24h Le Mans
26/06/2019 - 12:01

The 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans for Porsche GT Team (LMGTE Pro)

43 teams (fielding 61 cars) competed in the 87th 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Super Finale of the FIA WEC 2018-19 World Endurance Championship. There were winners, of course, but also mechanical glitches, track incidents and early retirements. Joy for some, disappointment for others... Here’s a summary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the Porsche GT Team team, which ran in the LMGTE Pro class.
The 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans for Porsche GT Team (LMGTE Pro)

Team: Porsche GT Team

Class: LMGTE Pro

Car: #91 Porsche 911 RSR

Drivers:

  • Richard Lietz (13th participation)
  • Gianmaria Bruni (11th participation)
  • Frédéric Makowiecki (9th participation)

Gianmaria Bruni qualified the car in 41th position with a time of 3:49.921 during the second session. After a fast and steady race, the #91 Porsche 911 RSR crossed the finish line in 21st place overall and second in the LMGTE Pro class. "We took advantage of the conditions we had and reached the second step on the podium. Let's hope we are able to win the race next year," said Bruni.

Car: #92 Porsche 911 RSR

Drivers:

  • Michael Christensen (5th participation)
  • Kévin Estre (5th participation)
  • Laurens Vanthoor (4th participation)

The car qualified in 35th position with a time of 3:49.196 clocked by Michael Christensen during the third session. In the race, the #92 Porsche experienced a broken exhaust. Despite the setback, the trio Christensen/Estre/Makowiecki finished the race in 29th position overall and ninth in the LMGTE Pro class. The result allowed Michael Christensen and Kevin Estre to win the FIA Endurance GT Drivers Trophy. "After our problem during the night, all we cared about was getting the car home and winning the title. It's a strange feeling because in times like that, you hear every noise the car makes, feel every vibration, even when there aren't any. The relief and joy to win the world championship are even more immense now," explained Kevin Estre.

Car: #93 Porsche 911 RSR

Drivers:

  • Patrick Pilet (11th participation)
  • Earl Bamber (5th participation)
  • Nicholas Tandy (6th participation)

Nick Tandy qualified this 911 RSR in Porsche Brumos colours in 32nd position with a time of 3:48.907 during the third session. Despite a few driving errors, the #93 Porsche finished in 22nd place overall and third in the LMGTE Pro class. "We did everything we could, but even though we had a very fast car, we couldn't do better. It's Le Mans, you need a bit of luck on your side. We are content with a podium finish and now we're looking to the future," explained Earl Bamber.

Car: #94 Porsche 911 RSR

Drivers:

  • Sven Müller (2nd participation)
  • Mathieu Jaminet (1st participation)
  • Dennis Olsen (1st participation)

Rookie Mathieu Jaminet qualified the car in 43rd position with a time of 3:50.278 during the first session. In the race, direction problems slowed the #94 Porsche 911 RSR. Nonetheless, the car finished in 27th place overall and seventh in the LMGTE Pro class. "We gave a clean and strong performance. Certain factors outside of our control affected our race. That's Le Mans. I'm really happy with my first time at this sensational race and I very much want to return next year," commented Mathieu Jaminet.  

PHOTO: LE MANS (SARTHE, FRANCE), CIRCUIT DES 24 HEURES DU MANS, SATURDAY 15 JUNE 2019, RACE. The #92 Porsche 911 RSR of Porsche GT Team shared by Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor.