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Actualité : Le Mans : quatre Porsche usines en 2018

A l’occasion de sa traditionnelle « Night of Champions », Porsche a présenté son programme officiel pour la saison 2018, et confirmé notamment la…

Porsche alignera quatre 911 aux 24 Heures du Mans 2018

Ce samedi 9 décembre au soir, Porsche organisait comme d’habitude la nuit des champions afin de célébrer ses victoires et ses pilotes de l’année écoulée. Ce fut l’occasion pour le constructeur de faire part de ses intentions sportives pour 2018. Plusieurs annonces ont été faites. Concentrons-nous sur les principales. Porsche continuera d’aligner deux 911 RSR tout […]

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WEC 2018-2019 : Porsche dévoile son programme !

Alors que Porsche avait récemment annoncé la fin de son programme LMP1 lors de la fin de saison 2017 du championnat du monde d’endurance (WEC), la marque allemande a présenté ses nouveautés pour le WEC 2018-2019, une saison qui sera bouleversée par de nombreux changements… !

Comme nous vous l’avions annoncé dans un précédent article, la firme de Stuttgart a décidé de se retirer de la catégorie reine du championnat du monde d’endurance, la LMP1. Les deux prototypes 919 Hybrid ne seront donc plus de la partie l’année prochaine. Porsche a fait ce choix dans le but de développer une nouvelle monoplace qui participera au championnat du monde de Formule E à partir de 2019.

Cependant, pour le WEC 2018-2019, la marque allemande conserve son programme GTE Pro avec ses 911 RSR. Deux Porsche 911 RSR seront donc alignées pour la saison 2018-2019 du championnat du monde d’endurance. La 911 RSR n°91 sera pilotée par Gianmaria Bruni et Richard Lietz tandis que la 911 RSR n°92 sera confiée à Michael Christensen et à Kévin Estre. Spécialement pour la course mythique des 24 heures du Mans, Porsche Motorsport disposera de quatre 911 RSR :

– 911 RSR n°91 : Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz et Fred Makowiecki

– 911 RSR n°92 : Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre et Laurens Vanthoor

– 911 RSR n°93 : Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber et Partick Pilet

– 911 RSR n°94 : Timo Bernhard, Sven Müller et Romain Dumas

Porsche a clairement mis l’accent sur son ambition pour contrer la concurrence aux 24 heures du Mans.

Sachez également que la saison prochaine du WEC sera bouleversée par de nombreux changements. En effet, la prochaine saison se déroulera sur deux années (d’où WEC 2018-2019) où quatre courses seront disputées en 2018 et quatre autres en 2019. Voici le calendrier provisoire du WEC 2018-2019 :

Rendez-vous en mai 2018 pour la première course de la « Super Saison » du championnat du monde d’endurance à Spa-Francorchamps en Belgique !

Magnus Meets Mark: Two Porsche Icons Riff in Bahrain

As WEC is one of the world’s more glamorous racing categories, it makes sense that some intriguing characters frequent their races across the globe. The World Endurance Championship nearly carries the same sort of cache as Formula 1, and it can only help its star appeal with the likes of Magnus Walker and Mark Webber to make the paddocks a little more colorful.

A wise PR man at Porsche put these two together to pick one another’s brains on a cruise to the most recent race in Bahrain and Webber employs his dry wit to help Walker open up about his past with Porsche. Both dedicated Porschephiles, they discuss the models—automotive models—on the posters on their childhood rooms, the cars they favor, and some of their racing experience with the famous marque. Watch and enjoy these two sharing their passion for Porsche before they go hand out trophies and give the category a little more glitz and humor.

 

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Meet Your 2018 Porsche Juniors and Young Professionals

Porsche has just announced they are expanding their Youth Development Program to a total of six drivers for 2018. Four of the drivers, aged between 18 and 23, will be sponsored by Porsche in international GT racing as « Porsche Young Professionals », and two of the six will race as « Porsche » Juniors in the Porsche Supercup, the support series for Formula 1. The six drivers have varying levels of experience, but have all proven fast and successful in the regional and national series they have competed in thus far.

