GT: Dubai team GPX Racing dominates and accomplishes its mission at Kyalami 9H

GT: Dubai team GPX Racing dominates and accomplishes its mission at Kyalami 9H

Intercontinental GT Challenge, round 5, Kyalami

21-23 November 2019

Four months after its sensational victory in the 24 Hours of Spa, GPX Racing returned to the track in the final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Kyalami 9 Hour. Its aim was to help Porsche win this prestigious GT3 Championship that enjoys incontestable international renown as the five events take place on the five continents! As in Belgium works Porsche drivers Kevin Estre, Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen, all GT world title holders, formed a dream team in the #20 911 GT3 R and led for most of the race. They finally finished on the third step of the podium having played a major role in helping the Zuffenhausen manufacturer to clinch a brace of titles in South Africa!

At the end of September, GPX Racing announced its participation in the Kyalami 9 Hour just before achieving its best result of the year in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. In Barcelona, Benjamin Goethe, Jordan Grogor and Stuart Hall finished fourth in their category and ninth overall.

The wave of momentum that began in mid-season continued at Kyalami when the team managed by Pierre-Brice Mena made its return to the Pro category. #20 was among the quickest in the practice sessions and set the fourth-fastest time in qualifying, which it retained in the grid lineup after the pole shootout.

Estre immediately fought his way up into second place in the first corner and then snatched the lead at the end of the first half hour. Lietz took over from him and kicked off the first double stints. The team sought to make the most of the different circumstances and neutralisations that occasionally wiped out the lead built up by its drivers. But apart from the out-of-sync strategies adopted by some of its rivals the Porsche in Gulf colours continued to lead the dance. At the start of the fifth hour the other Porsche driven by Nick Tandy tipped Michael Christensen into a spin despite which the Danish driver held onto first place!

With 2 hours and 15 minutes to go to the finish the race was turned upside down. As night fell in South Africa a cloud burst flooded the circuit. The Full Course Yellow procedure was followed by a safety car that backed up the favourites throwing into jeopardy the outcome of the battle for the Intercontinental GT Challenge Manufacturers’ title. With 1h33m to go to the flag Porsche was the virtual champion. With 52 minutes to go, Mercedes led by 133 to 120 points!

Finally, the field was unleashed for a 30-minute sprint! Lietz got past the Mercedes, which had slipped back in front at the final pit stop before the interruption. Shortly afterwards, the Austrian was overtaken by the Porsche crewed by Nick Tandy, Mathieu Jaminet and Denis Olsen who was in the running for the IGTC Drivers’ title. A BMW also got involved in the battle and no. 20 finished third. But the mission had been accomplished, Porsche was the intercontinental champion!

Pierre-Brice Mena: “We could say that GPX Racing led for eight of the nine hours of the race, but then the restart half-an-hour from the finish reshuffled the cards. The race was completely open again. First of all, we came here to help Porsche win the IGTC and there was a fair bit of pressure in the final decisive half-hour to snatch back the advantage from the Mercedes and keep it behind us. We can be very proud of our race. We again proved that our victory at Spa owed nothing to chance. Mission accomplished and we’re delighted to have done our bit to help Porsche win this prestigious title. The drivers made no mistakes, the pit stops were almost perfect and our performance ticked all the boxes. In the heat of the moment our result felt a bit frustrating, but taking a step back and analysing the race as a whole we have nothing to reproach ourselves. We did the job in style. Each time somebody closed the gap we upped the pace. And the cherry on the cake is that in all the races lasting more than six hours in which we’ve taken part in less than six months, Portimao, Spa, Barcelona and Kyalami, we’ve scored 100% podium finishes!”

Michael Christensen: “It’s hard to find the right words to describe the feeling I have about the end result of the race. Anyway, we finished 3rd, and happy to help Porsche and Dennis Olsen with winning the championships. Thanks to the whole GPX Racing team for another great performance!”

Kevin Estre: “We’ve led most of the Kyalami 9 Hour but ended up P3… It was again a pleasure to drive with GPX Racing! Hopefully we’ll come back soon”

Richard Lietz: “Leaving Africa with a smile. P3 at the end. Great day for Porsche! Thanks to the Team GPX Racing and my mates Kevin Estre and Michael Christensen.”

All that remains is to finish this incredible season in a blaze of glory at Abu Dhabi. While a lot of good news is beginning to circulate in the background for GPX Racing, we’ll just announce the two driver lineups for the 9th staging of the Gulf 12 Hours.

The Pro line-up comprises three Silver drivers including Benji Goethe and Stuart Hall, and in Pro-Am, the team can count on Stanislav Minsky, Fred Fatien, Nico Pronk and Klaus Bachler, the Austrian who won the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Championship at Monza. The two six-hour races will take place on Saturday 14 December.

