Stuttgart. With the race on England’s storied Silverstone Circuit, the World Endurance Championship bids farewell to Europe on 26 August. Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) again contest the GTE Pro class of the new long distance world championship with the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, with which they won the race in Spa-Francorchamps this season.
The race in Silverstone is one of the classics on the new World Endurance Championship calendar. It brings to mind the great tradition of the 1,000 kilometre race on legendary European race tracks.
The 5.891 kilometre Silverstone Circuit was created on a former airfield. On 13 May 1950 the race track hosted the first modern day Formula 1 Grand Prix. Today, the tradition-steeped circuit situated in the British Midlands is the core of an expansive, state-of-the-art motorsport complex.
The Porsche drivers
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
The top model of Porsche Motorsport’s customer racing vehicles is the most successful GT race car of the past years. The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR headed into the 2012 racing season with extensive modifications. Recently, the race car was fitted with a new front splitter and an adapted rear wing.
Porsche has won many endurance races in Silverstone. Marc Lieb alone secured for Porsche four championship titles with class wins here on the traditional circuit at the final rounds of the Le Mans Series – most recently in 2009 and 2010 with Richard Lietz. The Weissach developed and built RS Spyder sports prototype scored a double victory here in 2008.
The six hour race in Silverstone takes off on Sunday, 26 August, at noon local time (13.00 hrs CEST). Eurosport 2 broadcasts the action live from 15.00 hrs to 17.15 hrs CEST, with Eurosport later airing the final phase live from 17.45 hrs to 19.00 hrs CEST.
Comments before the race
Hartmut Kristen, Porsche Head of Motorsport: “After Le Mans, several changes were sanctioned by the governing body of the World Endurance Championship to be made on our 911 GT3 RSR in order to bring into line the balance of performance. Like in the American Le Mans Series, these relate primarily to the aerodynamics with a new front spoiler and an adapted rear wing. Now we must see how these changes affect the performance and competitiveness in Silverstone. In the last years we were mostly very successful on this circuit.”
Richard Lietz: “I’m feeling confident that we can find the speed again that we had earlier in Silverstone through the improvements to our car. After the let-down in Le Mans it’s important for the team to achieve a good result. Silverstone is one of my favourite tracks, the fast combination after the finish straight in particular makes every lap a fantastic challenge. It would be simply wonderful to show everyone that we’re back in action.”