A successful season finale for Porsche: At the 1,000 kilometre race in Zhuhai/China, the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid impressed once again with its performance and efficiency. The innovative sports car from Weissach, piloted by Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA), was by far the fastest GT vehicle in the field at its eagerly awaited premiere in Asia. Porsche factory drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) claimed second place in the GT2 class with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on China’s oldest race track. With this result, they secured the team championship for their Felbermayr-Proton squad at the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, run for the first time this year.
“The first race in China with the 911 GT3 R Hybrid was a complete success,” says Hartmut Kristen, Porsche Head of Motorsport. “The car contested the entire race without the slightest technical problem. The excellent pit stops by our factory squad from Weissach and an absolutely perfect performance from the drivers also contributed to this success. The development work on the hybrid system that we conducted since the last race in Road Atlanta has paid off. Today, we showed impressively just what potential the hybrid technology has. This result is a great motivation for continuing our work on the project. This was definitely not the last race for the 911 GT3 R Hybrid.”
“Our car ran perfectly”
On the 4.319 kilometre Zhuhai International Circuit, the 911 GT3 R Hybrid, which started in the special GTH class, was not only the fastest but also the most economical GT vehicle. Thanks to its ground-breaking drive concept, it made one less pit stop and completed three more laps than the next GT opponent. “Our car ran perfectly from the first to the last lap,” said Joerg Bergmeister. “That was another super test of the hybrid system under race conditions – and the most successful conclusion I could think of.” Patrick Long, his teammate with whom he won the GT title of the American Le Mans Series for the second time straight this season, said: “The performance of the Porsche factory mechanics was world class. We had the most efficient and at the same time fastest GT car. Now, that’s what I call Porsche Intelligent Performance.”
Porsche defends GT drivers’ title – 911 GT3 R Hybrid thrills fans
A successful conclusion to the American Le Mans Series season for Porsche: With the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) clinched the GT2 class title, like last year, at the 1,000 mile classic on the established Road Atlanta circuit. The 911 GT3 RSR, with which Porsche has already won the European Le Mans Series this season, was not only the most successful racer in the USA, but also by far the most efficient GT vehicle of the year: With the sports car from Weissach, Porsche also secured overall victory in the environmental Michelin Green X Challenge.
“It’s fantastic to have defended the title after such a tough season,” said Porsche’s head of motorsport Hartmut Kristen. “The situation was extremely tight in the team and manufacturers’ classifications. Unfortunately we didn’t win here. Six cars crossing the finish line within one minute at a 1,000 mile race gives a clear indication of just how competitive the entire 2010 season was. Winning the Green X Challenge, which was very important to us, shows that the Porsche 911 is not only fast but is, at the same time, very economical.”
Fourth title for Jörg Bergmeister
After four wins this season against strong opposition from BMW, Ferrari, Chevrolet and Jaguar, the main priority for Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long was to defend their points’ advantage on the demanding 4.087 kilometre race track in the US state of Georgia. With support from their factory driver colleague Marc Lieb (Germany), the newly-crowned champion of the Le Mans Series, they followed through on this strategy. The 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Flying Lizard Motorsports completed the second longest race of the American Le Mans Series after the 12-hour classic in Sebring without any problems. For Joerg Bergmeister, this marks his fourth title for Porsche in the race series featuring the world’s fastest sports cars, and his third with Patrick Long.
“Looking back at the championship, we tried right from the start to keep out of any precarious situations,” said Joerg Bergmeister. “This plan worked perfectly. The title is very valuable because we won four races against the toughest rivals and our teamwork was the most consistent. The competition this season in the GT class of the American Le Mans Series was the hardest I’ve ever encountered.”
For Patrick Long, this title is particularly precious. “Eight cars were good for wins this year, that’s more than ever before,” he said. “If you want to dominate in this high-class field, you can’t afford to make one mistake. Our car was an important factor. The Porsche 911 was by far the most reliable in the field.” Marc Lieb added: “I’m pleased with how everything went today. It’s always a huge responsibility to help out as the third driver, particularly when it’s about the championship. Often we held back to avoid any risks and through this we lost a lot of time in traffic. But our cautiousness paid off today.”