Posted by: porschebahn | June 25, 2011

Nürburgring 24 hour race – Interim report after 6:30 hours

Best Porsche in second – problems for the 911 GT3 R Hybrid

Stuttgart. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Manthey Racing continues to run amongst the leaders at the Nürburgring 24 hour race. After six hours, Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) togther with Lucas Luhr (Switzerland) hold second place. Prior to this they had taken over the lead after almost five hours and held on to it for four laps until their pit stop.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid also led at the long distance classic in the Eifel. After around four hours the innovative race car fielded by Porsche Team Manthey with Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria), Marco Holzer (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) took the lead for two laps before losing it after taking a planned pit stop. Possibly due to a nudge with a competitor, a broken flange on the differential forced the 911 GT3 R Hybrid into the pits. Through the repairs it lost six laps to the leader.

The engine was replaced on the Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Peter Dumbreck (Great Britain), Martin Ragginger (Austria) and Sebastian Asch (Germany). As planned, another Porsche 911 GT3 R which was run parallel to the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Manthey Racing was taken out of the race after a trouble free first two hours. Now the team can concentrate on running just one car.

Quotes from the drivers

Martin Ragginger (No. 44, Porsche 911 GT3 R, Falken Motorsports): “We were doing really well and avoided taking any risks early on in the race. What a shame we’ve now lost so much time. But we’ll keep going and let’s see how many places we can make up.”

Timo Bernhard (No. 18, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Manthey Racing):
“My stint went smoothly. There were many places that were yellow-flagged, particularly in the mid-section of the circuit and I had to drive slower so as not to incur a penalty.”

Lucas Luhr (No. 18, Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Manthey Racing):
“During the pit stop one of the Nürburgring’s petrol pumps didn’t work. The petrol simply didn’t come out. So we had to push the car back to another pump and in doing so lost almost one minute.”

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