1ST long distance race of the season at the Nurburgring for Porsche
Round 1 : Three successful Porsche premieresPRESS RELEASE:
Three successful Porsche premieres
Stuttgart. A successful weekend for Porsche at the season-opener of the Nrburgring Long Distance Championship: At its race premiere, the new Porsche 911 GT3 R claimed victory, the innovative 911 GT3 R Hybrid debuted with sixth place and Walter Rhrl made his much celebrated comeback after 17 years.
Timo Bernhard (Germany), Marc Lieb (Germany) and Marcel Tiemann (Monaco) are the winners of the first race of the season on the Nrburgring-Nordschleife. With the new, 480 hp Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by the Manthey Racing team, the trio drove a trouble-free race. It is extraordinary to climb to the top of the podium at the first race ever of a new race car, said a pleased Bernhard. His works driver teammate Lieb added: It seems the new 911 GT3 R has inherited the reliability of all racing 911. With 14.5 and 3.6 seconds respectively, the three Porsche pilots relegated the best Audi RS and the BMW M3 to finish second and third.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid also gave a promising debut: Porsche works drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Richard Lietz and the former Porsche Junior Martin Ragginger (both Austria) brought home the white/orange racer with its combustion engine supplemented by two electric motors delivering 60 kW each to the front axle in sixth place after a trouble-free race. Im positively surprised how well this car performed already at its first race, said Bergmeister. We tried many things out during the race and will be busy further developing the hybrid drive for the 24 hour race in May. Our aim is to use less fuel than our competitors without compromising performance, explains Lietz...