Per Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars, “All our young racing drivers have developed superbly in 2017. The one-make cups, in particular, have proven to be an outstanding springboard for the Porsche Juniors.” Three of the six drivers competed in Porsche one-make series for 2017. One raced with Dempesey-Proton Racing in the 2017 WEC-Endurance Championship, and one competed in both ADAC GT and selected rounds of Pirelli World Challenge.

The Drivers

Denis Olsen – 2018 Porsche Young Professional

Norway’s Denis Olsen won the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. Over the 14 race season, Olsen placed on the podium 12 times, with six overall wins. His high level of consistency makes him a promising prospect for Porsche. Olsen also raced in the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, racing for the Walter Lechner Racing Team. In the Supercup Olsen claimed victories at both Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps, and ended the season second in championship standings. 2017 ended two years of support as a Porsche Junior, and will now spend 2018 in international GT racing with a customer team as a Porsche Young Professional for 2018.

Matt Campbell – 2018 Porsche Young Professional


Campbell debuted in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2017. This was the young driver’s first foray into European motorsport. The Warwick, Queensland native previously competed around his native Australia. Before the Supercup, Campbell raced both single-seater Formula cars and Porsches in Australian one-make cups in Australia. After eleven races in the 2017, Campbell finished runner-up in the rookie competition, and third overall. Campbell has four wins under his belt, including Spielberg, Monza, and a double-header in Mexico City. Campbell will use the 2018 season as a Porsche Young Professional to make the next steps in his racing career.

Matteo Cairoli – 2018 Porsche Young Professional


Cairoli, a somewhat familiar name on these pages, spent the 2017 WEC season driving a 2015 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Porsche customer team Dempsey-Proton Racing. Cairoli finished the season as runner up in GTE-Am, and won his class at both the Nürburgring and in Mexico City. The 21-year old Italian finished sixth in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and brought home a second place finish at the 24 Hours of Dubai with Manthey Racing. Cairoli will spend 2018 as a Porsche Young Professional.

Mathieu Jaminet – 2018 Porsche Young Professional


Mathieu Jaminet, of France, had the most varied 2017 season of the four Young Professionals. Jaminet competed in ADAC GT Masters with KÜS Team75 Bernhard, as well as select rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge with GMG Racing in the United States, and several rounds of the IMSA SportsCar Championship with Alegra Motorsports. Jaminet, 23, won the GT-X Pro-Am class in the races at both Utah Motorsports Campus and the Circuit of the Americas. Jaminet will compete in 2018 as a Porsche Young Professional.

Thomas Preining – 2018 Porsche Junior


The second youngest driver to join Porsche’s Youth Development Programme, Thomas Preining, is just 19 years old. The Austrian competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland for 2017, and will be competing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2018. In 2017, Preining won the final race of the season at Hockenheimring, and finished third at the Norisring. Preining also competed in and won the Porsche Carrera Cup invitational race at the Nürburgring, which saw the young driver share the bill with the WEC. Preining has competed in the Mobil 1 Supercup three times, with appearances in Budapest, Monza and Mexico for 2017. Preining will join the Mobil 1 Supercup as a Porsche Junior for 2018.

Julien Andlauer – 2018 Porsche Junior


The youngest of the six drivers, Julien Andlauer, is 18 years old. The young Frenchman won the overall title in the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup France, winning seven races over the course of the season. Andlauer was nominated by his national series to take part in a two-day trial at the Lausitzring, where he bettered eight candidates to earn entry into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Andlauer made his international debut at the season finale in Mexico City, where he finished fifth. Andlauer will compete in the international Mobil 1 Supercup as a Porsche Junior for 2018.

