Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (912): Laurens Vanthoor, Kevin Estre, Richard Lietz

The schedule

The six-hour race in Mexico City starts on Sunday, 3 September, at midday local time (19.00 hrs CEST). The TV channel Sport 1 broadcasts the start preparations and the podium ceremony live from 18.30 to 01.20 hrs. The race can also be viewed free-of-charge via live streaming from 14.00 to 21.00 hrs on Sport1.de. On pay-TV, the race can be watched from 18.45 to 01.15 on Motorsport.TV. The FIA WEC app is free in its basic version, and offers live streaming of the complete race as well as the time-keeping for a fee. Eurosport telecasts the race highlights on Monday, 4 September, from 11.30 to 12.30 hours.

Comments before the race

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “The heat and the high altitude make this race a very special challenge. We didn’t compete as a works team at last year’s WEC premiere on this racetrack, so we don’t have any practical experience that could be of any real help to us. We’ll use each practice session to focus on finding the best possible setup for the special conditions. Our one-two result at the Nürburgring underlined that we’re on the right track. The first WEC victory for our new 911 RSR is very probably just a matter of time.”
Marco Ujhasi, Director GT Factory Motorsports: “The thin air at this altitude has a huge influence on the engine performance and also impacts on the aerodynamics. The stress on the tyres, however, is not as extreme as on other racetracks. I’m interested to see how we’ll cope with these conditions with the new 911 RSR and how good our setup is. In any case, it’ll definitely be an exciting task.”

Porsche 911 RSR (92), Porsche GT Team: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR (92), Porsche GT Team: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Dirk Werner

Richard Lietz (911 RSR #91): “My first race in Mexico last year was a great experience. The enthusiasm of motor racing fans in this country is unbelievable. And then there’s the racetrack. A section of it runs through a massive sports arena and when you approach the grandstands filled with these keen fans you really get goose bumps, despite the heat. We’re tackling this race with our new 911 RSR under very different circumstances. We’re very close to achieving our first victory; we saw this at the Nürburgring after clinching second place. Perhaps the time is right in Mexico.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (911 RSR #91): “I’m looking forward to this race. Unfortunately I wasn’t there last year when the WEC raced for the first time in Mexico. So this will be a whole new experience for me. Racing in such megacities always has its very own appeal. And after the strong performance at the Nürburgring, it’s now time to bring home the first WEC victory with our new 911 RSR.”
Michael Christensen (911 RSR #92): “Last year’s race here was huge fun. I like the track; it’s totally different to the others I’ve raced on in the WEC. The altitude has an effect on the engine performance, but that’s something all the teams have to cope with. It’ll be interesting to see how the tyres perform under the special conditions and what the grip level is like. Ultimately, that’ll again be the key to success.”
Kévin Estre (911 RSR #92): “Mexico is completely new territory for me. I’ve never been to Central or South America, so I’m really looking forward to this race. The fact that the circuit runs straight through a baseball stadium is fantastic, Michael my teammate told me about it. Because it’s so close to the huge metropolis of Mexico City, masses of spectators flocked to watch last year’s inaugural WEC race here. The Mexicans are passionate people and they love motor racing – and that’s what makes the atmosphere in the huge arena so incredible.”
Matteo Cairoli (911 RSR #77): “It was a fantastic experience to score my first world championship win with the Porsche – and on the Nürburgring of all places. A dream came true for me. As a team, we showed that everything is possible this season. This success is hugely motivating. Now we’re determined to fight again for victory in Mexico.”