Porsche, which won last year, landed on the fourth place at the recently held 79th Le Mans 24 Hours race. The Felbermayr-Proton team, which included Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Wolf Henzler (Germany), ranked fourth in the GTE Pro sports car class.
Getting fifth place was the French IMSA Performance Matmut team. Ranked at sixth was Flying Lizard Motorsports from the US. Eighth place went to the 911 of the Belgian ProSpeed Competition team.
The French Larbre Competition team placed second place with the 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE Am class, where just one professional race driver is allowed per vehicle and only last year’s cars are qualified to race.
According to Hartmut Kristen, the Head of Porsche Motorsport, its teams were well prepared and the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was very durable and reliable but there were two accidents during the race. He pointed out the differences in performance that resulted from the present Balance of Performance ratings.
The fastest 911 GT3 RSR wasn’t able to reach the estimated number of laps per set of tires. Changing tires meant there were extra pit stops. Kristen added that just like last year, the Porsche crew “put in a brilliant drive with high reliability in all areas.” He said that the drivers (Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz and Wolf Henzler) were faultless during the race but they got into several accidents and safety car phases.
He also pointed out that it was just in the early part of the race that the team lost more than one lap. The first happened at the red light on the exit of the pitlane. As a result, there was tire damage and repairs had to be done. The car body also had to be fixed.