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Porsche Claims GTE-Pro and GTE-Am Victories in WEC 1000 miles of Sebring

Michael Christensen (DK), Kevin Estre (F) leading the field at Sebring

Sebring is signaling great things for Porsche, with victories at both the WEC and IMSA events. In Friday’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring, the weekend’s WEC event, Porsche managed first place finishes in both GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. The winning Pro car, #91 driven by Gianmaria Bruni and Richard Lietz, finished a lap ahead of their teammates Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen in the #92 car. The winning GTE-Am Dempesy-Proton 911 RSR was piloted by Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer, and Christian Ried.

Gianmaria Bruni (I), Richard Lietz (A) in the #91 Porsche 911 RSR


Porsche’s qualifying results were surprisingly mixed for the GTE-Pro cars, with one pole and an eighth place result. Michaelson and Estre ran a near-perfect qualifying session in the #92 car, achieving pole position with a blistering 1:57.500 lap. During qualifying the Porsche GT Team kept both cars in the pits during the early phases of qualifying. This allowed the team to avoid the heavy traffic evident early in the session, and emerge into a more open track on fresh tires.

This performance gained an additional championship point for the Michaelson and Estre. Lietz and Bruni qualified in eighth place, 0.613 seconds down from the leaders. According to eventual race-winner Gianmaria Bruni;

 “We’re probably the only team who opted out of using another set of fresh tyres. That was the right decision, because early on in my qualifying stint the track was so dirty that the first lap was only good for cleaning up the rubber. In the second lap I caught up to an Aston Martin. Otherwise I would have definitely done better than position eight.”

The lead GTE-Am cars of Dempsey Proton and Project 1 locked out the first row on the grid. Australian Matt Campbell proved to be the fastest in GTE-Am, with a qualifying time of 1:59.790. The Project 1 911 RSR of Bergmeister, Lindsey, and Perfetti qualified second, 0.145 seconds behind the leaders.

The Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (91), Gianmaria Bruni (I), Richard Lietz (A)


The 1,000 Miles of Sebring was subject to numerous changes prior to the beginning of the season, being shortened from 1,500 miles to 1,000, and ultimately capped at just 8 hours. These quirks made the Sebring event the only event of its length in the 2018-2019 WEC calendar.

Unfortunately Lietz and Estre were unable to continue their qualifying success through the 8-hour event. Early race collisions, first involving a pair of AF Corse Ferraris, and then the Aston Martin of Darren Turner resulted in a drive-through penalty for the #92 car, costing Lietz and Estre their lead. Due to limited overtaking opportunities at Sebring, the #92 car was unable to regain their lead.

A remarkably rapid pit stop for tires evaporated the leading BMW’s lead with less than 25 minutes left in the race. The #91 car of Bruni and Lietz were able to move into the lead, which they would retain through the end of the race. From Gianmaria Bruni:

“It’s a fantastic result for us drivers and for Porsche. The way the team managed to catapult us to the front at the last pit stop was simply sensational. This shows just how special our crew is. The fact that we were able to win the 1,000-mile race at the return of the WEC to Sebring is incredible. For me personally it’s even more special: it’s the first time I’ve won a race for Porsche. That means so much to me.”

And Estre:

The rain at the end was a blessing. Gimmi managed to keep the car steady on the wet track, and the team worked at lightning speed. That was the decisive factor in the race. Everything ran perfectly for us. I’m totally over the moon with my first win of this season.

Dempsey Proton Racing 911 RSR (77), Julien Andlauer (F), Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (D)


In the GTE-Am category, Dempsey Proton Racing brought the marque a second victory. Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer, and Christian Ried performed consistently, moving from pole position to ultimate victory. Project 1, with drivers works drivers Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti secured a third place finish, with the Gulf Racing car of Thomas Preining, Ben Barker and Michael Wainwright finished Fourth. Porsche’s appearance at Sebring was rounded out by a seventh place finish by the #88 Dempsey Proton car of Mattero Cairoli, Giorgio Roda, and Gianluca Roda.

Results and Gallery

Following this race the #92 car of Christiansen and Estre retain their points lead in the championship, with the #91 car still in second position. In the manufacturer’s standings Porsche has a lead of 100 points over Ferrari, and 102 over Ford.

