Porsche driver quotes ahead of 1000 miles of Sebring

Porsche driver quotes ahead of 1000 miles of Sebring

08.03.2019: FIA WEC 2019 1000 miles of Sebring Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “From the winter break straight into t

FIA WEC 2019
1000 miles of Sebring

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “
From the winter break straight into the mogul run of Sebring – that’s a tough but wonderful challenge. I’m excited to see how this race works with its 1,000-mile format. Because of the schedule with the late starting time we’ll have to contest most of the race at night.

Two of us share one car. On the positive side, each driver will get a lot of track time. Our team is looking good in the championship. We also want to earn plenty of points at Sebring to consolidate our position.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91):
“I find it great that the WEC is finally returning to Sebring after so many years. The last time the series raced there was in 2012. Not a lot has changed on the track since then.

Last year I competed there with our IMSA factory squad so I know that the Porsche 911 RSR is well suited to the vagaries of Sebring. We want to bring home another top result to extend the lead in the manufacturers’ championship as much as possible.”

Kévin Estre (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “
Our winter break was about four months long and now our current season continues in a new calendar year. It feels strange – it’s something new. But it doesn’t change our goals and aspirations. We want to be amongst the frontrunners at Sebring and further consolidate our top position in the championship. It’s going to be a tough job. We’re contesting the 1,000-mile race with just two drivers per car. If rain or heat is added to the mix, then it’ll become the most demanding race of the year.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche 911 RSR #92): “
I’m especially looking forward to the return of the WEC to Sebring. In 2014, I won the IMSA race there. It may be a different series, but essentially the task is the same on the demanding circuit. The winter break has certainly not hindered our good run so far this season. I’m firmly convincing that we’ll also be perfectly prepared in Sebring and have good chances of winning.”

Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #56):
“The 1,000-mile race at Sebring is a great challenge when I think of the hefty bumps and hardships that come with it. I find it somewhat strange that the WEC hasn’t been contested in Sebring for a long time and yet, in contrast to all previous tracks, it’s the one that all the drivers in our team know. I’m very confident that we’ll achieve another strong result.”

Matt Campbell (Porsche 911 RSR #77)
: “The 2019 racing year started perfectly for me with a victory at my home race in Bathurst. It can continue like this. After the long winter break of the WEC, I’m really looking forward to my next race outing in the Porsche 911 RSR. I’ve heard a lot of interesting stories about this circuit – I’m very curious. This is my first time at Sebring, but I’m very sure that we’ll be extremely competitive there, too.”

Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 RSR #86):
“At last the WEC Super Season goes on. I very much look forward to sitting in the cockpit of Gulf Racing’s Porsche 911 RSR for this upcoming race. I’ve never raced at Sebring before so I’m super excited. This track has so much tradition. You simply have to drive there. We’ll prepare as optimally as possible. I’m confident that our team will do well with this proven car.”

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #88):
“I’ve not yet experienced this track live, but I turned a lot of laps in the simulator. This helps tremendously with the preparation. I realise that the race on this very demanding circuit is challenging, but all the drivers from the Porsche squad should be perfectly prepared. We took part in our fitness camp recently. That was extremely exhausting but it certainly gives us the physical fitness we need to master challenges like Sebring.”

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.

Oliver Hilger- photos Porsche


08.03.2019 / MaP

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