WEC: Double Porsche Podium In China
Round five of the World Sports Car Championship, WEC, at the Shanghai International Circuit saw Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen qualify the No.92 Porsche 911 RSR in fourth on the GTE-Pro class grid, ahead of Richard Lietz and Gianmaria Bruni in the sister No.91 car in eighth spot.
Heavy rain resulted in a dramatic race with multiple safety car phases, red flags and changes of position on track. A total of eleven vehicles run by six different manufacturers battled for GTE-Pro class victory in China, both Porsche entries enjoyed an exciting close to their individual races after six hours of racing. In the No.91 RSR, Lietz fought his way from fourth to second place in the final 40 minutes of the race. Meanwhile, in the No.92 911, Christensen overtook a rival on the very last lap to secure third position, making it a double podium finish for Porsche.
Gianmaria Bruni said: “We finished on the podium with both vehicles. That’s fantastic and I’m proud of the great team performance, particularly with the pits stops. We managed to do here what we missed out on at Fuji. For me, that’s the Porsche spirit! Richard drove brilliantly and things went well for me especially at the end, although the rain and falling darkness made conditions very difficult.”
Michael Christensen commented: “That was a crazy race for us. Over the six hours it went back and forth with the positions for us. Ultimately, everyone delivered an excellent performance, that’s the best way to describe it. The team, the car, Kevin and I – we all gave our utmost and that put us on the podium.”
The result sees Porsche extended its lead in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ championship. Round six of the WEC series takes place in Sebring in March 2019.