Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, round 2, Silverstone/Great Britain
The Porsche customer team Herberth Motorsport scored a podium spot at round two of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup at Silverstone (UK). On Sunday, the all-German line-up of Jürgen Häring, Edward-Lewis Brauner and Wolfgang Triller secured third in the Am-class. Manthey-Racing narrowly missed out on a top ten placing. The three Porsche works drivers Romain Dumas, Frédéric Makowiecki (both France) and Dirk Werner (Germany) contested the category for professional drivers sharing a Porsche 911 GT3 R and finished the race eleventh in a 25-car field. On the 5.901-kilometre Formula 1 circuit northwest of London, a total of 50 GT3 vehicles from twelve manufacturers competed in four different classifications.
Dumas, Makowiecki and Werner took up the race from eighth on the grid. In the jostling throng of the start, however, Makowiecki had to relinquish several positions, and the well-balanced Pro-class competition hampered a better result. The German-French trio were flagged off after three hours as eleventh overall.
In a repeat of the season-opener at Monza in mid-April, the Herberth Motorsport squad from Jedenhofen, Germany, fielded a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Sharing the cockpit of the 500 hp customer sport racer from Weissach, Häring, Brauner and Triller tackled the classification for gentlemen drivers. Triller, the defending champion of the B-category in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, excelled in the final stint with a consistently fast pace and moved up the field from fifth to third in the #991 car.
The Silverstone race took place in sunshine and 25-degree temperatures and was the second round to run over 180 minutes after Monza. Next up on the calendar is the six-hour race at Le Castellet, France, on 2 June, which will start in the late afternoon and run into the night.
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