Porsche celebrates double victory at Le Mans 24-hour marathon

Frédéric Makowiecki (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Our car was very fast, but we simply couldn’t keep up with our sister car, which was incredibly consistent. For over an hour I battled hard with a competitor for second place. That makes my job as a race driver really fun, but we couldn’t make up ground in this phase. I’m thrilled for the team with our second place at Le Mans. We’ll be back next year to fight for victory.”

Gianmaria Bruni (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “This double victory is fantastic – for Porsche and our team. We had a great race and a great fight with our #92 sister car. We tried everything but our team colleagues didn’t make any mistakes and they deserve this win.”

Richard Lietz (Porsche 911 RSR #91): “Today is a banner day for Porsche – this double win is a wonderful gift for the 70th anniversary. It was a great race, and it doesn’t get much better than first and second place. This shows that GT racing is the future and we need to invest in it.”

Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (91), Gianmaria Bruni (I), Richard Lietz (A), Frederic Makowiecki (F), Le Mans 2018
Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (91), Gianmaria Bruni (I), Richard Lietz (A), Frederic Makowiecki (F), Le Mans 2018

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #93): “It’s disappointing, of course, not to be further ahead. But we accept the good races with the bad. It was great to see that our car’s pace was good and we could match the frontrunners. Unfortunately, technical problems threw us back considerably. It just wasn’t our race this year.”

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #93): “Unfortunately we lost precious time swapping out an alternator and we couldn’t regain that time. But I’m really pleased for Laurens Vanthoor. We share a cockpit in the IMSA Weathertech. In two weeks, two Le Mans winners will climb into the cockpit at Watkins Glen.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #93): “It was a difficult race. At times we were running with the leaders and had a very fast car. But a technical problem then threw us down the field. We were determined to finish the race and we finished on eleventh. But that’s how it is at Le Mans. We’ll try again next year.”

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