Porsche Take Dou­ble Vic­tory

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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.

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