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Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, 16 race, Hockenheim, Title fight goes down to the wire at last race of the season

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Press Release 19/10/2013

Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, 16 race, Hockenheim

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Stuttgart. The Porsche Carrera Cup Germany remains gripping until the end – only the title will be decided on Sunday.

On the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, Christian Engelhart (D / Konrad Motorsport) won at the wheel of his 450 hp Porsche 911 GT3 Cup ahead of points’ leader Kévin Estre (F / Attempto Racing), and Nicki Thiim (DK / Attempto Racing) .

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This puts Estre at the top of the overall standings with 229 points.

Engelhart sits second holding 221 points. With 20 points up for grabs at the 17th and final race of the season on Sunday,

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Thiim in third overall (203 points) has to relinquish his hopes of taking home the title.

“It’s going to be incredibly exciting for the load-round, because I’m on pole position and Christian is right next to me in second,” Explained Estre.

“My third victory has given me enough self confidence to be champion,” stated Engelhart.

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Commemorating the death of British pilot Sean Edwards, who had competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup since 2010 and which fatally injured at a private driver training on the Queensland Raceway in Australia on Saturday.

The field headed out for the formation lap.

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When the lights went off, what Thiim INITIALLY viable to defend his pole position but after a braking mistake in the first lap, Engelhart managed to slip past him. Behind him, Thiim and Estre battled fiercely for positions, with Estre Ultimately winning the duel in lap eight.

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When Christopher Zoechling (A / Konrad Motorsport) parked his Porsche trackside with tire damage in the tenth lap, the safety car came out and the race which flagged off after a duration of 25 minutes.

Porsche junior Connor de Phillippi (USA / Förch Racing by Luke Motorsport) Took off into the race from 16th on the grid and finished eleventh. ‘The result was okay. Now I’m putting all my hopes on the next race, because i start from third and I’m Determined to score a podium spot, “said de Phillippi.

After a botched qualifying, Alex Ribera (E / Attempto Racing powered by Motorvision) headed into the race from 36th and saw the flag in 18th. “Considering my grid position, the result is not that bad. I was fashionable to overtake a lot and I’m feeling confident for Sunday’s race. “

A decision has Already been made ​​in the B-classification, with Rolf Ineichen (CH / Konrad Motorsport) in first ahead of Dominic Jöst (D / Attempto Racing ). This makes the new Ineichen amateur champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany.

The 17th and final round of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany season over 18 laps (82 332 kilometers) takes off at 10am on Sunday and can be watched live on http://www.porsche.com . race 16

Result:

1 Christian Engelhart (D / Konrad Motorsport)

2 Kévin Estre (F / Attempto Racing)

3 Nicki Thiim (DK / Attempto Racing)

Philipp Eng (A / Logiplus MRS Racing)

Jaap van Lagen (NL / FE Racing by Land Motorsport)

6 Robert Lukas (PL / Förch Racing by Luke Motorsport)

7Jeffrey Schmidt (CH / German team Post by Project 1)

8 Pieter Schothorst (NL / Team Bleekemolen)

9 Norbert Siedler (A / Aust Motorsport)

10 Jeroen Mul (NL / Team Bleekemolen)

Points’ standings after 16 of 17 races:

Driver classification

1 Kévin Estre (F / Attempto Racing) 229 points

2 Christian Engelhart (D / Konrad Motorsport), 221

3 Nicki Thiim (DK / Attempto Racing), 203

4 Sean Edwards (GB / Project Team German Post by 1), 162

5 Norbert Siedler (A / Aust Motorsport), 158

6 Philipp Eng (A / Logiplus MRS Racing), 156

7th Jaap van Lagen (NL / FE Racing by Land Motorsport), 147

8 Robert Lukas (PL / Förch Racing by Luke Motorsport), 134

9 Connor de Phillippi (USA / Förch Racing by Luke Motorsport), 116

10 Jeffrey Schmidt (CH / German team Post by Project 1), 97

Amateur Classification

1 Rolf Ineichen (CH / Konrad Motorsport), 264

2 Jöst Dominic (D / Attempto Racing), 225

3 Nathan Wolf (NL / FE Racing by Land Motorsport), 178

Rookie Classification

1 Connor de Phillippi (USA / Förch Racing by Luke Motorsport), 116

2Jeffrey Schmidt (CH / German team Post by Project 1), 97

3 Alex Ribera (E / Attempto racing engine powered by Vision) 69

Team Classification

1 Attempto Racing, 434

2 Konrad Motorsport, 306

3 By Luke Förch Racing Motorsport 1, 259

Source: Porsche AG Media Database Porsche Carrera Cup Germany

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Fifth win for René Rast at Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 13 Zandvoort/Netherlands

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 13 in Zandvoort/Netherlands

Fifth win of the season for René Rast

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), René Rast (D), Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Stuttgart. Time penalties for half of the field – that is an exception in Germany’s fastest one make race series. Still it happened at the 13th race of the season on the challenging former Grand Prix circuit of Zandvoort.

And one of the beneficiaries was René Rast. Driving for the Team Deutsche Post by tolimit he did not cross the finish line as the winner but was classified as first.

Hans Bernd Kamps, René Rast
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

With his fifth victory of the season, Rast has extended his series lead to twelve points over his closest rival with four races left on the calendar.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), René Rast (D), Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Second place went to Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands at his guest appearance for Attempto Racing.

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

And scoring third place, Sean Edwards (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) earned more crucial points towards his diminishing chance in the title race.

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

For the double champion of the international Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup and Carrera Cup champion of 2008, René Rast, this result was quietly satisfying: The seasoned campaigner made a mistake during yesterday’s race at the end of the safety car phase and lost certain victory because of the subsequent penalty.

Today, Rast only saw the flag in third after a rather uneventful race. But because the first two, Norbert Siedler (Austria, Konrad Motorsport) and Nicki Thiim (Denmark, Hermes Attempto Racing), were given a 30-second time penalty due to driving too fast under the yellow flag, Rast was handed his fifth victory of the season.

