he felt as if he was driving in « slow motion. »

Considering the vast array of cars he’s tested, that’s high praise. Perhaps more than any other feature of the 962, it’s the power which stands out most to Mezera. The relentless, unrivaled acceleration of the 962 is something that leaves even the most seasoned veteran struggling for words. « I remember the car never stops accelerating, » he recounts with his heavy Czech-Australian accent—but his eyes, smile, and mannerisms say much more than that.

It’s a good video. Give it a watch.

It’s obvious the 962 leaves an indelible mark on those who experience its magic.

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Motor Werks Racing : Porsche 924 Heritage Tribute Edition…

Chez Motor Werks Racing, on aime la Porsche 924 GTP. A tel point, que le préparateur de Cumming, une bourgade située en Géorgie au nord d’Atlanta, s’en est fait une spécialité… Recréer des 924 GTP de course, qui reprennent les livrées d’époque et reçoivent sous leur capot, un 1.8l turbo sous hormones… Le paradis des […]

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Porsche 911 RSR Takes Stunning And Dominant 24 Hours Of Le Mans Double GT Victory

Porsche and subsidiary Manthey Racing put on a masterclass of how to win at Le Mans this weekend, taking the GTE Pro class victory with gusto. Porsche followed that up with a victory in the GTE Am category for Dempsey-Proton Racing, as if one win weren’t enough. In what is supposed to be the world’s toughest endurance race, the GTE Pro class-winning #92 Porsche 911 RSR ‘Pink Pig’ of Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor, and Michael Christensen led 91.9% of the race, staying at the front for 316 laps of 344 (with the #91 Rothmans car leading most of the remainder. Ford led 3 laps, Porsche led the rest). It was a dominant showing in which the chips fell in the Pig’s direction, handing them the definitive lead of the race at about hour four, and never looking back. The #91 Porsche of Richard Lietz, Fred Mako, and Gianmaria Bruni rounded out the amazing effort by following their team car home in second. Mako spent about 90 minutes battling with one of the Ford GTs to maintain the second position.

It was that same safety car period early in the race that netted the #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche its lead. With the driver trio of Porsche Junior driver Julien Andlauer, Christian Ried, and Porsche Young Professional driver Matt Campbell, the team was able to put in an inspired drive early in the race to be in position to grab the lead at just the right moment. Once the team were gifted a huge lead thanks to the strange three-car safety car procedure at Le Mans, it was just a matter of maintaining that gap to second position. Of the 335 laps the team car completed, exactly 300 of those laps were conducted from the head of the class. Andlauer, at 18 years of age, is the youngest Le Mans class winner in history.

By their own accounting, Porsche notched up their 106th and 107th Le Mans 24 class victories this weekend. A good result by any measure.

In the less-good category for Porsche, the CORE Autosport-run American IMSA competing 911 RSRs, numbers 93 and 94, did not fare nearly so well. The No. 93 Porsche of Patrick Pilet, Earl Bamber, and Nick Tandy suffered a technical issue that cost them 25 minutes in the pits. Once they’d fallen several laps behind, there was no catching up for them, and they ultimately crossed the finish line in 11th. The #94 fared even worse, as Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard, and Sven Muller were forced to retire at hour seven with a failed suspension component.

Comments on the race

Dr Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board:

“An absolutely perfect weekend for Porsche. You can’t wish for more than this in our anniversary year. It’s impossible to plan such a thing, but when it happens it’s an indescribable feeling. Congratulations to the drivers, the teams and all the employees who made this success possible. It makes me very proud.”

Oliver Blume, CEO of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG:

“We prepared meticulously for this race and have worked towards this for months. The entire team did a perfect job. We’re incredibly proud of this double victory in the GTE-Pro class and of winning the amateur classification. This is a fantastic achievement from our employees. Porsche belongs to Le Mans and Le Mans belongs to Porsche.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92):

“It was an incredible race, I don’t know what to say. The car was fast right from the start. We had a little luck during a safety car phase and we managed to pull clear of the field a little. From that point on we focused on extending our lead. In the final third of the race we simply tried to avoid taking any risks and bring the car home safely. This worked perfectly.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #91):

“Our car was very fast, but we simply couldn’t keep up with our sister car, which was incredibly consistent. For over an hour I battled hard with a competitor for second place. That makes my job as a race driver really fun, but we couldn’t make up ground in this phase. I’m thrilled for the team with our second place at Le Mans. We’ll be back next year to fight for victory.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #93):

“It’s disappointing, of course, not to be further ahead. But we accept the good races with the bad. It was great to see that our car’s pace was good and we could match the frontrunners. Unfortunately, technical problems threw us back considerably. It just wasn’t our race this year.”

