The Porsche customer teams put the highlights in the DTM with the 911 GT3 R

The Porsche customer teams put the highlights in the DTM with the 911 GT3 R

Porsche customer teams managed to set many highlights in their first season in the DTM. At the same time, it was also the debut of the Porsche brand in the DTM.

The 911 GT3 R of SSR Performance and Team 75 Bernhard qualified with three victories in the traditional German racing series. Works driver Thomas Preining was recently impressed with a good result and the most impressive maneuver. The Austrian finishes 2022 in the DTM in fifth place in the drivers’ championship. Dennis Olsen was able to secure a pole position for Porsche for the first time in DTM history.

Preining started the final weekend in Hockenheim with the number of chances to win the title. Hopes of a major revolution were quickly dashed in the first of two phases. The Austrian’s Porsche 911 GT3 R from Team 75 Bernhard hit the hard barriers on lap six after making heavy contact with a competitor. Preining was able to climb out of the accident independently. But severe bruises and the number 24 Porsche car that was starting to break down made participation in Sunday’s race not easy. Dennis Olsen suffered a similar fate at the wheel of a 94 SSR Performance car. Several vehicles were involved in both accidents and they happened one after the other. In the final race, only Christian Engelhart was present with the sister car of the Munich customer team. However, the German was forced to retire his number 92 car early after crashing on the first lap.

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

We are really disappointed that the dreams of titles in Hockenheim were cut short so early. But the top priority is the health of our drivers. We are very happy that all the safety features in our Porsche 911 GT3 R did their job properly and that both drivers survived the impact with only minor injuries,” summarized Thomas Laudenbach after Saturday’s race in Hockenheim. Looking ahead to the 2022 season as a whole, the head of Porsche Motorsport adds: “Our customer teams established the Porsche brand in the DTM in record time. We are very proud of the team and the drivers. In the first ever season in this hard-fought series, the 911 The GT3 R took three wins – that’s a great result. Thanks to everyone who made this achievement possible.”

Between July and September, Thomas Preining was the DTM driver to beat. In that round, the Austrian works driver took two wins, two more podiums and scored more points than any other driver. The 24-year-old from Linz thrilled the fans behind the wheel of the team’s 75 Bernhard nine-eleven with incredible chases and extreme maneuvers. Dennis Olsen also rose to prominence in the summer months: the Norwegian won at Spa-Francorchamps and was second on the podium twice. He also achieved first place for the Porsche 911 GT3 R in the DTM in Belgium. His teammate, works driver Laurens Vanthoor, gained his personal experience with fourth place at the Norisring.

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

“Looking back, our expectations were generally exceeded,” concludes Sebastian Golz, Project Manager of the Porsche 911 GT3 R. “The constant rise in the result lists shows that we have all grown in the right direction together. The teams learned a lot and worked on these The cooperation between DTM and Porsche is based on a clear and very good foundation, which allows us to look to the 2023 season with great confidence.

Porsche ends the DTM year in fourth place in the manufacturers’ championship. Customer teams SSR Performance and Team 75 Bernhard are ranked eighth and tenth in the team classification. Thomas Preining finished the drivers’ championship in fifth place, SSR drivers Olsen and Vanthoor finished tenth and 18th.

The final two rounds of the DTM season at Hockenheim were the final outings for the proven GT3 racing car from Weissach. The new Porsche 911 GT3 R with up to 416 kW (565 hp), which is based on the ninth and eleventh generation 992, will make its debut next season. The new GT3 car from Weissach finished a successful first test race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on Saturday (October 8) in third place overall. Customer teams are already showing great interest in using the new design in the 2023 DTM.

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

More buzz about the 2022 season

Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 GT3 R #24): “After my accident in Hockenheim, I look like a male avatar: everything is blue. But I’m fine. Stopping work cannot reduce the positive feelings of the 2022 season. I was on the podium in the most important race weekends for me: at the Norisring of story and in my home race at the Red Bull Ring. That was really strong. Many thanks to the team and to Porsche. We had a good start in the DTM. That makes me very proud. I hope to have a chance to win the title in 2023.”

Timo Bernhard (owner Team 75 Bernhard): “We have achieved great things with small resources. Together with Thomas, we were a strong contender for the title in the final. Of course it hurts that it ended like this. But that doesn’t make our services seem less. Two wins this season is just bad. Many thanks to my parents for their support, to the whole team for a great job and to Tommy for his strong drives in the Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #94): “The season was a special experience. The first weekends were difficult for all of us because we were not competitive. We thought otherwise. Then we always went forward: second place at the Norisring and the Nürburgring, followed by the first victory at Spa. That was good and showed that you can achieve a lot with hard work. Unfortunately things didn’t go well until the end of the season. It doesn’t matter: We will remember the important things and we want to continue in 2023.”

Stefan Schlund (Executive Owner of SSR): “The first two events of the year were very difficult. That was not only due to us, but also to the classification of the Porsche 911 GT3 R. Afterwards there was a noticeable progress in all areas, which we duly rewarded. The sessions and the victory in Belgium were good, as it were Dennis Olsen’s first place for Porsche in the DTM. Although Dennis has been showing strong performances throughout the year, we have rarely been able to realize the potential of the sister car. That was very bad. Overall, we take good memories from the 2022 season.