. The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC goes down to the wire at the six-hour race on the Bahrain International Circuit on 18 November. After a strong maiden season with the 911 RSR, the
The situation heading to the final race
Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki stand the best chances of winning the title. In the lead-up to the final race, they sit just two points shy of the leading Ferrari pilots Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado in the drivers’ classification, and 5.5 points ahead of Harry Tincknell/Andy Priaulx (Ford). All three driver pairings could take the world championship crown in Bahrain. This underlines just how competitive the GTE-Pro class is. Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki will become world champions if...
...they win the race.
...they finish on second or third ahead of Guidi/Calado and Tincknell/Priaulx, provided that Pier Guidi/Calado don’t earn the extra point for pole position.
...they earn the extra point for pole position and finish the race ahead of Pier Guidi/Calado and Tincknell/Priaulx – regardless of the position.
… it posts pole position and wins the race with the #91 car – and Ferrari finishes no further up the field than fourth.
… it wins the race and Ferrari finishes no further up the field than fifth (with or without pole position).
… it posts pole position and finishes the race in second – the Ferrari finishes on eighth and Ford doesn’t win.
… it finishes the race in second and the Ferrari finishes in eighth without pole position – and the Ford doesn’t win.
The road to the title duel in the desert
Consistently strong performances have put Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki on course for the title at the season finale in Bahrain. At the wheel of the new 911 RSR, they made a successful start to the new season with third place at Silverstone. At Spa-Francorchamps (5th) and Le Mans (4th), they narrowly missed out on podium spots. However, clinching second at
Strong performance of the new 911 RSR
The new 911 RSR, built from scratch by
Close qualifying sessions and gripping races
The GTE-Pro class, in which
A decisive factor for balanced and fair races is the Balance of Performance (BoP) ruling that aims to achieve a level playing field for the different vehicle concepts. During the races, the performance data of the vehicles is recorded by means of telemetry – not only using lap times, but also acceleration profiles and engine mappings. This data input is automatically analysed and incorporated into the Balance of Performance. In keeping with FIA’s intention, the key to success on the racetrack is not about the individual potential of a vehicle, instead it’s about the performance of the drivers, the race strategy, a perfect setup or the skill of the team with their pit stops.
Fast pit stops and a perfect race strategy
Another key to the
Into the night
A distinctive feature about the six-hour race on the Bahrain International Circuit is that it starts in the heat of the afternoon and ends in the darkness and cooler temperatures of the late evening. The 5.407-kilometre racetrack with its 14 corners is located 30 minutes by car to the southwest of the capital Manama. In 2004, the track was purpose-built in the middle of the desert for Formula 1.
The 911 RSR, developed on the basis of the high-performance 911 GT3 RS sports car, contested its first season in 2017. The suspension, body structure, aerodynamic concept, engine and transmission were all designed from scratch by
The race on TV and Internet
The six-hour race in Bahrain (starts on 18 November at 14.00 hrs CET) can be viewed free-of-charge via live streaming from 13.30 to 20.30 hours on www.sport1.de, as well as on pay-TV on Motorsport.TV from 13.45 to 20.05 hrs. The TV channel Sport 1 televises a live broadcast from 13.45 to 17.00 hrs as well as from 19.00 to 20.30 hrs live. Eurosport telecasts live from 17.15 to 20.10 hrs. The FIA WEC app is free in its basic version, and offers live streaming of the complete race as well as the time-keeping for a fee.
Comments before the race
Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, Vice President Motorsport and GT Cars: “Our very clear focus for the final round is to provide Richard Lietz and Frédéric Makowiecki with all the support they need to win the race and secure the world championship title, which is awarded this year for the very first time in the GTE-Pro class. The first WEC win for the 911 RSR would also increase the chances for the
Marco Ujhasi, Director GT Factory Motorsports: “Racing in the heat of Bahrain is the ultimate test for the brakes. And the season finale in the desert also puts the tyres under incredible stress.”
Richard Lietz (911 RSR #91): “We have a great opportunity in Bahrain to win the world championship in our new 911 RSR’s first season. That’s our goal and we’ll fight for it to the finish.”
Frédéric Makowiecki (911 RSR #91): “We missed out on winning the race in Shanghai by just eleven seconds. This makes us even more motivated for Bahrain. We want to clinch the world championship for
Michael Christensen (911 RSR #92): “We tackled the 2017 season with the new 911 RSR, we’ve learned a lot from every race and now we’ve reached a good level. I’m hoping to finish the season with a strong performance in Bahrain.”
Kévin Estre (911 RSR #92): “The race has a very special atmosphere – a little like 1001 nights. It’s a great place to finish the season.”
The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC
Sports prototypes and GT vehicles contest the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) in four classes: LMP1 (eg.
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911 GT3 RS: Fuel consumption combined 12.7 l/100 km; urban 19.2 l/100 km; extra urban 8.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 296 g/km; efficiency class (Germany): G
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