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WEC Bahrein - Sand in the works
Monday, 17 November 2014 10:40


ProSpeed WEC Bahrein14 Porsche911GT3RSR75 1BAHREIN (BRN) – Where on the one hand most championships have started their winter recess, the World Endurance Championship (aka WEC) on the other hand is still going strong. This weekend the penultimate round of the championship was on the calendar: the 6 Hours of Bahrain. Following this competition in Bahrain this weekend, the Belgian ProSpeed Competition team as also the other teams still face the season's finale in Brazil held on the F1 Interlagos circuit. In Bahrain ProSpeed Competition with their French trio comprised of Emmanuel Collard, François Perrodo and Matthieu Vaxivière (FRA/FRA/FRA) did not experience the wished for extension of their strong performances in the previous three races, with amongst others a pole position and a podium. The reason for this lesser performance was short and simple: sand. The track of the Bahrain oil state has an ongoing covering of fine desert sand and this fact upset the brand new Porsche 911 RSR's performance.

ProSpeed WEC Bahrein14 Porsche911GT3RSR75 3Already during the free practice sessions it was apparent that the track was slippery, due to a fine layer of desert sand. During these free practice sessions the Belgian Porsche team used up more sets of tyres than foreseen, something that created a domino effect for the rest of the race weekend. The pure performance during the qualifying sessions and the race itself was somewhat lower than expected and this made a repeat of the extremely strong performances achieved over the last few months impossible. A puncture did the rest but notwithstanding that the team stranded a mere minute from clinching fourth place. Once again it clearly showed that the World Endurance Championship is in fact a drawn out sprint of the highest level, where no delay is tolerated.

Rudi Penders (ProSpeed Competition Team Principal)

ProSpeed WEC Bahrein14 PitStop75"In the first instance let us emphasize that apart from the puncture our race ran faultlessly. The drivers did what they could, the strategy, with the shortest time in the pitlane out of all the GT cars, was extremely good and the reliability of the new Porsche 991 was once again perfect. In theory one would therefore expect to achieve a good result. But this championship demands even more, which we succeeded in Japan and China, however here one element made it more difficult for us than expected. There is not only the high level, but the degree of perfection, throughout the entire weekend, which means that in this World Championship the slightest hitch can influence the entire weekend. The fact that we used more tyres than expected during the free practice sessions, prejudiced us during the entire race weekend. Over one lap we were able to keep to the pace of our rivals, but taking it over the entire race we ran just short of claiming our place up front."

François Perrodo (Driver - #75 ProSpeed Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE Am)

ProSpeed WEC Bahrein14 MVaxiviere FrPerrodo ECollard RPenders"After what was an almost faultless race it is perhaps somewhat frustrating not being able to repeat the results of the previous races. This circuit may not have been to our liking and the best we can do is to draw the necessary lessons from this and once again pull out all the stops in Interlagos."

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