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Porsche comments prior to the WEC prologue in Barcelona

Porsche comments prior to the WEC prologue in Barcelona

18.07.2019: Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport): “Our engineers, drivers and teams from the FIA WEC and the North American IMSA series have jointly developed and familiarised themselves with the new Porsche 911 RSR at numerous tests. Now a new mission begins.



Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Motorsport):
“Our engineers, drivers and teams from the FIA WEC and the North American IMSA series have jointly developed and familiarised themselves with the new Porsche 911 RSR at numerous tests.


Now a new mission begins. We want to defend the world championship title. The prologue marks the start of an intense year in the FIA WEC with eight races in less than ten months.”





Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport):
“We’ve designed the new Porsche 911 RSR from scratch. We used the test drives to prepare meticulously for the upcoming challenges.


Now we finally get the chance to meet our competitors in the FIA WEC. As world champions, we’re heading into the new season feeling confident. However, in the lead-up to the prologue, we still have a few unanswered questions because we’ve never driven at Barcelona. I’m curious to see how well our new car performs on this racetrack.”






Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91):
“We already got to know our new Porsche 911 RSR well at the test drives. The car is better than its predecessor in many aspects. It’ll be interesting to verify these first impressions on a racetrack like Barcelona.


It’s not without good reason that the Formula 1 goes testing there every year before the start of the season. You can learn a lot about the handling, aerodynamics and tyre wear on this special circuit.


It’s important to head into the first training sessions at the Silverstone season-opener with a good baseline setup.”




Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91):
“The prologue always gives me a good feeling, because this test is a clear signal that the new season is about to start. Every driver looks forward to that. The circuit near Barcelona has an interesting layout.



I’m really curious to see how our new Porsche 911 RSR goes on some of the very demanding passages.”




Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92):
“It’s fantastic to return to the FIA WEC as the reigning world champion. I’m thrilled that we can contest the new season with the same driver crew. The prologue will be exciting: we’ll be up against the competition for the first time with our new car.



Barcelona will give us an indication of where we stand compared to our rivals. I hope as many spectators come to watch the tests on Tuesday and Wednesday as there were two years ago at the official tests in Monza.”





Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92):
“It feels a bit strange that the prologue is already heralding the new FIA WEC season when the Super Season only finished five weeks ago at Le Mans.



I’m really looking forward to the test and to working with my new team and my world champion teammate Kévin. At the prologue I’m sure we’ll give our new Porsche 911 RSR the perfect final tweaks for the season opener at Silverstone.”






The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC



In the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), which was first contested in 2012, sports prototypes and GT vehicles compete in four classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am.



They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. The Porsche factory squad contests the GTE-Pro class as the reigning world manufacturers’ champions, while the customer teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Racing fight for honours in the GTE-Am class.






Oliver Hilger- photos Porsche



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