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11 Porsches at the forefront of the GT3 season

The Porsche company and its professional customer teams will send a large team to participate in the 24-hour endurance race at Spa-Francorchamps. A total of 11 911 GT3 Rs compete for the “Arden Coaster” championship. This means that Porsche has the most representative brand in traditional Belgian competitions. The traditional long distance is the most significant GT3 race worldwide and is taking part in two titles this year – the GT World Challenge European Endurance Cup and the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

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The Dinamic Motorsport, Herberth Motorsport, GPX Racing, Rowe Racing, and the KCMG teams started with two GT3 cars designed in Weissach, and Frikadelli Racing only uses one of them. Timo Bernhard (Timo Bernhard), Porsche brand ambassador, will participate in this GT3R. The Porsche company will provide its partners with the support of engineers as well as consultant staff including two young professionals and at least a dozen factory drivers. Because of the corona pandemic, the competition that usually lasts for 24 hours will be delayed for about three months than formerly planned, and there will be no spectators.

The Race

The Spa-Francorchamps tour is located at the easternmost point of Belgium, not far from the German border. This track was opened in 1921 and currently covers 7004 kilometers, of which 21 curves pass through the Walloon Mountains, so it is called the “Ardennes Roller Coaster”. Fast lanes such as Raidillon/Eau Rouge and Blanchimont are also known as La Source hairpins and are located at the end of the start/finish line. The first round of the 24-hour competition held in Spa-Francorchamps in 1924. At that time, in the Maldives, the distance between Francorchamps and Stavelot was 14.863 kilometers. In 1979, the new Formula One car started racing for the first time. In the long history of classic durable GT racing, Porsche has so far celebrated seven championships.

Porsche team and drivers at a glance

A total of 36 racers, 11 Porsche 991 GT3 Rs, and 6 customer teams: The Stuttgart-based performance car manufacturer has never had such a rich lineup in the Ardennes 24 Hours. Six cars can accumulate points for the IGTC Builders Championship: Apart from Frikadelli Racing’s No. 22 car, there are 911 (56th) from Dinamic Motorsport, GPX Racing (12th), and 991 from Herberth Motorsport. Nominated for KCMG (47th) and Rowe Racing (98th). In the Spa-Francorchamps event, the vehicle and its occupants will receive IGTC and GT World Challenge European Endurance Cup points after 6, 12 and 24 hours.

Like Racing In Another Universe

Mercedes will run this World Championship among themselves. On paper, everything spoke for a duel between Mercedes and Red Bull. Only one straight, but 14 corners. Among them seven under 160 km/h. Max Verstappen’s pole position from last year also indicated a close race between the defending champion and his challenger.
 
But then the disillusionment was great. Max Verstappen was 1.402 seconds short of Lewis Hamilton’s fastest time. More than twice as much, many attempted to explain why Mercedes had brought out most of its lead on the straight.
 
Mercedes W11 is not only fast on the full-throttle sections. Lewis Hamilton rubbed Red Bull under the nose: “Our lead surprises me. The chassis, the aero package, and mechanical grip count here.” Exactly the disciplines in which the opponent thought he had the advantage.
 
Comparing the lap times in 2020 with the previous year, it shows how Mercedes has improved. It is a good race by a quantum leap. Hamilton undercut last year’s pole by 1.125 seconds. Verstappen was three tenths slower than last year.
 
The Dutchman lost in all three sectors to the World Cup rival, which is now disappearing on the horizon. in the middle section with its many fast turns. Sebastian Vettel said after the show of the Silver Arrows:
“They don’t drive on another planet. They are traveling in another universe.”
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff was also surprised: “Red Bull was always a bank at the Hungaroring. We were counting on them here and of course, we cannot judge from outside what the problem is. It doesn’t seem to me to be a fundamental mistake. It looks more like they were wrong somewhere looking for the setup and the right upgrades. “
 
The Austrian now warns against the sister team Racing Point: “They are faster than us in some corners. Racing Point is now on the podium, if not for victories.”
 

A Mercedes championship

You don’t have to be a clairvoyant to predict the rest of this World Cup or look into angel number 222. It will result in a duel between the Mercedes drivers. You will be lucky if you get fire from a competitor every now and then. Max Verstappen almost seems to have come to terms with it. “If the Mercedes continue to drive in this form, they will be hard to catch up with.”
 
Bottas did not look dissatisfied even when he ended up a defeat. From the fans’ perspective, one can only hope that there will be a head-to-head race between Hamilton and Bottas in the race. Otherwise, this World Cup could become a sleeping pill. In 2014, Mercedes installed an artificial tensioner in some races. This is when they sent their two drivers into the race. They’ve raced with different strategies but with similar superiority.
 
This was already discussed with the drivers at the first race in 2020 but was quickly rejected. According to Toto Wolff, it is too early for such games. “This approach escalated a couple of times in 2014. It would be negligent to do it now. We would look pretty stupid if we missed the points we could lose at the end of the season. Red Bull can still come back. “