Fourth grid row for the best Porsche 911 RSR for 24h Le Mans

Fourth grid row for the best Porsche 911 RSR for 24h Le Mans

17.06.2016: World Endurance Championship WEC, round 3, 24 Hours of Le Mans

World Endurance Championship WEC, round 3, 24 Hours of Le Mans/France – GT Qualifying

The anticipated hunt for pole position for the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a washout: Heavy rain during the second and third qualifying sessions on Thursday evening prevented faster lap times, compared to the previous day with a dry first qualifying session on the 13.629-kilometre Circuit des 24 Heures.

Like most of the 60 cars, the two GT-class Porsche Motorsport works-entry 911 RSR racers were unable to improve on their grid positions for the 84th running of the long distance classic in France.

In the 911 RSR with the starting number 92, overall Le Mans winner Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and his teammates Frédéric Makowiecki (France) and Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) take up the prestigious race on Saturday at 15.00 hrs from the fourth GT grid row.

Lining up on the row behind them is the #91 sister car, driven by outright Le Mans winner Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Frenchmen Patrick Pilet and Kévin Estre.

One of the few drivers who went out on this rainy night at exactly the right time was Patrick Long (USA).

The Porsche factory pilot, who contests the GTE-Am class in the 911 RSR of the Abu Dhabi Proton Racing customer team with Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi) and David Heinemeier Hansson (Denmark), turned a perfect qualifying lap despite the difficult conditions.

This catapulted his team from seventh to third.

Qualifying quotes

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport:
“The weather conditions today didn’t allow us faster lap times. We were able to fine-tune the setup on our 911 RSR for rainy conditions, but our drivers didn’t get much track time.

The result is sobering, of course. The gap to the leaders is very large. Let’s see whether the rule makers come to a final decision, after the promised analysis, concerning the BoP of the GT cars for tomorrow’s race.

Apart from this, we’re totally focused and we’ll tackle this fascinating classic with great enthusiasm. The race runs over 24 hours, it shouldn’t make a difference what our grid positions are.”

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #91):
“The track was dry when I drove my first laps. That was good because they’re not actually expecting rain for the race. Our 911 RSR ran perfectly in the wet. If we encounter wet conditions in the race we’ll undoubtedly be amongst the front-runners.”

Nick Tandy (911 RSR #91)
: “We would have preferred another shot at a fast lap. But under these weather conditions it simply didn’t make sense to take that risk. For this reason we decided to cut the session short. We’re ready for the race.”

Kévin Estre (911 RSR #91):
“Patrick and Nick were able to turn a few laps on wets. I had my helmet on and was all set for my stint, but then the rain became so heavy that we didn’t want to risk anything.

My teammates gave only positive feedback on how the 911 RSR handled on the wet track. For Saturday I now hope for a little rain. We’ve worked perfectly up to this point and we’re prepared for the race.”

Earl Bamber (911 RSR #92)
: “During the qualifying we worked specifically on preparing for the race. Unfortunately the last session was literally a washout.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (911 RSR #92)
: “Today was a day where we couldn’t do much. The weather just wasn’t settled enough. Still, we’re well prepared for the race.”

Jörg Bergmeister (911 RSR #92): “
I didn’t get much track time in qualifying today. But that’s not a problem – this isn’t the first time I’ve competed at Le Mans.”

Customer team drivers

Richard Lietz (911 RSR #77 Dempsey Proton Racing): “
We concentrated on getting the car ready to race. Under such difficult conditions it doesn’t make sense to keep trying to grind out fast lap times. At a 24-hour race it doesn’t matter whether you start from one place ahead or behind.

Michael Christensen (911 RSR #77 Dempsey Proton Racing)
: “With the race in mind we tried out various things on the car. I went out on fresh tyres and that worked well. Everything is progressing as expected. I’m pleased.”

Philipp Eng (911 RSR #77 Dempsey Proton Racing)
: “First the track was wet, then dry, then wet again at the end. But it was still a lot of fun and we know that we’re also well prepared for the rain.”

Wolf Henzler (911 RSR #78 KCMG)
: “It was really difficult today. We changed the vehicle setup, but it wasn’t enough to turn significantly faster lap times.”

