Porsche Shanghai WEC Pre-race quotes

Porsche Shanghai WEC Pre-race quotes

12.11.2018: World Endurance Championship WEC round 5 in Shanghai/China Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars): After winning the Fuji race were heading to Shanghai feeling highly motivated. But we have to assess the situation real

World Endurance Championship WEC
round 5 in Shanghai/China



Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser (Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars):
“After winning the Fuji race we’re heading to Shanghai feeling highly motivated. But we have to assess the situation realistically. Our win in Japan wasn’t entirely our own doing, several things happened that played into our hands.



 With this in mind, the race in China certainly won’t be a foregone conclusion. We have to stay fully focused to avoid making any mistakes. If we manage to do this and make the most of our 911 RSR’s potential, we should be able to climb the podium at Shanghai – maybe even the top step.”




Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport
): “The Formula 1 circuit in Shanghai is very demanding, especially on the tyres. This is partly due to the very long first right-hander. Our Porsche 911 RSR has to have a perfect setup for this turn.



 Our victories in Fuji and at Road Atlanta underlined that our car has very special qualities over the distance. In 2017 we performed very strongly in Shanghai, but we weren’t rewarded with a win. Now we want to rectify that.”




Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91)
: “Our teammates in the sister car emphasised with their win at Fuji what our 911 RSR is capable of. Now we aim to do this as well. We will all work together to ensure that Porsche continues to extend its lead in the manufacturers’ championship.






In China, we’ll definitely get good chances. I’m a big fan of Asia. After things didn’t work out quite so well for us in Japan, it should go better now in Shanghai, then our brief Asian tour can end on a positive note.”




Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91)
: “This is the last race of 2018 before the WEC Super Season continues in March next year at Sebring (USA). I always enjoy driving in Shanghai. The racetrack is one of world’s best. I’m pleased that I’ll compete alongside Richard for the first time in the Porsche 911 RSR on this special circuit. I’ve always had a lot of positive experiences in China, so I’m travelling there with a good feeling.”




Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92):
“I’m tackling this race weekend with fond memories. Last year we had an extremely fast car and were leading for three hours before we retired early, unfortunately. But the main impression is that we were very fast in Shanghai. I’m very much looking forward to the race, even though the circuit is really tricky. The tyres suffer a lot there. The durability of the rubber will be the key to success.”




Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92)
: “Last year we held a clear lead in the race, but still didn’t manage to bring home victory. That needs to change this year. We’re flying to Shanghai feeling very optimistic. The season has gone really well for Porsche so far, our car was competitive everywhere. We once again saw at Fuji how well we work with the tyres and how strong we are with our strategies. That’s what we want to put into practice again in China. It’ll be a tough and close race, but we’re perfectly prepared for the task.”




Patrick Lindsey (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “
With the exception of Sebring I don’t know any of the racetracks on the current WEC race calendar. So it’s important for me to familiarise myself with the tracks as quickly as possible. It worked really well in Fuji, because Jörg Bergmeister has a lot of experience and he helped me a lot. We now want to do this again in China. I’m also looking forward to experiencing something of the country’s culture. What a great life: getting to know new countries and to race the magnificent Porsche 911 RSR on the world’s greatest circuits – it doesn’t get much better than that.”




Julien Andlauer (Porsche 911 RSR #77):
“The race in China will be very special. It’s the last race of this year. There’ll be three more races in 2019, but we’d all like to spend a relaxing Christmas at home. Still, to do this we need a good result. We’ll do our best in Shanghai. I don’t know this racetrack, so I’ll prepare for its quirks in the simulator. I’m looking forward to the new challenges and would like to earn more points towards the overall standings with my teammates.”




Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #77):
“I wasn’t familiar with the Fuji circuit and I don’t know the Shanghai track either. I’ve looked at a lot of footage and I have to say that the layout looks pretty challenging. That’s what I like. We missed out on a good result in Japan. We now want to make up for that disappointment with a great race in China.”




Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 RSR #86):
“I’m very excited for my first race in China. The trip to Japan was really interesting and a lot of fun. I now know that I really love long distance racing. It’s spectacular and always gripping. Sometimes the situation seems hopeless, then 15 minutes later you’re leading by ten seconds. Anything can happen. I’m expecting another emotional rollercoaster at Shanghai. I’ve never been to this racetrack but it looks incredible on television.”



Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “
The circuit in China is first class. The layout challenges you enormously as a driver. It’s extremely difficult to get a truly flawless lap there. Last year things didn’t go so well for us in China. It seems we made the wrong tyre choice. We’ll do things differently this year. I firmly believe that we have good chances for a great result. We’re clearly behind with our car in the overall standings, so there’s really only one motto for us: attack!”





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 GT Team contests the GTE-Pro class, while the customer teams Dempsey Proton Racing, Project 1 and Gulf Racing fight for honours in the GTE-Am class.




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