Falken Motorsports is starting the 2019 racing season with a new Porsche 911 GT3 R, which will be used alongside the proven BMW M6 GT3 at the Nürburgring. With the racing cars from two premium car manufacturers, the Japanese tyre brand is continuing its successful 20-year commitment to motorsports on the Nordschleife.
The new generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 R, based on the facelifted Type 991, still has a six-cylinder boxer engine with 550 hp and even better aerodynamics. Falken 300/680R18 tyres provide even more grip on the front axle, while the rear axle is still fitted with 310/710R18 tyres.
The driver line-up remains almost unchanged. The Porsche is driven by the two Austrians Martin Ragginger and Klaus Bachler, who are supported by the Porsche factory drivers Dirk Werner (GER) and Jörg Bergmeister (GER). At the wheel of the BMW, Peter Dumbreck (UK) and Alexandre Imperatori (SUI) will be taking turns with the two BMW factory drivers Stef Dusseldorp (NED) and Jens Klingmann (GER).
Falken was the first Porsche customer team to test the 2019 model last autumn. With success, the evolutionary model of the VLN7 immediately achieved its predecessor's high performance without any prior test runs. At the beginning of February, both Falken racing cars are being prepared for the new season at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão, Portugal, during a three-day test. The new Porsche 911 GT3 R will make its racing debut on 23 March 2019 at the first round of the 2019 VLN Endurance Championship.
"We started to gain our first experiences on the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a Nissan Skyline GT-R R33 in 1999," says Markus Bögner, COO and Managing Director. "Today we regularly battle for victories with a two-car team. We have been working very successfully together with Porsche since 2011 and last season we were able to experience the climax of this collaboration so far. With two overall victories, including the first double victory in team history, and a total of seven podium finishes, 2018 was the most successful season in our almost twenty-year racing history. We are more than confident of being able to build on these successes with the new model," Markus Bögner continues.
The Falken 2019 racing calendar:
VLN test and set-up run
65th ADAC Westfalenfahrt
44th DMV 4-hour race
61st ADAC ACAS H&R-Cup
14-hour qualifying race
ADAC TOTAL 24-hour race
ROWE 6-hour ADAC Ruhr Cup race
42nd RCM DMV border race
59th ADAC Reinoldus endurance race
51st ADAC Barbarossa Prize