Porsche claims class victory in Le Mans

The success streak of the new Porsche GT3 RSR continues. One week after securing overall victory at the Nürburgring 24 hour race, the Weissach-developed and built GT sportscar won the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a six-lap advantage over the second-placed Ferrari, the French customer team Imsa Performance pocketed its first success in Le Mans with the two works drivers Richard Lietz (Austria) and Patrick Long (USA) together with Raymond Narac (France). For the near-standard GT race car based on the Porsche GT3, this marked the eighth success out of nine long distance events at the Sarthe.

“My first race in Le Mans and now I’m climbing to the top of the podium – that’s just crazy,” smiled Lietz as he celebrated the greatest success of his career. “We reduced our speed in the last seven hours to conserve our car and were able to control the pace at the top of the GT2 class,” analysed his team mate Long.

Third position after a race marked with changeable weather conditions went to the Porsche customer team Autorlando with drivers Lars Erik Nielsen (Denmark), Allan Simonsen (Denmark) and Pierre Ehret (Germany). After 24 hours the 470 hp Porsche GT3 RSR crossed the finish line ten laps behind the winning Porsche.

“Congratulations and compliments to our customer teams. Imsa Performance and Autorlando have shown that the new GT3 RSR is just as much the car to beat as its predecessor,” said the delighted head of Porsche motorsport, Hartmut Kristen.