We look forward to seeing this field of young drivers succeed with Porsche in years to come. These are very exciting times for the six racers, and we look forward to seeing four on the podium in the WEC, and two in the one-make Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

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Results, Pictures and Video From WEC Round 9 in Bahrain

Porsche’s Race in LMP1 – 

Porsche finished the 2017 LMP1 season this year by securing all of the available championships, though they technically won fewer races than Toyota did. By winning at Le Mans this year, however, Porsche secured more points than Toyota had, giving them the championship victory from the penultimate race in China. For Bahrain, then, their primary goal was to arrive to the race and win it. Porsche ultimately finished second and third in an emotional and incident-filled 6-hour race. Porsche started from pole, and victory would have put a nice pin in Porsche’s LMP1 program, but instead they’ll have to settle for a double-podium and the championship victory. This was likely a good consolation prize for them.

Porsche Chairman Oliver Blume reflects on the successes of the 919 Hybrid LMP1 program: « No other Porsche team has ever managed three Le Mans outright victories in a row but this squad achieved it. I thank them very much for this. I’m extremely proud of every single team member. They have mastered a mammoth task with hard work, consistency and the right approach. To me this represents the Porsche spirit that our brand stands for spanning almost 70 years. Now the team of Fritz Enzinger and Andreas Seidl face its new challenge: to enter Formula E for season number six at the end of 2019.

Neel Jani, a driver with the P1 program from day one, started the final race of the #1 car’s career from pole position. For the opening 19 laps Jani stayed out front, but as the green flag period progresses, the Toyotas have the measure of the Porsches on pace, he was passed by the #8 Toyota for the lead, and by the #7 car for second on lap 20. Jani continues for his second stint after a pit for fuel on lap 30 and retains third on the track. At lap 61, Jani hands off driving duties to Nick Tandy. Thanks to a triple stint on tires during his time in the car, Tandy re-takes the lead on pit strategy. Only six laps after taking that lead, however, Tandy collides with the Gulf Racing UK Porsche GTE-Am category car in turn one, which causes a puncture and costs the #1 car its lead and potential for victory. Dejected, Andre Lotterer takes over the car to run it to the finish one lap down from the leader at 199 laps.

In the #2 car, meanwhile, Timo Bernhard started the race and immediately improved from third to second. At lap three, there was a bollard lying on the track from a prior collision, and the car collected it, unbeknownst to its pilot. It goes unnoticed during the subsequent pace car period, but when the race returns to green, Bernhard is forced to pit to remove the debris and change the nose cone. The car continues to run untroubled for the remainder of the race. Cycling through Earl Bamber and Brendon Hartley, Timo gets back aboard the car to bring it to its final finish on the podium in second after the other Toyota suffered collision damage and then a penalty for the collision. Timo was the initial development driver for the 919 Hybrid program, so it’s only fitting that he take the car to its last checkered flag.

Quotes after the race

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1: “Today a very successful era comes to an end and this is the right time to say thank you. Foremost I want to thank the Board who had the faith to give me the project, supported me a lot and always gave me the feeling I was the right choice. Personally, I was only convinced about this when we took our first race win in São Paulo back in 2014. Thanks to all our drivers who took every chance and delivered the highest performance. Finally, it was 17 wins in 34 races. Thanks to everybody in the team for their relentless work and euphoria for the project. There was nothing I enjoyed more than seeing the instinct to win in their eyes on race days! Today is also the right time to pay my gratitude to our Team Principal Andreas Seidl: For the last two years, Andreas mastered the dual role of Team Principal and Technical Director in a superior manner with the first 919 that was developed under his guidance winning the world championship. And finally: It is great a company like Porsche exists. If I had to put the six years I’m with Porsche in one sentence it would be: I was allowed to live my dream. Thanks for the project and thanks for the freedom of scope.

Andreas Seidl, Team Principal: “Over the past four seasons, Toyota has been an incredible competitor, and I congratulate them on today’s victory. Thanks to the whole team here and in Weissach, to our drivers and partners for four sensational years. This definitely was the last race for the 919 Hybrid. We are very proud of the success we were able to achieve with this technology driven car. Next year we will celebrate these innovations with some very special events. But these details will be unveiled at a later date.

