Spherical 4 of the FIA WEC World Sports activities Automotive Championship in Japan resulted in victory for Porsche within the GTE-Professional class. The No92 works 911 RSR, shared by Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen, crossed the end line first on the finish of the six-hour race at Fuji, the win extends Porsche’s lead within the producers’ and drivers’ championship standings.
Changeable climate noticed moist situations for the primary hour of the race, however the observe slowly dried throughout a 30-minute security automotive section. Crucially Estre and Christensen made an early swap to slick tyres and commenced working their approach up the sector. Christensen swept into the lead of the race with lower than two hours of operating remaining, the Dane handing the automotive over to Estre on the remaining pit cease, permitting the Frenchman to take the chequered flag. The No91 sister automotive of Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni completed in fifth place having struggled with a troublesome pit cease and tyre degradation in direction of the latter levels of the race.
Kévin Estre commented: “I’m extremely completely happy about our victory. Our setup was merely unbelievable and the nice braking efficiency was an vital facet of our success at Fuji. After we modified to slicks through the security automotive section early on within the race, our automotive setup allowed us to brake later than the others and thus acquire positions. Our pit cease technique additionally ran completely.”
Program Supervisor Manufacturing facility GT Motorsports, Alexander Stehlig, mentioned: “It was a massively profitable weekend for Porsche with the victory at Petit Le Mans within the USA and the 2 successes right here at Fuji within the Professional and Am classes. We virtually at all times made the proper selections through the race and the automotive was good and quick. The quantity 92 automotive drove a flawless race, our quantity 91, sadly, had issues through the pit cease. On high of that, the steadiness wasn’t nice within the final stint. However all in all, we’re very glad.”
Spherical 5 of the WEC championship takes place in Shanghai on 16 November.
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