 

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2 hrs ago

F1

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Can’t run this with damage on, just takes away the spectacle and not very interesting to watch when crashing into each other like this

The thing about Gutiérrez is to consult with his psychologist, that the damages are not activated does not mean that you drive without respect, you cannot put the car where it does not fit, fantastic boot race, it was not the best circuit to debut in a virtual race and if He is not caught in the accident, he would have been in the top 3, I hope he dared to participate again, Lecler very clean.

Gutierrez should play E roulette tonight. He hit everything else in Monaco, odds are he will hit his number or color as well

Turning damage off was a big mistake. Just became intentional wall riding for most. It somewhat disconnects risk and reward.

Some shocking driving there. And people wonder why very few take it seriously. Crank damage up to 100% and let's see them

Gutierrez is an absolute jerk and shouldn't be allowed to participate! He should go to a fair in Mexico and drive bumper cars...

Hey F1. You should have a night race at Monte Carlo and just add lights. I think it would be pretty cool.

Good for a laugh, it would be like competitive louge.

Oh this virtual thing is just lost. Loss of value in material, society and spirit. But who would compare?..

No damage is just horrible, full of punts and wallriding

Action? Come on guys, activate damages, they are real drivers!

“He wants to play bumper car or something” - everyone to Gutierrez - 2020

I feels like watching mini4WD series using barrier to turn lol Fun to watch, in not F1-serious like

Esteban Gutierrez driving was just shameful. I realize it's a video game... but even for a video game his driving was stupid.

No damage is bullshit. Grow up.

If they had damage on, only Russell would have finished the race 😀

So many people complaining, don't watch if it's so repulsive to you.

Must put damage on... it is a carnage going on there!

F1 needs a no damage mode 😂

These have been great, hope they continue!!

Gutiérrez torpedoed everyone Pastor will be proud of him

Esteban Gutierez just enjoying the map like Mario Kart 😂

Damage was needed to make it feel a bit more realistic

Call this whatever you want... but not a race

ill never complain about GT sport's online again

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5 hrs ago

F1

A mini-epic 🍿Alex Albon and Arthur Leclerc fight for P4 in the closing laps of Sunday's Virtual Monaco Grand Prix 👏 ... See Less

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Gutierrez ruined the race outcome. I expect that kinda bumper cars from nascar. I’d why I quit that series. Altho it sounds like it pleased some folks. Well, there’s always the real thing, and bikes. flat track, moto, and. Enduro’s. Something for everybody. Hope the next one is cleaner.

I would loooooove to get relevant F1 news without fantasy races and fluff. Is there a F1 page just for that? I realize everyone is struggling to stay relevant but fantasy racing is not what I signed up for.

Another Ferrari driver who can't handle being passed

More exiting than real F1.. says enough!

It looks fake and it is...multiple collisions, no damage, no nothing. It’s just not interesting.

Enough of this. Bring back the real deal

Glad they made titanium front wings and sidepods.

Super unrealistic...

Good old Karting move 👍

The fact these guys race with no damage is sad.

Never seen such racing in Monaco.

Do people look at this crap really only stockcar racing

Turn on damages. What a mess it look like kids driving today ...

turn damage on so we can really have fun watching drivers survive monaco.

Is that Blackpool GP coz they drive like they were on the Dodgems?!

He went through where Max couldn't get past Hamilton last season

😮👏🏻 Good luck

I think they should have had damage on

Turn on the damage

Gutierrez is the Pagenaud of F1

100% Prost v Senna

In real life that's a 10 sec penalty God I love these virtual races

Súper real los golpes que se dan y siguen como si nada...👏🏼👏🏼

Isso pq vcs não viram o que fizeram em romrom17 .com hilariante!

Si los duelos en monaco fuera asi en vida real, no me quiero imaginar las demas carreras jaja

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5 hrs ago

F1

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Not watched this rubbish. They need to do a kind of battle royale style event where everyone has damage on, except kyviat and the last person to be torpedoed wins.

Bad luck for Charles on that point. Two years ago breaks failure and now this😂

Why are some people so angry on this thread because wheels didn't fly off a virtual car? Lockdown really hitting hard 😂

No damage... It's just a laugh that you need the settings for 5 year olds...

Honestly what Esteban today did was dirty... unacceptable, was watching Marcel Kiefer's stream and he was raging and swearing!

Just get to real racing already. This virtual racing wore out a month ago. NASCAR has started and IndyCar starts June 6th.

These clips only remind me how barren my life is without F1 lol. I can't find any enthusiasm for these Mario Kart races.

😐 c'mon now...turn on damage and get all the F1 drivers involved. Have your "celebrity" races elsewhere. ½points for virtual races and add them to whatever is earned when the actual season resumes.

Can we get a full contact death match mode with weapons please? Please!

Someone appears to have driven through Leclercs car, ghostlike, as if made of ectoplasm...

