Torrential rain and difficult track conditions made just the right ingredients for a sterling showing of the Porsche teams in Spa-Francorchamps. At race six of the International GT Open on Belgium’s challenging 7.4 kilometre circuit, works driver Marco Holzer (Germany) and Manthey pilot Nick Tandy (Great Britain) clinched their third win of the season driving a 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Manthey-Racing. The pair saw the flag 34 seconds ahead of the second-placed Porsche team with works driver Patrick Pilet and his compatriot Raymond Narac. The Frenchmen saw the chequered flag almost half a minute ahead of the third finisher. Read more
Less than four minutes were missing for Porsche to clinch its 99th class win at the Le Mans 24 Hours. With the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by the IMSA Performance Matmut team, Frenchman Nicolas Armindo, Raymond Narac and Anthony Pons had led the field just a few laps before the flag dropped on the 80th running of the long distance classic in the Sarthe. But in the final minutes, tyre damage robbed the 2011-spec 911 of all hopes for victory. Nevertheless, the joy over second place was huge for the French Porsche customer team. Read more
Tough Sebring 12 Hour Race Tests New Porsche Race Car; Customer Teams Score Valuable Points to Contest American Le Mans Series, World Endurance Championship
Sebring, Fla. – March 17 – Debuting a new race car is always a challenge, but doing so at America’s roughest sports car circuit is enough to humble even a proud champion like Porsche. Read more
Chicago, IL As part of its annual press conference at Le Mans on Thursday, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest unveiled the 55 entries and 10 reserves for this year’s twice-around-the-clock June classic. Led by a continued strong factory contingent of manufacturers with Peugeot, Audi and Aston Martin in the premier LMP1 ranks, three automakers – BMW, Jaguar and Ford – make their return to Circuit de La Sarthe in the production-based categories.
Peugeot and Audi will again square off with three cars each in the twice-around-the-clock French marathon.
Defending Le Mans winners Team Peugeot Total lead the way with three Peugeot 908 HDi-FAPs, while Audi Sport Team Joest return with a trio of Audi R15 ‘Plus’ TDIs. Aston Martin Racing is again represented but with two Lola-Aston Martins instead of the three entered last year. Team ORECA Matmut gains two entries – one being the customer Peugeot 908 and the other for its AIM-powered ORECA 01.