GTE-Pro class
1. Lietz/Bruni (A/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 226 laps
2. Tomczyk/Catsburg/Sims (D/NL/GB), BMW M8 GTE, 226 laps
3. Priaulx/Tincknell/Bomarito (GB/GB/USA), Ford GT, 225 laps
5. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 225 laps

GTE-Am class
1. Ried/Andlauer/Campbell (D/F/AUS), Porsche 911 RSR, 221 laps
2. Flohr/Castellacci/Fisichella (CH/I/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, 221 laps
3. Bergmeister/Lindsey/Perfetti (D/USA/N), Porsche 911 RSR, 221 laps
4. Wainwright/Barker/Preining (GB/GB/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 221 laps
7. Roda/Roda/Cairoli (I/I/I), Porsche 911 RSR, 219 laps


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Like Le Mans – but in the USA: Major endurance test for Porsche at Sebring

Porsche faces a huge sporting challenge. From March 13-16, the GT teams of the sports car manufacturer from Weissach field four works vehicles in two long-distance races at Sebring (USA).


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Porsche Flies Brumos Colors At Daytona and Sebring

We are loving these throwback liveries. Porsche’s modern liveries are rather understated; the typical black, red, and white schemes used today are far less vivid than schemes of the past. Porsche began using throwback liveries on the 911 RSR last year, with the Truffle Hunter and Rothmans schemes debuting at Le Mans. For Petit Le Mans in October, the throwback liveries came from the brand’s 1990s GT1 effort. Now, for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona and the upcoming 12 Hours of Sebring, Porsche is sporting the livery of some American Porsche legends: Brumos.

The Legend of Brumos

With four victories at the 24 Hours of Daytona, Brumos Porsche was one of the most successful teams in the history of the event. The team’s first wins came in 1973 and 1975 with Hurley Haywood and Peter Gregg with a 911 RSR. In 1978 Gregg won the event again, this time alongside Rolf Stommelein and Toine Hezemans in a 935/77. The team’s final Daytona win came in 2009 with a Porsche-powered Riley.

Three-time Le Mans winner, Brumos driver, and all-around Porsche legend Hurley Haywood remains a Porsche brand ambassador to this day. In Mr. Haywood’s words; “Brumos was a real icon in motor racing thanks to its many successes. The name was known around the world,” says Haywood. “No matter if we competed in Porsche sports cars or Daytona Prototypes with Porsche engines, Brumos was always one of the premier teams.”

With 48 IMSA wins and no less than 15 championships, the team’s red, white, and blue scheme has been a symbol of success for decades. The most recent title came in 2011 with Andrew Davis and Leh Keen in a 911 GT3. Brumos’ racing operations initially ceased in 2013, and following Daytona and Sebring in 2015, Brumos’ racing operation closed for good.

The two RSRs entered in the Sebring and Daytona races will carry numbers 911 and 912, carried over from last year. Car #911 will be piloted by Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy, and Frederic Makowiecki, and #912 will be driven by Earl Bamber, Laurens Vanthoor, and Mathieu Jaminet.


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Porsche flies the Brumos Racing colours at Daytona and Sebring

The Porsche GT Team sends its two 911 RSR to contest this year’s 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring sporting a legendary design: The sports cars from Weissach will fly the colours of the successful Brumos team at the two longest races of the season.


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Ride Onboard Adam Carolla’s Porsche 935 Up The Hill At Goodwood

You don’t need any words to appreciate the incredible soul and timeless performance icon that is Porsche’s 935. In this video Adam Carolla drives his bright red Turbo Terror up the hill during the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend. There isn’t any voiceover or music or background track, and that’s frankly the way we like it. This 935 can speak for itself with a muffled flat-six wail, the chirp and whoosh of a turbocharger, and the occasional squeal of a track-oriented brake pad on a rotor. It’s a short run up the hill, taking just a couple minutes, but it’s mesmerizing from the get go.

You may recall that Carolla purchased this car back in 2016 during Gooding & Co.’s Monterey auction for a whopping $4.8 million dollars. Since then, he’s had the 935 out on track occasionally, which we absolutely commend. While the turbocharged Porsche racer, which won at Sebring, Daytona, and Le Mans, usually lives in Carolla’s California collection, he had it shipped over the the UK for this short run up the hill. It was an momentous occasion, and we’re ecstatic that he continues to drive this Porsche as it was meant to be. He may not be the fastest driver to ever step behind the wheel, but he and the 935 are living their best life.


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