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Porsche’s face and speech change

Porsche's face and speech change

The sensation in the paddock of the Circuit de la Sarthe the thing is Toyota are the favorites for the Centennial edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and? Ferrari is the alternative, as was demonstrated last Thursday, when the 499P #50 and #51 took the first two places in the hyperpole. Surprising, but not much, the performance of the red cars in qualifying, that of Le Mans It is his second pole of the year of the four disputed. And it may not surprise either the fourth position of Porsche with his unit #75 piloted by Philip Nasrbut they do differentiate it in time: one tenth of the Toyota #8 and ahead of #7.

At the appointment of 6 Hours from Portimao the factory stuttgart He got a podium with his car number 6 although in the previous one the speech of the German team was not very encouraging: “We are far away”. In the 6 Hours of Spa the fourth place of their 963 number #5 confirmed them as the best LMDh (Ferrari, Toyota, Peugeot, Glickenhaus are LMH, they are allowed to design the car 100% as they wish, while Porsche and Cadillac are required certain standard parts with other LMDh like the BMWs that run in IMSA or the 2024 Alpine presented on Friday) and the classification in Le Mans marks them as hidden. The challenge is very complicated, but the discourse in the Penske structure has changed.

From that “we are far away”, it has gone to: “Our brand turns 75 this year. No other manufacturer can recall such an illustrious history in Le Mans like Porsche. We have achieved 19 overall victories and 110 class victories, and that is certainly not all: we are aiming for our 20th success in the Sarthe”, as he stated thomas laudenbachvice president of Porsche Motorsportduring the test week at Le Mans. urs kuratlecompetition director of the official team of LMDhindicates the work that is in Porsche and the tone is no longer pessimistic as it was on the afternoon before Portimao: “In the test sessions, Porsche Penske Motorsport He has prepared himself thoroughly for what is to come. We cannot make any statement about our choices in the Hypercar category. But one thing is certain: with the three official Porsche 963s, plus the one from the customer team Hertz Team Jota, we are in the best possible position.”

Also, there are more reasons to be happy. He BoP (Balance of Performance) before which they resigned themselves in Portugalfor France has changed: has angered Toyotawho gains 37 kilos Ferrarifor its part, adds 24, Cadillac he takes 11 and the Germans have only gained weight in three. He Peugeot 9X8he Glickenhaus SCG 007 LMH and the Vanwall Vandervell 680 LMH they do not receive alterations, but in the case of these last three the problems do not seem to reside in that aspect.

More ambitious are the drivers of the Porsche squad. “A podium would be a good result for us, but at Le Mans the goal is to win,” he begins. Kevin Estre, crew member of unit #6 who comes out in ninth position. “We really work a lot with the engineers, at Porsche and Penske, to have the best possible car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. If we have an impeccable race, we will fight for a podium. And if, eventually, we have the speed, we will fight for the victory”, affirms the Frenchman. Frederic Makowiecki, in charge of driving the #5 during the Hyperpole, points out that the classification in about 24 hours is not decisive at all: “The red flag ruined things for me, as did the fact that a slower vehicle stopped me at the end of my quick lap But it doesn’t matter, qualifying for a 24 hour race is not that critical. It is more important that we have a good car throughout the race.”

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