You’ve got to hand it Porsche’s iconic 911 GT3. In last year’s 24 Hours Nurburgring race, Porsche 911’s took 7 of the top 10 places in what could only be described as total domination of the world’s toughest endurance race.
And in the highly competitive GT2 Class at this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours, no less than six 911 GT3 RSR’s will line up on the grid in France’s most famous of motor races.
Le Mans is a sacred place in motor sport history – the Holy Grail if you will, and Porsche has claimed a staggering 16 overall victories there, since 1970.
The Porsche GT3 RSR is truly an awesome machine, a pure bred racing car and the most powerful iteration of the iconic 911 model.
Powered by a water-cooled six-cylinder 4-litre boxer engine, the current GT3 RSR puts out a serious 331 kW (450 hp) at 7,800 rpm and 430 Nm of torque at 7,250 rpm, with a metallic scream loud enough to wake the dead at the maximum 9000 rpm.
The team to watch out for this year are the German Felbermayr-Proton squad with drivers Marc Leib (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Wolf Henzler, while Porsche factory drivers Joerg Bergmiester (Germany), Patrick Pilet (France) and Patrick Long (USA) will also drive GT3 RSRs for various other teams such as the US ‘Flying Lizard’ group, French IMSA Performance Matmut, and BMS Scuderia Italia.
But Porsche are up against some serious competition this year from the likes of BMW, Ferrari, Corvette and Aston Martin, but the Porsches are notoriously reliable and very quick in the twisty sections, while giving little away in the fast straight sections.
Over 250,000 fans are expected to be trackside at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours race and they are in for a treat, as this is more just a race, more of an event for the whole family.
Fifty-five cars will contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race around the 13.650 circuit, from when the lights go off at 3.00pm on Saturday June 12, and good luck to all teams and drivers for a safe race.