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Porsche Targeting “High Quality” Teams for New 911 GT3 R

Porsche looking for “high quality” teams to run its new 911 GT3 R…

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While facing a large demand for its latest-generation GT3 car, Porsche is working to secure “high quality” teams for the new 911 GT3 R in several key championships, according to Head of Motorsport Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser.

The German manufacturer, which is ramping up for a full customer rollout with its 2019-spec machine, has outlined aggressive plans to have additional all-pro teams in championships such as the Blancpain GT Series.

An initial batch of around 40 cars are set to be made available to customers next year, which Walliser indicated has more-or-less already been accounted for.

“It’s been totally easy to sell all of the cars,” Walliser told Sportscar365. “But we are looking for high quality racing teams.

“Getting really good teams with proper lineups, professional teams, properly financed in the most important series, this is what we’re working on at the moment.”

Walliser explained the reason behind the Manthey Racing entry in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup this year was to help attract customer teams to the series.

The all-factory crewed Manthey car and Am Cup competitor Precote Herberth Motorsport were the only two full-season Porsches in the Endurance Cup this year, although Walliser is expecting that to change.

“The reason for entering Blancpain this year, knowing it would be difficult, was to attract more teams,” he said. “We want more teams and are expecting more.”

It’s understood Porsche had been courting several high-profile Blancpain GT teams, including Team WRT, in recent years, although the Belgian powerhouse squad is expected to remain with Audi next year amid its potential ramped up involvement with the manufacturer in DTM.

Walliser said demand in both U.S. and Asia, its two strongest GT3 markets, remains stable and is expecting similar numbers next year.

An initial allocation of around ten of the new Porsches will be made to North America, with January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona set to serve as the car’s first major race with its customer teams.

“It confirms that everything we did was right and the demand for the market is there,” Walliser said. “People trust us more in GT3 again. I would say our first generation [991-based 911 GT3 R] was a little bit of an introduction in coming back to GT3.

“I would say we are now back. I’ve had a lot of requests from Blancpain GT. We won the ADAC GT Masters championship and Nürburgring 24 and were competitive on the Nordschleife.”

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

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. BirdBrick

    October 8, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    Whatever happened to Prospeed Competition.

    • Alex

      October 10, 2018 at 6:19 am

      I believe they’re the Patrick Dempsey operation in GTE-AM in the WEC? I think that’s who he bought.

      Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. Andy

    October 8, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Wasn’t GT3, a LONG LONG time ago, supposed to be the gentleman’s series under GT1/GT2/etc? Now we’re only selling to all pro teams at this time? Sounds a little on the nose about why GT3 costs are INSANE.

    • Andyneedsarealitycheck

      October 8, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      Yeah Andy, that’s why GT3 series everywhere else in the world are going quite well, because they are so expensive.

      The real world beckons and you keep falling off.

      • More like you should pay attention sir

        October 8, 2018 at 8:04 pm

        Yup, because no one at all anywhere is concerned about costs in GTE series? Oh wait, that’s right EVERY GT3 series is cutting costs massively over the last couple years. Yup, that’s a class secure with its future.

  3. RSRman

    October 8, 2018 at 7:20 pm

    If Mr. Walliser, is targeting “High Quality” teams for the GT3 R he should talk to Flying Lizard Motorsports, one of their most successful GT Porsche teams in the US.

    • David Chaste

      October 8, 2018 at 7:35 pm

      Yeah when a billionaire owns the team nothing is beyond reach. When said billionaire gives the shop away to his favorite racing buddies…well so far they’ve only been loyal to whomever gives them the fattest contract. Porsche will have to ante up to secure their services.

    • Seth on track was the heart of FLM

      October 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      They did, and Flying Lizard WAS a top end team but not so much any more it seems. Sadly it feels like they are closer to TRG than the Flying Lizard of old.

      • David Chaste

        October 9, 2018 at 8:34 am

        Porsche only paid for the 45 car (the chassis for the 45 belonged to Porsche and was given to Core). Seth was paying for the 44.

        When they had 3 cars in 2008 Porsche payed for the 45, Seth paid for the 44, and they split the costs for the 46.

        The article mentions properly financed teams, so they want a team that also generates its own revenue. As of now, Kpax/Flying lizard does not seem to split cost on anything, they go for whoever offers them the juiciest contract. at least that’s what it seems like from my armchair view.

  4. Anthony Thomas

    October 10, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    Ignore any rants about upward cost, everybody is aware off the increasing cost of GT3. That is not the subject of this press release, not news, press release.

    Courting WRT isn’t a shock but is Audi really going to let it’s most successful team get away?

    I think not.

    All the current Porsche heavy hitters are doing historic, WEC or flaying in the United States.

    What Porsche is hoping for is one of the many teams that run other platforms might be willing to switch over. One of these slatwarth teams is current running Audi’s after first switching to McLaren, then Lamborghini and finally Audi where they have enjoy their most success in Blancpain up to this point. I don’t unless Porsche sticks a carrot in front of them is willing to switch cars again.

    Maybe you’ll see a team jump from ADAC GT or VLN or another regional series. In-fact that is where the current teams came from (ADAC and VLN). I think you’ll see an expansion of Bernards team and maybe another team from Germany.

  5. C6Rick

    October 16, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    High quality teams were like Level 5. The more money you spend, means the higher quality you are in the eyes of the press.

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