You have overdone it with the "virtual" grand Prixs.I am a gamer and a FORMULA 1 fan myself but just the marketing exaggeration and promotion of all these tends to become boring, at least for those who spend a lot of time with pure Formula 1 things.Even the the E-league was better organized...

If they're going to play a game with ridiculous physics and no damage, why don't they just play Call of Duty. That's about as close to real war as this F1 game is to car racing.

Alright, it's funny if everyone agrees to go full Mario Kart mode. Not if a couple decides to torpedoe everyone while the rest is actually trying ro race. Either implement some set of rules or just switch to Mario Kart for this series. It was funny, now it's just ridiculous.

What no damage. That the whole point of f1

Leclerc and Monaco is just not a good combination.

What a load of sh*te this is honest. May as well watch them all playing mario cart. Utterly pointless.

Here for all the ItS nOt ReAlIsTiC comments. No kidding, it's a video game.

The handling on the Codemasters games will always be rubbish, far from realistic, useless.

Get a grip ya whining bastards! Yes, there's a bit of overzealous driving...so what! It's a bit of fun and at least a little entertainment for us while there's no real F1.

it was the worst virtual gp please turn on damage

Les mecs ils jouent sans les dégâts...trop la honte serieux quand nous on jouent en réel

also Esteban seems to be like five years child who chrashing into everything

They really need to mount guns and oil slicks and mix things up. 😜

Wow he even crash in virtual race.

N'importe quoi et croire que les gens regardent ça . Je suis très fan et je regarde autant de grand prix que possible mais a regarder des gamins joué Dsl

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9 hrs ago

MotoGP

An emotional day for all involved as Tatsuki Suzuki handed SIC 58 Squadra CORSE victory at the circuit named after the late Marco Simoncelli ❤️

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What an emotional race. Amazing.

Refunds???????

Dominik Leder

en ik ook

Fatima Benard segundo 35 cuando voy conduciendo y me envías un mensaje

Ricardo Blokzijl Nathalie Blokzijl, dat weekendje gaat jammer genoeg dit jaar niet door

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9 hrs ago

24H Series

Yesterday during the 12H MONZA, Munckhof Racing powered by No Fear Energy Drink and Ciceley Motorsport side by side during the race! 🏎️💥

#thisisendurance #24hseries #24hseries2020 #motorsport #12hmonza #racing #iracing #esports
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Yesterday during the 12H MONZA, Munckhof Racing powered by No Fear Energy Drink and Ciceley Motorsport side by side during the race! 🏎️💥

#thisisendurance #24HSERIES #24HSERIES2020 #motorsport #12HMONZA #racing #iracing #esports

9 hrs ago

MotoGP

How does Valentino Rossi VR46 Official describe himself? 🤔
Does he like pineapple on a pizza? 🍍🍕
What's his favourite #MotoMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPhis and more about the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider in our Quick Fire questions ⁉️
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Optimistic in 2018 to enjoying my soft pizza from bridgestone with mayonaise in the beach at sunset with coffee and gain cardio of my dogs just to funny 😆😆✌️

Gotta love that guy! 🤣 what if your cat finds out about that dog mishap?? 🙈 Also: pineapple on pizza is THE BEST! I’m sorry but it’s true 😝

Looking forward to racing again . You look really good , relaxed & happy. You will always be No 1 . ❤ One kiss x

Ahhhh - I got all of these right (except the mayonnaise on pizza but that’s definitely more acceptable than pineapple 🤢). Always makes me smile 😊 x

Vale you are really Amazing!!!! Good luck!!! We Love ❤💛 YOU!!!!

Always smiling our Vale !! and of course optimistic. I love him 🥰. I hope to see you soon on the track. 😉

Valentino looks like he needs that beard filling makeup pen that’s all the target on FB

My Boy, and no pineapple, I'm allergic. XX

Like the longer hair, not the beard... You can shave, you don't need the barber for that....

Only you were allowed to switch the tyres from Michelin to Bridgestone.. What a shame!

Maybe they should do this for all the riders????

FFS!! Enough of the fan-boy shite MotoGP!! 🤬 Let's see something about other riders. You have 82 others to choose from!

Mayonnaise on a pizza? In Italy? It must be an Uccio thing, there's no other explanation... 🤣🤣🤣

Pizza with mayonnaise??????

Hahahaha "forbidden." #pineappledoesnotbelongonpizza

T-shirt salesman

rossi: mayo pizza cooks: WHAT A GENIUS he must be 200+ iq

I love this guy...

Hello mester Rossi we miss you, Go go go

Ah Vale!.. la pizza con la maionese proprio non si può sentire!!!!😱😱😱😱😱

Go put some beard

Legend. Forza

Che cazzo dici Vale? Mayonnaise su pizza? Perche no Vegemite?!? 🤣🤣🤙🤙

RETIRE already!!!!!!!!

Jamais de sous titre sur vos vidéos sa commence à être lourd

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