6 Hours of Fuji – Richard Lietz (Porsche): “Rain can increase our chances”

6 Hours of Fuji – Richard Lietz (Porsche): “Rain can increase our chances”


No, at Monza, Porsche did not shine. After its victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans thanks to Bruni-Lietz-Makowiecki, the 911 RSR-19 fell off the line, leaving the podium for Corvette and Ferrari. It will be important for Alexander Stehlig’s men to recover in Japan, at the risk of seeing their dream of ending the GTE Pro title an era which, in accounting terms, has been led by Ferrari.

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We could see in Monza that we are suffering under certain conditions, admits Richard Lietz, who takes his place at n°91 alongside Gianmaria Bruni. Although we are driving to Fuji in September, we are hoping for changeable weather. I admit that rain or a change in conditions can increase our chances. »

If the Austrian can no longer dream of the title because he is not in Monza (see HERE), his Italian sidekick is second overall, one length behind James Calado-Alessandro Pier Guidi (Ferrari 488 GTE n° 51) and a. points ahead of his stable colleagues Kévin Estre-Michael Christensen. The Frenchman, who is not happy to return to the Fuji circuit after a two-year absence.

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The Fuji setup always suits our 911 RSR and that gives me hope, he shows. The battle for the championship is very close, so it is important to be ahead of this race to get as many points as possible. »

And his Danish teammate continues: ” It will be played with preparation and the ability not to make mistakes. That is what we need to focus on. »

And for good reason, if the 911 RSR-19 was not very interesting in Monza, the formation of the Germans was not perfect in terms of strategy, apart from that …