Porsche´s motorsport year 2019. A look ahead.

Porsche´s motorsport year 2019. A look ahead.

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In 2019, it will continue at a fast pace – our very own, relentless mission to build the best sports cars ever made. Using pioneering technologies which embrace all the know-how we have amassed from more than 30,000 race victories, and the experiences gained from over 60 years of Porsche.

Starting January 1st, 2019, Fritz Enzinger will be taking over charge of Porsche Motorsport. Following the incredible winning streak by the Porsche 919 Hybrid, which has become a legend, attention is now focusing on the challenges and opportunities that the new racing season will present. 2019 – we are ready. And extremely well set up.

Proven line-up of 24 drivers
Familiar faces wherever you look: Our deserving and highly decorated factory drivers of 2018 will all be lining up for Porsche again in 2019. There is just one new addition to report among the juniors: The 22-year-old New Zealander Jaxon Evans is the extremely promising newcomer in the Porsche factory team which comprises 24 drivers in total. Welcome Jaxon. And good luck!

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4 bursts of GT power for Le Mans
This much can already be stated for certain: The myth of Le Mans will once again beguile the motorsport community in 2019. And Porsche will of course also look forward with great excitement to the legendary 24-hour race. A notable new feature of the 2019 season is that for the first time in the history of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 87th staging of the cult spectacle around Le Mans will form the grand culmination to the season.

As was the case in the previous season, we will once again be entering four factory cars in the 24-hour race in the coming season. Our 510 bhp GT sports cars will boast the race numbers 91 to 94 and will all have top-class drivers at the wheel. The 91 will be driven by Gianmaria Bruni, Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki. The drivers in number 92 will be the defending champions Kévin Estre, Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor. Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber will take turns driving the car with race number 93. And the drivers taking the seat in the cockpit of our 911 RSR with the number 94 will be Sven Müller, Mathieu Jaminet and Dennis Olsen. We should also mention the customer teams which will again have a strong line-up in the GTE amateur class and can also expect to enjoy good prospects of success.

IMSA WeatherTech Championship
In the USA, we will be continuing our factory commitment and cooperation with the Core Autosport team. We will be entering two 911 RSRs in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet will be driving the car with the race number 911. They will be supported by Frédéric Makowiecki during endurance races. At the wheel of the 912 car will be Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor, who will be backed up by Mathieu Jaminet in the long races at Daytona, Sebring etc.

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Speed meets sustainability
In the “Roar before Daytona” on January 3rd, 2019, the 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport will be making its debut on the world stage. The vehicle is presented as the first production race car with bodywork parts which are manufactured sustainably from bio-composite fiber material. Another look towards the future.

Strong support for customer teams
Porsche makes the difference – including when it comes to supporting customer teams. For example, in the global GT3 race series in which the new 911 GT3 R, boasting efficient aerodynamics and greatly improved driving performance, will make its first appearances in the 2019 season. We will be providing trios of prominent drivers here. Competing in the Intercontinental GT Challenge will be Romain Dumas, Sven Müller and Mathieu Jaminet. Dirk Werner, Dennis Olsen and Matt Campbell will be at the helm in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. And Porsche will also be supporting two or more customer team vehicles in the Pro category of both the Blancpain GT World Challenge America and the ADAC GT Masters. In addition, there are also various national series and individual events in which we will be providing active support at different levels.

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Factory support for Manthey-Racing
Manthey-Racing wants to defend its title from last year’s victory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring. We will be supporting the team in its endeavour both with drivers and from an engineering and strategic perspective. The two new 911 GT3 R will be piloted firstly by Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki, Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy. The sister car will be driven by Earl Bamber, Michael Christensen, Kévin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor.

Our mission continues. With this in mind, here’s to an exciting season in 2019!

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