Jeroen Bleekemolen gladly accepted the surprise gift of second place. As a guest starter, however, his job was first and foremost to stock up the points’ account for the Attempto squad – and he certainly did this well.

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For Sean Edwards, third place was a positive outcome for a race that started badly. After taking off into the sprint from third on the grid, the Briton was shunted and was running only in seventh after the first lap. On the narrow track on the North Sea coast, overtaking is difficult enough anyway, but rain early this morning complicated the situation even more. Because away the racing line the track was damp and at times wet.

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Feisty Edwards managed to slip past guest starter Jeroen Mul (Netherlands, Team Bleekemolen), but he had no chance against Jeroen Bleekemolen at his home round.

Norbert Siedler (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Fourth and fifth place went to two pilots, Norbert Siedler und Nicki Thiim, who fought a gripping duel at the front over the entire race distance: Heading into race 13 from pole position, the Dane immediately moved into the lead, while the Austrian only started from fifth place, but quickly tucked in behind Thiim.

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Afterwards, Siedler stuck to Thiim’s bumper over two-thirds of the race distance – until he finally nabbed him in the 15th lap. Jaap van Lagen (Netherlands, FE Racing by Land-Motorsport) was another driver to be stripped of his fourth place after driving too fast under yellow.

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Porsche Junior Michael Christensen took home seventh position from Sunday’s race. The 21-year-old headed into the race from ninth, made up two places early on and with plenty of space behind and in front of him, drove a lonely race to the flag.

Behind him in eighth and ninth respectively came two Dutch guest pilots competing for Team Bleekemolen, Jeroen Mul and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen. Clemens Schmid (Austria, SWITCH IT Lechner Racing) grabbed the last top ten spot, while the second Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (Austria, Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) made up three places to finish in eleventh and earn more points as well as gain experience on this demanding circuit.

Tomorrow, on 27 August, news station N24 televises the 30-minute “Porsche Carrera Cup Magazin” at 18.30 hours. And on Sport1, Carrera Cup highlights will be aired on Saturday, 1 September, from 15.00 to 15.30 hours.

René Rast (winner):

 

“How does the saying go? You learn from your mistakes. What Nicki and Norbert did today, happened to me on the Red Bull Ring. Today I very deliberately slowed down because I thought something like this would happen.

So I won the race today that I threw away yesterday. Points lead extended, team classification extended – a very satisfying day.”

Jeroen Bleekemolen (second):

“My start was not good and I fell back slightly. It was a difficult race today because only the racing line was dry. That was weird with the penalty. The track became faster because it had dried up.

After René and my mishap yesterday where we were handed the time penalty, I was extra careful today. And ironically the two of us finished in first and second.”

Sean Edwards (third):

“I got away well at the start but Norbert forced me to the outside and hit me hard. He said it was wet on the inside, which I don’t understand. But the result is okay and now I’m looking forward to Oschersleben.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, seventh):

“I didn’t see the yellow flag and I only realised something was up when the green flag came out. I’m happy with my race today. I started from ninth and finished in seventh. I couldn’t have done better.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, eleventh):

“I’m really happy with today. Firstly, I drove from 14th on the grid to finish eleventh, secondly I matched the lap times of the front-runners on a drying track, which is particularly pleasing. Unfortunately I didn’t see the yellow flag and I received a penalty. Otherwise I could easily have moved up a few positions.”

 

Result race 13 
1. René Rast (D), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 35:02.465 minutes
2. Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL), Attempto Racing, + 3.198
3. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 4.544
4. Norbert Siedler (A), Konrad Motorsport, + 27.510
5. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 29.335
6. Jaap van Lagen (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 32.430
7. Michael Christensen (DK), Konrad Motorsport, + 46.511
8. Jeroen Mul (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 47.358
9. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 47.358
10. Clemens Schmid (A), SWITCH IT Lechner Racing, + 48.122
11. Klaus Bachler (A), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 48.906

Result Amateurs
1. Hoevert Vos (NL), Land-Motorsport, 35:51.507 minutes
2. Christina Nielsen (DK), Farnbacher ESET Racing, + 26.253 seconds
3. Bill Barazetti (D), MRS GT-Racing, + 12.607

Drivers’ standings after 13 of 17 races
1. René Rast (D), 195 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 183
3. Nicki Thiim (DK), 140
4. Norbert Siedler (A), 139
5. Kévin Estre (F), 131

Amateur classification
1. Bill Barazetti (D), 202 points
2. Wolf Nathan (NL), 185
3. Harrie Kolen (NL), 165

Rookie classification
1. Kévin Estre (F), 131 Punkte
2. Michael Christensen (DK), 108
3. Philipp Frommenwiler (CH), 88

Team classification:
1. Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 383 points
2. Hermes Attempto Racing, 274
3. Konrad Motorsport, 249

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Preview for races 14 and 15 in Oschersleben

Now it’s getting serious. In three weeks, on 14 to 16 September, the Carrera Cup Deutschland contests races 14 and 15 in the Motorsport-Arena Oschersleben – and heads onto the finish straight of the season. The 3.696 kilometre Oschersleben circuit is twisty and offers very few chances to overtake.

Nevertheless, spectators last year were treated to some thrilling fights that was characterised by heavier rainfall.

Three drivers battled for honours at the front – the very same drivers who make up the top group this year: René Rast saw the flag in second last year, Nicki Thiim posted pole position and finished the race in third, and Sean Edwards still managed to snatch fifth place despite losing a front splitter.

Following this year’s race in Zandvoort, René Rast travels to the next round topping the points, followed by Sean Edwards and Nicki Thiim.

SOURCE: Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Porsche AG Media Press Database

 

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 12 in Zandvoort/Netherlands, Sean Edwards wins in rain chaos

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, race 12 in Zandvoort/Netherlands

Press Release

25/08/2012

SEAN EDWARDS WINS IN RAIN CHAOS

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Stuttgart. At first it looked like a comfortable fifth win of the season for points’ leader René Rast (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) – but then things were turned upside down at race 12 of the Carrera Cup Deutschland in Zandvoort.

