June 15th, 2018

Posted in Porsche Blog, Racing / Auto Blog by Randy Wells

LE MANS 2018 WEEKEND

From the Porsche Newsroom:

“180 drivers and 60 vehicles will fight for victory at Le Mans. With four 510 hp Porsche 911 RSRs contesting the GTE-Pro class, Porsche fields the largest GT works contingent in the company’s history at the 13.626-kilometre Circuit des 24 Heures.”

“Four customer squads run an additional six 911 RSR in the GTE-Am class. At the test day, fans saw the two works cars with the starting numbers 91 and 92 sporting the traditional Le Mans livery from the 1970s and 1980s for the first time on the track. With 19 overall victories and 105 class wins, Porsche is a record holder at Le Mans.”

This is going to be a good weekend…

(Photo: Courtesy of Porsche AG)

UPDATE 6/17/18: Toyota finally took its maiden victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours, with the #8 car of Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima leading a one-two for the manufacturer. On its 70th anniversary, Porsche claimed GTE Pro class victory, with its pair of retro-themed, Manthey-run 911 RSRs taking a 1-2 finish. The ‘Pink Pig’-themed #92 entry driven by Kevin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor held its advantage, finishing 17th overall – beating the #91 Rothmans-coloured Porsche and the best of the Fords, Ferraris, Corvettes and BMWs. Honours in the GTE Am class went to the #77 Dempsey-Proton Porsche crew of Julien Andlauer, Christian Ried and Matt Campbell, by a little under two minutes over the #54 Spirit of Race Ferrari.

Happy Father’s Day!