Porsche supports customer teams at 12-hour pursuit in the Blue Mountains

 The schedule of The Bathurst 12 Hour

The Bathurst 12 Hour takes off on Sunday, 4 February, at 5:45 hrs local time (Saturday, 19:45 hrs CET). Outside Australia, the event can be viewed live on the Internet on www.bathurst12hour.com.au.

Pre-race comments

Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “The Intercontinental GT Challenge is an attractive racing series which enjoys a high profile globally. For this year’s races, we’re supporting international teams in their 911 GT3 R mission with works drivers and engineers from Porsche Motorsport. The opening round in Bathurst is also the first highlight and a very complex challenge on a fascinating racetrack. With its hilly passages, the Mount Panorama Circuit very much resembles the Nordschleife and puts drivers under the same high demands. With the 911 GT3 R, we’re giving the teams a reliable and competitive car with which they can race for victory at Bathurst.” 
Sebastian Golz, Project Manager 911 GT3 R: “The regulations prohibit the use of evolutionary stages, which have been homologated for 2018. Therefore, in Bathurst, we’re fielding 2017-spec vehicles. So our customer teams can build on the experiences gained last year. The Mount Panorama Circuit allows no room for error. The biggest challenge will be to cover the twelve-hour distance without a mistake. This won’t be easy, because on the high-speed passages there’s often only a narrow grass strip between the track and the guardrail.” 

Intercontinental GT Challenge Bathurst 12H Porsche 911GT3 R, Walkinshaw GT3: Earl Bamber, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911GT3 R, Walkinshaw GT3: Earl Bamber, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor

Romain Dumas (911 GT3 R #911): “This race has been missing from my collection. I’m really pleased that I finally get the chance to compete here. I’ve heard that the racetrack is fantastic, almost like the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring. To drive the 911 GT3 R on this course at Mount Panorama will certainly be a lot of fun. The fact that we’re contesting the entire Intercontinental GT Challenge and that we want to win the title, of course, makes it all the more important to achieve a top result at Bathurst.”

Frédéric Makowiecki (911 GT3 R #911): “I’ve travelled the world a lot, but I’ve never been to Australia. I’m looking forward to the country as much as I’m looking forward to the race. It’s definitely one of the greatest challenges in motor racing. I can hardly wait to turn the first laps with our 911 GT3 R on this awesome circuit. Many of my racing driver colleagues have raved about it. Starting the race in the dark early in the morning is bound to be a very special experience.”
Dirk Werner (911 GT3 R #911): “I’ve always wanted to contest the race in Bathurst. It’s turned into a real classic for GT3 vehicles in recent years. I’m pleased that it’s finally worked. It’ll certainly be exciting. The racetrack must be incredible, so I’ve been told. My teammates and I are all Bathurst rookies, but our 911 GT3 R is a very good car and Manthey-Racing is a strong team – so we’re in good hands.”

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