Julien Andlauer (Porsche 911 RSR #77):

“At 18 years of age I was given the chance to contest Le Mans for the first time and then we won. I’m very proud of the whole team and I can’t really believe it yet. Now I’m the youngest Le Mans winner, incredible.”

Patrick Dempsey, co-owner Dempsey-Proton Racing:

“I’m lost for words. Everyone did a fantastic job, it was a victory for the whole team. The race was incredible, we made no mistakes and our work was rewarded with this great success. I can’t tell you how incredibly proud and happy I am for Porsche, too.”

Race result


GTE-Pro class
1. Christensen/Estre/Vanthoor (DK/F/B), Porsche 911 RSR, 344 laps
2. Lietz/Bruni/Makowiecki (A/I/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 343 laps
3. Hand/Müller/Bourdais (USA/D/F), Ford GT, 343 laps
11. Pilet/Tandy/Bamber (F/GB/NZ), Porsche 911 RSR, 338 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 335 laps
2. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 335 laps
3. Keating/Bleekemolen/Stolz (USA/NL/D), Ferrari 488 GTE, 334 laps
4. Long/Pappas/Pumpelly (USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, 334 laps
6. Babini/Nielsen/Maris (I/DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 332 laps
7. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 332 laps
10. Wainwright/Barker/Davison (GB/GB/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 324 laps

  

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24h du Mans 2K18 – Piqûre de rappel Made in Porsche !

C’est tendance… mais beaucoup de constructeurs puisent continuellement dans leur passé pour surfer sur la nostalgie des aficionados. Et plus le passé est riche en compétition, plus les engins appuient sur ce capital sympathie pour faire le buzz… Porsche, bien entendu, use et abuse de cette stratégie de comm’ que ce soit pour la route […]

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Porsche’s 24 Hours of Le Mans history in numbers

Everyone knows that Porsche has a record-setting 17 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but its history at the famous French endurance race has produced some equally impressive figures. Here are our favourite numerical facts:

82,643.628km
Porsche 936 1977

The accumulative distance covered by Porsche’s 17 Le Mans-winning cars. This is more than twice around the world in a combined 408 hours, meaning that Weissach’s Le Mans wins have been taken at an overall average speed of 125.8mph.

139.31mph
2015 Le Mans blur

The average speed of last year’s winning car, the no. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Nico Hülkenberg, making it the fastest Porsche to ever complete the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

31
Le Mans winners

The number of drivers to have taken overall victory at least once in a Porsche racing car. Of this contingent, seven of them have secured multiple triumphs behind the wheel of Weissach machinery.

1951
1951 Le Mans

The year Porsche first contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 1.0-litre Porsche 356 SL Coupe driven by Auguste Veuillet and Edmond Mouche. The Stuttgart manufacturer has been represented at Le Mans every year since.

Seven
Porsche 936 1981

The number of consecutive victories secured by Porsche between 1981 and 1987 (most of them during the Group C era). It’s a record that no other manufacturer has managed to beat.

Four
Derek Bell

The most victories taken at Le Mans in Porsche machinery. It’s a record held by jointly by Jacky Ickx and Derek Bell. Two of their respective Porsche triumphs were taken together (1981 and 1982).

397
Porsche 917 KH 1971

The number of laps completed by Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep in their Porsche 917K at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is the most laps covered by a Porsche (although last year’s winning 919 Hybrid completed a greater distance thanks to the modern day track’s greater length).

100
2013 Le Mans

The number of class victories Porsche has secured at Le Mans. The manufacturer hit the figure at the 2013 24 Hour race with wins in both the GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes (the former the first triumph for the then-new 991 RSR).

95m35s
Porsche 919 Hybrid (19), Porsche Team: Earl Bamber

The combined time all three Porsche 919 Hybrids spent in the pits during the 2015 race. The next closest three-car team spent more than 130 minutes in the pits, showing the level of Porsche’s famed reliability.

Nine
Porsche 956 LH 1983

The number of Porsche 956s in the top ten of the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans. The only car that wasn’t a Porsche was the ninth-placed Sauber, leading to the creation of the famous ‘Nobody’s perfect’ poster.

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