Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Porsche Team Germany player wins Quebec final

Annika Beck wins her second career title in Canada

Stuttgart. Second success for Annika Beck on the WTA Tour: the Porsche Team Germany player won the indoor tournament in Quebec, Canada on Sunday after beating the Latvian Jelena Ostapenko in two straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in the final. For the 21-year old German, who was supported within the Porsche Talent Team Germany set-up in which time she won the 2012 French Open junior title in Paris, it was her second WTA tournament win in her fourth appearance in a final. Her first success came in Luxemburg in 2014.

Three weeks ago at the US Open in New York, Annika Beck lost to Jelena Ostapenko in the first round. This time around however, she gave her opponent no chance. She dominated the match almost right from the start and, playing determinedly throughout, closed out the match in only 53 minutes. The win has enabled her to climb back into the top 50 in the WTA rankings where she will be listed as No. 43 from Monday. It means she is the fourth best German behind her Porsche Team Germany teammates Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic und Sabine Lisicki and would therefore be automatically qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

“Going to the Olympics would naturally be a dream,” she said. “At the moment though, I’m just so happy to have played so consistently here in Quebec and to have won this fantastic tournament. I hope I can continue to move forwards. The win will give me back the belief in my game that has been lacking recently and with it the necessary confidence.”

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Showing Porsche Love

      Sometimes you just have to show your Porsche some love. Above a Pfanatic is hugging the hood of a bright yellow Porsche. This Porsche has very few accents, one Porsche on the door in black and some black rimmed wheels. The rest is bright yellow and looks great as a one-toned beast. It's a great little car and definitely deserves a hug like this.


Monday, October 5, 2015

World Endurance Championship, round 5 at Austin/USA - GT

Porsche Team Manthey scores second straight double victory in Texas

Stuttgart. With a double victory on the Circuit of the Americas at Austin, the Porsche Team Manthey headed into the second half of the 2015 Sports Car World Championship WEC (World Endurance Championship). On the Formula 1 course just outside the state capital of Texas, Richard Lietz (Austria) and Michael Christensen (Denmark), the recent winners of the Nürburgring round, won the strongly-represented GTE-Pro class at the wheel of their 470 hp Porsche 911 RSR. The winning racer from Weissach mounted with the distinctive rear engine is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car and, since its race debut in 2013, has set new benchmarks, most notably in the energy-efficient areas of lightweight design and aerodynamics. In the second 911 RSR entry, Frenchmen Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet crossed the finish line behind their teammates in second, rounding off another perfect one-two of the season for the Porsche Manthey squad after the Nürburgring. 

The six-hour race on the 5.513-kilometre Grand Prix circuit, with its spectacular layout with many corners linking, rapidly changing gradients, and fast passages, got underway at 17.00 hours on Saturday. And still, competitors faced high summer temperatures of up to 35 degrees Celsius. However, the Porsche pilots were not at all ruffled by this additional stress. After three laps, Frédéric Makowiecki took the lead of the GT field in the #92 911 RSR, while his teammate Patrick Pilet was still recovering from the rigors of the United SportsCar Championship, which he had contested in the midday heat for Porsche North America. At the wheel of the second 911 RSR (#91), starting driver Richard Lietz, who took over the lead of the World Endurance Cup for GT pilots after his Nürburgring win, stuck to the bumper of his leading team colleague. 

The pair of 911 RSR spearheaded the GTE-Pro class field over the entire six-hour distance, swapping positions several times. The convincing and reliable performance of the nine-elevens, which have won four straight races in the North American United SportsCar Championship so far this season, was made possible by the immaculate performance of the drivers, their pit crews and the perfect race strategy of Porsche Team Manthey. 

Thanks to his victory, Richard Lietz further extended his lead in the World Endurance Cup for GT Pilots. In the team classification, Porsche Team Manthey now ranks first. Amongst the manufacturers, Porsche now sits in second place with three remaining races in Fuji/Japan, Shanghai/China and Manama/Bahrain.

In the GTE-Am class, Earl Bamber (New Zealand) achieved second after a stunning chase through the field in the 911 RSR fielded by Abu Dhabi Proton Racing with Christian Ried (Germany) and Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi). This marks the best result so far this season for the Porsche customer squad. Earl Bamber, the winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours with the Porsche 919 Hybrid in June, had also contested the United SportsCar Championship earlier in the day. 

