Le Mans winner joins Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix 2018
Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche GT Team (92), Michael Christensen (DK), Kevin Estre (F) Laurens Vanthoor (B), Le Mans 2018Le Mans: 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018 on June, 12, 2018, (Photo by Antonin Vincent )

Le Mans winner joins Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix 2018

Michael Christensen triumphed at this year’s Le Mans when winning the GTE-Pro class. The Dane will visit Copenhagen’s big historic race during the weekend of August 4th and 5th and he will bring along his winning car “The pink pig” to Bellahøj Park.

After 24 hours of impressive driving, the victory at Le Mans was a fact for Michael Christensen. Along with his two team collegues, Kévin Estre from France and Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium, the three Porsche factory drivers elegantly won the legendary long-distance classic in a Porsche 911 RSR. From the very beginning, the trio was dominating in their Porsche #92 decorated in an eye-catching pink design. Porsche’s Le Mans racer from 1971 inspired the decoration on the 70th anniversary for Porsche.

Michael Christensen joined the German ”Young driver Programme” for Porsche when he was 19 and in 2014 he became professional when he was promoted to factory driver.   This visit was Michael Christensen’s fourth at Le Mans, but up until now, the best result had been a 5th place.  Previously, the Porsche-driver had won two of the World’s other large races, the 12-hour race at Sebring and the 24-hour at Daytona, but the victory at Le Mans is by far the greatest triumph in his career.

Along with CHGP-ambassador Tom Kristensen, who has won Le Mans an impressive 9 times, Michael Christensen and several other professional race drivers will add a spark to this summer’s historic motorsports event. The guests at CHGP will both get a chance to experience Tom Kristensen and Denmark’s latest Le Mans-winner in the traditional Royal Pro/Am, driven on both Saturday and Sunday, and be able to study the winning Porsche 911 RSR #92 up close and personal.

In collaboration with the Danish Porsche importer, Porsche Motorsport has borrowed the pink Porsche 911 RSR to Denmark and Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix. Throughout the weekend, the iconic Porsche-racer will be on display in the exhibition area and on Sunday August 5th it will be on the track on a show drive with Michael Christensen as pilot.

Porsche 911 RSR is based on the legendary Porsche 911, which will be launched in its 8th generation next year. The design dates back to the original 911 model from 1963, but opposite to the street model, the engine is no longer placed behind the rear axle, but in front of it, improving the weight and balance of the vehicle. At a glance, the pure racer seems very similar to its comfortable brother from the streets, but when you get closer, it is clear to see, that a lot of work has been done to enhance the aerodynamics.

In order to meet the demands concerning minimum weight in the GTE Pro class in FIA World Endurance Championship, a lot of weight has been removed from the body sheets and several of the panels have been produced in the lightweight material carbon enhanced plastic. In the cockpit weight has been saved by removing modern conveniences such as electric leather seats, the infotainment system, rugs and soundproofing. The momentum derives from a fast-rotating 6-cylinder dry sump boxer engine and the performance is dependent on the size of the intake around 510 hp. The sequential gearbox has six levels and the drivers shift gear via two panels behind the steering wheel.

Besides the Royal Pro/Am, the program for Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix includes a total number of five historic racing classes, the eye-catching and entertaining Legend Cars and the modern DTC-series (Danish Thundersport Championship). And for the first time ever, the historic Formula 1-series will visit the Copenhagen street race.