24 Hours of Le Mans
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At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche succeeded in the fiercely-competitive GT classes. Porsche achieved victories number 99 and 100 at the world’s most well-known long distance race. The new Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Porsche AG Team Manthey with Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas (France), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) gained the GTE-Pro class. From three races undertaken this was the initial victory for the race auto from Weissach. With the second 911 RSR, their works motorist colleagues Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France) made the double victory for Porsche a one, two result. In the GTE-Am class, the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR operated by the IMSA Performance Matmut team with Frenchmen Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl Vernay and Christophe Bourret scored victory.
Sharing driving duties at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the front-running Porsche 911 RSR are Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas (France), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria). Their manufacturing plant aviator colleagues Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France) are also on course for a podium spot in third at the tire of the 2nd 911 RSR with the beginning variety 91. In the 911 GT3 RSR, the clear innovator in the GTE-Am class is Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay, that Porsche supports this season in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, sharing the cockpit with his compatriots Raymond Narac and Christophe Bourret. Sitting fourth in this class is Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey (“Grey’s Anatomy”), who is one of an all-American driver trio for the Dempsey Del Piero-Proton group with Porsche functions motorist Patrick Long and Joe Foster.
Porsche team Driver quotes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans:
Timo Bernhard (# 91): “The disorders have actually been extremely hard for the entire week. That’s why we’ve seen a great deal of crashes. It’s drizzling on and off. The marshals are extremely good and surge the flags if it’s slimy, but obviously they can not really approximate specifically how slick the monitor surface is. One motorist is rather more careful in such circumstances, the other takes a lot more risks and depends on that all works out. One trouble is the lots of protection vehicle phases that come up from this. The tyres shed temperature during these slower laps and later on you need to initial obtain a feel for how much grip there is. We’re quickly during and I hope that we now have a little good luck on our side. A podium result would be terrific.”.
Richard Lietz (# 92): “The automobile has actually operated well. Every little thing was okay. We replaced the brakes during my stint. It was clear from the start that this would consistently happen, as they were the same brakes used on our opponents cars. In this respect we could expect a fascinating last phase.”
Pascal Gibon (# 76): “It resembles a curse: I’m scarcely out 2, 3 laps and the security car appears. Yet perhaps that’s great for the team. Jean-Karl and Raymond are faster than me. When I drive my stints during the security vehicle phases we don’t get rid of as much time and hopefully we can keep our position at the front until completion.”
Patrick Dempsey (# 77): “Especially the first component of my double stint was excellent, extremely solid. I simply feel comfy in this car. The performance is extraordinary. We are still on the right track for a podium spot. That would certainly be a superb result.”
Recap from the Press Box at the 24 Hours of Le Mans:
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Victory Minus 3 hrs: The marvelous last at the Le Mans 24 Hours has actually started: With 3 hours to go up until the chequered flag, Porsche leads both GT classes at the world’s most famous far away race. The new Porsche 911 RSR with the starting number 92, fielded by Porsche AG Team Manthey, lies at the front of the fiercely competitive GTE-Pro class after 21 hours. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of the customer team IMSA Performance Matmut leads the GTE-Am with a one-lap benefit.
Victory Minus 7 Hours – (24 Hours of Le Mans): The Porsche teams have come via the night well at the Le Mans 24 Hours. On Sunday early morning at 8.00 hours, with 7 hrs still to drive on the Circuit des 24 Heures, the Porsche 911 RSR with the starting number 92 set in 2nd place and defended the lead of the GTE-Pro class. The # 91 Porsche 911 RSR which is also fielded by the Porsche AG Team Manthey squad was in fourth. Protecting their lead in the GTE-Am class was the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of the client team IMSA Performance Matmut.
When rainfall established in again towards dawn, points became much more hectic in the hole lane of the Circuit des 24 Heures. The strategists at Porsche AG Team Manthey responded promptly and called the number 92 vehicle shared by Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas (France), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) to alter the tyres. The timing proved perfect– Romain Dumas confiscated the lead. Just later during the routine brake substitute of his 911 RSR did he withdraw once more in to 2nd spot. In the last third of the race, he and his colleagues were within striking proximity and chasing the challenging drivers for the lead.
