Falken Motorsports is set to run a brand new Porsche 911 GT3 R in the VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours this year, alongside its BMW M6 GT3. The team’s continued commitment to racing at the ‘Ring has now reached 20 years.
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 improved aero. Falken will use 300/680R18 tyres to provide more grip on the front axle, while the rear axle is still fitted with 310/710R18 tyres.
The driver line-up remains almost unchanged for 2019. The Porsche is driven by the two Austrians Martin Ragginger and Klaus Bachler, who are supported by the Porsche factory drivers Dirk Werner and Jörg Bergmeister. At the wheel of the BMW, Peter Dumbreck and Alexandre Imperatori will be taking turns with the two BMW factory drivers Stef Dusseldorp and Jens Klingmann.
Falken ran the new Porsche at the end of last season, prompting the team to commit to racing with the new model in 2019. Both its Porsches are currently being prepared for a three-day test at Algarve, ahead of the first round of the 2019 VLN in March.
“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.”