Christian Ried (911 RSR #78 KCMG):
“The 911 RSR also runs very well in the rain. With possible changeable weather conditions in the race, we’re still feeling confident in spite of our starting position.”

Joel Camathias (911 RSR #78 KCMG): “It
proved very difficult today to accurately assess the circuit. But we opted for the right tyres and they worked very well. You have to be very careful not to aquaplane – particularly along the fast straights. But as drivers we’re prepared for this.”

Patrick Long (911 RSR #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing):
“We took a bit of a gamble and fitted new slicks straight after the warm-up lap. When it started to rain, instead of trialling something on the car, we immediately attempted a fast lap. This was exactly the right tactic. I encountered very little traffic and turned a perfect lap. I’m very pleased about this.”

Khaled Al Qubaisi (911 RSR #88 Abu Dhabi Proton Racing)
: “We are doing very well. That was precisely the weather for us. Rain during the race would be like Christmas to us.”

Cooper MacNeil (911 RSR #89 Proton Competition):
“The conditions were unbelievable, but this is Le Mans and you have to be prepared for anything.”

Leh Keen (911 RSR #89 Proton Competition)
: “We worked on the car overnight and made some improvements. The car felt much better today and we were a second faster than yesterday. The team did a great job.”

Marc Miller (911 RSR #89 Proton Competition)
: “Today was a change for the better. The balance of the car in the rain was perfect and, as history shows, it can sometimes rain in Le Mans when you least expect it. We perfectly prepared for that.”

Qualifying result

GTE-Pro class

1. Hand/Müller/Bourdais (USA/D/F), Ford GT, 3:51.185 minutes
2. Briscoe/Westbrook/Dixon (AUS/GB/NZ), Ford GT, + 0.312 seconds
3. Bruni/Calado/Pier Guidi (I/GB/I), Ferrari 488 GTE, + 0.383
8. Bamber/Bergmeister/Makowiecki (NZ/D/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 3.733
10. Pilet/Estre/Tandy (F/F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, + 4.147
12. Christensen/Lietz/Eng (D/A/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 4.241

GTE-Am class

1. Mok/Sawa/Bell (MAL/J/GB), Ferrari 458 Italia, 3:56.827 minutes
2. Lamy/Dalla Lana/Lauda (P/CAN/A), Aston Martin, + 0.371 seconds
3. Al Qubaisi/Long/Heinemeier Hansson (UAE/USA/DK), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.686
8. Ried/Henzler/Camathias (D/D/CH), Porsche 911 RSR, + 2.207
10. MacNeil/Keen/Miller /USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, + 3.280
11. Wainwright/Carroll/Barker (GB/GB/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, + 4.219

