Tweet
 
Six Porsche 911 RSR at the WEC Prologue in Le Castellet

Six Porsche 911 RSR at the WEC Prologue in Le Castellet

06.04.2018: World Endurance Championship WEC, Prologue in Le Castellet/France At the Prologue of the FIA Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) held on 6-7 April 2018 on the Circuit Paul Ricard

World Endurance Championship WEC, Prologue in Le Castellet/France


At the Prologue of the FIA Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) held on 6-7 April 2018 on the Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France, the final preparation phase begins for the Porsche GT Team and Porsche customer teams.




 Four weeks before the first round of the 15-month Super Season in Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps, teams and drivers put a total of six Porsche 911 RSR racers through their paces.



 While the Porsche GT Team fields two 911 RSR in the GTE-Pro class, the Porsche customer teams Project 1, Dempsey Proton Racing and Gulf Racing tackle the GTE-Am category.



Porsche GT Team #91



A new driver pairing competes in the Porsche 911 RSR with the starting number 91: Richard Lietz (A) and Gianmaria Bruni (I) share the 510 hp GT racing car. Both drivers can look back on successes in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship.



34-year-old Lietz took home the GTE-Pro title in 2015, with his 36-year-old works driver colleague finishing the 2012 and 2014 seasons at the top of the points table.




Porsche GT Team #92


The driver line-up in the #92 vehicle remains unchanged with 29-year-old Kévin Estre (F) and 27-year-old Michael Christensen (DK).



 In the 2017 debut season of the 911 RSR, the works drivers scored three podium results at the Nürburgring (Germany), in Austin (USA) and at Fuji (Japan). Both drivers began their GT racing careers in Porsche’s one-make cups.



Team Project 1 #56



After 25 years contesting the Porsche one-make cups, the Team Project 1 tackles the WEC for the first time. Porsche works driver Jörg Bergmeister (D) supports the German squad over the 15-month-long Super Season, in which the 24 Hours of Le Mans (France) as well as the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) are contested twice.



The 42-year-old race driver shares driving duties with 35-year-old Patrick Lindsey (USA) and 42-year-old Egidio Perfetti (N).




Dempsey Proton Racing #77



Hollywood star Patrick Dempsey supports talented youngsters in the team this season again. Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (AUS) and Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (F) take on the WEC with the team owner Christian Ried (D).



 23-year-old Campbell earned himself a WEC cockpit after clinching four victories in the 2017 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Julien Andlauer was chosen as a Junior after a selection shootout last year. In 2017, 39-year-old Ried was the recipient of the Porsche Cup, the trophy for the world’s most successful private Porsche driver.





Dempsey Proton Racing #88



Sharing the cockpit of the Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Dempsey Proton Racing are the Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (I), Khaled Al Qubaisi (UAE) and Giorgio Roda (I).


21-year-old Cairoli scored two wins and four more podium results for the Porsche customer team in 2017. Since 2014, 42-year-old Al Qubaisi has contested the Le Mans long distance classic for the squad, with 24-year-old Roda gaining experience in the European Le Mans Series.




Gulf Racing #86

Michael Wainwright (GB), Ben Barker (GB) and Alex Davison (AUS) tackle the new season in the #86 Gulf Racing racer. 44-year-old Wainwright is the owner of the Gulf Racing team and has raced at the endurance events of Le Mans and Sebring.



 His 26-year-old compatriot Barker takes on his second season with the squad after climbing the podium twice last year. 38-year-old Davison has an overall victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia to his credit.




The Prologue



On the Circuit Paul Ricard, which was opened in 1970, all teams have the chance to prepare for the upcoming Sports Car World Endurance Championship season.


Last year the Prologue was held in Monza, Italy, however for the 2018 two-day test, the intercontinental racing series returns to the 5.861-kilometre circuit close to the port town of Marseille.




The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC





Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the 2012-launched Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) in four classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am.



They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. The Porsche GT Team contests the GTE-Pro class, with customer teams fighting for honours in the GTE-Am class.

 

 

Oliver Hilger- photos Porsche

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/wec-prologue-le-castellet-six-porsche-911-rsr---174584.html

