Porsche tackles endurance classic at Le Mans with top crews
The driver crews are set: Porsche goes trophy hunting in the GTE-Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in mid-June with 12 drivers. Four Porsche 911 RSR will be driven by successful Porsche works drivers and Young Professionals.
Richard Lietz (Austria), the two Frenchmen Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and the Italian Gianmaria Bruni have also stood at the top of the podium at classics like Le Mans, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, the Ardennes marathon at Spa-Francorchamps and the prestigious races at Daytona and Sebring (USA). Young, ambitious drivers such as the Frenchmen Julien Andlauer and Mathieu Jaminet as well as Matt Campbell (Australia) round off the top-notch driver line-up with which Porsche tackles the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Continuity in the driver line-up
Porsche relies on continuity in its bid for Le Mans victory. The crews in the two Porsche 911 RSR (2019 model year) that usually contest the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship have been reshuffled. 515-hp nine-eleven (#93) is Matt Campbell, who contests his first season as a Porsche works driver. The seasoned racer Patrick Pilet joins forces with his young compatriots Julien Andlauer and Mathieu Jaminet to form an all-French driver trio in the No. 94 vehicle.
After winning the French Porsche Carrera Cup in 2007, Patrick Pilet was given the responsibility of looking after the national juniors the following years. By helping his young compatriots check out the racetracks and coaching them in tactics, the experienced Porsche works driver forged a very special relationship with the two youngsters. “He knew everything about the racetracks, the strategies and the car and instilled in us the special Porsche spirit,” recalls the Porsche Young Professional Andlauer. Jaminet, now a Porsche works driver, won the Porsche Carrera Cup France in 2016.
Double victory and podium places for Porsche in the last two years
At the Le Mans long-distance classic, Porsche achieved a double victory in the GTE-Pro class in 2018. Estre, Christensen and Vanthoor held the lead over almost the entire distance with their No. 92 Porsche 911 RSR and celebrated their win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after a flawless performance in the “Pink Pig”. A year later, Bruni, Lietz and Makowiecki repeated the podium result in the No. 91 Porsche 911 RSR, with the No. 93 sister car following them across the line at Le Mans after 24 hours in position three.
Comments before the race
Steffen Höllwarth (Head of Operations IMSA Championship): “We’re proud and delighted to again be represented by four factory cars at the highlight of the season. With both driver crews in the number 93 and 94 Porsche 911 RSR, we’ve put together a good mix of experienced and young drivers. Alongside seasoned IMSA drivers like Tandy, Bamber and Pilet we have the young drivers Matt Campbell, Mathieu Jaminet and Julien Andlauer, who have already proven themselves at long distance events. With these teams we’re excellently positioned to tackle the season highlight at Le Mans.”
The Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC
In the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC), which was first contested in 2012, sports prototypes and GT vehicles compete in four classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE-Pro and GTE-Am. They all compete together in one race but are classified separately.
Feb 11, 2020 at 21:11