Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), Round 8 in Sakhir/Bahrain
Sakhir – Richard Lietz is about to win the title in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC). After his victories at the Nürburgring, in Austin and Shanghai, he travels as leader in the FIA World Endurance Cup for GT pilots and clear title favorite to the final of the season on November 21 to the desert state Bahrain. Together with his Danish team mate Michael Christensen, he starts with his Porsche 911 RSR at the challenging Bahrain International Circuit in the especially competitive GTE-Pro class.
Richard Lietz about Bahrain
“The final of the season promises to be exiting and dramatic once again. If it goes well, we can win three GT titles for Porsche in Bahrain: for manufacturers, for teams and for drivers. But it’s not going to be easy. The track is very tough for the tires. We have to tune the 911 RSR so that we can drive a good hour with one set of tires. I try not to think about winning the drivers’ title. Of course, I have a great starting situation after the victory in Shanghai. But after all, it’s not going to be a sure-fire success. We have to drive a race without mistakes and need a perfect strategy, good pit stops and certainly a bit of luck. If we manage that, we have all possibilities in the fight for the title.
The six hours race at the Bahrain International Circuit starts in the afternoon heat and ends in darkness. The 5.407 kilometers long track with the long start/finish straight and a total of 14 corners was built in 2004 for Formula 1. It is located in the middle of the desert half an hour’s drive southwest of Manama, the capital of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Richard Lietz starts 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), 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. Richard Lietz is going to compete against Aston Martin and Ferrari with the Porsche 911 RSR in the strong GTE-Pro class.