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Silverstone WEC Round 3 Preview

#92, Porsche Motorsport, Porsche 911 RSR,LMGTE Pro, driven by: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor on 17/06/2018 at the 24H of Le Mans, 2018

#92 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor
Le Mans 24 Hour, 16-17 June 2018: The #92 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre and Laurens Vanthoor, finished first in the LMGTE Pro class

After the summer break, the WEC heads to Silverstone this coming weekend for WEC Round 3 of the 2018/2019 Super Season. Having moved from its traditional slot as the WEC season opener in April, it will be the first time the Silverstone round of the WEC has been held this late in the year.

#91 Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki
Le Mans 24 Hour, 16-17 June 2018: The #91 Porsche 911 RSR was driven by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki, and finished second in the LMGTE Pro class

The LMP1 class should be beyond question with Toyota already well out in front of second-placed Rebellion. In the LMP2 formula, the #36 Signatech Alpine is comfortably ahead of the two Jackie Chan cars which are lying in second and third places, just a point apart. The real action, though, will be in the GTE Pro and GTE Am classes.

GTE Pro and Am class drivers for Round 3:

Class No.  Team Drivers
GTE Pro 91 Porsche GT Team Richard Lietz/Gianmaria Bruni
92 Porsche GT Team Michael Christensen/Kévin Estre
GTE Am 54 Project 1 Jörg Bergmeister/Patrick Lindsey/Egidio Perfetti
77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Christian Ried/Julien Andlauer/Matt Campbell
86 Gulf Racing Michael Wainwright/Ben Barker/Alex Davison
88 Proton Racing Khaled Al Qubaisi/ Giorgio Roda/Matteo Cairoli

The GTE Pro and Am Porsche 911 RSR are essentially running the same spec machine in both classes. The 911 RSR in the Pro class has a minimum weight limit of 1269 kg and the engine must run with a pair of 30.3 mm restrictors. In order to establish a performance difference between the Pro and Am Porsches, the 911 RSR in the Am class must have a minimum weight of 1279 kg and the engine must be fitted with a pair of 29.9 mm restrictors.

Apart from these restrictions, which are carried over from Le Mans and were correct at the time of publication, the only other difference between the Pro and Am cars is the driver behind the wheel.

Kevin Estre gets a last-minute hug from his wife on the grid prior to the race
Le Mans 24 Hour, 16-17 June 2018: Kevin Estre gets a last-minute hug from his wife on the grid prior to the race. Estre shared the #92 Porsche 911 RSR with Michael Christensen and Laurens Vanthoor in the LMGTE Pro class

From the points tables below, it can be seen that the Porsche Pro and Am teams travel to Silverstone with a strong lead in each class. Of course, the #92 and the #91 GTE Pro Porsche RSRs were victorious at Le Mans, so the drivers will still be buoyed following that fine performance. Hard on their heels though, will be the other contenders in class which includes Ferrari, Aston Martin and BMW. While the #91 and #92 cars competed at Le Mans sporting a special historic livery, for the Silverstone round, the two factory cars will revert to the corporate design with the colours white, red and black.

#77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Christian Ried, Julien Andlauer and Matt Campbell
Le Mans 24 Hour, 16-17 June 2018: The #77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR driven by Christian Ried, Julien Andlauer and Matt Campbell in the LMGTE Am negotiates the Ford chicane

In the GTE Am class, it was the class leaders in the #77 Proton Dempsey RSR that romped home first at Le Mans, so it will be important for this team to turn in a top performance at Silverstone. It won’t all be plain sailing though, as the team new to the class this year, namely Project 1, turned in an admirable sixth in class at Le Mans considering it was their first year in WEC and their first race in the 24-Hour of Le Mans. This result would have been a good deal higher had they not had a problem late in the race. The other strong contenders will be the #86 Gulf Racing RSR which was a full second quicker than the rest of the class at Spa, until a pit lane speeding infringement put paid to their chances. Not wanting to be left out of the limelight, the #88 Proton Racing RSR will be keen to lift their fortunes and climb off their position at the bottom of the class.

#91 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki
Le Mans 24 Hour, 16-17 June 2018: The #91 Porsche 911 RSR driven by Richard Lietz, Gianmaria Bruni and Frederic Makowiecki approaches the Dunlop Bridge

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