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The new Porsche 911 GT3 R continues to shine with impressive reliability.
At round three of the Nürburgring Long Distance Championship, Mamerow Racing celebrated their first win of the season. Manthey Racing had secured victory with the GT3 racer from Weissach at the first two meetings of the series. Seven Porsche finished in the top ten.
Taking up the race from fourth on the grid, Chris Mamerow ran with the leading group. His teammate, Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler, managed to make up places. About 35 minutes before the scheduled finish the race was stopped after a tragic accident. At this time Mamerow held the lead and was declared the winner.
Armin Hahne, Jochen Krumbach and Marc Gindorf celebrated a successful premiere in their Manthey Racing 911 GT3 R. From seventh on the grid the 911 sporting a black and white striped design moved up to finish in fourth.
The new Porsche 911 GT3 R has been delivered to customer teams since spring 2010. In developing the vehicle, emphasis was placed on improving driveability and making handling easier. The 911 GT3 R features a four-litre six-cylinder boxer engine delivering 480 hp (353 kW). A six-speed sequential gearbox transmits the power to the rear axle.
The development of the 1,200 kg lightweight 911 GT3 R is based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup launched in September 2009 for one-make cup racing. Thanks to a 0.2-litre increase in engine capacity, the GT3 R delivers 30 hp more than its Cup pendant. Both race vehicles are based on the extra-wide body of the street-legal 911 GT3 RS.
An anti-lock brake system (ABS), traction control and an e-gas with “throttle-blip” function help pilots familiarise themselves quicker to the new GT3 race vehicle compared to its predecessor the 911 GT3 Cup S, also making it easier for ambitious amateur racers to get used to the car. The flared wheel arches front and rear show the wider track compared to the previous model. The underbody of the vehicle is completely covered and features a rear diffuser. Compared to the forerunner model, the adjustment range of the rear wing has been increased.
- Porsche Motorsport