New 911 RSR takes up Le Mans debut from fourth grid row

GT Qualifying – World Endurance Championship WEC, Round 3, Le Mans 24 Hours/France

The fight for pole position for the 24 Hours of Le Mans was fierce and gripping to the end. In the qualifying sessions until midnight Thursday on the 13.629-kilometre Circuit des 24 Heures, 60 vehicles battled hard for the best grid positions at the French long-distance classic. In the traditionally strongly supported GTE-Pro class, in which five automobile manufacturers pit themselves against each other, the new Porsche 911 RSR with the starting number 92 turned the seventh fastest qualifying lap, narrowly missing out on one of the front spots by a mere 1.010 seconds. Porsche Motorsport in Weissach designed the 510 hp race car based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car. This is its maiden Le Mans campaign. Sharing driving duties in the #92 contender are Michael Christensen (Denmark), Kévin Estre (France) and Dirk Werner (Germany). The second 911 RSR (#91) fielded by the Porsche GT Team and manned by Richard Lietz (Austria) and his French teammates Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet take up the endurance race from the 13th grid spot.

Porsche 911 RSR (91), Porsche GT Team: Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Frederic Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR (91), Porsche GT Team: Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Frederic Makowiecki

The swiftest Porsche in the GTE-Am class, in which three customer teams field four 2015-spec 911 RSR, was the number 77 car run by Dempsey Proton Racing in fourth. One of the drivers is the Porsche Young Professional, Matteo Cairoli (Italy).

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