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Up to Ten Porsche 911 RSRs Possible for 24H Le Mans

Up to ten mid-engined Porsche 911 RSR entries possible for 24 Hours of Le Mans…

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Porsche is expecting to have a significant presence of GTE machinery in next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, with as many as ten mid-engined 911 RSRs possible between factory and privateer entries.

The German manufacturer has made the new-for-2017 car available to customers next year, with at least six confirmed orders for entrants across the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series.

Coupled with the possibility of four, or potentially five works-entered 911 RSRs in GTE-Pro, it could result in the largest grid of Porsche GT cars in the French endurance classic in nearly 15 years.

A total of 11 Porsche 911 RSR or RS models were entered in the 2004 event, in a race that was won by the White Lightning Racing entry of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Sascha Maassen.

Porsche GT factory motorsports director Marco Ujhasi would not go into detail on his total entry projections, admitting it very much is dependent on invites handed out by the ACO Selection Committee.

“It’s always nice seeing many Porsches on the grid,” Ujhasi told Sportscar365. “It’s an invitation thing. We’re waiting for the numbers we are allowed to go.

“Hopefully it’s a higher number than we want to have.

“I guess we’ll have some decisions quite soon. I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of RSRs on the grid.”

Sportscar365 has learned Porsche could now opt to request five GTE-Pro entries, spread between Manthey and CORE autosport-entered cars, including a possible ‘legends’ car, according to one source.

When asked about the potential for as many as five works entries, Ujhasi said, “What do you call a factory car?

“Like always, we will announce our plans and wishes [at the ‘Night of Champions’ next month]. Not always the dream comes true.

“Maybe [it will be] a compromise in between. But we will hear something what our plan is.

“With the cars going into customer hands, I’m quite confident we’ll see a lot of cars in Le Mans.”

Seven Customer Cars Expected

A seventh GTE customer car, meanwhile, is now expected following Porsche’s initial allocation of six mid-engined 911 RSRs for next year.

It comes following confirmation that longtime Porsche single-make entrant Project 1 has acquired a car.

The German squad joins Proton Competition, which has four confirmed cars, a single Gulf Racing entry and a to-be-announced Asian customer, believed to be Craft-Bamboo Racing, in Porsche’s customer GTE lineup. 

Despite the incredible demand for the car, Ujhasi said they will maintain limited sales in order to focus on providing sufficient customer support.

“I guess we could sell many more but it’s always a question about resources and parts,” he said. “We want to offer good service to all the customers.

“It will not be too many cars. If you stay with the official number [of six], then you’re quite close at least.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Luc

    November 28, 2017 at 8:14 am

    Bring your earplugs! That car is incredibly loud. Love it.

  2. jason

    November 28, 2017 at 9:01 am

    There are some cases where you can’t have too many cars. The Porsche 911 RSR is one of them. I have come to love this machine more and more as the year has gone by. Its too bad they only have 1 victory this year globally which was at Lime Rock.

    GTE Pro at Le Mans will be insane. I hope the ACO lets all of them in along with what the other manufacturers want to have such as 4 Fords, 3 Ferraris between Risi and AF Corse, etc. Let it be at the expense of some ELMS LMP2 teams for all I care.

  3. Parrish Preston

    November 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    i totally agree with you Jason.

  4. Toni

    November 29, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Nooooo!! Not 5 cars of the same team in GTE pro! It makes no sense and doesn’t help the event in any way. I understand that it has been quite a while for Porsche since their last GTE win at Le Mans and I am really wanting them to win this coming event, but it should be because of hard, fair on track battles, excellent strategy, proper racecraft and true ingenuity. Not by outnumbering the competition.

  5. John Cray

    November 29, 2017 at 4:10 am

    Much as I like the mid engined 911 Porsche is only willing to fund up to 5 factory Pro entries because it’s saving a small fortune following withdrawal from LMP1, and it’s desperate for success at Le Sarthe after a lacklustre few years in GT.
    Let’s not forget why Porsche abandoned P1. The fact that it’s done the fans a favour by opening up the category is incidental and accidental.
    With so many GT manufacturers the ACO should limit the number of Pro & GTE entries to achieve a fair balance. After all, Factory supported Fords, Ferraris and Fords wilk be back to two in other WEC races, and Chevy won’t bother to turn up at all.
    So create a balance that might limit the number of also ran ELMS P2s & GT Ams but don’t give Porsche carte blanche; it deserves no favours.

    • Davy

      November 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

      How about they all enter as many cars as they want? GTE-Pro is the best class in the WEC, it’d be very dumb to deny entries for the sake of “fairness”. Drop the useless P2 and -AM if there are too many entries.

      • Toni

        November 30, 2017 at 3:55 am

        Please excuse the phrasing, but it will be very dumb to let money decide the GTE pro class. I have never seen anything positive from Ford fielding four cars, so why would it improve if Porsche would also field four or five cars?

  6. Oederland

    November 30, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Great to hear that more Porsches might arrive. This might result in more Porsche to blow up. There was a tendency to burn during the last two or three years…

  7. angel Seralena

    December 2, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    In response to Porsches blowing up, Porsche relies on a higher revving engine configuration for lack of turbocharging. Would any of you out there agree if turbocharged thus lower revving equates to longevity.

  8. Deubi

    December 5, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    …the GTE’s are the best Class in WEC – Multiple-car-Operations should be an Option for Every Manufacturer , no matter if in PRO , or AM…

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