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Porsche 963 Wins 2024 Rolex 24 in Griping Finale

The No. 7 Porsche 963 fielded by the Porsche Penske Motorsport works crew has gained the 24 Hours of Daytona. Works drivers Felipe Nasr from Brazil, Dane Cameron from the USA and Matt Campbell from Australia in addition to American IndyCar star Josef Newgarden prolonged Porsche’s file variety of victories to 19. The No. 6 sister automotive completed fourth with works drivers Mathieu Jaminet (France), Nick Tandy (Nice Britain), Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) and Kévin Estre (France). The Porsche 963 campaigned by the formidable buyer groups Proton Competitors and JDC-Miller MotorSports adopted immediately behind. Within the GTD Professional class, AO Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 R secured second place.

In an action-packed race witnessed by a file crowd, the 2 Porsche Penske Motorsport’s 519 kW (706 PS) Porsche 963 traded locations on the entrance of the sector with the No. 31 Cadillac. Shortly after sundown on Saturday night, the No. 6 automotive took the lead for the primary time. Nonetheless, a number of penalties saved throwing the automotive shared by Jaminet/Tandy/Vanthoor/Estre again down the sector. Kévin Estre’s small slip within the pit lane exit on Sunday morning dampened the hopes of victory for this hybrid prototype.

In a nail-biting race between the producers within the high GTP class, the final of 15 warning phases pushed the suspense to the sting: in a 32-minute duel, the ultimate battle to glory went right down to the wire between Felipe Nasr within the No. 7 automotive Porsche and Briton Tom Blomqvist on the wheel of the Cadillac. Within the final dash, the Brazilian struggled with deteriorating tyres however efficiently fended off his rival’s assaults. To the shock of the spectators, the chequered flag got here out round 1:half-hour earlier than the top of the race. Porsche’s first total win since 2003 and the sports activities automotive producer’s nineteenth victory at Daytona was safely within the bag.

“What a unbelievable win to begin the yr,” says a delighted Michael Steiner, Member of the Government Board for Improvement at Porsche. “Your entire Porsche Penske Motorsport works crew and everybody on the growth centre in Weissach have labored extraordinarily onerous to put the foundations for this success. My honest because of all of our workers. We by no means gave up and didn’t let the powerful setbacks from final yr rock us. Now, we’re reaping the rewards of our onerous work. Within the closing part, the duel on the observe made the unrivalled ardour apparent. No person gave up, no person backed off till the chequered flag. I discovered that completely thrilling, as I’m positive it did many motorsport followers all over the world.”

“It’s troublesome to place the feelings into phrases. We gained the 2024 Daytona – superb,” says a delighted Thomas Laudenbach, Vice President of Porsche Motorsport. “I’ve by no means skilled such a heart-stopping battle. We gained one of many actually massive races at this time. Our bundle labored. 4 Porsche 963, two from Porsche Penske Motorsport and two from our robust buyer groups, made it by means of with none main technical issues – that’s fairly a feat in itself. This was solely potential because of the unbelievable work of everybody concerned. Thanks a lot! Second place for the Porsche 911 GT3 R from AO Racing within the GTD Professional class can also be completely unbelievable. Daytona was undoubtedly definitely worth the journey for us.”

“An incredible day for your entire Porsche Penske Motorsport organisation,” stated Roger Penske, Founder and Chairman of the Penske Company. “Each of our Porsches had nice pace however extra importantly, the reliability and the execution by our crew allowed us to safe the general win for the primary time since 1969. Congratulations to your entire Porsche and Penske organisation on this monumental victory.”

Sturdy outcomes from buyer groups within the high GTP class and GTD-Professional class

Ending fifth and sixth, the 2 Porsche 963 fielded by the Proton Competitors and JDC-Miller MotorSports buyer groups rounded off the banner end result within the high GTP class. At instances, each race automobiles have been even heading in the right direction for the rostrum. The seasoned drivers and the kids on the wheel of No. 5 and 85 automobiles put in commanding drives with blistering lap instances and clear performances.

Within the GTD Professional class, AO Racing secured the second podium step with the Porsche 911 GT3 R. On the wheel of the No. 77 “Rexy” race automotive, works driver Michael Christensen from Denmark, former Porsche Junior Laurin Heinrich from Germany and Sebastian Priaulx from the UK drove a flawless race – as did your entire buyer outfit from the USA. “This yr’s 24-hour race as soon as once more underlined that it’s a must to struggle to the top. AO Racing saved its cool throughout its debut race within the GTD Professional class and secured a terrific end result with second place,” commented Sebastian Golz, Venture Supervisor Porsche 911 GT3 R. “All the automobiles reached the end line. Wright Motorsports managed to complete seventh on this gruelling race and extremely aggressive discipline. That was clearly the utmost.” The equivalent 911 campaigned by Andretti Motorsports, Kellymoss with Riley and MDK Motorsports completed the race in ninth, eleventh and twelfth place.

Porsche kicks off the brand new IMSA season on the high of the desk

With this win within the prestigious traditional in Florida, Porsche has taken the lead within the producers’ championship. After the season opener, the victorious drivers of the #7 automotive are additionally on the high the drivers’ leaderboard. Spherical two of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is about to be one other spotlight: the standard 12 Hours of Sebring will happen on 16 March. The endurance race additionally counts because the second spherical within the Michelin Endurance Cup.

Race end result

GTP class:
1. Cameron/Nasr/Campbell/Newgarden (USA/BR/AUS/USA), Porsche 963 #7, 791 laps
2. Derani/Aitken/Blomqvist (BR/UK/UK), Cadillac #31, -2.112 s
3. Taylor/Deletraz/Herta/Button (USA/CH/USA/UK), Acura ARX-06 #40, -14.989 s
4. Tandy/Jaminet/Estre/Vanthoor (UK/F/F/B), Porsche 963 #6, -15.387 s
5. Bruni/Jani/Picariello/Dumas (I/CH/B/F), Porsche 963 #5, -44.479 s
6. Van der Helm/Westbrook/Hanson/Keating (NL/UK/UK/USA), Porsche 963 #85, – 2 laps

GTD-Professional class:
1. Serra/Rigon/Pier Guidi/Calado (BR/I/I/UK), Ferrari 293 GT3 #62, 733 laps
2. Heinrich/Priaulx/Christensen (D/UK/DK), Porsche 911 GT3 R #77, -34.999 s
3. Sellers/Snow/Verhagen/van der Linde (USA/USA/USA/RSA), BMW M4 GT3 #1, -2 laps

GTD class:
1. Ward/Ellis/Dontje/Morad (USA/UK/NL/CAN), Mercedes AMG GT3 #57, 731 laps
7. Adelson/Skeer/Heylen/Makowiecki (USA/USA/B/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R #120, -1 laps
9. Andretti/Chavez/Hargrove/Preining (USA/USA/CDN/A), Porsche 911 GT3 R #43, -3 laps
11. Brule/Udell/Hindman/Andlauer (USA/USA/USA/F), Porsche 911 GT3 R #92, -12 laps
12. Li/Fjordbach/Ten Voorde/Bachler (CHN/DK/NL/A), Porsche 911 GT3 R #86, -13 laps

Porsche 911 GT3 R, Wright Motorsports (#120), Adam Adelson (USA), Elliott Skeer (USA), Jan Heylen (B), Frederic Makowiecki (F), IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Race 1, Daytona, 2024, Porsche AG

Supply / Photographs: Porsche



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