NEWS: New Porsche RSR 4th in Racing Debut @ Silverstone 6 Hour
Porsche's new 470bhp, 4.0-litre Type 991 911 RSR narrowly missed out on a podium – finishing fourth – in its factory debut at the Silverstone Six Hours, round one of the 2013 World Endurance Championship. The new car was being run and driven by multiple Nurburgring 24-Hour winners, Porsche AG Team Manthey, with Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Romain Dumas (France) in the GTE-Pro class. And a second factory 911 RSR also ran, with factory driver colleagues Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Patrick Pilet (France) and Timo Bernhard (Germany) – taking sixth place.
Wolfgang Hatz, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, Porsche AG, commented afterwards: "That was the first race for the new car and the new team. The organisation of the squad worked well. Of course, there are areas where we have room for improvement, but it’s like a football team, we first have to get everything running smoothly. Technically, everything worked on the 911 RSR apart from a one small thing which we will have fixed by the next race. As far as the performance is concerned, we still have room for improvement. Naturally, we also have to work on the car; it has a little too much oversteer. But all in all, I regard it as a positive weekend. It wouldn’t have been good if the car had experienced lots of problems, but that was not the case. We saw that the 911 RSR can turn consistently quick lap times over the race distance. Now if we do our homework, I think we’ll finish further up the field at the next races."
Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport, said: "Both new 911 RSR cars reached the flag on their race debut, and there were no major technical problems. With a new team, of course, there is still some fine-tuning to be done, that’s normal. We are looking forward to the next race and hope that the car will make another step forward there."
Marc Lieb (#92) said: "We gained many important insights in the race. The car underlined its potential. Now we just need to work a little more on that."
Richard Lietz (#92) said: "We were looking good in the fast corners, but we need to sort out the oversteer exiting the slow corners. But our engineers should be able to correct this by the next race. If so, the podium is within reach."
Romain Dumas (#92) said: "An interesting race. We learned a lot. On the straights we are a little slower than our opponents which makes overtaking very difficult. Still, there are many positive things we can take from this race."
Joerg Bergmeister (#91) said: "That wasn’t our dream result. But we’ve learned a lot this weekend. The conditions were not the easiest, because we had no time to practice on the dry track for setting up the car."
Patrick Pilet (#91) said: "It’s bad luck that we lost more than two laps, but the mechanics did a good job. In any case, we’ve found a good basis to work on and we are optimistic for the rest of the season."
Timo Bernhard (#91) said: "Heading towards Le Mans, that was a very valuable race for us. Our performance wasn’t too bad. Without the front axle problem a podium place would have been within reach."
Meanwhile, in the GTE-Am class, Christian Ried (Germany) and his Italian team-mates Gianluca Roda and Paolo Ruberti scored fifth place in last year’s Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (‘Type 997’) fielded by the customer team Felbermayr-Proton. Round two of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) takes place on 4 May in Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium).
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