Sakhir – The six hours race at the Bahrain International Circuit marks the end of the season 2015 of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC) on November 21. The teams Dempsey Proton Racing and Abu Dhabi Proton Racing have ambitious goals for the final in the desert. They absolutely want to make it onto the podium one more time at the demanding Formula 1 course, where they start under the management of team manager Christian Ried with the Porsche 911 RSR with 470 PS in the very competitive GTE-Am class. The race starts in the afternoon heat and ends in darkness. Therefore, it will certainly be exciting and dramatic.
Dempsey Proton Racing: In the Porsche 911 RSR with starting number 77, Christian Ried (Schönebürg) replaces US actor and race driver Patrick Dempsey in Bahrain and starts together with Porsche works driver Patrick Long (USA) and Marco Seefried (Wildschönau). The team came second in Le Mans, and in Fuji, it celebrated its first class victory in the WEC in October.
Abu Dhabi Proton Racing: Khaled Al Qubaisi (Abu Dhabi) and Klaus Bachler (Austria) are at the start with the Porsche 911 RSR with starting number 88 for the first time together with Marco Mapelli (Italy). So far, this season’s best placement of the team was the second place in Austin.
Comments about the race
Christian Ried (team manager and driver, Porsche 911 RSR #77): “After a very inconsistent season with ups and downs, we hope for a strong final in Bahrain. As a team, we want to show ourselves once more from our best side. It’s not going to be easy on this circuit which is very challenging for everyone because of the heat and the extreme track surface. But we have already shown in the course of this season that we can successfully handle even the most difficult challenges on a day on which everything goes right. This makes me optimistic.”
Patrick Long (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “I’m looking forward to driving in Bahrain again for the first time since 2004. The track is very demanding, a real challenge. The tires are certainly going to play a decisive role. We had the opportunity of testing on the track and are accordingly well prepared. What makes Bahrain also so fascinating for me is the hospitality of the people there.”
Marco Seefried (Porsche 911 RSR #77): “Finally once again a track that we drivers know. What worries us a bit: The track surface is very extreme, there is going to be as much tire wear as nowhere else in the WEC. Therefore, it’s very important to perfectly tune our 911 RSR for the race. The race lasts until night, which helps me a lot because I like driving at night. We will try to give everything to make it onto the podium once again at the end of the season.”
Klaus Bachler (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “I am happy that I also race in the final of the season. Bahrain is a great circuit which is very demanding, but also a lot of fun. Last year, we were quite good during the race, but then encountered some minor problems which threw us back. If things go better this time, we can drive on the podium. This would be a wonderful end of the season.”
Khaled Al Qubaisi (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “Bahrain is something like my home track in the WEC. Not that easy, but very attractive. I like driving there, especially at night. This makes the whole thing even more interesting. I hope that we can offer the motorsports fans a great final of the season. This would help to further increase the interest in sports car races in the region. I’m looking forward to the race and to meeting many friends. They will keep their fingers crossed for us in every case. We have the potential to win races. For this, everything has to go together perfectly once.”
Marco Mapelli (Porsche 911 RSR #88): “I’m happy that the team gives me the opportunity of starting at the final of the season of the WEC in Bahrain. I have in mind to drive a good race and to help to make the last race of the year a success for us.”
The 5,407 kilometers long Bahrain International Circuit is located in the middle of the desert, half an hour’s drive southwest of Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The circuit with the long start/finish straight and a total of 14 corners was built in 2004 for Formula 1.
Dempsey Proton Racing and Abu Dhabi Proton Racing are going to start in the WEC with the Porsche 911 RSR with 470 PS, which is based on the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car. The winning car of classic endurance races of Le Mans, Daytona and Sebring is characterized by consistent lightweight construction and sophisticated aerodynamics.
Live on TV
The six hours race at the Bahrain International Circuit starts on Saturday, November 21, at 3 p.m. local time (1 p.m. CEST). From 6 p.m., Eurosport is going to broadcast the last hour of the race as well as the podium ceremony live.
At the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), eight races on three continents are held in the current season. Sports prototypes and GT cars start in four classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. They all drive together in one race, but are rated separately. Porsche’s client teams Dempsey Proton Racing and Abu Dhabi Proton Racing compete against Aston Martin, Chevrolet and Ferrari with the Porsche 911 RSR in the strong GTE-Am class.