Our 911 RSRs are in Shanghai for round five of the WEC Super Season. After victory in Japan last month, the GT team heads into this six-hour endurance battle with renewed confidence and an extended lead over rivals from Ford, Ferrari, Aston Martin.
Richard Leitz will be hoping to dispel the memories of 2017, when a shunt from an LMP1 prototype cost him and Fred Mako the GT lead and a likely class win. This year he returns in the #92 car with new teammate Gianmaria Bruni, while 2018 Le Mans winners Kévin Estre and Michael Christensen share the #93 sister car.
Ahead of the race, VP of GT Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser is a mix of confidence and circumspection: “After winning the Fuji race we’re heading to Shanghai feeling highly motivated. But we have to assess the situation realistically. Our win in Japan wasn’t entirely our own doing, several things happened that played into our hands. With this in mind, the race in China certainly won’t be a foregone conclusion. We have to stay fully focused to avoid making any mistakes. If we manage to do this and make the most of our 911 RSR’s potential, we should be able to climb the podium at Shanghai – maybe even the top step.”
The race gets underway on Sunday 18 November at 04:00 hours CET (11.00 hrs local time).