Porsche pilots second in the world championship

Comments on the race

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “We were only narrowly beaten in the debut season of the 911 RSR. Like the last race of the season, all the other races in the GTE-Pro class were extremely competitive. Spectators were treated to truly spectacular racing. Unfortunately, our number 92 car was often hit by competitors. In 2018 we’ll return with the goal of winning the world championship. Congratulations to our Dempsey Proton Racing customer squad for securing second place in the drivers’ classification of the FIA Endurance Trophy.”
Richard Lietz (911 RSR #91): “We did a lot of things right in this first season with the new 911 RSR. Ultimately, we were in a position to fight for the drivers’ world championship. In today’s race, we tried several courageous measures and learned a lot, albeit a little too late. Nevertheless, I take my hat off to the team for being so brave. We were beaten by a very strong opponent. For the 2018/2019 season, we now have to prepare even more intensively in order to fight for victories and the world championship title.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (911 RSR #91): “Congratulations to the whole team for a great season. We faced very strong opposition with a completely new car and with big expectations. And in this first year we’ve achieved several commendable successes and learned a great deal. But this season always underlined that we have to keep pushing.”

Porsche 911 RSR (91), Porsche GT Team Richard Lietz, Frederic Makowiecki Porsche 911 RSR (92), Porsche GT Team Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre.jpg
Porsche 911 RSR (91), Porsche GT Team Richard Lietz, Frederic Makowiecki Porsche 911 RSR (92), Porsche GT Team Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre.jpg

Michael Christensen (911 RSR #92): “We fell behind in the first stint. Our engineers then opted for a different strategy – and Kevin drove an incredible stint. It was fantastic to watch how he fought his way to the top. I rejoined the race in third place, overtook the first Ferrari and had a collision with the Toyota. He came out of nowhere, completely unexpectedly, I couldn’t see him in the blind spot and so I had no chance to avoid the collision. Obviously, this is a disappointing way to finish the season.”
Kévin Estre (911 RSR #92): “We struggled initially. The first stint wasn’t good. Our engineers sent me back out onto the track with a modified strategy and that worked brilliantly. I managed to come from the very back of the field to first place. Michael also drove a strong second stint, but he was hit by the Toyota, unfortunately. The LMP1 guys sometimes try to overtake off the racing line and no one can anticipate that. Michael hadn’t expected him at that point. Unfortunately, that was the end of our race.”

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