12/16/2020

On the home stretch of 2020.

Some years are bound to be for the history books. One that has earned a special spot in the history of Porsche Motorsport has almost passed: 2020 is drawing to a close.

What if the previous year was a racetrack? If we could document it with pen and paper? The previous 12 months would result in an impressive track layout: long straight stretches that permitted a high pace in the beginning, followed by chicanes that tried to slow us down. Hairpin curves so sharp, they resembled u-turns. Finally, one last bank, tight across the curb, revealing the finish line on the horizon and then it’s time to bring the vehicle safely back to the home stretch.

The setting and vehicle of the event is only secondary: From the fully electric Porsche 99X Electric heading directly to the podium in Riad while steered by André Lotterer during its debut to the Porsche 911 RSR scoring victories throughout the IMSA and WEC. Or even the digital version of the Porsche 911 RSR, winning during the first virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans. Behind all these race cars are teams and drivers that have given their all. They have taken every chicane, every obstacle, and celebrated multiple victories and successes. Even in the unusual year 2020 the list of victories is a long one. No matter where, works sports, customer sports – no matter the continent. Be it in the Formula E, WEC or the final season of the IMSA. Porsche was always in the front rows – without forgetting the united front behind it all.

This year demanded much. A racing break, insecurity throughout multiple weeks and the everlasting question: How will it go on? And finally, relief: return to the track. The Formula E headed to Berlin for the grand finale, the GT sector went to Le Mans, the Nürburgring or Spa-Francorchamps. They all delivered highlights with unforgettable moments and victories. But without an audience. It was not what fans and teams really wanted.

What remains?

Once more, several statements were made. And once more, the team came together – despite the distance. And in the end, it has resulted in another successful year for Porsche Motorsport. So, each victory was a balm. Each moment of happiness brought the Porsche Motorsport community together.

The last curb is crossed, the home stretch ahead, the checkered flag in sight. And the glance into the rear-view mirror is filled with mixed feelings. For the year 2020. One we never could have imagined. One we would not do without. For it has proven to us once more, what we are: the Porsche Motorsport family.

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