Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long will tackle the 1,000 kilometer race in Zhuhai,China on November 7 with the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid.
This marks the first event in China for the innovative sports car from Weissach, which features two electric motors at the front axle each developing 60 kilowatts to supplement the 480 horsepower combustion rear-engine. The race on the Zhuhai International Circuit, in which the 911 GT3 R Hybrid is not eligible for points, is the third and final round of the newly-inaugurated Intercontinental Le Mans Cup after Silverstone and Road Atlanta.
“It’s a fantastic conclusion to the season to drive this car in China after the race debut on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife,” says Joerg Bergmeister. The Porsche factory pilot was part of the driver crew at the wheel of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid when it demonstrated the potential of its leading edge technology at the 24 hour race on the Eifel circuit and was on course to victory until shortly before the flag. In the American Le Mans Series, Bergmeister and Long are on the brink of successfully defending their GT class title with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
With a 22-point lead in the drivers championship, but only a single point lead for Porsche in the manufacturers points, the pair will drive the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at the Petit Le Mans event at Road Atlanta on October 2.
Long has tested the Hybrid in Germany, but the China event will be his first racing experience in the unique race car. The race in Zhuhai is a great chance for Porsche to showcase its “rolling race lab” 911 GT3 R Hybrid – which perfectly embodies the philosophy of ‘Porsche Intelligent Performance’ – to its important market of China. At the same time, Porsche is lending its support the new Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, organized by the Automobil Club de l’Ouest (ACO)
Porsche Hybrid – How does it work?
Photo : Nicolas COUSSEAU – ACO/Nikon
We could not find a better teacher than Dr.-Ing. Daniel Armbruster, project manager of the Porsche hybrid (without a helmet and standing In the photo), to explain this technology which had it’s second race Petit Le Mans.
1000Km of Zhuhaï
The 1000 kilometers of Zhuhai will be run at the 4.3-kilometer track near the south Chinese beach resort of Macau, on November 7 at noon local time.
Practice and qualifying will be held on Friday, November 5 and Saturday, November 6. There is an eight-hour time difference with Europe.
History: Located near Macau, Zhuhai City has a place in the history of motorsport. In 1994, it was in its streets that the first international race was held in China. The popular success of the 3 hours Zhuhai encouraged local developers to build the first permanent circuit in the country. It was inaugurated on the 31st of October 1996. A technical circuit with 14 turns, the track offers good overtaking opportunities, particularly in its 900 metre straight.
Country: People’s Republic of China
1000Km Zhuhai 2010: November 5-6-7
Circuit length: 4.317 km
Distance: 1000 km
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest launches Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in China
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A race that promises 1,000 km of thrilling competition…
Thirty television channels have already expressed their intention to broadcast all or part of this first major endurance race to be held in China, an event destined to become a benchmark in this motorsport discipline. Among them are five Chinese networks, including Zhuhai TV (live TV) and the national broadcaster CCTV, the two major European specialist cable networks, Motors TV and Eurosport, Speed Channel in the Americas, as well as national network TV2 in Denmark (the birthplace of Tom Kristensen – eightfold winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans).
Such coverage, not to mention the significant representation from printed media and radio represents a potential audience of hundreds of millions, who will be privileged witnesses to this tremendous development of international endurance racing that has the 24 Hours of Le Mans as its flagship.