06.04.2018 / MaP

More News

Porsche provides safety cars and support cars in FIA WEC until 2020
06.04.2018
World Endurance Championship WECFrom now until 2020, the Porsche 911 Turbo will be the safety car for the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC). The all-wheel-drive 911 produces 540 hp (397 kW) and sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 3.0 more >>
BMW M8 GTE makes FIA WEC debut at The Prologue.
05.04.2018
BMW M Motorsport will make its maiden FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) appearance this week (6th/7th April) as it enters The Prologue, the official pre-season test at Circuit Paul Ricard in the South of France. BMW M Motorsport can count on the support of old and new partners. more >>
Signatech Alpine Matmut returns to the track
05.04.2018
•    A month before racing gets under way at Spa-Francorchamps, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) teams will meet at the Circuit Paul Ricard on 6-7 April for the official pre-season test.•    The Signatech Alpine Matmut team will be in action with the no.36 Alpine A470 and its crew, featuring the drivers Nicolas Lapierre more >>
WEC Launch 2018 - Toyota Gazoo Racing ready for new challenge
05.04.2018
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will push the boundaries of hybrid electric vehicles when it takes on the challenge of the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with an evolution of its TS050 HYBRID race car.After a successful pre-season programme which included 21,0 more >>
Final shakedown for Porsche: the Prologue of the WEC Super Season
30.03.2018
GT – World Endurance Championship WEC, Prologue in Le Castellet/FranceOn April 6, Porsche heads into the new season of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with the two-day Prologue on the Circuit Paul Ricard. more >>
TDS Racing unveil its new livery
30.03.2018
Only a few days until the WEC 2018/2019 Super Season start - The Prologue - and TDS Racing unveils its new colors reversing them.The TDS Racing fluorescent red is still part of the racing colors, but this year it will enhance grey shades... while the sty more >>
Weiron Tan to chase 'childhood dream' with full-time FIA WEC graduation
23.03.2018
•    Rising sportscar star awarded biggest break of burgeoning career to-date•    23-year-old appointed to SIC Motorsports Talent Development initiative•    All-Malaysian crew to tackle WEC and Le Mans with Jackie Chan DC Racing  more >>
ELF et ALPINE, bien plus qu'une histoire de belle voiture
15.03.2018
•    ELF est fier d'accompagner la prestigieuse marque française et félicite son partenaire pour le plébiscite de l'Alpine A110, élue plus belle voiture de l'année 2017 more >>
WEC: Final test for the BMW M8 GTE before the prologue at Le Castellet.
11.03.2018
This coming week, the BMW M8 GTE will complete its final endurance test at Aragón (ESP) ahead of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) official prologue which takes place at Le Castellet (FRA) on 7th April. This will be the first time more >>
Menezes confident of WEC title tilt as new Rebellion breaks cover
07.03.2018
•    Rising American sportscar star reveals his 2018/19 FIA WEC contender•    23-year-old steps up to top level in endurance racing’s premier global series•    California native more >>
FIA WEC: BMW M8 GTE completes next endurance test.
25.02.2018
This week, BMW Motorsport continued preparations for entering the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with an endurance test at Portimão (POR). BMW works drivers Augusto Farfus (BRA), António Félix da Costa (POR), Martin more >>
Gibson Sign LMP1 Engine Contract with Rebellion Racing and Oreca
14.02.2018
British built engines to compete at top level in WECGibson Technology is pleased to announce a new contract with Rebellion Racing and chassis constructor Oreca to supply LMP1 engines f more >>
Manfredi Ravetto joins ByKOLLES Racing
13.02.2018
Manfredi Ravetto joins LMP1 constructor and race-operation ByKOLLES Racing, taking the position of team principal with immediate effect.       42 years old Italian Rave more >>
Martin Tomczyk interview
11.02.2018
Martin, what are your feelings ahead of the 2018/19 FIA WEC season?Martin Tomczyk: “For me, it is a great honour to compete in the WEC. We put a lot of effort into developing the new BMW M8 GTE which made its debut at Dayt more >>
The countdown is on to WEC Super Season for BMW
11.02.2018
Friday’s official press conference in Paris (FRA) started the countdown to the Super Season in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Among those attending the event in the heart of the French capital was BMW works driver Martin T more >>
Cetilar Villorba Corse at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans!
09.02.2018
Cetilar Villorba Corse did it again! Alongside the participation in the next European Le Mans Series, Italian team will take part also in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, second World Endurance Championship round to be held on June 16-17. more >>
Signatech Alpine Matmut raring to go for the FIA World Endurance Championship!
09.02.2018
•    The list of entries for the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 2018 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was revealed today.•    2016 FIA WEC World Champion in the LMP2 class, Signatech Alpine Matmut enters more >>
ByKOLLES RACING fires up, again in LMP1, for the 2018/218 WEC superseason
09.02.2018
ByKOLLES Racing will take part in the 2018/19 Superseason of the World Endurance Championship (WEC), competing again in the LMP1 class.   During a press-conference held in Paris today, Series Promoters of WEC have confirmed the entry of the Gredin more >>
Larbre confirmed for 25th Le Mans entry and WEC super season
09.02.2018
Larbre Competition is delighted to confirm that it will compete in the 86th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours, after entering the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season, running a Ligier JS P217 in the LMP2 class.This marks the French more >>
The launch of the 2018/2019 Endurance Super Season
04.02.2018
...on your marks, get set, go!On February 9th at 3:00 p.m. local time at the Salon Rétromobile in Paris, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest will unveil the list of 60 competitors invited to the 86th edit more >>