In the GTE-Am class a change ahead developed that would certainly last. Quickly before midnight 3 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR had locked out the frontal places. At the tire of the Proton Competition 911, Italian Giancarlo Roda defended the lead. However when he moved off the monitor and came to be embeded the gravel, Raymond Narac got the chance and slid in to very first area. The Frenchman shares driving duties in the 911 GT3 RSR of the IMSA Matmut Performance team with his compatriots Jean-Karl Vernay, that receives help from Porsche in his Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup project this season, along with Christophe Bourret. Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey, who signs up with pressures with his fellow American teammates, Porsche works vehicle driver Patrick Long and Joe Foster in the Dempsey Del Piero-Proton group, is currently operating in third location.
Victory Minus nine hours – (24 Hours of Le Mans): At the Le Mans 24 Hours, the defend victory in the strongly-represented GT classes is looking promising for Porsche teams after the very first 3rd of the race. In the GTE-Pro class, the Porsche 911 RSR with the beginning variety 92 was operating 3rd at its Le Mans debut shortly before twelve o’clock at night. The relative 911 RSR with the beginning number 91, likewise operated by Porsche AG Team Manthey, is sitting in fourth. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Dempsey Del Piero-Proton leads the GTE-Am class.
On the Circuit des 24 Heures, 56 automobiles removed at 15.00 hrs into the 81st running of the globe’s most renowned long proximity race. In the very initial race hour, with a long caution period as a result of a collision, Porsche functions motorist Marc Lieb (Germany) moved up into 2nd spot in the number 92 Porsche 911 RSR. After one and an one-half hours he also took the lead till the initial brief stop. He and his colleagues Romain Dumas (France) and Richard Lietz (Austria) were nailed down fight with the Aston Martin for the front spot. In the second 911 RSR with the beginning number 91, Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) made up three spots, only to get rid of additional compared to one moment via a safety vehicle stage. However, after 9 hours of auto racing, he and his teammates Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France) are still within striking distance of the front-runners.
In the GTE-Am class, three Porsche 911 GT3 RSR join the lead after midnight. Trailing the leading 911 fielded by the client team Dempsey Del Piero-Proton with an all-American motorist line-up of Hollywood superstar Patrick Dempsey (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Porsche manufacturing plant aviator Patrick Long and also Joe Foster, are Christian Ried (Germany) and his Italian teammates Paolo Ruberti and Gianluca Roda in the 911 GT3 RSR operated by Proton Competition. Running 3rd are the Frenchmen Raymond Narac, Jean-Karl Vernay and Christophe Bourret contending for the IMSA Performance Matmut squad.
Victory Minus 23 hrs – (24 Hours of Le Mans): The race is on: On Saturday at 15.00 hours, the honorary starter of the Le Mans 24 Hour race Jim France, the creator of the American Grand-Am Series, delivered the 56 autos on their method. Watched by Dr Wolfgang Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Porsche AG, and Matthias MÃ¼ller, Porsche AG Chairman of the Executive Board, two Porsche 911 RSR fielded by the Porsche AG Team Manthey along with five client team-run Porsche 911 GT3 RSR goinged into the 81st publication of the most popular long distance race in the globe.
In the very first hour of the race, where there was a lengthy care period because of a mishap, Porsche works motorist Marc Lieb (Germany) relocated up in to 2nd location in the GTE-Pro class at the tire of the Porsche 911 RSR with the starting variety 92. His jobs vehicle driver coworker Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) comprised three areas in the 911 RSR with the starting number 91 additionally operated by Porsche AG Team Manthey and now ranks fourth. In the GTE-Am class 3 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR rest in the lead: Front-runner is Porsche functions vehicle driver Patrick Long (USA), adhered to by his manufacturing facility pilot associate Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Paoli Ruberti (Italy).