Porsche will be represented by a large fleet of vehicles at the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring: 43 Porsche 911 and Porsche Cayman race cars will tackle Germany’s biggest automobile race on the 24.38-kilometre combination of the Grand Prix circuit and the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on 12-13 May. Just like last year, the Stuttgart marque is again the most strongly represented manufacturer in the field of around 150 cars. Porsche Motorsport supports customer teams with thirteen Porsche works drivers and four Porsche Young Professionals. In the strongest SP9 class, no less than eight Porsche 911 GT3 R will chase overall victory.
The Porsche customer teams in the SP9 class (Porsche 911 GT3 R) at the Nürburgring 24 Hours:
|#911||Manthey-Racing||Kévin Estre, Romain Dumas, Laurens Vanthoor, Earl Bamber|
|#912||Manthey-Racing||Richard Lietz, Patrick Pilet, Frédéric Makowiecki, Nick Tandy|
|#12||Manthey-Racing||Otto Klohs, Lars Kern, Dennis Olsen, Philipp Frommenwiler|
|#30||Frikadelli Racing Team||Lance David Arnold, Alexander Müller, Wolf Henzler, Matt Campbell|
|#31||Frikadelli Racing Team||Norbert Siedler, Marco Seefried, Felipe Fernández Laser, Mathieu Jaminet|
|#17||KÜS Team75 Bernhard||Michael Christensen, Matteo Cairoli, André Lotterer, Jörg Bergmeister|
|#44||Falken Motorsports||Klaus Bachler, Sven Müller, Martin Ragginger, Dirk Werner|
|#2||Gigaspeed Team GetSpeed Performance||Steve Jahns, Marek Böckmann, Lucas Luhr, Jan-Erik Slooten|
“We’re delighted with our customers’ extraordinary trust. This year, there’ll be more Porsche race cars contesting the Nürburgring 24-hour race than at most other editions of the race,” said Sebastian Golz, Project Manager 911 GT3 R.
For the 2018 season, the Porsche 911 GT3 R received an aero update. The parts kit includes a new front lid for the optimisation of thermal management plus side flicks to improve the aero-balance.
On Friday, 11 May, Porsche fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the future in the Ring Boulevard. The spectacular next-in-line to the successful 911 GT3 R, which will compete from 2019, will be unveiled at a public press conference.
The schedule for the Nürburgring 24 Hours is as follows:
|Thursday, 10 May||Qualifying 1||20h30 – 23h30|
|Friday, 11 May||Qualifying 2||14h55 – 16h45|
|Top-30-Qualifying||19h00 – 19h40|
|Saturday, 12 May||Warm-up||09h10 – 10h10|
|Start Nürburgring 24 Hours||15h30|
Porsche Road & Race will be following the action and will publish a report as early as possible next week.
Edited by: Glen Smale
Images by: Porsche Werkfoto