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Mark Webber Scares Tennis Pro in a Carrera 4S Cabriolet

In addition to being Porsche’s most famous brand ambassador, Mark Webber is a genuinely warm-hearted bloke. Never staid, tight-lipped, or solemn, the affable Aussie has natural charm that is only bettered by his superhuman driving ability. Those two qualities come in quite handy when guiding a tennis star around a testing circuit in a very quick 911.

As part of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix supporting program, Webber gave Elina Svitolina a few lessons in the prize for this year’s WTA tournament’s main prize: a 991 Carrera 4S Cabriolet. With Porsche’s Development Center Weissach as the playground, these two could enjoy the dynamics of the renowned chassis and ferocious acceleration of the 3.8-liter turbo motor, which propelled them to 62 in just 3.8 seconds.

Svitolina discovering her natural driving ability.

The mere mention of Webber’s gets fans excited, but seeing him test the limits of this car with a (likely) uninitiated passenger sitting alongside is quality amusement. The man who’s been at the top for so long never seems to lose his passion for racing, he always wears a smile, and he never fails to entertain.

Webber and Svitolina share a laugh before another hot lap.

What I wouldn’t give to have Mark Webber as a personal driving instructor for the day. That’s a very cool opportunity.

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WEC – Podium pour Porsche à Spa qui devient champion du monde

Porsche est le nouveau champion du monde en WEC. Avec un classement aux 3ème et 8ème places pour les deux Porsche 911 RSR aux 6 Heures de Spa-Francorchamps, l’équipe de Weissach a rapidement obtenu un titre à l’avant-dernière manche de la Super Saison 2018/2019. Les deux leaders du championnat des pilotes, Kévin Estre (France) et …

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The road to the world championship title: the 2018/2019 success story

Scoring positions third and eighth from the six-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), Porsche has claimed an early world championship title win in the GTE-Pro class of the World Endurance Championship WEC. The 2018/2019 success story at a glance.

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WEC – Porsche sur la 4ème rangée de la grille à Spa-Francorchamps

En se qualifiant pour la septième manche du Championnat du monde FIA ​​des voitures de sport (WEC) à Spa-Francorchamps, les deux Porsche 911 RSR alignées par l’équipe Porsche GT ont atterri aux positions sept et huit de la grille. Les leaders des championnats du monde, Kévin Estre (France) et Michael Christensen (Danemark) ont bouclé le …

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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

Qualifying

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)

GTE-Pro

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)

GTE-Am

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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