In the number 92 Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) tackle the six-hour race in Sao Paulo from the first grid row. In qualifying for round four of the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC on Sunday at the Autodromo José Carlos Pace on the outskirts of the Brazilian metropolis, the Le Mans winners posted the second quickest time in the GTE-Pro class. At the wheel of the second 911 RSR (#91) fielded by Porsche AG Team Manthey, their factory pilot colleagues Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Pilet (France) occupy position seven.
From this season on, the qualifying in the WEC is conducted following a new format: For the first time, two drivers must qualify one car. The grid positions for the race are determined by the average of the two fastest timed laps of each of these drivers.
Hartmut Kristen, Porsche Head of Motorsport: “With the 911 RSR number 92 virtually everything went smoothly. With the number 91 car the tyre pressure at the front axle wasn’t optimal. And then a vehicle spun in front of Joerg - that was just bad luck. To return to the race track after such a long break is a great feeling for us all. I’m confident that we can bring home a good result tomorrow.”
Marc Lieb (#92): “It took three laps until everything came together. During the first lap the track didn’t have good grip, in the second I was a little cautious, but in the third everything worked well. I’m very pleased.”
Richard Lietz (#92): “We changed the car specially for the qualifying so that we could turn some really quick laps. And it all came together perfectly for Marc in the third lap. When it was my turn, the tyres had deteriorated somewhat. But it was still enough for second place. In this regard, the team has done a perfect job.”
Joerg Bergmeister (#91): “In my first laps I encountered a lot of traffic on the track. Then someone spun in front of me. When I finally got a free run, the tyres were pretty worn. I couldn’t do much after that.”
Patrick Pilet (#91): “The car didn’t run as well as during this morning’s free practice when the circuit was considerably cooler. We had quite some oversteer and now we need to check precisely why this happened.”
1. DallaLana/Stanaway/Lamy (CAN/NZ/P), Aston Martin Vantage, 1:33.340 minutes
2. Lieb/Lietz (D/A), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.120 seconds
3. TurnerMücke (GB/D), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.142
4. Kobayashi/Vilander (J/SF), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.227
5. Bruni/Fisichella (I/I), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.244
6. Bell/Senna (GB/BRA), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.447
7. Bergmeister/Pilet (D/F), Porsche 911 RSR, + 0.686
1. Gerber/Griffin/Cioci (ZA/IRL/I), Ferrari F 458 Italia, 1:34.577 minutes
2. Nygaard/Poulsen/Thiim (DK/DK/DK), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.238 seconds
3. Potolicchio/Aguas/Rigon (I/P/I), Ferrari F458 Italia, + 0.249
4. Hall/Campbell-Walter (GB/GB), Aston Martin Vantage, + 0.396
5. Ried/Roda/Ruberti (D/I/I), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.450
6. Krohn/Jönsson/Mediani (USA/S/I), Ferrrari F458 Italia, + 0.538
7. Narac/Vernay/Bourret (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.720
The six-hour race in Sao Paulo can be seen live in the internet on www.fiawec.com. Eurosport broadcasts a 30-minute highlight programme on 3 September at 9.45 hours CEST.
In the sports car World Endurance Championship WEC, sports prototypes and GT vehicles start in four classes: LMGTE-Pro, LMGTE-Am, LMP1 and LMP2. They all compete together in one race but are classified separately.