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Porsche 911 GT3 R wins the long distance thriller in the Eifel

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Porsche 911 GT3 R wins the long distance thriller in the Eifel

After an enthralling final phase, Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki, Richard Lietz and Patrick Pilet have won the 24-hour race in the Eifel with their nine-eleven fielded by the Manthey-Racing.

In pouring rain, the nine-eleven fielded by the Manthey-Racing team took the lead 70 minutes before the end of the race and held onto it to the flag. This marks Porsche’s first victory since 2011 on the legendary long-distance racetrack and hands the brand its twelfth victory.

The Porsche 911 GT3 R (#912) took up the race on Saturday at 15:30 hrs in bright sunshine from sixth on the grid, but fell far behind with a puncture. During the night, the driver line-up of Richard Lietz (A), Patrick Pilet (F), Frédéric Makowiecki (F) and Nick Tandy (GB) caught up to the frontrunners and moved into second place despite a time penalty. When the race was restarted on Sunday after fog halted the race at 13.45 hours, the final driver Frédéric Makowiecki snatched the lead with a masterful overtaking manoeuvre and crossed the finish line in first place after 135 laps.

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Date Posted: May 18, 2018