Round 1 of the 9th season of the WEC was contested at the legendary Spa circuit on 1 May 2021. The result of this race in the GTE Pro class went in Porsche’s favour with the #92 Porsche 911 RSR of Kévin Estre/Neel Jani taking a commanding win. The #91 sister car of Gianmaria Bruni/Richard Lietz finished in fifth place in class being hampered by heavy traffic, a puncture and a rear end shunt by a Hypercar. The only Porsche finisher in GTE Am was the #88 Dempsey-Proton Porsche, and while a podium place was a possibility, a very late drive-through penalty torpedoed any chance of that happening.
However, the whole WEC community moves to Portugal this weekend for Round 2 at the 4.684 km Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, which is nestled in the hilly hinterland close to the coastal resorts of Portimão and Lagos. Most of the WEC races are 6-hour events and only require two drivers per car, apart from Le Mans that is, but because the Portimão race is an 8-hour event, three drivers per car will be used.
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