Oliver Hilger- photos Porsche


17.06.2016 / MaP

More News

Second row start for Toyota Gazoo Racing at Le Mans
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will start the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours from the second row of the grid after rain washed out most of the final qualifying sessions at the Circuit de la Sarthe. The #6 TS050 HYBRID of Stéphane Sarrazin, Mike Conway more >>
Audi Sport quotes after 24h Le Mans qualifying
Before the Le Mans 24 Hours the weather went haywire. That is why the starting grid has little indicative value. Quotes before the most important endurance race of the year.Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Moto more >>
Porsche on pole for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Due to the execrable weather conditions prevailing in the second day’s qualifying session (Thursday) the 60 contenders were unable to improve their times set on Wednesday evening. Thus, the no.2 Porsche driven by Dumas-Jani-Lieb will s more >>
Both Audi cars on third row at Le Mans
    Difficult conditions on both qualifying days    Better weather forecast for the race weekend    Hollywood star Jason Statham keeps his fingers crossed for AudiThe two more >>
Top 10 start for KCMG at 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016
•    Defending LMP2 champions focus on race set-up during rain-affected qualifying sessions•    Team also demonstrated strong pace on the wet trackKC Motogroup (KCMG) placed their #47 ORECA-05 Nissan in ni more >>
Smooth qualifying sees Strakka Racing prepared for 24 hour classic
Despite challenging and changing track conditions, Strakka Racing ended the second day of qualifying for the Le Mans 24 Hours in eighth of the 23 runners and fastest of the open-top cars in the closely-contested LMP2 class. With the rain increasing and track more >>
Alpine deuxième et troisième LMP2 sur la grille des 24 Heures du Mans
•    Traditionnellement consacrés à la chasse à la pole position des 24 Heures du Mans, les essais qualificatifs du jeudi ont été rythmés par les averses.•    Les temps & more >>
Qualifying 3 Le Mans result
FIA WEC84º Edition des 24 Heures du MansQualifying Practice 31 6 Toyota Gazoo Racing S. SARRAZIN / M. CONWAY / K. KOBAYASHI Toyota TS050 - Hybrid LMP1 H M 3:50.934 11 14 - - 212.52 7 Audi Sport Team Joest M. FÄSSLER more >>
RGR Sport by Morand qualifies 12th at 24 Hours of Le Mans
LMP2 CHAMPIONSHIP CHASSIS: #43 RGR Sport by Morand / LMP2 / Ligier JS P2   Qualifying at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is as unique as the event itself. Unlike every other round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the starting position of the # more >>
CDNT & LMGT Am 24h Le Mans final qualifying result
24h Le Mans Final qualifying result Thursday, June 16th 2016CDNT32    84    Pit    CDNT    SRT41 By OAK Racing    TINSEAU Christophe    Morgan LMP2 - NISSAN    M    2    25.445  &nb more >>
LM GTE Pro 24h Le Mans final qualifying result
24h Le Mans Final qualifying result Thursday, June 16th 2016LM GTE Pro 34    68    Pit    Pro    FORD CHIP GANASSI TEAM USA    BOURDAIS S&eac more >>
LMP2 24h Le Mans final qualifying result
24h Le Mans Final qualifying result Thursday, June 16th 2016LM P210    26    Pit    P2    G-Drive Racing    RUSINOV Roman  &nbs more >>
LMP1 24h Le Mans final qualifying result
24h Le Mans Final qualifying result Thursday, June 16th 2016LM P11    2    Pit    P1    Porsche Team    JANI Neel    Pors more >>
24h Le Mans final qualifying overall classification
24h Le Mans Qualifying 3 duration 2 hoursThursday, June 16th 20161    2    Pit    P1    Porsche Team    JANI Neel    Porsche 919 Hybrid &n more >>
American Dream team looks to make a mark in Europe
 AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology News  Ohio’s Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian will look to bring some new international glory for the Stars and Stripes this weekend as more >>
24h Le Mans final qualifying after 1h (red flag) and restarted
Heavy rain also at Circuit de la Sarthe has stopped final qualifying. How long - race control decide...24h Le Mans Qualifying 3 duration 2 hoursThursday, June 16th 2016Session time : 00 : 58 : 59Remaining time :01 : 01 : 01Red flag  more >>
Gibson 2017 LMP2 Engine Launched at Le Mans
The FIA/ACO has chosen the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour race as the venue to launch the new LMP2 2017 engine. The GK428 engine will be unveiled at a press conference today ahead of the 24 hour race on Saturday.Repton based engine manufacturer Gibson Technology more >>
24h Le Mans Qualifying 2 result by class
LM P1 1    2    Pit    P1    Porsche Team    DUMAS Romain     Porsche 919 Hybrid    M  &n more >>
24h Le Mans qualifying 2 overall classification
24h Le Mans Qualifying 2 - 2 hoursThursday, June 16th 201621h01:411    2    Pit    P1    Porsche Team    DUMAS Romain    Porsche 919 Hybrid  more >>
24h Le Mans Qualifying 2 classification after 1h
24 Hours of Le Mans - Thursday Qualifying 2 - 2hoursSession time : 00 : 59 : 47Remaining time :00 : 59 : 53Thursday, June 16th 20161    2    Pit    P1    Porsche T more >>
Bernhard van Oranje to participate in ‘Road to Le Mans’
