Porsche buyer groups make their mark within the DTM with the 911 GT3 R

The Porsche buyer groups have made an impression on the debut DTM season. On the identical time, it was additionally the debut of the Porsche model within the DTM.


The 911 GT3 R fielded by SSR Efficiency and the Crew 75 Bernhard achieved three victories within the storied German racing collection. Works driver Thomas Preining turned heads not too long ago with a robust consequence and spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. The Austrian concluded the 2022 DTM season fifth within the drivers’ championship. For the primary time in DTM historical past, Dennis Olsen scored pole place for Porsche.

Preining headed into the ultimate race weekend at Hockenheim with an outdoor likelihood of claiming the title. Nevertheless, all hopes for the large coup have been shortly dashed within the first of two races. After a heavy shunt with a rival automobile in lap six, the Austrian’s Porsche 911 GT3 R fielded by the Crew 75 Bernhard smashed into the observe boundaries. Whereas Preining walked away from the wreckage, his extreme bruising and the irreparable harm to the No. 24 Porsche made it inconceivable to sort out Sunday’s race. Dennis Olsen suffered the identical destiny on the wheel of SSR Efficiency’s No. 94 automobile. A number of autos have been concerned in each accidents, which occurred in fast succession. Consequently, solely Christian Engelhart was capable of contest the second race with the sister automobile run by the Munich-based buyer squad. The German, nevertheless, needed to retire early within the No. 92 automobile after a collision within the first lap.

Dennis Olsen, SSR Performance, 911 GT3 R, DTM, 2022, Porsche AG
Dennis Olsen

“We’re upset, clearly, that the title goals in Hockenheim have been dashed so early. Nevertheless, the well being of our drivers takes prime precedence. We’re more than happy that each one security components in our Porsche 911 GT3 R did their job nicely and that each drivers got here by the heavy crashes with solely minor accidents,” confirms Thomas Laudenbach after Saturday’s race in Hockenheim. Trying on the 2022 season as a complete, the Vice President of Porsche Motorsport provides: “Our buyer groups have established the Porsche model within the DTM in file time. We’re very happy with the groups and drivers. Within the very first season of this fiercely aggressive collection, the 911 GT3 R secured three victories – that is an incredible consequence. Thanks to everybody who made these achievements attainable.”

Between July and September, Thomas Preining was the driving force to beat within the DTM. Throughout this time, the Austrian works driver scored two wins, two additional podium outcomes and extra factors than some other driver. On his means his, the 24-year-old from Linz delighted followers along with his spirited prices and spectacular overtaking manoeuvres on the wheel of his 911 run by Crew 75 Bernhard. Dennis Olsen additionally took middle stage in the course of the summer season months: The Norwegian received at Spa-Francorchamps and occupied the second podium step twice. Furthermore, he posted the first-ever pole place for the Porsche 911 GT3 R within the DTM. The private spotlight for his teammate his, works driver Laurens Vanthoor, was fourth place on the Norisring.

Thomas Preining, Team 75 Bernhard, 911 GT3 R, DTM, 2022, Porsche AG
Porsche 911 GT3 R of Thomas Preining

“Trying again, we exceeded all of our expectations,” said Sebastian Golz, Venture Supervisor Porsche 911 GT3 R. “The regular upward development within the consequence lists reveals that we have all constantly developed in the fitting course. The crew discovered loads and put these insights into follow. The cooperation between the DTM and Porsche was primarily based on an open and stable basis, and this permits us to look to the 2023 season feeling very assured.”

Porsche wrapped up the DTM 12 months in fourth place within the producers’ classification. The shopper groups SSR Efficiency and Crew 75 Bernhard achieved positions eight and ten within the crew championship. Thomas Preining concluded the 12 months fifth within the drivers’ championship, with SSR drivers Olsen and Vanthoor claiming positions ten and 18.

The ultimate two races of the DTM season in Hockenheim have been the final outings for the tried and examined GT3 racing automobile from Weissach. For the upcoming season, the brand new ca. 416 kW (565 PS) Porsche 911 GT3 R primarily based on the 992-generation 911 will make its debut. The brand new GT3 car from Weissach efficiently accomplished a check race on Saturday (8 October) on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife scoring third total. Buyer groups are already exhibiting nice curiosity in campaigning the brand new mannequin within the 2023 DTM.

Thomas Preining, Team 75 Bernhard, 911 GT3 R, DTM, 2022, Porsche AG
Thomas Preining, Crew 75 Bernhard

Extra feedback on the 2022 season

Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 GT3 R #24): “After my accident in Hockenheim, I seem like an avatar man: utterly blue. However I am high quality. The crash can not take away from the constructive impressions of the 2022 season. I climbed to the highest of the rostrum at my most necessary race weekends: on the Norisring and at my dwelling race on the Pink Bull Ring. That was actually unbelievable. Thanks a lot to the crew and Porsche. What an incredible DTM debut. It makes me very proud. I hope to get the possibility to win the title in 2023.”

Timo Bernhard (Proprietor Crew 75 Bernhard): “We achieved nice issues with not quite a lot of sources. With Thomas, we traveled to the finale as sturdy contenders for the title. In fact, it hurts that it ended like this. Nonetheless, that does not detract from our achievements within the slightest. Two victories this season are merely phenomenal. I need to thank my mother and father for his or her help, the whole crew for his or her nice work and Tommy for his sturdy performances in Porsche 911 GT3 R.”

Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #94): “The season was a particular expertise. The primary weekends have been powerful for us all as a result of we merely weren’t aggressive. We went into it with different concepts. However we then systematically labored our means up: second place on the Norisring and the Nürburgring and our first victory at Spa. That was terrific and confirmed which you can obtain nice issues with onerous work. Sadly, issues did not go as nicely on the finish of the season. By no means thoughts: we’ll preserve the highlights in thoughts and we need to construct on these in 2023.”

Stefan Schlund (Proprietor SSR Efficiency): “The primary two occasions of the 12 months have been extraordinarily tough. That wasn’t solely our fault – it was additionally due to how the Porsche 911 GT3 R was labeled. We then made noticeable progress in all areas and we have been justly rewarded for this. The rostrum outcomes and victory in Belgium have been nice, and so was Dennis Olsen’s first pole place for Porsche within the DTM. Whereas Dennis has delivered sturdy performances over the 12 months, we barely managed to faucet the complete potential with the sister automobile. That was too unhealthy. All in all, we’re taking some constructive reminiscences dwelling from the 2022 season.”