When the race was stopped after eight laps due to torrential rain, Rast’s teammate Sean Edwards was announced as winner.

Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

This marked the fourth win of the season for the Briton. Nicki

Nicki Thiim (DK)

Thiim was as thrilled with his surprising second place (Denmark, Hermes Attempto Racing) as Jaap van Lagen (FE Racing by Land-Motorsport) was about securing the last podium spot at his home round.

Jaap van Lagen (NL)

What had happened? Both the leader René Rast as well as second-placed guest driver Jeroen Bleekemolen (Netherlands, Attempto Racing) were handed a drive-through penalty which was then changed to a 30-second penalty.

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

The pair had accelerated too early at the end of the safety car phase that was initiated when Dutchman Harrie Kolen (Land-Motorsport) flew off the track in lap three.

For points’ leader Rast (Germany), the consequences were not too dire: Because the race was red-flagged before 75 percent of the 14-lap sprint had been run, only half the amount of points were awarded. Nevertheless, this win puts title rival Edwards close on his opponent’s bumper.

For two-time winner this season and pole-sitter for Sunday’s race, Nicki Thiim’s second position has given him an extra boost in the overall standings. The Dane now ranks fourth and sits just three points shy of third place, currently occupied by his French teammate Kévin Estre. The reigning champion of the French Carrera Cup and points’ leader of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup saw the flag on the North Sea coast as fourth.

Austria’s Clemens Schmid (SWITCH IT Lechner Racing) regarded his seventh grid spot in qualifying as a good omen for some long-awaited progress.

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

So he was all the more delighted to repeat his Norisring result and see the flag in fifth.

Jeroen Mul (NL)

Sixth and seventh position went to Jeroen Mul and Sebastiaan Bleekemolen,

Jeroen Bleekemolen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

two guest drivers from the Netherlands competing for Team Bleekemolen.

Clemens Schmid (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

For Porsche Junior Klaus Bachler (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit), the day ended rather positively with eighth at Saturday’s race. After qualifying in 13th, the Austrian was disappointed. But now he and other drivers behind him profit from the fact that guest drivers are not eligible to earn points and the points-earning regular pilots move up.

Klaus Bachler (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Philipp Eng (Austria, MRS GT-Racing) and Hoevert Vos (Land-Motorsport) round off the top ten. Finishing in tenth overall, the Dutchman celebrated his fifth win of the season in the amateur classification.

Philipp Eng (A)

Rank 20 was the result of the second Porsche Junior Michael Christensen after a bungled race. Driving for the Konrad Motorsport squad, the Dane had taken up the race from ninth on the grid, but made a misjudgement while overtaking, spun and rejoined the race at the back of the field.

Race 13 of the season takes off tomorrow at 9.30 hrs and can be viewed in high quality live on the official Porsche website (www.porsche.com) – with editorial clips prior to the actual live-streaming, live-timing and a commentary in German and English.

As always, on the Monday after the race weekend (27 August), news station N24 televises the 30-minute “Porsche Carrera Cup Magazin” at 18.30 hours. And on Sport1, Carrera Cup highlights will be aired on Saturday, 1 September, from 15.00 to 15.30 hours.

Sean Edwards (winner):

“That was the craziest race of my life. When the safety car phase came to an end I was surprised that René and Jeroen were so early on the throttle. It would have been better for me if the safety car had been deployed again and we could have finished the race. But nevermind. The main thing is that I’m now closer to René in the drivers’ classification.”

Sean Edwards (GB)

Nicki Thiim (second):

“In the first half of the season I experienced a lot of bad luck, now it plagues the others. After my win on the Nürburgring everything’s going smoothly. Tomorrow I start from pole position and I aim to win.”

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Jaap van Lagen (third):

“My start was okay, I started and finished on fifth. At the end of the safety car phase I drove really carefully. I didn’t want to make any mistakes. It’s a shame that the race was stopped. A change to wet tyres would have given the spectators a great show! Now we only receive half the points and that’s a pity.”

Jaap van Lagen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, eighth):

“My starting position was nothing to rave about, so I tried to do better in the race. Because of all the incidents I finished in eighth which is better than I had expected. It was crazy when the rain set in. I told myself to take it easy. What a shame they halted the race, it would have been great fun.”

Klaus Bachler (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, 20th):

“My start was okay and I was able to match the pace in the first laps. When I tried to overtake Jeroen Mul he closed the door on me. We touched and I spun. The mistake was mine. I had to let the entire field go past – and that was an awful feeling. Then the rain started and I was the first driver to pit for wet tyres. Unfortunately, the race was red-flagged a few seconds later.”

 

Michael Christensen (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 07 Zandvoort 2012

Result race 12 
1. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, 15:14.551 minutes
2. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 0.695 seconds
3. Jaap van Lagen (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 1.210
4. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 1.974
5. Clemens Schmid (A), SWITCH IT Lechner Racing, + 2.980
6. Jeroen Mul (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 3.558
7. Sebastiaan Bleekemolen (NL), Team Bleekemolen, + 5.028
8. Klaus Bachler (A), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 8.386
9. Philipp Eng (A), MRS GT-Racing, + 10.141
10. Hoevert Vos (NL), Land-Motorsport, + 10.670

Result amateurs
1. Hoevert Vos (NL), Land-Motorsport, 15:25.221 minutes
2. Wolf Nathan (NL), FE Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 5.275 seconds
3. Bill Barazetti (D), MRS GT-Racing, + 12.607

Driver classification after 12 of 17 races
1. René Rast (D), 175 points
2. Sean Edwards (GB), 167
3. Kévin Estre (F), 131
4. Nicki Thiim (DK), 128
5. Norbert Siedler (A), 125

Amateur classification
1. “Bill Barazetti” (D), 186 points
2. Wolf Nathan (NL), 175
3. Harrie Kolen (NL), 151

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SOURCE: Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland Porsche AG Media Press Database

 

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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, round 5 on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, newcomer Philipp Eng on pole position

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Philipp Eng (A)

 Newcomer Philipp Eng on pole position 

Stuttgart. The season highlight of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland began with a surprise.