The covers come off !
30.01.2018
Mecachrome Motorsport is delighted to confirm the successful installation of its 3.4-litre turbocharged V6 LMP1 engine into the Ginetta G60-LT-P1, after completing its first high-speed test at Leeds East more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing confirms driver line-up - Fernando Alonso joins
30.01.2018
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing can confirm its drivers for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season, with Fernando Alonso joining the line-up.The team has officially submitted its entry to the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and will participate more >>
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Unveils GR Super Sport Concept at Tokyo Auto Salon 2018
12.01.2018
Next-generation super sports car incorporates hybrid technology honed through WEC Toyota GAZOO Racing unveils the GR Super Sport Concept, a concept car that incorporates hybrid technology honed through participation in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), a more >>
TDS Racing announces its entry in the 2018/2019 WEC season
28.12.2017
French team TDS Racing lead by Xavier Combet and Jacques Morello will compete in the WEC Endurance Championship by entering an LMP2 car in the 2018/2019 Super Season with a quality driver line-up. François Perrodo, Matthieu Vaxivière and Loïc Duval will form a strong more >>
ByKOLLES RACING completed final 2017 test in Spain
21.12.2017
LMP1 team ByKolles Racing has completed its three-days test at circuito de Almeria, 18th to 20th of December 2017.The Almeria-test was the last outing of 2017 as well as the final touch to a development started in after the race at Nürburgring wit more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing videos
19.12.2017
TGR WEC - End of the year & new '18-'19 Super Season video   As stated in our report this morning Toyota Gazoo Racing will participate with full power in the FIA WEC Season 2018-2019.     & more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing commits to Endurance Racing
19.12.2017
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will compete in the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season after reaffirming its commitment to the development of hybrid powertrain technology through motorsport. Following the publication of the LMP1 re more >>
IMSA: BMW American-European teamwork.
16.12.2017
The new BMW M8 GTE will also be in action in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) in 2018. In the hands of BMW Team RLL and team principal Bobby Rahal (USA), the new car will make its race debut on the final weekend in January, at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Amer more >>
FIA WEC: Stage set for the new BMW M8 GTE.
16.12.2017
After intense preparations, BMW Team MTEK and team principal Ernest Knoors (NED) will field two new BMW M8 GTE cars when BMW Motorsport makes its debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). The regular drivers for the complete season more >>
Mecachrome Motorsport look ahead to WEC Super season
15.12.2017
Mecachrome Motorsport, who build and develop engines for the FIA Formula 2 Championship and GP3 Series, and are also a major supplier for Renault Sport Racing’s Formula 1 engine, are looking forward to making their mark in the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season with a brand new LMP1 engine. more >>
Gustavo Menezes makes 'dream' move to top tier with Rebellion Racing
15.12.2017
•    American sportscar star steps up to the highest level with new team•    23-year-old California native hails ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’•    Former FIA WEC more >>
FIA World Rallycross Championship calendar 2018
11.12.2017
Several measures have been approved for the 2018 World RX to better control costs. These include new limitations on engines, turbos, tyres, gearbox ratios and aerodynamic devices. more >>
FIA World Endurance Championship news and calendar 2018-2019
11.12.2017
The following four World Championship titles will be awarded:    FIA World Endurance Championship for LMP Drivers    FIA World Endurance Championship for LMP1 Teams  &n more >>
2018-2019, an innovative season in more ways than one!
06.12.2017
•    A new LM P1 title and a teams’ classification;•    More exciting pit stops;•    A super season, and a new allocation of points. The 2018-2019 season wil more >>
Alex Lynn joins Aston Martin Racing for World Endurance Championship
24.11.2017
Signing for Aston Martin Racing as a factory driver to race in the World Endurance Championship completes a plan that myself and my management team started working on back in September 2016, and I’m very proud that it’s all worked out perfectly. Back then more >>
ByKOLLES RACING completed Aragon Test
24.11.2017
ByKOLLES Racing has completed an intensive three-days testing program at Motorland in Aragon. The action on the Spanish circuit was finalised to test new development parts on the Enso CLM P1/01 in preparation of the 2018/19 WEC super season and the Le Mans 24hours race.   more >>
Menezes goes down fighting as he proves pace in Bahrain WEC finale
21.11.2017
•    American sportscar star gives it his all in 2017 FIA WEC curtain-call•    Signatech Alpine Matmut ace storms to pole position in Sakhir•    23-year-old Californian proud of achievements in sophomore season more >>
TDS Racing finishes the season on a high with LMP2 overall best performance
20.11.2017
The Bahrain International circuit was inaugurated in 2004 and is situated in Manama, the capital city of Bahrain. Made of 15 turns (9 rights and 6 lefts), the 5.412 km track is a well appreciated venue for the WEC contenders, as for the finale of the season everyone meets in a warm and summery atmosphere, where the race finishes under the spotlights of this magnificent circuit. more >>
G-Drive in Bahrain - Sunset over the WEC season
19.11.2017
The Bahrain International Circuit was built in 2004 and the 5,412 km track is made of 9-right and 6-left turns and is a much appreciated venue for the WEC circus. Nice weather, warm destination and final race of the season, it is also the place where season titles are to be more >>

STROOSSEN ENGLEN ASBL www.stroossenenglen.lu

Jobs Around the World

2001-2020 automobilsport.com full copyright