Porsche Wins All GT Titles in World Endurance Championship
Porsche may have discontinued its LMP1 program in the FIA World Endurance Championship, but it is still racing in the lower classes and causing just as much trouble for competitors there as it had in LMP1, winning four out of four possible GT titles.
At this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the final event of the 2018-19 WEC season, Porsche factory drivers Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre won the GTE drivers’ championship while Porsche won the GTE manufacturers’ championship. The Project 1 customer team also won the GTE-Am class championships and, thanks to the disqualification of the #85 Keating Motorsports Ford GT, even took home a Le Mans victory while it was at it.
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Out of the eight endurance races in the season, the Porsche GT Team claimed class victory three times and was on the podium every time. “It was a dream season that could not have been more successful,” said Dr. Michael Steiner, member of the Porsche R&D board. “Everyone at Porsche can be very proud of what has been achieved in the Super Season of the FIA WEC. Our successes have shown very clearly that the Porsche 911 is still the measure of all things in the sports car world.”
Porsche now has 108 class wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, cementing its position as the most successful manufacturer in the race’s history. Despite all of that success, however, there’s still no indication that Porsche will return to the top endurance racing class, even after the new hypercar rules were revealed. It’s probably only a matter of time, though.
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