On a damp track with dry patches, a complete Nordschleife rookie positioned himself at the front of the 24-strong field. Austria’s Philipp Eng, driving for the MRS GT-Racing squad, snatched pole position at just his fourth qualifying session with the 450 hp 911 GT3 Cup on the world’s most challenging circuit.

Eng lapped the 25.378 kilometre track combining the Grand Prix circuit and the legendary Nordschleife in 9:53.131 minutes.

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Philipp Eng (A)
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A mere 0.294 seconds shy of the pole-sitter, Nicki Thiim (Hermes Attempto Racing) posted the second quickest time.

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Nicki Thiim (DK)
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However, the Dane and winner of round three on the Lausitzring was relegated back to fifth starting position due to a collision at Sunday’s race in the Lausitz.

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Nicki Thiim (DK)
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Instead, Sean Edwards (Great Britain, Team Deutsche Post by tolimit), the third qualifier and two-time winner this season, takes up the four-lap race from the second grid spot.

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Sean Edwards (GB)

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 2012
Sean Edwards (GB)
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The one-hour qualification session for the fifth race of the season run as support to the Nürburgring 24 hour race featured suspense from the first to the last minute as well as swaps at the top of the time sheets.

At first Philipp Eng was sixth but improved from lap to lap until in the dying minutes of the qualifying he popped up at the head of the list – and stayed there although everyone expected him to be ousted by a seasoned campaigner.

Eng is a Carrera Cup rookie with just one guest appearance at the 2011 finale to his credit. The 22-year-old did his mandatory training on the Nordschleife only two days ago at the wheel of his team boss Karsten Molitor’s Porsche 911 GT3. Yesterday’s free practice marked the first outing in a race car on this difficult circuit for the Austrian.

His namesake, Philipp Frommenwiler, is another unfamiliar name in the fiercely-contested one-make race series. Driving for Attempto Racing, the Swiss racer first contested the Carrera Cup in 2011 and concluded his first season as the best newcomer. Because of Nicki Thiim’s penalty, the 22-year-old takes up tomorrow’s race at 11.35 hours from the third grid spot.

Although last year’s Nürburgring winner, René Rast (Germany, Team Deutsche Post by tolimit), managed to secure the fifth fastest qualifying time despite scraping the barrier, he was also bumped down the grid by five positions due to the Lausitzring collision.

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René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 03 –
24h Nürburgring 2012

For this reason, Jaap van Lagen (Netherlands, FE Racing by Land-Motorsport) starts from fourth place.

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Jaap van Lagen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 03 –
24h Nürburgring 2012

Sharing the third grid row are Kévin Estre and Michael Ammermüller (Germany, SWITCH IT Lechner Racing).

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Kévin Estre (F)
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24h Nürburgring 2012

The Frenchman driving for Hermes Attempto Racing currently leads the rookie classification, but he already has one season of experience under his belt. At the end of the 2011 season, Estre took home the ‘Rookie of the Year’ title.

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 2012
Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 03 –
24h Nürburgring 2012

Although the ex-Formula 1 test driver Michael Ammermüller is new to the Carrera Cup, he is not eligible to campaign for rookie honours, as the Bavarian is already 26-years-old.

Porsche-Junior Klaus Bachler made a good showing on the slippery surface in the Eifel after his previous difficulties at the Lausitzring race. At the wheel of the yellow Deutsche Post by tolimit 911, the 20-year-old Austrian takes up the highlight race from eleventh in front of huge crowds lining the Nordschleife.

The second Porsche-Junior, Michael Christensen (Denmark, Konrad Motorsport), was just 16th in qualifying after his sensational third place in the Lausitz.

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The Nordschleife race is aired live by Sport1 tomorrow from 11.35 to 12.35 hrs. Also on the official Porsche website (www.porsche.com), the race is broadcast live exclusively and in high quality – with editorial reports before the actual live-streaming, live-timing and commentary in Germany and English.

The broadcast begins at 11.10 hours. On May 21st, the Monday after the race weekend, news station N24 televises the 30-minute “Porsche Carrera Cup Magazin” at 18.30 hours. Sport1 broadcasts Carrera Cup highlights on Saturday, 26 May, from 17.45 to 18.15 hours.

Philipp Eng (pole-sitter):

“I’m actually totally surprised and I can hardly believe it. I’ve only driven 15 laps on the Nordschleife in a road-legal 911 and yesterday was my very first attempt with a Cup car. My vehicle ran superbly. And I very probably had a bit of luck on my side. But when that happens to you on the Nordschleife then it’s something quite extraordinary.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 2012
Philipp Eng (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 03 –
24h Nürburgring 2012

Sean Edwards (second in qualifying):

“That was a crazy session. At the beginning everything ran well, but later, on each lap, you had to overtake a couple of Clios which were practicing at the same time. I didn’t manage to get a clear lap where there wasn’t a yellow flag out. Still, I’m totally happy with second on the grid.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 2012
Sean Edwards (GB)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 03 –
24h Nürburgring 2012

Philipp Frommenwiler (third in qualifying):

“My qualifying was not so bad. When I take a look at the gap to the top time I think it could have been me on pole position. But I’m actually quite pleased not to start as the leader. This way I can trail along behind at first and that’s not a bad thing.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland 2012
Philipp Frommenwiler (S)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland – 03 –
24h Nürburgring 2012

Klaus Bachler (Porsche-Junior, eleventh qualifier):

“I’m very satisfied with my result. This was my first time on the wet Nordschleife. And it’s really hard because the circuit has all sorts of tarmac surfaces and every corner has a different level of grip. I felt my way step by step, but unfortunately I had to stop in the final lap because the circuit was too dry to turn a quick time with wet tyres.”

