Porsche aims for victory at the FIA WEC’s return to Sebring

Porsche aims for victory at the FIA WEC’s return to Sebring

08.03.2019: World Endurance Championship WEC, round 6 in Sebring/USA Porsche tackles the first Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC race at Sebring since 2012 as the points’ leade

World Endurance Championship WEC, round 6 in Sebring/USA



Porsche tackles the first Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC race at Sebring since 2012 as the points’ leader. After five of the season’s eight rounds, the works team with its two ca. 510 hp Porsche 911 RSR ranks first in the manufacturers’, drivers’ and team categories.


Three customer squads field four other identical vehicle models in the GTE-Am category. With the WEC held as a joint event alongside the North American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from March 13-16, a total of eight Porsche 911 RSR vehicles will be competing on the legendary Sebring circuit.



The race



Sebring has hosted the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC only once since the launch of the series. In 2012, works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Patrick Pilet (France) finished in second place.


In the long history of endurance racing at Sebring, Porsche is by far the most successful manufacturer, with a total of 18 overall victories going to the marque from Weissach. The most recent victory was in 2008 thanks to Timo Bernhard (Germany), Romain Dumas (France) and Emmanuel Collard (France) at the wheel of a Porsche RS Spyder.




The Porsche GT Team drivers



Richard Lietz (Austria) and Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) tackle the 1,000-mile race (or eight hours) with the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR car. The pair achieved second place at the Shanghai round of the 2018/2019 Super Season.



The cockpit of the identical No. 92 sister vehicle is shared by Le Mans champions Kevin Estre from France and Michael Christensen from Denmark. The two Porsche works drivers hold a convincing lead in the GTE-Pro class after winning the Le Mans 24-hour classic and the Fuji race in Japan as well as claiming podium places at all other rounds of the season.




The customer teams



Three customer teams field four more 911 RSR in the GTE-Am category. Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer (France), Christian Ried (Germany) and Porsche Young Professional Matt Campbell (Australia) compete in the No. 77 car. An all-Italian crew shares the Dempsey Proton Racing No. 88 cockpit, with Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli and the father/son pairing Gianluca and Giorgio Roda.




Manning the No. 56 Porsche 911 RSR for the Project 1 team is Porsche works driver Jörg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Lindsey from America and Norwegian Egidio Perfetti. Two British racing drivers, Michael Wainwright and Ben Barker, share driving duties with Porsche Junior Thomas Preining (Austria) in Gulf Racing’s 911 No. 86.




The Porsche 911 RSR



The Porsche 911 RSR celebrated its WEC debut at Silverstone in 2017. In the current 2018/2019 Super Season, the racer from Weissach has clinched a one-two result in the GTE-Pro class at Le Mans as well as the GTE-Am category class win. The RSR with its water-cooled four-litre boxer engine is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and produces around 510 hp depending on the restrictor. The #91 and #92 vehicles tackled Le Mans in a special historic design.




The schedule

Round six of the season at Sebring gets underway on Friday, March 15, 2019, at 16:00 hrs local time (21.00 hrs CET) and is contested over a distance of 1,000 miles.




The race on TV and the Internet



The long-distance Sebring race can be viewed free-of-charge via live streaming from 20:30 to 05:30 hrs (CET) on sport1.de. The free-to-air station Sport 1 broadcasts the race from 23:45 hrs to 00:45 hrs. The race is also aired from 20:30 hrs to 23:30 hrs and from 03:00 hrs to 05:30 hrs on the pay-TV channel Sport 1 Plus. Moreover, the entire race can be watched on the pay-TV channel Eurosport Player. The pay-TV channel Motorsport.TV also broadcasts the 1,000-mile race from 20:45 to 05:15 hrs. For a fee, the FIA WEC app offers live streaming of the complete race as well as the time-keeping.




Comments before the race




Fritz Enzinger (Vice President Porsche Motorsport):

“The race weekend in Sebring is very special for us. With the WEC and IMSA series being run as a joint event, the effort is huge. Like at the major Le Mans outing last year, optimal teamwork is essential. We’re not the only manufacturer to field factory cars in both series.


The communication and exchange of information between teams will be key factors. The fact that we’re obviously good at this was clearly demonstrated by our success at Le Mans in 2018. I’m certain that we’ll also be in the fight for victory in Sebring.”

 

 

 

Pascal Zurlinden (Director GT Factory Motorsport):

“Thanks to the excellent results from the first five races of the current season, we’re travelling to Florida as leaders of the manufacturer’s and drivers’ championships. We want to continue this great run.


Our victory last year at the IMSA race in Sebring has clearly shown that the Porsche 911 RSR is very competitive on this special racetrack. We are eager to turn this into another win and expand our championship lead in the WEC.”






- Oliver Hilger, photos Porsche

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