Comments after the race
Matthias Müller, President and Chief Executive Officer at Porsche AG: “A stunning success. Basically, this was almost like a Weissach championship. For the entire six hours, the two 911 RSR virtually ran nose to tail and easily kept the competition at bay. It doesn’t get any better.”

Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport: “What a perfect race. We snatched positions at the start and held tight to the lead for the rest of the race. That was a very strong performance. We drove a very steady race and our pit stops ran perfectly – a dream. Congratulations to our customer team Abu Dhabi Proton Racing on their second place in the GTE-Am class. It was a gripping fight. Earl Bamber drove two brilliant stints, and Christian Ried and Khaled Al Qubaisi as well as the entire team have done a fantastic job. We can only congratulate them for this.” 

Richard Lietz (911 RSR #91): “An exciting race, and a bigger advantage in the championship – there’s only one word for this: perfect. Right from the start, our 911 RSR was consistently fast even in the high temperatures. We made good use of the advantages that we’d worked for in practice and qualifying and could pull clear of our rivals. Even during the night, while we were running on softer rubber, the tyres worked excellently. All in all, today was a strong team effort. I’m proud to be a part of Porsche and this team.” 

Michael Christensen (911 RSR #91): “That’s precisely the result that we wanted. In this race, we underlined what we can do. The whole team put in a strong performance, no one made a mistake, and that’s how you achieve such a result. From the outside it might have looked easier than it actually was most of the time. But it was hard work. We really only had everything under control in the last hour of racing.”

Patrick Pilet (911 RSR #92): “I’ll definitely sleep well tonight. To contest two long distance races in one day is not easy, especially in such temperatures. But such a fabulous team result is worth all that effort. That was a perfect weekend for Porsche.” 

Frédéric Makowiecki (911 RSR #92): “Our double victory at the Nürburgring was fantastic, but to repeat such a success is a great feeling. I’m truly proud to be able to drive for Porsche. Early on in the season we experienced a few glitches, but we worked hard to sort out the problems. Now we’re back in action and ready to fight for the title for Porsche.”

Earl Bamber (911 RSR #88): “We started from way down the field and had to make up a lot of places. But our 911 RSR ran fantastically over the entire race weekend. It wasn’t easy for me, because I’d already contested a race in the searing heat. Plus a puncture forced us into the pits for an unscheduled stop. But ultimately it was still a great result for the team. We had to wait a long time for this.”

Race result
GTE-Pro class
1. Lietz/Christensen (A/DK), Porsche 911 RSR, 162 laps
2. Pilet/Makowiecki (F/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 162
3. Rigon/Calado (I/GB), Ferrari F458 Italia, 162
4. MacDowall/Stanaway/Rees (GB/NZ/BRA), Aston Martin, 161
5. Sörensen/Nygaard (DK/DK), Aston Martin, 160
6. Turner/Adam (GB/GB), Aston Martin, 160
7. Bruni/Vilander (I/SF), Ferrari F458 Italia, 160

GTE-Am class
1. Bertolini/Shaytar/Basov (I/RUS/RUS), Ferrari F458 Italia, 159 laps
2. Ried/Bamber/Al Qubaisi (D/NZ/UAE), Porsche 911 RSR, 159
3. Perrodo/Collard/Aguas (F/F/P), Ferrari F458 Italia, 158
4. Dempsey/Long/Seefried (USA/USA/D), Porsche 911 RSR, 158
5. Dalla Lana/Lamy/Lauda (CDN/P/A), Aston Martin, 158
6. Castellacci/Goethe/Hall (I/D/GB), Aston Martin, 158
7. Roda/Ruberti/Poulsen (I/I/DK), Chevrolet Corvette, 171

Points’ standings GTE-Pro after 5 of 8 races
World Endurance Cup for GT manufacturers 
1. Ferrari, 187 points
2. Porsche, 185
3. Aston Martin, 129

World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers
1. Richard Lietz, Porsche, 98 points
2. Davide Rigon, James Calado, Ferrari, 87
3. Michael Christensen, Porsche, 80
4. Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander, Ferrari, 68,5
5. Alex MacDowall, Fernando Rees, Richie Stanaway, Aston Martin, 62
6. Alexey Basov, Andrea Bertolini, Victor Shaytar, Ferrari, 62
7. Frédéric Makowiecki, Porsche, 60

FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE-Pro Teams
1. Porsche Team Manthey, #91 Porsche, 107 points
2. AF Corse, #71 Ferrari, 101
3. AF Corse, #51 Ferrari, 86

The sixth of eight rounds of the Sports Car World Championship WEC is contested on 11 October in Fuji/Japan.

