Kyalami 9 Hour Qualifying: Porsche starts from pole position in South Africa
Challenging conditions did little to hinder our experienced team out in South Africa.
While our TAG Heur Formula E Team are battling with the extreme heat at the Diriyah ePrix in Saudi Arabia, the GPX Racing team have been contending with wet and greasy conditions at the Kyalami 9 Hour in South Africa.
Porsche’s works driver Nick Tandy had spectators on the edge of their seats in the third qualifying session, the Brit struggling with the conditions and sliding into the barriers in turn seven. Mercifully, the car wasn’t too badly damaged, and after the German squad made swift repairs, he managed to plant his vehicle in the top 10 and thus in the pole shootout. In the final session, Tandy ultimately outshone all of his rivals and went quickest around the 4.522-kilometre circuit. For the race, the 2015 Le Mans overall winner shares the car with Porsche Young Professionals Dennis Olsen and Mathieu Jaminet.
Taking up the race from P4, GPX Racing’s Porsche 911 GT3 R flying the legendary Gulf colours is perfectly placed for a top result. Richard Lietz qualified the car fielded by the winning team of the 2019 Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour race on the second row of the grid. In the race, the Austrian shares driving duties with the world sports car champions Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre.
Showing experience beyond his years, Matt Campbell mastered the unpredictable conditions, qualifying his Dinamic Motorsport’s 911 GT3 R in P5. The Porsche Young Professional from Australia is joined in the No. 12 cockpit by the IMSA champions Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.
The Porsche 911 GT3 R run by KÜS Team 75 Bernhard (No. 911) will tackle the final race of the 2019 Intercontinental GT Challenge from P12. Romain Dumas lost a significant amount of time during his first qualifying lap in heavy traffic with 28 vehicles from five classes. His German works driver colleagues Sven Müller and Dirk Werner made up five positions in their respective sessions, however this was not enough to gain them entry into the Pole Shootout.
Porsche development driver Lars Kern contests the silver classification with his teammates Dylan Pereira and Saul Hack from the second grid spot. The trio in Lechner Racing’s No. 9 Porsche 911 GT3 R qualified on P18. The South African customer team Perfect Circle takes up the race from P28.