GT Preview – World Endurance Championship WEC, Round 5, Mexico City/Mexico
The six-hour race at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City on 3 September marks the start of the second half of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship season. The Porsche GT Team fields two new 911 RSR in the GTE-Pro class on the racetrack at an elevation of 2,310 metres. The 510 hp 911 RSR racer celebrated its maiden victory on July 22, 2017, at the American IMSA SportsCar Championship race in Lime Rock. This is the second time that Mexico has hosted a WEC round. Like at the 2016 premiere, fans can again look forward to a gripping race with fierce duelling, particularly in the GT-Pro class. The Balance of Performance, which was created to ensure that all vehicles of different concepts compete on the same performance level, has been readjusted for this race. Next up after Mexico are the WEC rounds in the USA, Japan, China and Bahrain.
With the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico has paid tribute to its racing legends Pedro Rodriguez and Ricardo Rodriguez. The 4.421-kilometre racetrack with its 17 corners can look back on an eventful past. Since Jim Clark won the Formula 1 race there in 1963, the circuit has been closed on and off for renovations and then reopened. The corner combination at the end of the back straight is exceptional: It runs through the Foro Sol, a former baseball stadium that can seat 26,000 spectators.
The Porsche drivers
Four works drivers and a Porsche Young Professional compete for the Porsche GT Team: Richard Lietz (Austria) and Frédéric Makowiecki (France) share the cockpit of the #91 Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE-Pro class. They kicked off the season with third place at Silverstone and clinched second recently on the Nürburgring. Their team colleagues Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Kévin Estre (France), who finished third at the Nürburgring, man the #92 car. In the GTE-Am class, the Porsche customer squad Dempsey Proton Racing fields a 911 RSR from the 2015 model year. The drivers of the #77 vehicle are the Porsche Young Professional Matteo Cairoli (Italy) as well as Christian Ried and Marvin Dienst from Germany. So far this season, they have achieved a victory at the Nürburgring, third place at Silverstone and second in Spa-Francorchamps.
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