Michael Christensen (16th in qualifying):

“Whew, that was an extremely tough qualifying session, but it was certainly a good experience. I couldn’t get the most out of my new tyres when it became drier towards the end. I made the mistake of pushing too hard on the Grand Prix circuit during the warm-up. When I reached the Nordschleife the wet tyres were much too hot for the dry passages.”

Qualifying result
1. Philipp Eng (A), MRS GT-Racing, 9:53.131 minutes
2. Sean Edwards (GB), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, +2.307 seconds
3. Philipp Frommenwiler (CH), Attempto Racing, + 2.455
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL), FE-Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 3.745
5. Kévin Estre (F), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 4.104
6. Michael Ammermüller (D), SWITCH IT Lechner Racing, + 4.585
7. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 0.294*
8. Norbert Siedler (A), Konrad Motorsport, + 6.491
9. Clemens Schmid (A), SWITCH IT Lechner Racing, + 6.491
10. René Rast (D), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit, + 2.634*
* set back 5 grid positions

Amateurs
1. Peter Scharmach (NZ), GT3 Cup Middle East, + 14.336
2. Hoevert Vos (NL), Land-Motorsport, + 17.716
3. Pascal Bour (F), BG Racing, +25.630

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René Rast wins turbulent season opener, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, rd 1 Hockenheim

René Rast wins turbulent season

Nicolas Armindo (F), René Rast (D), Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Stuttgart. A perfect start to the season for René Rast (Germany).

René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

The one-make cup professional driving for Team Deutsche Post by tolimit – Team Pole Promotion won the first race of the Carrera Cup Deutschland in Hockenheim with an 8.851-second advantage.

Nicolas Armindo (F)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Second place went to Frenchman Nicolas Armindo (Attempto Racing). After a weak season last year, the 2010 champion has kicked of his 2012 campaign impressively.

Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Michael Ammermüller (SWITCH IT Lechner Racing) from Germany was overjoyed with his third spot on the podium. Germany’s fastest one-brand series is contested with identical Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers.

Nicolas Armindo (F), René Rast (D), Michael Ammermüller (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

The 450 hp GT race car is based on the lightweight street-legal 911 GT3 RS sports car.

Taking up the race from pole position, Sean Edwards (Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) won the sprint to the first corner. The Briton lost his lead briefly to French newcomer Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing), but the stalwart quickly grabbed it back.

Kévin Estre (F)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Last year’s vice-champion drove a controlled race at the head of the field followed by his teammate René Rast and managed to pull clear of his pursuers bit by bit – until tyre damage in lap six threw him out of contention.

Michael Ammermüller celebrated a brilliant debut with position three after the ex-Formula 1 test driver narrowly missed out on a podium spot last weekend clinching fourth at the Porsche Supercup round in Bahrain.

Jaap van Lagen (NL)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Behind the Lechner pilot, Jaap van Lagen (FE-Racing by Land-Motorsport) came fourth over the finish line. The Dutchman, who made up one position on his qualifying result, was one of the six race winners last year with his victory at Spielberg in Austria.

Philipp Eng (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Philipp Eng was the surprise of the day in fifth. Driving for MRS GT-Racing, the Austrian has experience in a Carrera Cup race from one event as a guest starter at the 2011 finale in Hockenheim. With his fifth place, the youngster who has also tested a Formula 1 car, planted himself at the head of the newly-created rookie classification in the Carrera Cup.

Norbert Siedler (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Behind him came his compatriot Norbert Siedler, the current leader of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. After experiencing a difficult practice session, the Konrad Motorsport pilot was satisfied with his success in gaining ground and the first point.

Nicki Thiim (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

The Dane Nicki Thiim (Hermes Attempto Racing) clinched seventh place ahead of newcomer Elia Erhart (Marschall Goebel Racing).

Elia Erhart (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

The Porsche Juniors, Klaus Bachler and Michael Christensen, made a good start to the season. Driving for the Deutsche Post by tolimit squad, the Austrian was running in eighth place when he had to pit with tyre problems. After a change of tyres, 20-year-old Bachler rejoined the race far down the field, but was able to match the pace of the frontrunners and saw the flag in 17th.

Klaus Bachler (A)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Driving for Konrad Motorsport, Denmark’s Klaus Bachler lost the front lip of his 911 in the turmoil of the race. Despite the heavy understeer that resulted from this, the 21-year-old still managed to bring home ninth place from his debut race.

Michael Christensen (DK)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

The grid line-up for race two on Sunday is determined by the fastest lap time from the qualifying session. Sean Edwards and Jaap van Lagen start from the first row, with Kévin Estre and René Rast sharing the second.

Taking up Sunday’s race from the third grid row are Nicki Thiim and Philipp Eng.

The race tomorrow starts at 9.30 hrs and is broadcast live on the official Porsche website (www.porsche.com) in high-quality – with editorial clips prior to the actual live-streaming, live-timing and commentary in German and English. On 30 April, the Monday after the race weekend, news station N24 televises the 30-minute “Porsche Carrera Cup Magazin” at 18.30 hours. Sport1 broadcasts Carrera Cup highlights on Tuesday, 1 May, from 16.30 to 17.00 hours.

René Rast (D)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

René Rast (winner):

“I’m of course extremely happy with my race. I started from third on the grid and won. I had a little bit of race luck on my side, which was at the same time a shame for my teammate Sean and our squad. We don’t yet know where the tyre damage came from, but we still have a chance to secure a good team result tomorrow.”

Nicolas Armindo (F)
Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Nicolas Armindo (second):

“It feels great to climb the podium again. It’s been a long time coming. I was certainly not the fastest today, but with some cleverness and a little luck it was enough for a podium result.”

Michael Ammermüller (third):

“I’m happy to have come from eighth and finished third at my first race. I hadn’t expected that. I had anticipated at best fifth place. I’m sure I had Lady Luck on my side today, but my car was also really well set-up.”

Michael Christensen (Porsche Junior, ninth):

“After a difficult qualifying we managed to find a good race set-up for my car. I thought the start would be hard but it went really well. I got caught up in traffic, the front lip of my 911 ripped off in the turmoil and had to contend with understeer. I then had to cope with a puncture towards the end. So I told myself, just take it easy and get to the finish.”

