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Successful GT2 debut with Egidio Perfetti as winner in the Porsche 935

Two very special GT2 models celebrated their race debut on the occasion of the 24 Hours of Spa (Belgium). Fielding the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and the Porsche 935, an international field of 15 drivers contested two 30-minute races. On Friday, Norwegian Egidio Perfetti crossed the finish line in first place at the Porsche Motorsport GT2 Supersportscar Weekend in the 700 hp Porsche 935 ahead of Germans Jan-Erik Slooten and Klaus Abbelen. On Saturday, Perfetti won against Slooten and Christian Ried.

The field treated spectators to spectacular races with spirited duels on the 7.004-kilometre racetrack. Among the 15 drivers were two Le Mans GTE-Am class winners, Perfetti and Ried, as well as the VIP driver, the six-time Olympic gold medallist in track cycling, Chris Hoy (GB). “The Porsche Motorsport GT2 Supersportscar Weekend was an absolutely successful event for us. It began on Wednesday with the popular drivers’ parade and finished on Saturday with Stéphane Ratel and Fritz Enzinger handing the participants their trophies. The spirit of the Porsche family was alive and well in the GT2 paddock and we’re satisfied in every respect,” declared Oliver Köppen, Manager Sales Europe South at Porsche Motorsport and Porsche Project Manager of the Porsche Motorsport GT2 Supersportscar Weekend.

The 700 hp Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport and Porsche 935 rolled onto the grid as the most powerful vehicles of the weekend and thrilled fans at the racetrack. Three models of the new Porsche 935, limited to only 77 units, competed featuring a body reminiscent of the legendary Porsche 935/78, which fans dubbed “Moby Dick” due to its elongated shape and massive fairings. The newly developed Porsche 935 and the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport also underlined their competiveness on the racetrack. The clubsport car’s technology is based on the 911 GT2 RS* high performance sports car. Both the road and the racing versions are mounted with the same powerplant: a state-of-the-art 3.8-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo-charged boxer engine.

Fritz Enzinger, Vice President Porsche Motorsport, was delighted with the smooth roll-out and success of the event: “We witnessed two great GT2 races at Spa this weekend. I hope that was just a foretaste of a new GT2 format next year. The fans were thrilled with the spectacular vehicles and the feedback from the organisers was also very positive.”

Egidio Perfetti, Mentos Racing (Porsche 935): “Two wins on one weekend, you can’t ask for more than that. Of course I’m absolutely delighted. My car was super and despite the changing conditions with sun and hot temperatures on Friday and cooler, even rainy conditions on Saturday, the team put a perfectly set-up car on the track for me.”

Jan-Erik Slooten, Iron Force Racing (Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport): “That was a really cool weekend here in Spa. It was an historic occasion with the Porsche GT2 races. I’m pleased to have climbed the podium twice. It was so much fun driving the new car.”

Christian Ried, Proton Competition (Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport): “We only took possession of the car two weeks ago and everything ran smoothly at Spa. We had to work on the setup during the practice and qualifying, but it ran well in the race. A fantastic weekend with a great car!”

Chris Hoy, Porsche AG (Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport): “That will definitely be a weekend that I’ll always remember. Being a part of the first Porsche GT2 event with the 911 GT2 RS Clubsport was fantastic. The car was perfect and I’m very grateful and happy to have been given the chance to be here.”

Result race 1
1. Egidio Perfetti (N), Mentos Racing, Porsche 935
2. Jan-Erik Slooten (D), Iron Force Racing, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
3. Klaus Abbelen (D), Frikadelli Racing Team, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
4. Christian Ried (D), Proton Competition, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
5. Chris Hoy (GB), Porsche AG, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
6. Philipp Neuffer (D), Huber Sport, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
7. Georg Bernsteiner (D), Aquarius Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
8. Steffen Görig (D), Herberth Motorsport, Porsche 935
9. Frank Kräling (D), Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
10. Vincent Floirendo (RP), Ensport Motors by Absolute Racing, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
11. Mark Ineichen (CH), GRT Grasser Racing Team, Porsche 935
12. Luc Vanderfeesten (B), Porsche Racing Experience by Manthey-Racing, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
13. Jason Bell (USA), Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
14. Frank Gelf (D), Iron Force Racing, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
15. James Sofronas (USA), Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport

Result race 2
1. Egidio Perfetti (N), Mentos Racing, Porsche 935
2. Jan-Erik Slooten (D), Iron Force Racing, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
3. Christian Ried (D), Proton Competition, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
4. James Sofronas (USA), Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
5. Klaus Abbelen (D), Frikadelli Racing Team, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
6. Chris Hoy (GB), Porsche AG, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
7. Frank Kräling (D), Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
8. Steffen Görig (D), Herberth Motorsport, Porsche 935
9. Philipp Neuffer (D), Huber Sport, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
10. Georg Bernsteiner (D), Aquarius Motorsport, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
11. Vincent Floirendo (RP), Ensport Motors by Absolute Racing, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
12. Mark Ineichen (CH), GRT Grasser Racing Team, Porsche 935
13. Luc Vanderfeesten (B), Porsche Racing Experience by Manthey-Racing, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
14. Jason Bell (USA), Spirit Race Team Uwe Alzen Automotive, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport
Frank Gelf (D), Iron Force Racing, Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport: DNS

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