Porsche says it will now put all of its efforts into turning the 919 Hybrid into a World Endurance Championship race winner after intentionally compromising itself in earlier rounds with a view to succeeding at Le Mans.

The German manufacturer showed flashes of pace during the opening Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps events, but openly admitted it was developing the new 919 Hybrid LMP1 challenger to be best suited to competing at Le Mans.

Though Porsche's Le Mans endeavour came to a disappointing conclusion when both cars retired with just 90mins of the race to go having looked on course for a podium, the firm is now committed to ensuring the car can match Audi and Toyota during the shorter 6 hour races.

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"We are highly motivated going into Austin and want to benefit from everything we have learnt so far," said vice president Fritz Enzinger. "It is almost like the kick-off of a second season, but under new conditions. Testing in summer went extremely well - very analytic, systematic and in a great atmosphere.

"For a long time the Le Mans preparations dominated everything. Then we had a strong performance there and emerged together from what was the harsh end of it. It was very emotional and very good for team building.

"In Weissach we have been targeting reliability issues and ticked off a long job list for the coming five races. The Porsche 919 Hybrid's new aero package was working straight out of the box. Now we have to transfer everything to racing. If we get that right, I have no doubts we will be competitive and achieve the appropriate results."

The 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship resumes with the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.


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JimmyTheRealOne: Ah, finally. The REAL racing is here again :-)
I am so much more looking forward to this than to F1.[\blockquote]

Right - and I will be there - looks like could be wet too if Houston weather is anything to go by. Who cares???