Klaus Bachler (Porsche Junior, 17th):

“My start wasn’t that great, but afterwards I drove a steady race. I waited for the drivers in front of me to make a mistake and then made the most of it. In this way I could move up the field and was even running in eighth when a tyre problem forced me into the pits.”

Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland - 01 Hockenheimring 2012

Race 1 result
1. René Rast (D), Team Deutsche Post by tolimit/Pole Promotion, 24:27.506 minutes
2. Nicolas Armindo (F), Attempto Racing, + 8.851 seconds
3. Michael Ammermüller (D), SWITCH IT Lechner Racing, + 10.772
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL) FE-Racing by Land-Motorsport, + 13.446
5. Philipp Eng (A), MRS GT-Racing, + 14.151
6. Norbert Siedler (A), Konrad Motorsport, + 18.990
7. Nicki Thiim (DK), Hermes Attempto Racing, + 22.755
8. Elia Erhart (D), Marschall Goebel Racing, + 27.711
9. Michael Christensen (DK), Konrad Motorsport, + 35.981
10. Thomas Pivoda (CZ), Konrad Motorsport, + 38.091

Points’ standings after 1 of 17 races
Driver
1. René Rast (D), 20 points
2. Nicolas Armindo (F), 18
3. Michael Ammermüller (D), 16
4. Jaap van Lagen (NL), 14
5. Philipp Eng (A), 12

Teams
1. Deutsche Post by tolimit, 24 points
2. Attempto Racing, 18
3. Konrad Motorsport, 17

Amateur classification
1. Harrie Kolen (NL), Land-Motorsport, 20 points
2. ‘Bill Barazetti’ (D), MRS GT-Racing, 18
3. Christina Nielsen (DK), Farnbacher ESET Racing, 16

Rookie classification:
1. Philipp Eng (A), MRS GT-Racing, 12 points
2. Elia Erhart (D), Marschall Goebel Racing, 8
3. Michael Christensen (DK), Konrad Motorsport, 7

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PORSCHE NEWS: Qualifying at Le Mans 24 Hours

“We made the most out of what was possible”

Stuttgart. The first step is taken with success. Porsche customer teams from all over Europe and the USA have secured good grid positions after the qualifying sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports (l.-r.): Jörg Bergmeister, Lucas Luhr, Patrick Long, Seth Neiman, Spencer Pumpelly, Darren Law

The fastest Porsche driver, works pilot Marc Lieb (Germany), planted the Felbermayr 911 GT3 RSR on seventh in the GTE Pro class. Lieb competes for last year’s winning team with works drivers Richard Lietz (Austria) and Wolf Henzler (Germany). Four other 2011-spec 911 GT3 RSR take up the race in the GTE Pro category. In the GTE Am class, three 911 GT3 RSR from last year take off into the 79th edition of the long distance classic on Saturday at 15.00 hours from positions two, three and four.

(l.-r.): Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Wolf Henzler

“We’re satisfied with our preparations and are feeling confident for the race,” said two-time Le Mans winner Marc Lieb. “In the practice sessions, we managed to find a good set-up for our 911 for the challenges of this marathon and the very special, highly demanding race track.”

Richard Lietz, who has also notched up two wins at the world’s toughest automobile race, added:

“The handling of our 911 GT3 RSR is neutral and comfortable. This means that the car tends neither towards oversteer nor understeer. This works in favour of Marc, Wolf and I because our driving styles are similar.”

  Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Team Felbermayr-Proton

The crew of the #75 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR also finished the qualifying without problems. Porsche factory pilot Marco Holzer (Germany) clinched the ninth grid spot for the ProSpeed Competition squad.

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Prospeed Competition (l.-r.): Marc Goossens, Jaap van Lagen, Marco Holzer

(l.-r.): Jaap van Lagen, Marco Holzer, Marc Goossens

“Today we worked on our race set-up,” said Holzer. “Yes, we were faster yesterday but our car was rather twitchy, and that wouldn’t have been optimal over the race distance. There are a couple of damn fast corners here in Le Mans so you need a car that you can trust. And now we have that car.”

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Prospeed Competition: Marc Goossens, Marco Holzer, Jaap van Lagen

Joining forces with the 22-year-old is Le Mans veteran Marc Goossens (Bel-gium) as well as Le Mans rookie Jaap van Lagen (Netherlands).

  Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Flying Lizard Motorsports: Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Lucas Luhr

A damaged damper and an accident threw the schedule of the Flying Lizard Motorsports into disarray.

“Because of the faulty shock absorber we worked in the wrong direction for a long time during yesterday’s practice session,” explained Porsche works driver Joerg Bergmeister (Germany). “Then we lost time when a competitor spun and I couldn’t avoid him. The repairs were extensive. We decided to forget about turning an extra qualifying lap and instead we concentrated totally on finding a set-up.”

(l.-r.): Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, Lucas Luhr

Bergmeister takes up the marathon on Saturday with his works driver colleague Patrick Long (USA)

Lucas Luhr

and Germany’s Lucas Luhr from 12th position in the GTE Pro class.

 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Team Felbermayr-Proton: Nick Tandy, Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Bryce Miller

Grid position 14 went to Nick Tandy in the second 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Felbermayr-Proton. The Briton currently leads the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup series as well as the German Carrera Cup, but this marks his first race in Le Mans. His teammates are Abdulaziz Al Faisal from Saudi Arabia and Bryce Miller from the USA.

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, IMSA Performance Matmut (l.-r.): Patrick Pilet, Raymond Narac, Nicolas Armindo

The French IMSA Performance Matmut squad had counted on a better grid position than 16th. Still, after team owner Raymond Narac’s accident during the first free practice, Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet, Narac and Le Mans newcomer Nicolas Armindo (all France) could only begin their set-up work this afternoon and therefore lag be-hind.