The Sports Car World Championship WEC
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the Sports Car World Championship WEC (World Endurance Championship) in four classes: LMP1 (eg. Porsche 919 Hybrid), LMP2, LMGTE-Pro (eg. 911 RSR) and LMGTE-Am (eg. 911 RSR, 2014 homologation). They all compete together in one race but are classified separately. 

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Porsche 993 Photography

      Seeing a Porsche 993 RSR on the track is quite the sight and this photographer caught it amazingly. The Porsche RSR above is a bright red with white and black accents, popping off the track. The rest of the shot is black and white which makes the car stand out and creates a very unique image. Matt Shaffer captured this car very well and the way he edited the shot draws all my attention to the Porsche, phasing out the background entirely.


Sunday, October 4, 2015

Porsche wins in World Endurance Championship WEC

String of Successes Continues in Texas

Stuttgart. The Porsche 919 Hybrid keeps leaving its mark on the world’s race tracks. After one-two results at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Nürburgring, the ground breaking hybrid race car also won in Austin (USA) on Saturday. The German brand also secured the class victory with the production-based GT sports car, the Porsche 911 RSR. The fifth round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the Texan capital was held in temperatures as high as 35° Celsius. The WEC is considered one of the the most important World Championships besides Formula One. 

Porsche hybrid technology is heading towards the world championship title

With its victory at the fifth of eight championship rounds, Porsche has now won its third race in succession with the innovative Porsche 919 Hybrid. The prototype race car generates up to 1,000 horsepower from fuel and electricity. The victorious car on Saturday was driven by Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU). The race lasted six hours, and three drivers took turns at the wheel. 

Porsche returned to the championship’s top category in 2014 when the WEC adopted innovative Technical Regulations that encourage competition between pioneering technologies. Prototypes such as the Porsche 919 Hybrid don’t have to be based on existing road cars, which is why the 919 acts as a running research laboratory for future technology. Porsche is currently leading the World Championship ahead of Audi and Toyota, and this year has also won the most important long distance race – the Le Mans 24 Hours.

From Racetrack into Series Production

In Austin the Porsche Team also celebrated victory in the category for the production-based GT race cars. The category sees fierce competition between well-known sports car brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari and Porsche. Richard Lietz (AT) and team mate Michael Christensen (DK) took victory in the Porsche 911 RSR. The Porsche 911 RSR is the current competition version of the iconic 911 production sports car. Its chassis is built in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, just as every Porsche 911 is. The 911 is not only the world’s best-selling ever sports car, but also the most successful on race tracks around the world. Porsche has always been committed to technology transfer from the race track into series production, and vice versa. Therefore, all information that is gained in developing and racing the 911 RSR will also be used in the design of future generations of the 911. Examples that have already been successfully introduced are lightweight construction and aerodynamics, both of which contribute to the car’s energy efficiency. Last year the 911 RSR won the United States’ three most prestigious long distance races: the Daytona 24 Hours, the Sebring 12 Hours and Petit Le Mans.

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Sunday Drive Porsche Style

      This Sunday a Porsche in a Martini racing kit hit the track with some fellow Pfanatics. The Porsche has a white base with strategic Martini logos and stripes making this thing look sweet anywhere. There also appears to be an orange Porsche ahead on the track but beyond the rear I can't really make anything out. Sunday drives are always a fun way to get rid of some stress and enjoy the last bits of the weekend before the work week starts again. I'm sure this was a great day and only one of many to come.


Saturday, October 3, 2015

United SportsCar Championship, round 9 at Austin/USA

Porsche defends championship lead with podium result

Stuttgart. Porsche travels as the points’ leader to the final race of the 2015 United SportsCar Championship held on October 3 on the storied Road Atlanta race track. Although the Porsche North America 911 RSR narrowly missed out on clinching an almost certain fourth double victory in the very last lap at Saturday’s race on the Circuit of the Americas in Austin/Texas, Porsche still holds the GTLM class lead in all categories. As the best Porsche pilots, Le Mans winner Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and the drivers’ championship leader Patrick Pilet (France) took the flag in third. With the 470 hp winning racer from Weissach, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car, the pair has won the last three rounds of the most important sports car championship on the North American continent. 

Trailing the winners from Bowmanville, Road America and Virginia over the line in fourth place were Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA) at the wheel of the 911 RSR fielded by the Falken Tire customer squad. Scoring victory at Watkins Glen, the duo clinched the first of four straight wins for Porsche. Fifth place went to Le Mans winner Earl Bamber (New Zealand) and Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) crewing the second 911 RSR of Porsche North America. 

