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24 Hours of Le Mans: Porsche GT2 report

Even though the coverage hardly focused on the GT2 class, it was one of the best as well. We almost died in our seats when the crash between Patrick Long and Seth Neiman happened. Two hours into the race! We won’t point fingers here, its just a shame that these two Porsches more than likely would have won this race. Period.

24 Hours of Le Mans: Porsche GT2 report
911 GT3 RSR, Team Felbermayr-Proton: Alex Davison, Wolf Henzler, Horst Felbermayr Sr.

The teams in the near-standard GT2 class also took off into the race with their Porsche 911 GT3 RSR showing great promise. In qualifying, the Porsche works driver Patrick Long (USA) had undercut the magical four-minute mark with a lap time of 3:58.152 minutes in the sports car category for the first time and with his German works driver team mate Wolf Henzler, claimed a double pole position result. In the race two Porsche 911 GT3 RSR held a clear lead. After two hours an unlucky collision between Long and his compatriot Seth Neiman robbed them of any chance to win. For the French IMSA Performance Matmut team with Long, works driver Richard Lietz (Austria) and Raymond Narac (France) this signalled the end of their race. The 911 of the Flying Lizard Motorsports team could rejoin the race, but sat more than 30 laps behind to secure sixth at the flag with drivers Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), Neiman and Johannes van Overbeek (USA). With this, Bergmeister turned the fastest lap by far in the GT2 category in 3:59.887 minutes.

Fifth place in the GT2 class went to Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler (Germany), Alex Davison (Australia) and Horst Felbermayr sen. (Austria). Until midnight, the trio delivered a spirited fight for the lead against a Ferrari, but fell far back due to a one-hour stop for repairs in the night. ‘Apart from this technical defect our 911 ran like clockwork. But the competition in our class is so close that it’s very difficult to make up any lost time,’ said Henzler.

Race result GT2

1. Bruni/Melo/Salo (I/BRA/FIN), Ferrari F 430 GT, 326 laps
2. Malucelli/Ruberti/Babini (I), Ferrari F 430 GT, 318 laps
3. Kaffer/Ehret/Nielsen (D/D/DK), Ferrari F 430 GT, 317 laps
4. Aucott/Ferté/Daoudi (GB/F/F); Ferrari F 430 GT, 312 laps
5. Davison/Henzler/Felbermayr sen. (AUS/D/A), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 309 laps
6. Bergmeister/Van Overbeek/Neiman (D/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 289 laps


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