  (l.-r.): Raymond Narac, Nicolas Armindo, Patrick Pilet

In the GTE Am sports car class, Austrian Horst Felbermayr Junior qualified the 911 GT3 RSR of Proton Competition on second place. His teammates are Horst Felber-mayr Senior and team owner Christian Ried (Germany).

(l.-r.): Horst Felbermayr Sr., Christian Ried, Horst Felbermayr Jr.

Position three was snatched by Larbre Competition’s

Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Larbre Competition (l.-r.): Pascal Gibon, Jean-Philippe Belloc, Christophe Bourret

all French line-up of Christophe Bourret, Pascal Gibon and Jean-Philippe Belloc.

(l.-r.): Pascal Gibon, Jean-Philippe Belloc, Christophe Bourret

Grid spot four in the GTE Am class went to Americans Seth Neiman, Darren Law and Spencer Pumpelly from the Flying Lizard Motorsports team.

(l.-r.): Spencer Pumpelly, Seth Neiman, Darren Law

Porsche’s head of motorsport, Hartmut Kristen, praised the teams’ professional preparations for the race.

“They all worked hard to find an optimal set-up. Taking the Balance of Performance into account, the teams made the most out of what was possible.”

The race gets the green light at 15.00 hours on Saturday, 11th June. Television stations Eurosport and Eurosport 2 broadcast the race alternately around the clock with 15 hours of live coverage shown on the main station, Eurosport.

Result Qualifying GTE Pro
1. Farfus/Müller/Werner (BR/D/D), BMW M3 GT, 3:57.592 minutes
2. Fisichella/Bruni/Vilander (I/I/FIN), Ferrari 458 Italia, + 0.448 seconds
3. Priaulx/Müller/Hand (GB/D/USA), BMW M3 GT, + 0.834
4. Gavin/Magnussen/Westbrook (GB/DK/GB), Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1, + 1,927
7. Lieb/Lietz/Henzler (D/A/D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.070
9. Holzer/Goossens/van Lagen (D/B/NL), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.370
12. Bergmeister/Long/Luhr (D/USA/D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 3.432
14. Tandy/Al Faisal/Miller (GB/SAU/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR + 4.160
16. Pilet/Narac/Armindo (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 4.956

Result Qualifying GTE Am
1. Perazzini/Cioci/Breslin (I/I/D), Ferrari F430, 4:21.015 minutes
2. Ried/Felbermayr Jr./Felbermayr Sen. (D/A/A), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.250 seconds
3. Bourret/Gibon/Belloc (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.366
4. Neiman/Law/Pumpelly (USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 2.636

Facts and figures

This is the Le Mans 24 Hours

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With a grid line-up of 55 vehicles, the 24 Hours of Le Mans consists of two different sports car categories: sports prototypes and modified standard sports cars. The technical regulations of the European Le Mans Series (LMS) and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) correspond to those of the 24 hour race. All race cars start to-gether in Le Mans; there is an overall classification and a classification for individual classes.

The four classes in Le Mans:
GTE Pro class: The most popular class of car manufacturers (formerly run as the GT2 class) is traditionally the best supported: Modified sports cars with up to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms.
GTE Am class: Like the GTE-Pro, but with the 2010-vehicle specifications. More-over, the regulations stipulate that each vehicle must have one professional driver at the most.
LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a 900 kilogram minimum weight.
LMP2 class: Sports prototypes of around 440 hp, GT-class homologated engines and a 900 kg minimum weight.

SOURCE: Porsche Database https://presse.porsche.de.

Photo Credits: Porsche AG and from Flying Lizards Motorsports Photographer Bob Chapman, Autosport Image

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PORSCHE: Le Mans 24 Hours – Strong contingent of Porsche customer teams with eight 911 GT3 RSR

Strong contingent of Porsche customer teams with eight 911 GT3 RSR

Stuttgart. Five teams, eight vehicles, 24 pilots: Porsche customer teams from Europe and the USA are particularly well represented at the 79th running of the long distance classic in Le Mans on 11/12 June.

At the toughest automobile race in the world they field a total of eight Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the two sports car classes: GTE Pro and GTE Am. All Porsche works drivers compete – including last year’s winning trio, Marc Lieb (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Wolf Henzler (Germany). With 16 overall and 98 class victories, Porsche is by far the most successful make in Le Mans.

The race

Run for the first time in 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has become a legend. It is considered the toughest automobile race in the world. With 55 sports cars, the start alone guarantees goose bumps. Tens of thousands of fans flock to the town square of Le Mans to see the technical scrutineering. And for the traditional drivers’ parade which leads from the track to the city centre in the Sarthe region on Friday afternoon, enthusiastic fans line the streets.

The circuit

The 13.629 kilometre “Circuit des 24 Heures” is one of the world’s oldest and fastest race tracks. With around 75 percent of a lap taken at full throttle, the circuit is regarded as a serious test for the reliability of man and machine.

The world fame of the track is thanks not least to the legendary Hunaudières straight, where top speeds of up to 400 kph were reached before it was tamed by two chicanes in 1990. Also the ultra-swift passage with the Porsche curves demands everything from race drivers.

Porsche’s successes

Exactly 60 years ago, the maiden outing of a race car from Zuffenhausen marked the beginning of the unprecedented success story of Porsche in Le Mans. Even in the early years, typical Porsche virtues – like lightweight construction, aerodynamics and reliability – played a prominent role in the many class wins. However, the path to the first overall win was rocky. In 1969, in the closest Le Mans finish in history, Porsche missed out on victory by a mere 75 metres or a good one second.

But the breakthrough in 1970 was all the more convincing. On 14 June, drivers Hans Herrmann and Richard Attwood celebrated the first overall victory with the legendary Porsche 917 short-tail, with two other Porsche teams making the triumph perfect with second and third place. Fifteen further overall wins followed – and last year,

  (l.-r.): Wolf Henzler, Michael Ried, Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz

Porsche factory pilots Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Wolf Henzler clinched the 98th class win in the 911 GT3 RSR.