With the thermometer measuring 35 degrees Celsius and a track temperature of 60 degrees Celsius, the penultimate round of the United SportsCar Championship on the outskirts of the Texas capital pushed drivers and teams to the limit – especially Patrick Pilet and Earl Bamber who also contested the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) for Porsche in the late afternoon on the Circuit of the Americas. Making a superb getaway, the pair got the jump off the line to take the lead of the strong GT field, with Wolf Henzler catching up in the first lap. With three Porsche 911 RSR at the front, everything was running to plan in the opening phase. 

The serial winners maintained their strong performance over the course of the 2.40-hour race. At the wheel of the number 911 vehicle, Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet were running at the front followed by Earl Bamber and Jörg Bergmeister. But just as the fans in the grandstand were counting on Porsche achieving the fifth straight win and the third one-two in a row, fortunes changed. Because the race on the Grand Prix circuit, with its wide run-off zones, was only slowed down by two caution phases, which reduce fuel consumption, the leading 911 RSR racers got low on fuel. With one lap to the flag, they had to come in for a splash-and-dash pit stop, which cost them an almost sure double victory. 

Comments after the race
Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Head of Porsche Motorsport: “From a results point of view it’s obviously very disappointing. We were running in the lead over the entire race but had to call our 911 RSR into the pits for a splash of fuel. That cost us victory. But we still scored third place. We certainly deserved better today, but now we’re turning our attention to the final round at Atlanta. We’re still leading the championship, so it’ll be exciting.”

Patrick Pilet (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “It is what it is. Sometimes you’re lucky, sometimes you’re not. We tried everything to conserve fuel and make it to the flag, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. It’s not the end of the world. We still finished in third. The whole team can be proud of the work we’ve done this week. After three straight victories we can easily live with third place. Now we’ll concentrate on the last race at Atlanta. We have a good package and still have the chance to take home all titles.”

Nick Tandy (Porsche 911 RSR #911): “The positive thing is that, despite everything, we finished on the podium and still earned good points for Porsche towards the manufacturers and team classifications with our podium result. That takes the edge off the disappointment a little, although it’s of course bitter to lead the entire race and lose the victory just before the finish.” 

Earl Bamber (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “With our dream start and three Porsche suddenly in the lead, we gave the fans a terrific show. It’s a pity we weren’t rewarded for this in the end. But what can you do. Now the fight continues at Atlanta. All titles will be decided at the final race – it doesn’t get much more exciting than that.”

Jörg Bergmeister (Porsche 911 RSR #912): “It was a great race for us until shortly before the finish. In the fast corners our 911 RSR got a bit of understeer and this made it difficult to preserve the tyres, especially the front tyres. Still, I was looking forward to finishing in second place, but then the petrol ran out and we had to pit with one lap to go.” 

Petit Le Mans on 3 October marks the season finale of the United SportsCar Championship. It is contested on the storied Road Atlanta race track at Bowmanville (US state of Georgia). 

Race result
GTLM class
1. Auberlen/Werner (USA/D), BMW Z4 GTE, 72 laps
2. Kaffer/Fisichella (D/I), Ferrari F458 Italia, 72
3. Pilet/Tandy (F/GB), Porsche 911 RSR, 72
4. Henzler/Sellers (D/USA), Porsche 911 RSR, 72
5. Bamber/Bergmeister (NZ/D), Porsche 911 RSR, 72
6. Magnussen/Garcia (DK/E), Chevrolet Corvette, 72
7. Edwards/Luhr (USA/D), BMW Z4 GTE, 72
8. Gavin/Milner (GB/USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 72

GTD class
1. Bleekemolen/Keating (NL/USA), Dodge Viper SRT, 69 laps
2. Palttala/Marsal (SF/USA), BMW Z4, 69
3. Haase/von Moltke (D/USA), Audi R8 LMS, 69
4. Farnbacher/James (D/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, 69
5. Lindsey/Pumpelly (USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT America, 69
6. Sweedler/Bell (USA/USA), Ferrari 458 Italia, 69

The United SportsCar Championship 
The United SportsCar Championship is a sports car race series contested in the USA and Canada which was run in 2014 for the first time. The series was formed from the merger of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Series. Sports prototypes and sports cars start in four different classes: GTLM (e.g. Porsche 911 RSR), GTD (e.g. Porsche 911 GT America), P and PC. 

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