Neel Jani, Driver, 919 Hybrid #1 –
The start was good and at the beginning we could more or less match the pace of the Toyotas. But as soon as we were in traffic, they just had this little bit more than us and over the distance we had to let them go. I really, really enjoyed playing with the boost today and all of the tactics for the last time. I was very aware that we were doing everything for the last time. It has been an amazing journey to be part of such a big project with so many great people.”

Timo Bernhard, Driver, 919 Hybrid #2 –
I had a good start, got past one Toyota and kept up with Neel. But then unfortunately I picked up that bollard and the extra stop dropped us far behind. That was a real shame. But the race result is secondary today. It is the end of great era. I’m honoured having been part of this programme from the very beginning until the last lap. A great crew, great people and great team mates. I will miss them. This programme definitely is the highlight of my career.

Porsche’s Race in GTE – 

Both GTE Pro entrants from Porsche suffered an abysmal start to the race, at times running at the back of the class. Things turned around for the #91 car, however, as Fred Mako fought his way forward within the class to be sitting in second place, just behind the leading Ferrari, with just 90 minutes left in the race. Unfortunately, as the race continued, his pace waned and he was forced to allow a second Ferrari and one of the Ford GTs ahead of him. The #91 car would ultimately finish second in the WEC championship, a valiant effort. The #92 car also managed to, at one point, run second on the road following the leading Ferrari, as it was around the half-way point of the motor race. Unfortunately for Michael Christensen, who was in the car at the time, a misjudged pass by the second Toyota TS050 LMP1 contender shunted Michael off and into early retirement. A less than good finish for Porsche’s GTE Pro effort, then.

In GTE Am, Dempsey Proton Racing finished in fourth in class, securing second in the GTE Am category points standings. They won two races this season, one at the Nurburgring, and another in Mexico. The team of Matteo Cairoli, Christian Ried, and Marvin Dienst did well in 2017.

Quotes after the race –

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “We were only narrowly beaten in the debut season of the 911 RSR. Like the last race of the season, all the other races in the GTE-Pro class were extremely competitive. Spectators were treated to truly spectacular racing. Unfortunately, our number 92 car was often hit by competitors. In 2018 we’ll return with the goal of winning the world championship. Congratulations to our Dempsey Proton Racing customer squad for securing second place in the drivers’ classification of the FIA Endurance Trophy.

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Patrick Dempsey Shares His Zen Perspective on Racing: Slow Down to Speed Up

For a man who started racing relatively late in life, Patrick Dempsey has gone quite far. Sure, some of his involvement can be attributed to the fortune made from playing Dr. Dreamboat, but he’s taken it more seriously than the regular celebrity-turned-racer, and learned some of the mental approach which make the best so imperturbable. In fact, he’s become quite zen in his approach to motorsport.

It might come across as a bit preachy, but Dempsey touches on an oft-ignored, semi-philosophical aspect of racing. It’s true that racing rewards aggression and the traits which typically go hand-in-hand with it—namely persistence, resilience, and determination. Yet, the best of the best invariably exude a sense of calm and focus. That composure helps them avoid mistakes, ensure consistency, plan ahead, clear their mind of any extraneous fluff, and dedicate every iota of focus to the task at hand. Since racing is one of the most mentally taxing endeavors known to man, those who can process and anticipate everything that racing entails, succeed. To handle the challenges of driving the car, the peripheral challenges, and still have some mental reserves left over are those who go the furthest.

Slow down to go fast.

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Clap de fin pour Porsche en LMP1

Porsche 919 hybrid lmp1La saison 2017 du World Endurance Championship (WEC) s’est achevée ce week-end sur le circuit de Sakhir à Bahreïn. Le Team Porsche …

Three Le Mans wins, six World Championship titles and the smell of packet soup

Fritz Enzinger and Andreas Seidl take a look back at the Porsche LMP1 programme.

WEC: Porsche pilots face catch-up race in title fight

In the qualifying for the six-hour race in Bahrain – the season finale of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC – Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki clocked the sixth fastest time in the strongly represented GTE-Pro class. Neel Jani and Nick Tandy have achieved the Porsche 919 Hybrid’s 20th pole position in what was the Le Mans Prototype’s last qualifying.

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