The Porsche drivers

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With the same line-up, last year’s winners return to the site of their success. For Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz, 2010 yielded their second class wins in Le Mans (after 2005 and 2007 respectively). Wolf Henzler climbed to the top of the podium for the first time. Title defender Felbermayr-Proton fields the 2011-version of the 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE Pro class.

The American Flying Lizard Motorsports team competes with the punchy works driver pairing Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) at the wheel of a 911 in the Pro-category. Together, they claimed a Le Mans class win in 2004, with Patrick Long also achieving success in 2007. The multiple champions of the American Le Mans Series receive support from Lucas Luhr (Switzerland), who celebrated GT wins in Le Mans with Porsche in 2002 and 2003.

The French Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet shares driving duties with his compatriots Raymond Narac and Nicolas Armindo in the 911 GT3 RSR of IMSA Performance Matmut. Whilst team owner Narac has extensive experience in Le Mans, Armindo, as reigning champion of the Carrera Cup Deutschland, gives his debut at the endurance classic.

The youngest Porsche works driver, Marco Holzer (Germany), drives for the Belgian ProSpeed Competition team. The 22-year-old celebrated his Le Mans premiere in 2010 with a podium result. He shares the cockpit of the GTE Pro 911 with Marc Goossens (Belgium) and Jaap van Lagen (Netherlands).

At the wheel of the fifth 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE Pro class, also fielded by Felbermayr-Proton, are Britain’s Nick Tandy – the current leader of the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup and the Carrera Cup Deutschland – as well as Bryce Miller (USA) and Abdulaziz Faisal (Saudi Arabia).

Racing in the GTE Am sports car category, in which only one professional race driver per vehicle is permitted, are three further 2010-spec 911 GT3 RSR. Taking up the challenge for Flying Lizard Motorsports are Americans Seth Neiman, Darren Law and Spencer Pumpelly, for Proton Competition are team boss Christian Ried (Germany) as well as Austrians Horst Felbermayr Senior and Junior. And Frenchmen Christophe Bourret, Pascal Gibon and Jean-Philippe Belloc race for Larbre Competition.

Two further Porsche works drivers again compete for Audi in the more powerful LMP1 class: Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) join forces with Audi works driver Mike Rockenfeller (Germany) and are eager to repeat their overall victory from last year.

Quotes before the race

Marc Lieb: “When you think of Le Mans you get goose bumps. It’s great to be racing with Richard and Wolf for our Felbermayr-Team again. Victory last year took a huge effort. Now the competition is even stronger. In our class alone, 18 cars from six well known manufacturers are fighting for victory. Even if the full throttle passage suits our car, the race will be a damn hard nut to crack.”

Richard Lietz: “With two Le Mans class wins under your belt of course you don’t mind travelling to the Sarthe. Le Mans for me is something special because you get action all week long. As a driver you can get really close to fans, you’re signing autographs practically non-stop.”

Joerg Bergmeister: “When you take a look at the names on the starter list you first have swallow hard. It’s going to be tough! We’re really well sorted this year with Flying Lizard. Last year we experienced bad luck in Le Mans. A podium place would be a great reward for the team.”

Patrick Long: “I love the challenges of this circuit, especially the fast, flowing corners. Now that’s great fun in a well set-up 911. I’m particularly looking forward to racing with Joerg this year. And Lucas Luhr fits in well with us. We’re a strong combination.”

Patrick Pilet: “We’ll be going all out, but we also want to enjoy the event. The circuit and the atmosphere are unique. For my driver colleagues and the team, our home race in Le Mans is of course the highlight of the season.”

Marco Holzer: “To stand on the top of the podium in Le Mans is incomparable. Below you thousands of people are swarming around the race track and cheering. It’s something you never forget. And it was even better that I did it as a rookie in 2010. My goal this year is to repeat this success.”

Hartmut Kristen, Porsche Head of Motorsport: “Our customer teams and we face even bigger challenges through the division into the two sports car classes GTE Pro and GTE Am because different vehicles are fielded: in the Pro class we have the 2011 version of the 911 GT3 RSR, in the Am class we have 911 race cars in the previous year’s spec. That the event organizer ACO has issued many special dispensations specific to models and that there is now the ‘balance of performance’ in Le Mans means for our customers in the GTE Pro category that there is no real equality of arms. Regardless of this, we and our teams will prepare ourselves well and we’ll turn to all the factors that we can influence.”

The schedule

Free practice is on Wednesday, 8 June, from 16.00 to 20.00 hours. Following on from that is the first qualifying session for the best grid spots from 22.00 hrs to midnight. The second and third qualifying sessions are scheduled for Thursday, 19.00 to 21.00 hrs and from 22.00 to 24.00 hrs. On Saturday, 11 June, the lights turn green at 15.00 hours signalling the start of the 24 hour chase.

TV tip

Eurosport broadcasts extensive coverage from Le Mans on its free-to-view station and the Pay-TV channel Eurosport 2. From Monday, 6 June, the latest preliminary reports and background stories will be televised daily on Eurosport under the title of “24 minutes before Le Mans”. The free practice, the final qualifying and the warm-up will also be shown. Around 15 hours of the race can be seen live on the main station.

Facts and figures

This is the Le Mans 24 Hours

With grid line-up of 55 vehicles, the 24 Hours of Le Mans consists of two different sports car categories: sports prototypes and modified standard sports cars. The technical regulations of the European Le Mans Series (LMS) and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) correspond to those of the 24 hour race. All race cars start together in Le Mans; there is an overall classification and a classification for individual classes.

The four classes in Le Mans:

GTE Pro class: The most popular class of car manufacturers (formerly run as the GT2 class) is traditionally the best supported: Modified sports cars with up to 500 hp and a minimum weight of 1,245 kilograms.

GTE Am class: Like the GTE-Pro, but with the 2010-vehicle specifications. Moreover, the regulations stipulate that each vehicle must have one professional driver at the most.

LMP1 class: Sports prototypes with up to 550 hp and a 900 kilogram minimum weight.

LMP2 class: Sports prototypes of around 440 hp, GT-class homologated engines and a 900 kg minimum weight.

SOURCE: Porsche AG

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