Porsche 911 Turbo beats production car lap record at The Bend
The new Porsche 911 Turbo has beaten the previous lap record at The Bend Motorsport Park.
The 7.7-kilometre configuration of the venue is the second-longest permanent racing circuit in the world, behind the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The previous production car lap record for the full layout was set by the Porsche 911 GT2 RS back in 2018, soon after the complex was opened. That time, set by former Carrera Cup Australia race winner Warren Luff, was a 3:24.079.
The new benchmark, a 3:22.066 not only shows the capabilities of the 911 Turbo, but the improvement in grip and overall speed at The Bend.
“Since the first lap record set by Porsche at The Bend, our 7.7 kilometre GT Circuit has seen a lot more use, including a round of the Asian Le Mans Series,“ said Sam Shahin, Managing Director of The Bend Motorsport Park.
“I’m excited to see what future Porsche product is capable of around the GT layout.“
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