the fight for the GTE Pro title rages on

Porsche scored a valuable point in its duel with Ferrari in the LMGTE Pro class. At the 6 Hours of Fuji, Michael Christensen gave the Weissach team its third pole position of the season after the 1000 Miles of Sebring and the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. “It was a classy ride from Michael, salute Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. We want to make the most of this weekend by keeping the championship in mind at all times. A win in Japan is less important than winning the World Championship, although obviously we wouldn’t mind at all if we win here in Fuji. »

Porsche plays on the power play

In their duel against Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado for the world title, Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre came back to one unit with the point awarded to the crew which scored the pole position. « Personally, I’m delighted to have achieved such a great lap, savors Michael Christensen. In view of the championship, the point of pole position can be very important, even decisive. In the race we would like to control the peloton from the lead – and that works best when you start from pole position. We did a perfect job today, now we face the next challenge, the race. I’m optimistic. » A race that promises to be explosive with a front row where the Porsche n°92 will meet its rival, the AF Corse n°51.

Two cars that have maintained a certain animosity on the track since the final of the 2022 season. Reminder of the facts: at the 8 Hours of Bahrain, the scene of the final explanation between the two crews for the title, Alessandro Pier Guidi had struck Michael Christensen at fifteen minutes from the end of the race, the crown returning to the Italian and his team while Porsche fumed in the paddock.

VIDEO – The controversial clash between Porsche #92 and Ferrari #51

At the 6 Hours of Monza, in July, the temperature went up a notch, where Kévin Estre and Alessandro Pier Guidi, still, did not show finesse on the track.

This Sunday, Porsche will be able to play on two fronts in the Drivers’ championship with Gianmaria Bruni who will start from third position in the category. The Italian finds Richard Lietz for this weekend after the Austrian’s withdrawal from Monza due to a positive diagnosis of Covid-19. “I was a bit unlucky in the first three laps, another car kept getting in the waynoted the Transalpin after the session. With a faultless run, I definitely could have done better. Now we have to start from the third position. Yet anything is possible in a six-hour long race. »

“It was not easy to manage the traffic, given the large number of cars on the track, judge James Calado, on the side of Ferrari. Given the temperatures, which only allowed the tires to be used optimally for one fast lap, we focused on this strategy. Although we didn’t exploit our car to its full potential, we got an excellent second place and are confident for tomorrow. According to the weather forecast, the race should be held in dry track conditions with temperatures around 30°, but we know that the weather can change quickly in Fuji. In the expected conditions, the tires, especially the rear ones, will be put to the test. I expect a tough race. We’re crossing our fingers that both cars get a great result. »

Before explaining themselves in Hypercar next year, the two manufacturers still have ferocious passes of arms to offer in GTE at the end of the season. From the start of the 6 Hours of Fuji, this Sunday at 4 a.m. (in France).

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