Porsche celebrates double victory at Le Mans 24-hour marathon

 

Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #56): “We experienced a race of mixed fortunes. At one point things looked really promising for us and we were within striking distance of second place. However, unfortunately we were hampered by brake problems towards the end of the race and fell back. But we’ve gained a lot of valuable experience, which will help us in the future.”

Julien Andlauer (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “At 18 years of age I was given the chance to contest Le Mans for the first time and then we won. I’m very proud of the whole team and I can’t really believe it yet. Now I’m the youngest Le Mans winner, incredible.”

Christina Nielsen (Porsche 911 RSR #80): “Sixth place is a very good result, because this was our first time at Le Mans. We worked hard and made very few mistakes. I’m very proud of the whole team. We will improve and hopefully be back next year to compete.”

Porsche 911 RSR, Dempsey Proton Racing (77), Julien Andlauer (F), Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (D), Le Mans 2018
Porsche 911 RSR, Dempsey Proton Racing (77), Julien Andlauer (F), Matt Campbell (AUS), Christian Ried (D), Le Mans 2018

Ben Barker (Porsche 911 RSR #86): “Unfortunately we couldn’t bring home the result we wanted after 24 hours. The car was very fast over the entire race distance, even after our accident. The team did a brilliant job and made no mistakes. The accident at the start was simply bad luck.”

Matteo Cairoli (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “I’m very disappointed that we retired. The suspension broke and I couldn’t save the car unfortunately. It was a blessing in disguise that it didn’t happen in a high-speed passage on the track. Then things could have been a lot different.”

Patrick Long (Porsche 911 RSR #99): “It was great fun driving the car here. I particularly enjoyed the night stints. The lights on the new 911 RSR are a great development. We’re very pleased about our sister car’s victory in the GTE-Pro class.”

Patrick Dempsey, co-owner Dempsey-Proton Racing: “I’m lost for words. Everyone did a fantastic job, it was a victory for the whole team. The race was incredible, we made no mistakes and our work was rewarded with this great success. I can’t tell you how incredibly proud and happy I am for Porsche, too.”

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