Former championship winner Bernhard van Oranje is set to make its debut at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe in France. Together with Dutch veteran and 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jan Lammers, the Racing Team Holland driver participates in the &lsqu more >>
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest announces its 2016 innovations and the future regulations
Today, Thursday 16th June, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest held its annual press conference in the museum before the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours, which will take place on 18-19 June 2016. The ACO announced its innovations for the LM P1 private teams&r more >>
24 Hours of Le Mans- What's happening on Thursday?
It gets bigger and better! This Thursday, on the second day of qualifying, there is even more action on and off the track! You can start at Arnage, where there is a fantastic display of cars and a parade to get you into the Le Mans mood. Otherwise, the cir more >>
Alpine in the groove at Le Mans
•    The first qualifying session ahead of this weekend’s 84th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours took place on a dry track, with both Alpine A460s featuring up at the sharp end.•    Nelson Panciatici posted more >>
Both Porsche 919 Hybrid in front after first 24h Le Mans qualifying
24 Hours of Le Mans, LMP1With a strong performance the two Porsche 919 Hybrids came first and second in the first of three qualifying sessions for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The best lap time for the field of 60 cars was achieved by N more >>
KCMG enjoy promising first day at Le Mans
•    Reigning LMP2 champions set the fastest time in Wednesday’s practice•    The #47 ORECA-05 Nissan also showed potential in first qualifying •    KC Motorgroup more >>
Villorba Corse takes the “Road to Le Mans” with Lacorte / Sernagiotto
Just before the famous 24 Hours, Italian team enters their regular ELMS crew on Ginetta-Nissan LMP3 and also Mezard / Hiesse on Ferrari 458 in this special GT3 Le Mans Cup raceRelevant step forward of their “Road to Le Ma more >>
Guy Cosmo Taking the Road to Le Mans
Racing in front of over a quarter of a million race fans from around the world, Guy Cosmo will make his European racing debut this Saturday at Le Mans. Cosmo will team with Mike Hedlund in a United Autosports-prepare more >>
Toyota Gazoo Racing in the mix at Le Mans
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing’s preparations for the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours began with a busy and constructive first day of action at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Following several days of build-up for the third round of the 201 more >>
The 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours Porsche on provisional pole
The Porsche 919 Hybrids dominated the first day’s practice. No. 2 driven by Dumas-Jani-Lieb set the quickest time in 3m19.733sec in  front of its sister car and the no. 6 Toyota TS050. In LM P2, the no. 26  Oreca 05 entered by G more >>
24h Le Mans Night Qualifying 1 overall classification
 24h Le Mans 2016Night Qualifying 1 - 2 hoursWednesday, June 15th 2016 1    2    Run    P1    Porsche Team    LIEB Marc    Porsche more >>
Larbre Competition fired up for 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
•    24th entry at La Sarthe for the French GT experts•    Le Mans week under way with Pesage and team building seminar•    Following weeks of intense preparations, Larbre Competition more >>
24h Le Mans Night Qualifying 1 standings after 1h
24h Le Mans 2016 Night Qualifying 1Remaining time :01 : 04 : 49Yellow flagWednesday, June 15th 20161    2    Run    P1    Porsche Team &n more >>
2 Red flags during Practice at Le Mans
 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 - The first red flag was at 17:49 when the #4 CLM P1/01 caught fire. The marshals managed to clear the area quickly and the session recommenced at 18:03.Since the race recommenced at 18:03 Brendon Hartley has taken the le more >>
24h Le Mans Practice 1 overall classification after 4h
24h Le Mans Practice 1 4 hoursWednesday, June 15th 2016Session time :04 : 08 : 071    2    Pit    P1    Porsche Team    JANI Neel    Po more >>
24h Le Mans Practice 1 classification after 3h
24h Le Mans 2016 Practice 1 4 hoursWednesday, June 15th 2016Session time :03 : 03 : 23Remaining time :00 : 56 : 371    8    Pit    P1    Audi Sport Team Joest& more >>
Audi to celebrate ten years of TDI at Le Mans
Eight Le Mans victories with TDI technology to date      Distance record unbroken to date      Fuel consumption reduced by 46 percent  Audi has made history at Le Mans. In 2006 more >>
Michelin Vorschau: 24 Stunden von Le Mans 2016 – Teil 2
•    Härteprüfung im Herzen von Frankreich: Michelin peilt 25. Le Mans-Sieg an•    Michelin liefert fortschrittliche Reifen für alle Witterungsbedingungen•    Regelwerk schr&au more >>
24h Le Mans Practice 1 standings after 2h
24h Le Mans 2016Practice 1  4 hoursWednesday, June 15th 2016Session time :02 : 06 : 26Remaining time :01 : 53 : 34     1    8    Out    P1    more >>


2001-2022 full copyright