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Porsche GT driver quotes ahead of WEC Fuji race

Porsche GT driver quotes ahead of WEC Fuji race

09.10.2018: World Endurance Championship WEC round 4 at Fuji/Japan Pre-race quotes Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): Fuji is a real highlight, alone due to the Japanese fan culture and the

 

World Endurance Championship WEC
 round 4 at Fuji/Japan




Pre-race quotes

 

 

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): “Fuji is a real highlight, alone due to the Japanese fan culture and the incredible passion for motor racing. The entire Porsche GT Team benefits from the fact that the drivers really enjoy competing there. The racetrack with the extremely long straights and fast corners throws special challenges at us.



The competition in the WEC is extremely exciting and tough, and the manufacturers are getting closer. We saw this recently at Silverstone. We’re well prepared and we want to extend our lead in the championship. Although the race in Japan is the penultimate round of the current year, the season is still long with three more races to tackle in 2019. There are still plenty of points to earn.”




Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport):
“Despite winning at Le Mans and climbing the podium at Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone, the WEC season is not a done deal.

 

 

At the upcoming race in Japan we’ll do our best to defend or further extend our points’ lead. However, the race in Fuji at this time of the year is unpredictable. We have to be prepared for all kinds of weather scenarios. Whoever does the right thing at the right time has the best chances.”




Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91):
“It’s monsoon time, which makes the chance of rain highly likely again this year. As always, the competition will be brutal in our fiercely fought GTE-Pro class.

 

 

 

I’m confident that we’re very well prepared for the Fuji race. I love driving in Japan. I’m going to arrive a little earlier this year and stay a little longer after the race just to enjoy it.”

 

 

 

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “I hope we have bright sunshine for our race in Japan. But it’s autumn in Fuji, so you have to be prepared for everything.

 

 

No matter what the weather does, we’ll enjoy the entire six hours of the race. It’s always a lot of fun driving in front of the very special Japanese fans. And the circuit layout is unique. I’m really looking forward to it.”

 

 

 

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “I raced here for the first time last year and it rained heavily the entire time. I don’t know this track at all in dry conditions.

 

 

 

With this in mind, I don’t quite know what to expect. I was impressed last year by how all the fans stayed upbeat despite the persistent rain. For the spectators and for everyone involved, I hope we have nice weather.”

 

 

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “The racetrack is spectacular. The very special layout always provides a lot of thrills and spills – even more so in the rain. Porsche looked good last year and I see no reason why it shouldn’t be the same this year. We aim to show the Japanese fans some gripping race action in Fuji. I always enjoy coming to Japan. The atmosphere is very special and the culture is impressive.”




Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #56)
: “We want to continue our upward trend. Our third place recently at Silverstone was a good step in the right direction, but of course everyone in the team wants to celebrate a victory. We’re continuing to work hard on improvements, and we’re making great progress as a new team. We’ll have to wait and see if our dream comes true in Fuji. You have to be prepared for anything in Fuji. The weather there is totally unpredictable.”



Julien Andlauer (Porsche 911 RSR #77):
“I’m really excited about this race, because it’s my first time competing in Japan. So far I’ve only managed to familiarise myself with this famous circuit on videos and TV, and now I’m finally getting the chance to drive on it myself – in the Porsche 911 RSR, the best GT car in the world. We’re leading the championship, so everything is going well so far. I assume we’ll perform well in Fuji as well. We’re keen to notch up the next success, we’d like to bring home a couple of trophies and as many points as possible.”



Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 RSR #86)
: “I’m delighted to celebrate my debut in the WEC. I got to know the 911 RSR at a test in Great Britain – it’s a wonderful car. I’m competing for a very strong team. The Fuji racetrack is new turf for me, and so is the series. But I’ll try my very best not to make any mistakes. My focus this season hasn’t changed in spite of my great opportunity in the FIA WEC. There are still two races on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup calendar in Mexico and I’ll be fighting for the title to the last corner.”




Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #88):
“The Fuji racetrack is really beautiful, but often the rain puts a damper on things. Last year, for instance, I didn’t get to drive a single race lap because the event was stopped early due to the torrential downpour. I very much hope we experience Japan in good weather conditions. In dry conditions you can have a lot of fun on this great circuit. Hopefully we’ll experience it this year.”





- Oliver Hilger, photos Porsche

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