WEC – Podium for a Porsche 911 RSR at the 2022 6 Hours of Fuji – 4Legend.com – AudiPassion.com


The two 911 RSRs entered by the Porsche GT Team in GTE-Pro finished the 2022 6 Hours of Fuji (Japan) in third and fourth places. Factory drivers Michael Christensen of Denmark and Kévin Estre of France achieved a podium finish in the #92 car. In the constructors’ standings, Porsche are just a point behind the leader and are still in contention for the title as they head into the final round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship WEC. in Bahrain on November 12. No decision has yet been made in the Drivers’ World Championship.

In the tight battle between manufacturers in the GTE-Pro class, Porsche clinched first and third place in a successful qualifying session and entered the endurance race in Japan with high hopes. However, it became apparent early in the race that race day competitiveness fell short of those expectations. The most important factors in the race: the tires and the BoP rating of the vehicles.

“Of course we made mistakes, but there was no doubt that today’s performance would never have been enough to beat Ferrari. It’s disappointing, but we have to move on and analyze the reasons. Perhaps the issue of performance balance needs to be reconsidered. Our objective is unchanged: we want to win the world championship in Bahrain. »said Thomas Laudenbach, vice president of Porsche Motorsport.

« Was it our fault today? » Was it the balance of performance? We have to look closely and then discuss it. The competition was similar for our customers in the GTE-Am category. It was not a good day for us. We have a lot of work ahead of us but, despite today’s events, we are optimistic that we will be back strong in Bahrain and that we can win the world championship. »explains Alexander Stehlig, FIA WEC Factory Motorsport Director.

With air temperatures around 29 degrees Celsius and bright sunshine, the asphalt temperature had reached over 50 degrees by the time the race started in the late morning. This posed a tough challenge for the teams, who had experienced cooler conditions in previous training sessions. The focus shifted to the durability of Michelin racing tires which became a critical factor in racing. The Porsche GT team opted for a soft-hot compound at the start of the race. This spec only offered about 30 minutes of decent grip before it dropped significantly and lap times increased.

Midway through the first stint, the works team’s two Porsche 911 RSRs moved from positions one and three to P3 and P4. Switching to a medium tire compound brought more consistency, but still no real advantage in the fight for class victory. Positions were quickly established, with an unchanging order in the GTE-Pro category over long periods. The 911 race cars remained in their places for the rest of the race. Two penalties and a collision with an amateur vehicle relegated the #91 car far behind its sister car.

In the GTE-Am category, Dempsey-Proton Competition celebrated a special anniversary: ​​the #77 car competed in its 77th WEC race. The 911 RSR driven by German team owner Christian Ried and the two British drivers Harry Tincknell and Sebastian Priaulx also failed. After around four and a half hours of racing, the car retired with a technical fault. The best-placed 911 in the amateur category was the #46 vehicle entered by customer team Project 1 finishing in sixth place. The sister car crossed the flag in eighth place. The #88 Dempsey-Proton Racing car crossed the finish line in ninth position, followed by the GR Racing team in twelfth place.

In the general classification, Porsche ceded the lead in the constructors’ championship. The gap with the top of the ranking is only one point. In the Drivers’ Championship, Estre and Christensen still have a chance to clinch the title in second place. The final race of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship will be contested in Bahrain on November 12. The event near the capital Manama lasts over eight hours and is the final factory run for the successful Porsche 911 RSR.

Race result
Category GTE-Pro
1. Pier Guidi/Calado (I/UK), Ferrari 488 GTE #51, 217 laps
2. Molina/Fuoco (E/I), Ferrari 488 GTE #52, 217 laps
3. Christensen/Estre (DK/F), #92 Porsche 911 RSR, 217 laps
4. Bruni/Lietz (I/A), Porsche 911 RSR #91, 216 laps
5. Milner/Tandy (US/UK), Corvette C8.R #64, 215 rpm

Category GTE-Am
1. Keating/Chaves/Sörensen (USA/P/DK), Aston Martin #33, 213 laps
2. Frey/Gatting/Bovy (CH/DK/B), Ferrari 488 GTE #85, 212 laps
3. Hoshino/Fujii/Fagg (J/J/UK), Aston Martin #777, 212 laps
6. Cairoli/Pedersen/Leutwiler (I/DK/CH), #46 Porsche 911 RSR, 211 laps
8. Kimura/Millroy/Barnicoat (J/UK/UK), Porsche 911 RSR #56, 211 laps
9. Poordad/Lindsey/Heylen (USA/USA/B), #88 Porsche 911 RSR, 211 laps
12. Wainwright/Barker/Pera (UK/UK/I), #86 Porsche 911 RSR, 193 laps
DNF. Ried/Priaulx/Tincknell (D/UK/UK), Porsche 911 RSR #77, 128 laps

Photos: Porsche



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