Porsche - the sports auto manufacturer from Germany has won many endurance racing competitions, adding to th success, the Manthey Racing team with 4 consecutive winnings at the 24 hour race in Nurburgring. Thanks to drivers Marc Lieb and Timo Bernhard (Germans), the Frenchman Romain Dumas plus Marcel Tiemann - Monaco; the GT3 RSR Porsche 911 (yellow and green) hitting 480 horse power finished naturally aspirated the race 1 whole lap ahead of Audi R8 GT3, the nearest rival. 1 lap around the Green Hell 12.9 mile consists of 40 right and 33 left hand turns; and that's after twenty-four hours nonstop racing.
'To counteract this we had to take more risks and turn one qualifying lap after the other to stay in the lead' says Timo Bernhard. 'It was only when the Audi experienced technical problems that we could take it a little more carefully during the last hours' conttinued Marc Lieb. For Romain Dumas the decisive factor was: 'All of us were able to maintain this unbelievable pace and not one of us made the slightest error'.
Marcel Tiemann: 'We wrote motorsport history today. To win this race four times in a row with this team and now become the driver with the most victories here, that means a great deal to me'.
Olaf Manthey, team boss affrmed: 'I’m incredibly proud of my entire team and my drivers. I couldn’t imagine a better line-up than Timo, Marc, Romain and Marcel. But that said, Richard, Wolf, Emmanuel and Dirk also delivered a super performance with our 911 GT3 Cup S. It’s just a shame that changing the drive shaft cost us 24 minutes. Otherwise we could have brought home a double win today'.
Hartmut Kristen, Head of Porsche Motorsport said: 'Our customers ran three different current Porsche racing models at this race: the 911 GT3 RSR, the 911 GT3 Cup S and the 911 GT3 Cup. All three were equally fast and reliable. There is hardly a more impressive way to show that the Porsche 911 is still the best sports car in the world. Congratulations to Manthey Racing and all the other Porsche teams who did a great job in their respective classes. Despite the new tank regulations clearly disadvantaging the Porsche teams, the Manthey squad could still bring home their fourth straight win. Still, that shouldn’t conceal the fact that the regulations should be corrected. The efficient vehicles should not be the ones that spend the most time refuelling in the pits'.
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