Porsche Take Double Victory
In 2018, Porsche are missing from action in the LMP1 class; however, the German team is part of the smaller GTE Pro class where they performed exceptionally well. The factory team had two 911 RSRs on the grid with Kévin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor, and Michael Christensen taking charge of No 92 RSR. The second RSR, No 91, was shared among Richard Lietz, Frédéric Makowiecki, and Gianmaria Bruni.
As the lights went out, No 92 RSR took the lead and held on to it right until the end, eventually winning the race in the GTE Pro class, thus giving Porsche their 106th Le Mans victory. No 91 RSR, however, did not have an easy time cruising to second place as Makowiecki was involved in a 90-minute duel with a competitor. The French racing driver was able to defend himself and maintain his position, eventually taking second, giving Porsche a one-two finish at the end of the 24th hour. The third RSR, No 93, finishe d 11th overall as the team ran into technical problems during the night that saw them lose valuable time. The final 911 RSR, No 94, had to retire at the se venth hour due to suspension damage. Despite this, Porsche were able to extend their lead in the GTE-Pro drivers’ and manufacturers’ title race.
This year, 24 Hours of Le Mans were special for Porsche as the company is celebrating its 70th anniversary and, to add to the celebration, another Porsche ended up on the top spot of the podium when No 77 Porsche 911, fielded by Dempsey-Proton Racing, managed to win the race in GTE-Am class, giving the company its 107th win at Le Mans. With these spectacular wins at Le Mans Porsche are leading the drivers’ and manufacturers’ championship in the GTE-Pro class with Dempsey-Proton Racing leading the way in GTE-Am class.