Porsche RSR-19 doubts allayed after Daytona result

Rachit Thukral

The latest iteration of the Porsche 911 RSR made its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut at Daytona last month, finishing second and third behind the race-winning Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing-run BMW M8 GTE.

The result followed a frustrating FIA World Endurance Championship outing for the squad in December's Bahrain 8 Hours, where both its cars suffered technical issues and propped up the GTE Pro field as a result.

in Bahrain made the German manufacturer question the reliability of the RSR-19, before a trouble-free run at Daytona convinced it that there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the car.

“But now [after Daytona] everything is confirmed that everything is in the right direction.

“We did a 44-hour endurance test in Sebring in November and we had no issues. That’s why we were confident for Bahrain, it didn’t work out. But now it worked out in Daytona.

“For us it was a brand new car, first 24 hour race. The team is disappointed because we were always fighting with the leader, but finishing second and third is a really good result.”

#92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre

#92 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR: Michael Christensen, Kevin Estre JEP / Motorsport Images

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