What better way to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Porsche 911 sports car then by taking home its
100th class victory at the most recent Le Mans 24 Hours on June 22, 2013. This past weekend, the 24
hours of Le Mans brought many successes for the team including a double victory in the LMGTE Pro
category and a LMGTE Am win. An all-American trio that included Hollywood actor Patrick Dempsey (his
first Le Mans race) finished a solid 4th in the Amateur class too.
The GTE-Pro class win of Dumas/Lieb/Lietz in the 911 RSR and the GTE-Am class win of
Narrac/Bourret/Vernay in the 911 GT3 RSR brought Porsche's continued success to 99 and 100 class
wins in motorsports. This makes Porsche the team to beat, attaining twice the victories in half the time.
"With the 99th and 100th class win and the double victory of the new 911 RSR, this Le Mans 24 hour
race was a magnificent success for Porsche. I very much congratulate all those who have contributed.
Our joy, however, is also mixed with sadness and shock at the death of Allan Simonsen. We have not
only lost a passionate racer, but also a good friend of the Porsche motorsport family. He contested his
first Le Mans 24 Hours in 2007 with a Porsche. With our works driver Marc Lieb in 2005, he contested
two races of the Le Mans Endurance Series in a Porsche as well. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his
family as well as the Aston Martin squad and his teammates at this difficult time," stated Dr. Wolfgang
Porsche, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Porsche AG.
Both 911 RSRs drove an almost flawless race, with no major technical problems and pit stops only used
for routine refueling, tire and driver changes. The #92 911 RSR moved up the field early on in the race
and fought hard for victory till the end. The #91 911 RSR had a slight issue with a fellow competitor
nudging the rear taillight, resulting in its replacement. And even in the final hours the #91 car made a
bold move into second place, passing the Aston Martin and Ferrari. Considering this is the third outing
for the 911 RSR at the World Endurance Championship, the results are quite impressive.
Marc Lieb (No. 92): "It's a fairytale. To win Le Mans at our first attempt with a new RSR is something we
never expected in our wildest dreams. I'm incredibly proud of my teammates and the entire crew that
turned the 911 RSR into a winning car at Le Mans in such a short time."
Despite typical rainy Le Mans conditions, the GT3 RSRs completed the race with minimal error.
Unfortunately for Le Mans first timer Patrick Dempsey in the Dempsey Del Piero-Proton 911 GT3 RSR, he
was shunted off the field by a sports prototype. If it weren't for this mishap, this all-American team
might have scored the victory for the GTE-Am class.
Patrick Dempsey (No. 77): "We were competitive the entire race. This is really what you want to be,
Patrick [Long] did a great job on his opening stint, Joe [Foster] was incredible in what seemed like every
session of his in the rain, and our Porsche from Proton Competition was perfectly prepared. It was just a
great race, we came up just a little short on the podium, but we will reach that goal soon enough. We
had a great time."
Dumas/Lieb/Lietz (F/D/A), Porsche 911 RSR, 315 laps
Bergmeister/Bernhard/Pilet (D/D/F), Porsche 911 RSR, 315
Dumbreck/Mücke/Turner (GB/D/GB), Aston Martin, 314
Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor (DK/E/USA), Chevrolet Corvette, 312
Beretta/Kobayashi/Vilander (MC/J/SF), Ferrari 458 Italia, 312
Bruni/Fisichella/Malucelli (I/I/I), Ferrari 458 Italia, 311
Narrac/Bourret/Vernay (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 306 laps
Perazzini/Case/O'Young (I/I/CDN), Ferrari 458 Italia, 305
Gerber/Griffin/Cioci (ZA/IRL/I), Ferrari 458 Italia, 305
Dempsey/Long/Foster (USA/USA/USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 305
Henzler/Gibon/Milesi (D/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 300
Ried/Roda/Ruberti (D/I/I), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 300
Collard/Perrod/Crubile (F/F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 298